November 30, 2010; Volume 5, Issue 4

We hope you all enjoyed the short week that came with the Thanksgiving holiday – now it’s the sprint to the finish and the end of the semester! So…put those leftovers out of your mind and focus on those papers, assignments, and exams. Who needs those silly old turkeys anyway, when there is an infinitely better bird right in front of you? Your favorite bird – in the form of the latest issue of The Pink Flamingo, that is! Happy reading!

  • P/HD Club: A message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer
  • Psi Chi: A message from the President, Amanda Luedtke
  • Career Tip of the Month: May Grads – Start Your Job Search Now!
  • Careers of the Month: November 2010 Edition
  • Summer Classes and Summer Registration: Coming Soon!
  • Follow-up: Tips for Hybrids
  • Double Methods Fun for Double Majors
  • Grad School Tip of the Month: Tips for New Majors
  • UWGB at Yale University- Part II
  • Faculty-Resolution Matching: Earn Yourself a Candy Bar

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

Hello PH/D Club members…

As we wrap up the semester, we have only one more activity planned: the Holiday Party! This event will be in one of the Pamperin Hall lounges (the residence hall closest to the Union) on December 8th @ 6:00 p.m.. If you can, come join us for some social time and relaxation before finals! Please let us know if you plan to attend by e-mailing sophd@uwgb.edu. We will be sending out a reminder and more information as the event gets closer.

Thank you members for your participation in this semester’s events! We have many more exciting events and activities coming up in the spring semester, including speakers, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

Psi Chi: A message from the President, Amanda Luedtke

Hey everyone. 

I hope your semester is going great! Psi Chi has a couple of events coming up for December.

December 4th: Psi Chi will be participating in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. on the UWGB campus.

Also, until December 8th Psi Chi will be looking for new officers for next year. Please submit a small personal statement to Luedap18@uwgb.edu if you are interested in being President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer

If you have any questions please contact me at Luedap18@uwgb.edu

Career Tip of the Month: May Grads – Start Your Job Search Now!

We are looking forward to celebrating with our December graduates in just a few short weeks. May grads – you’ll be next! It may seem like a long way off, but for those of you who will be headed into the workforce after graduation, it is never too early to begin the job search process. You need to update that resume, draft some cover letters and letters of inquiry, polish up your interviewing skills, and begin thinking about where you will be posting your resume and looking for job openings. You also have one semester still in front of you to build some additional experiences and skills (e.g., start that volunteer position, pick up a new part-time job, take a class particularly relevant to your career goals). A great place to start with thinking through all of this is the Career Services website. Learn more about resumes, cover letters, interviews, and the job search process itself, and while you’re there, check out PRO and the positions currently listed there.

Summer Classes and Summer Registration: Coming Soon!

It’s hard to even imagine summer right now, as the temperatures drop and winter storms are in the forecast, but what better way to beat the winter doldrums than to register for summer school?! We hope that the list of summer offerings will go “live” to students this week. Summer registration is set to begin for all students on an easy-to-remember date: January 11th (get it? – 1/11/11!). Human Development and Psychology hope to have a range of offerings for you this summer, with a couple of in-person classes and many more on-line options. Watch for that course list – coming soon!

Follow-up: Tips for Hybrids

In our last issue, we told you about the new hybrid classes being offered in Human Development and Psychology (see here for article).  Since this is new to our departments, it’s fair to assume that most of you have not taken courses like these before and might be a bit more nervous than usual about your schedule in the Spring. 

Rest assured, The Pink Flamingo is here to help.  Below are several tips that we put together by talking with hybrid/on-line course instructors to try and help you make the most of these classes.

Anticipate Differences in the Course Structure
Different hybrid courses are going to be structured in different ways, especially in how they use the scheduled meeting dates.  Some instructors may use the meeting dates for exams while others will use them for group work, discussions, guest speakers, student presentations, etc.  You should plan on there being differences and make sure you know how your instructor plans on using the meeting dates.

Don’t Get Behind
Because hybrid courses are largely on-line, they will likely be more self-paced than an in-person class and there will be more you need to do on your own.  Depending on the course, this might include listening to lectures, keeping up with additional readings, participating in on-line discussion, etc.  Depending on how organized, motivated, likely to procrastinate, etc. you are, falling behind might be a problem.  You should plan on spending just as much time on these each week as you would an in-person class and it’s best to work on things a couple times a week instead of waiting until a deadline and trying to cram everything in.  In addition to doing better in the class, you’ll probably learn more too!

