October 15, 2010; Volume 5, Issue 2

Autumn is here! The leaves are falling, and we imagine you are keeping pretty busy with exams, papers, group projects, and more. Your co-editors are busy doing what they do best at this time of year – arguing over football. Yes, having a Packers’ fan and a Vikings’ fan as two of your co-editors is perhaps not the best idea, but the fact that they can work together effectively may be evidence that world peace is possible. Meanwhile, give poor Professor Burns, the non-football fan of the editorial team, your sympathies when you see her, and understand that that there’s no Top 10 list or other humorous item this month because we’re just too busy keeping an eye on those scores and injury reports. But…read on to learn about careers in Human Development and Psychology, P/HD and Psi Chi happenings, and much, much more.

  • P/HD Club News: A Message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer
  • Psi Chi News: Exciting Upcoming Events
  • Psi Chi/PHD Club Success at the NAMIWalk
  • New Chair in Human Development
  • Careers of the Month: October 2010 Edition
  • Career Tip of the Month: Learn How to Network!
  • Graduate School Tip of the Month: Do you need to take the GRE subject test?
  • Graduate School Tip of the Month: Earning a great letter of recommendation
  • Congratulations Twila and Welcome Kelly!
  • Did You Know…?
  • Children and Culture: From Dr. Jill White
  • And the Trivia Winner is…

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

Hello PHD Club members!  Thank you for your participation in our events over this last month!  We have some more exciting activities coming up in the next month:

October 28th @ 5:00 p.m. in MAC 210:  Scary Movie Presentation given by professors Martin and Gurung.  There will also be snacks provided!

November 4th @ 6:00 p.m. in the 1965 Room:  Club Meeting

Look for information on Meet the Professors Night, which will be in November

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

Psi Chi News: Exciting Upcoming Events

Hey everyone – This is the Psi Chi president Amanda Luedtke, just here to tell you about some exciting events Psi Chi will be doing in the following weeks:

Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. Psi Chi will be having a dinner at Victorias to get to know all of our members.

Monday, November 8th at 4:00 p.m. (Room TBA) Psi Chi will be having Caitlyn Gurlt talk about her experience as a summer intern working at Yale University this year. She will also be talking about how next summer her mentor, Dr. Chris Cutter, will be looking for another UW-Green Bay student to do an internship at Yale, as well as the application process. 

For all of October Psi Chi will be looking for officers for next year. Please send a small personal statement (no more than half a page long) stating your interest in Psi Chi, why you would be right for the position, and a little about yourself to luedap18@uwgb.edu. The small personal statement will go up on Psi Chi’s D2L page so members can vote for who they want as officers.

Hope you guys are having a great semester so far, and that exams have not been too brutal. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Luedtke at luedap18@uwgb.edu

Psi Chi/PHD Club Success at the NAMIWalk

As you may remember from last month’s issue, the PHD Club and Psi Chi formed a joint team for the NAMIWalk this year.  On September 26th, more than 20 students and faculty got out and walked for NAMI and, collectively, raised more than $1,500 for the cause!  That money will be used for support, advocacy, and education initiatives throughout Brown County.  Thanks so much to all those who walked.

Careers of the Month: October 2010 Edition

The careers this month both have some link to health care or health care settings. Psychiatric aide is a career that could be pursued without any graduate school training; these individuals may work in psychiatric hospitals and assist nurses and other staff with patient socialization and care. Becoming a rehabilitation psychologist would require a doctoral degree, although it is also possible to obtain a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. These individuals specialize in helping individuals with disabilities or long-term health problems. Read more by following the links provided!

Psychiatric Aide  or Psychiatric Aide

Rehabilitation Psychologist

Career Tip of the Month: Learn How to Network!

Finding a great job can be about who, as well as what, you know. Learning how to “network,” or interact effectively with professionals, is a critical skill to master, and our friends at Career Services have a wonderful event planned for November 3rd to help you. Diane Roundy, who is the Director of Business Development at Schenck, will give a presentation (“Effectively Working the Room: The Top 10 Habits of Turning Introductions into Leads”), and then students will have the opportunity to practice networking skills in a safe environment with a local group of young professionals. You do need to RSVP by October 27th to attend this great event, as they need to have a sense of attendance numbers in advance.  Click here to learn more, and be sure to RSVP in PRO! 

Graduate School Tip of the Month: Do you need to take the GRE subject test?

This tip of the month is very timely with a Friday deadline (TODAY!).  If you are applying to graduate school now, you should figure out if you will need to take the GRE psychology subject test (in addition to the GRE General Test).  Some schools require the psychology subject test, and some schools don’t.  The subject test is in paper and pencil form, so it is only offered 3 dates a year.  If you are interested in taking a subject test this year, you must register by Friday (10/15) at the latest. 

