September 15, 2010; Volume 5, Issue 1

This issue marks the beginning of the fifth year of our quirky little blog, meaning many of you have never known a UWGB without The Pink Flamingo. Those were some dark days before we came along – no official outlet for all news Human Development and Psychology-related, no bad puns, no Top 10 lists, no jokes at the expense of your faculty members. Really – what would you do without us? Please don’t answer that (we have a little pride, after all), and instead read on and enjoy the news and humor of our latest edition. Happy Fall Semester, everyone!

• P/HD Club News: A Message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer
• Psi Chi News: Events to Get Psyched for
• New Chair in Human Development
• Changes to Human Development and Psychology Internship Policies
• Join the P/HD Club and Psi Chi for NAMIWalks
• Careers of the Month: September 2010 Edition
• Career Tip of the Month: Plan and Market Your Degree Effectively
• Graduate School Tip of the Month: Read More about Selecting and Applying to Grad School
• Important Advising Reminder: Developmental Research Methods, not Foundations of Social Research
• Two Honors for Dr. Gurung
• UW-Green Bay Memorial Garden has Human Development/Psychology Ties
• Departmental Want Ads Still Kicking
• From Dr. Illene Noppe: Human Development in South Africa
• From Dr. Von Dras: Gerontology Center Announces Website and Colloquia and Brown Bag Series
• From Dr. Illene Noppe: Child Life Department Sponsors Art Show
• Top Ten Best Facebook Posts from the First Day of Class

P/HD Club News: A Message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer

The Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club is an organization here on campus designed to bring together students who are majoring or minoring in Psychology or Human Development or those who are just interested in the events!  We have a host of fun events planned for the coming semester, and we hope you will join us! 

 Here is what we have planned so far:

  • First Meetings:  September 22nd @ 7 pm in the 1965 Room or September 23rd @ 5 pm in the Wequiok Room (the same information will be covered at both meetings, so you only need to attend one).
  • Club Meeting:  October 4th @ 5 pm in the 1965 Room or October 5th @ 5 pm in the 1965 Room (again, the same information will be covered at both meetings).
  • Movie Night:  October 6th @ 6:30 pm in MAC 210 - the movie is Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia.
  • Graduate School Series
    • September 30th @ 5 pm in MAC 208:  General Graduate School Info (open to everyone, but particularly targeted at first and second year students who want to know more about graduate school, what it takes to get in, why they should go, etc.).
    • October 12th @ 5 pm in MAC 206:  Writing Your Personal Statement (again, open to everyone, but targeted at students who are in the midst of the application process or just starting the process). 

If you have any questions about the club or want to join our mailing list, contact me at florkj22@uwgb.edu

Psi Chi News: Events to Get Psyched for

Hi everyone, this is Amanda Luedtke, the Psi Chi president. Hope all of you had a great first week of classes. Psi Chi has a couple of exciting events planned for September and October that we hope all of you can make it to.

  • MEETINGS: Psi Chi held its first general members’ meeting on Monday, September 13th at 4pm. These meetings are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Psychology and Human Development students and to give your ideas on what events you would like Psi Chi to do. We will also be having a general meeting on September 27th at 4pm in the Vista Room (MAC 301).
  • GUEST SPEAKER: Psi Chi is glad to have Dr. Susan Sprecher, a Social Psychologist, as a guest speaker Monday October 4th at 2:00pm in the 1965 Room.
  • GRANT WRITING: On October 11th at 4pm Psi Chi will be doing a presentation on how to get a grant and what they look for when reviewing grants. This is a great chance for students to get a better sense of what they need to do to stand out from the crowd and hopefully secure a grant.

For more information about Psi Chi and future events visit our Psi Chi webpage and add us on org sync at OrgSync.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Luedap18@uwgb.edu.

New Chair in Human Development

For those of you who wander down the MAC Hall C Wing from time to time, you may have noticed that Dr. Gurung is no longer in his old office.  Don’t worry, he hasn’t gone far – just down the hall – and his moving reflects the fact that Human Development has a new Chair, Dr. Vespia.