Solve Technical Problems Right Away
Related to not getting behind, make sure you solve any technical problems that come up immediately.  If you are having problems accessing something for the online component of a class, don’t wait to try and solve the problem.  Contact the Learning Technology Center to get their help (learntech@uwgb.edu, 920-465-2286) as soon as possible.  Keep in mind that their hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday so waiting until the last minute might get you into trouble.

Don’t Miss Meeting Dates
Missing class is never good but it’s even worse when you only have two to four meeting times in a semester.  In fact, it’s likely that attendance at those class periods will be required with significant consequences if you are missing.  Before you sign up for a class, make sure you can make all the meeting dates.  Likewise, unless something unavoidable happens (e.g., illness, family emergency), don’t miss them (this is actually a pretty good rule for any class, hybrid or not!).

Get Involved and Ask Questions
The fact that much of the course is online shouldn’t keep you from getting to know your classmates or your instructor.  You should make sure to introduce yourself to your instructor and your classmates, to get involved in class discussions, and to ask questions.  Just like an in-person class, what you get out of it will depend greatly on what you put into it.   

If you have Concerns, Ask Questions
Finally, if you are nervous about the structure of the class, have questions about how the meeting dates will be used, or any other questions, ask!  Your instructors know that most of you haven’t taken courses like this before and that you might not know what to expect and are happy to answer your questions.

Double Methods Fun for Double Majors

Are you double majoring in psychology and human development?  Then you are required to take both Experimental Psychology and Developmental Research Methods.  Each course is designed to teach you the methods specific to the field, and they are not interchangeable.  We just thought we would mention this in the interest of saving Dr. Vespia (or her cat) some waiver requests (we’ve just given you a clue to the trivia contest!). 

Grad School Tip of the Month: Tips for New Majors

What is graduate school and do I need to go?
Graduate school is schooling beyond your bachelor’s degree.  You could complete a masters (typically 2-3 years) or Ph.D. (typically 4-6 years) in Psychology, Human Development, or another area (social work, law, medicine, business, etc.).  You will need to go to graduate school if you are interested in becoming a therapist, researcher, and/or being a professor. 

How do I get into grad school?
Getting into grad school is a competitive process, so you will want to make sure that you are as well-qualified as you can be.  This means getting good grades, good scores on the necessary standardized test (e.g., GRE, MAT, LSAT, etc.), good letters of recommendations from your professors, and a good record of involvement in the department and/or community (e.g., internships, volunteer experiences, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, honors projects, etc.).  It’s never too early to start thinking about grad school or getting involved! 

UWGB at Yale University- Part II

Students interested in a summer internship at Yale University working in a clinical psychology lab with Dr. Chris Cutter can now apply using the information on the Want Ads page.  The successful student will get all expenses paid to Yale (travel, room, and board) and contingent on additional grant applications may also be paid a summer stipend. A statement of interest (why would you want to do this internship?  How does it fit with your career plans?) and a listing of qualifications (GPA, etc.) is due to Dr. Gurung by January 15th (deadline extended).

Faculty-Resolution Matching:

Earn Yourself a Candy Bar (we were going to offer a MN Vikings Brett Favre jersey but decided the candy bar had greater value)

We know it’s a bit early, but some of us have been giving some serious (or not-so-serious) thought to what we want to change about ourselves in 2011.  At the link below you will find several New Year’s resolutions and your job is to match each resolution with the faculty member who endorsed it.  The winner is the student who gets the most correct (in the case of a tie, we’ll do a random drawing from those students).  Good luck to all! 

 Enter Contest Here:

November 2, 2010; Volume 5, Issue 3

Welcome to our special Registration Issue of The Pink Flamingo. Read on for great information about a new class, new course formats, and much more! Know, too, that your advisors look forward to seeing you as you work to select classes for next semester. Most importantly, know that the Packers beat the Vikings in their most recent grudge match at Lambeau Field. We mention this while we still can because one of your editors is scared that won’t be the outcome once the game in Minnesota arrives in a couple of weeks, and another one of your editors is, of course, hoping the outcome will be different next time. In this tense political season of very negative ads, though, notice that we’ve managed to cross an even wider gulf than the one between Democrats and Republicans and work together in a bipartisan fashion yet again to produce a fun and informative newsletter! 

  • New Class for Spring: Gender and Aging
  • Catalog Year and Course Substitution Issues
  • A New Car or a New Course Format? The Hybrids are Here
  • Interested in a Research or Teaching Assistantship, Internship? Check Out the Department Want Ads
  • Service Learning In the Middle East
  • Recycling Registration Resources
  • Looking to speed up your graduation date?: Part I
  • Looking to speed up your graduation date?: Part II
  • Know Your Advisor: Radosevich or Radosevich
  • Did You Know…? Spring Graduates Should Apply for Graduation this Semester
  • Point/Counterpoint: The Library