Graduate School Tip of the Month: Earning a Great Letter of Recommendation

We’ll send you an issue with many of our favorite recycled news stories in just a few short weeks once registration starts gearing up.  Here’s another oldie, but a goodie: How do you get good letters of recommendation?  We’ve broken this down based on where you are in the grad school process.  It’s never too early to start thinking about letters of recommendation!

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:

  • Maximize your effort and performance in your classes. Grades matter, and so do specific skills. Faculty members will be asked to rate your critical thinking skills, writing skills, oral communication skills, and so on.
  • Don’t count on grades alone. If you earn “As” in a faculty member’s classes, but he/she has never had an extended conversation with you or heard you express an opinion in class, the resulting letter may be relatively short and generic.
  • Participate in individualized instruction experiences. Professors will have more specific and detailed comments to make about your performance and potential if they have worked with you in a research or teaching assistantship, independent study, internship, or honors project.
  • Be aware of your classroom demeanor and what you communicate in your interactions with students and professors. Letter writers are often asked to fill out forms that rate such things as students’ maturity, initiative, interpersonal skills, ability to deal with stress, responsibility, time management, and emotional stability. Asking questions, being a leader in group work, submitting work on time, and attending department events communicate one set of messages. Texting during class, chronic lateness, repeated requests for extensions, and having difficulty negotiating relationships with group members communicate another.

Students Currently Applying to Graduate School:

  • Think about how you make the letter of recommendation request. Ask in person, and genuinely ask. Do not simply assume a professor will write a letter for you.
  • Give your potential recommender plenty of notice. Writing letters takes a great deal of time and effort, and you are not the only student asking for a letter. You should have all materials ready for the faculty member one month in advance, and you should think about the timing of your request. If you have an application due date of January 1st, December 1st may not be enough notice. Think about all of the things going on in December (end of classes, finals, commencement) – and how far in advance the letter would likely need to be mailed to arrive by January 1st (giving the professor far less than a month).
  • Be organized. Think about what you communicate if you do not provide the requested supporting materials to your professor, or if you have to make several return trips to the person’s office with bits and pieces of information. Then think about what you communicate by delivering a well-organized packet of information with neatly completed documents, addressed envelopes, and so on. This interaction is likely the last one you have with the faculty member before he/she writes the letter – make that most recent impression a favorable one!
  • Be careful when completing on-line applications that ask for a list of recommenders. More and more schools are using web-based letter of recommendation sites where faculty directly upload their letters, and once students enter the recommender’s name, an automated email request is sent to that individual. You do not want your faculty member receiving an email request for a letter before you have even asked if he/she would be willing to write for you.
  • Thank your letter writers, and let them know what happens. Professors want to know what happens in your graduate school search, so let them know where you are accepted and what school you decide to attend.

To learn more about letters of recommendation and the process of requesting one, refer to the Human Development website.

Congratulations Twila and Welcome Kelly!

We have a new administrative assistant team (AA Team, not to be confused with the A-Team movie/TV show).  Twila has retired from full-time work after over 30 years of service to UW-Green Bay, but she is now working part-time for us.  We’re also happy to welcome Kelly King as the other half of our AA Team.  If you stop by MAC C310, you will be greeted by one of their smiling faces.  Please join us in welcoming Kelly and congratulating Twila!

Did You Know…?

Welcome to our new feature where we share with you a small piece of information designed to help you in some area of your academic career.  It won’t always be pleasant, and you won’t always like it, but we promise that our little facts are designed to help. 

So, without further ado, Did you know… that most students applying to graduate school or doing a thorough job search report that the time commitment is equivalent to taking a 3-credit class?  That means that you need to plan on having some significant extra time for that sort of thing during your last couple of semesters.

Children and Culture: From Dr. Jill White

For those who love to peruse the bookshelf in the Human Development “library,” you may have noticed a new addition – a plain black notebook holding print editions of the ACCIG Newsletter!  Hurray!  Before you all rush upstairs and mob this little notebook, let us reassure you that you can also access this marvelous newsletter online at ACCIG NewsLetter, or you can see even more wonderful news at http://www.aaacig.org/.  You can also become a member of the organization for free, and receive updates on events, conferences, relevant publications and theoretical advances. For the uninitiated, we are talking about the new newsletter of the (relatively) newly organized Children and Childhood Interest Group, part of the American Anthropological Association.  The newsletter is full of useful and interesting information about new books, fieldwork stories, infants and children in challenging circumstances, scholarship information for graduate schools, and other items that you might find to be handy (or decorative) cognitive furniture.

And the Trivia Winner is…

Congrats to Amanda Ten Haken who was able to correctly identify what all the names from last month’s top ten list had in common.  Many students correctly answered that they were all characters from James Bond films, but only Amanda realized that they were all from the same James Bond film, the 1963 classic (and Dr. Martin’s favorite) From Russia with Love.