What this means to you is that you should bring your Chair-related concerns to Dr. Vespia rather than Dr. Gurung.  Of course, the first place you should start with any concerns or questions about your major or minor in Human Development is your advisor, as he or she can usually help you. 

In the meantime, we want to extend a hearty thanks to Dr. Gurung for serving us as Chair for the last three years and thank Dr. Vespia for taking on this important responsibility for the next three years. 

Changes to Human Development and Psychology Internship Policies

We have modified our internship policies and tried to clarify the internship process for students. Here’s an overview of the major changes. In order to complete an internship in Human Development or Psychology, you must be a declared major in Human Development or Psychology. You will need to find a faculty member willing to sponsor your internship before you contact a site about a possible internship. Finally, internships must be new learning experiences (not at your existing job or volunteer site).  So your long-term lemonade stand job is probably not going to cut it… We have also tried to provide more detail about the process you should follow if you want to obtain an internship. For more details, check out the links on the Human Development or Psychology webpages. Please also be aware that if you are thinking about an internship for the spring semester, registration time for spring classes (early November) is the best time to talk with faculty members about that. It can be difficult to find a faculty sponsor just prior to the beginning of a new semester. 

Join the P/HD Club and Psi Chi for NAMIWalks

Like every year, the P/HD Club and Psi Chi are getting out to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by walking in the NAMIWalk.  This year, though, they are combining forces to put together one Super-Team by walking together – and they want you to join them. 

For those of you unfamiliar with NAMI, it is an advocacy group with the mission of improving the quality of life for those affected by mental illness, and NAMIWalks is an event designed to raise money and awareness.  This year, the 3.1 mile walk will be on Sunday, September 26th, at 10:30 am (check-in time is at 9:00 am), at Green Isle Park. Please note that, for you die-hard Packer fans, there is no game that Sunday so you won’t be missing out.

To join the team, click here and click on “Join an Existing Team.”  The website will take you through how to create an account and join a team.  Our team is called the UWGB Psychology and Human Development Club/Psi Chi Team, and Kaitlyn Florer and Amanda Luedtke are the team captains.  In the past, the team has arranged to carpool in order to help out those students who don’t have transportation.  So, if you want to walk but don’t have a ride, contact Kaitlyn or Amanda to see if they can help you arrange something.   

For those of you who aren’t interested in the walk or can’t participate that day but would like to know more about NAMI, here are the links to NAMI National and NAMI Brown County.  If you have any questions, please direct them toward Kaitlyn, Amanda, or Dr. Ryan Martin. Hope to see you there!

Careers of the Month: September 2010 Edition

This month we bring you two career-related careers. Employment counselors may work in job placement agencies and help individuals in their career searches. Vocational rehabilitation counselors typically have a graduate degree and may assist, for example, individuals with disabilities, as they prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce. Learn more about both of these occupations by following the links provided.

Employment Counselor
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Career Tip of the Month: Plan and Market Your Degree Effectively

Both Human Development and Psychology are liberal arts degrees, much like History, English, or Political Science; these are programs that are intended to equip you with a broad range of critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills that may be helpful in a diverse range of careers. They are different from degrees in professional programs, such as Accounting, Education, or Social Work, which are degrees designed to prepare you for a specific career path. Those with liberal arts majors may go on to pursue a number of different job options. In 2009 alone, some of our alums took their first jobs as personal bankers, psychometrists, community relations specialists, after school program coordinators, store managers, line therapists, and pre-school teachers. That does not mean, however, that your Human Development or Psychology major automatically prepares you for all of these jobs. In fact, the great news about a liberal arts degree is that it gives you options. The burden that comes with that, though, is that you must select specific classes and gain other relevant experience (e.g., jobs, volunteer work, internships) that makes you marketable for the jobs you might wish to pursue. For example, a student who eventually wants to work in human resources would likely also minor or double-major in Business and would be sure to take classes like Organizational and Personnel Psychology. He or she would also want to gain employment experience in the business world and/or to obtain a human resources internship. On the other hand, a student who hoped to pursue a career in social services would probably take relevant classes like Counseling Across the Lifespan and obtain part-time work at a local human services agency, such as a homeless shelter. Either student might also decide to increase his or her marketability with a minor in another language, such as Spanish and by pursuing electives (e.g., teaching assistantship) and co-curricular activities (officer in a student organization, Student Ambassador) that demonstrate leadership and strong interpersonal and communication skills. To get a better sense of the types of careers students pursue with their bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Psychology, check out the annual survey Career Services conducts of our new graduates and click on a year under “Survey Results by Major”. Remember that Career Services can also help you as you consider how best to make yourself marketable for specific careers. Your academic advisor can also assist you with relevant course selection.  

Graduate School Tip of the Month: Read More about Selecting and Applying to Grad School

One way to learn more about the graduate school application process and how to approach the search for the right schools and programs is to use the resources available to you on campus. One place you will find more information is in the hallway of the C Wing on the 3rd floor of MAC Hall. There is a bookcase located between the offices of Dr. Martin and Dr. Wilson-Doenges that contains a variety of books related to the graduate school application process and the GRE, as well as books that provide information about specific graduate programs, particularly in psychology. The books cannot be “checked out,” but there are comfortable chairs next to the bookcase, so you can take a seat and read more right there! Another great resource for students is the “Selecting and Applying to Graduate Schools Guide” available from Career Services. Remember, knowledge is power – so take advantage of these resources and learn more today!

Important Advising Reminder: Developmental Research Methods, not Foundations of Social Research

As you should all know by now, Human Development majors are required to complete a research methods course as a part of their major requirements. Please, make sure to view your Academic Requirements report in SIS to be certain you are taking the correct methods course to fulfill the graduation requirements for your catalog year. Although some earlier catalogs did permit students to take COMM  SCI 301 Foundations of Social Research, all students declared under the 2009-10 catalog or later must take HUM DEV 302 Developmental Research Methods (COMM SCI 301 is not considered a substitute). You can find out by checking in SIS what catalog year you are declared under (which may not be the same as the year you started at UWGB) and what course is required under that catalog. Questions? See your advisor.

Two Honors for Dr. Gurung

Dr. Regan Gurung had a pretty amazing year by any standard – particularly by being named Wisconsin Professor of the Year and being elected President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Well, he’s at it again, having been honored with two more wonderful awards just since our last issue in the Spring. First, he was named the Midwestern Regional Faculty Advisor Award Winner for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Second, he became the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the fall convocation that opens the academic year at UW-Green Bay. A named professorship is a significant honor, and, perhaps best yet, it comes with a really cool medallion he’ll get to wear at each graduation ceremony (click here for photo and complete news release). In future issues, we’re thinking we might save space by instead listing the awards he has NOT won (e.g., we’re pretty sure he hasn’t earned the Nobel Peace Prize – yet!). Seriously…congratulations, Dr. Gurung!

UW-Green Bay Memorial Garden has Human Development/Psychology Ties

Some of you may have noticed the flower garden between the University Union and MAC Hall last spring or when you returned to campus this fall. The garden was organized by a student group (“Together We Cope: Support for UW-Green Bay Grieving Students”) that is advised by Dr. Illene Noppe. The beautiful flowers are actually a memorial garden where individuals were able to place a plant to recognize a deceased loved one during a moving ceremony that took place last April 28th. Students Amanda Broadhagen and Nicole Hoagland made a presentation about the garden this summer to a conference for the National Students of AMF, the national grief-support organization of which our local student group is a chapter. The students plan to hold a ceremony at the garden every year, and students, staff, and alums will be welcome to plant a flower in someone’s honor at that time.