September 29, 2011; Volume 6, Issue 1

In this month’s issue:

What is The Pink Flamingo?
• Welcome Dr. Holstead!
• And… “Welcome” Dr. Martin!
• PHD Club News
• Psi Chi News
• Careers of the Month: September 2011 Edition
• Career Tip of the Month: Attend Career Services’ Fall Events
• Grad School Tip of the Month: Get Informed!
• Did You Know…About the Human Development Diversity Requirement?
• Be A Camp Lloyd 2012 Buddy!!!!
• Research Assistantships: A Student Perspective
• Flamingos Around the World

What Is The Pink Flamingo?

We have been writing this electronic newsletter for more than five years now, and we sometimes forget that students may not know what it is or why it has an admittedly strange name. The publication we affectionately refer to as “the PF” is the official newsletter of the HUD and PSYCH units. It’s sent out about once a month to all majors and minors. Co-edited by Drs. Vespia, Martin, and Burns, we try to provide updates on what’s happening in the unit, good news about student and faculty accomplishments, advising assistance, and regular features on topics like careers and graduate school. Why do we call it The Pink Flamingo? Well, you can read the long version of that story by clicking the “PF Legend” link under “Topics” on the side of the blog page. The short answer is that Dr. Illene Cupit brought in the first of what became a whole flock of pink plastic flamingos to decorate the faculty office suite in MAC Hall, and it’s become a sort of mascot for the department. Take a look sometime – you’ll see that most of them are decorated in various ways, and they have been anonymously bestowed upon various faculty members to celebrate special events or just to reflect our own unique sense of humor. And you didn’t even know we had one, did you?

Welcome Dr. Holstead!

Jenell Holstead, Ph.D., joins the Human Development faculty this fall as a new Assistant Professor. She attended the Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. From there, she attended Indiana University, where she earned a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a Doctoral degree in School Psychology. Currently, she is teaching the Intro to Human Development and Middle Childhood and Adolescence courses. Dr. Holstead’s primary area of research is on the effectiveness of after school programming.

Although Dr. Holstead is not from Wisconsin, she has spent considerable time in Green Bay, as her husband’s family resides here. As such, she’s already a Packers’ fan! She is also the mother of a 5-month old daughter, Audrey, and two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Brea.

And… “Welcome” Dr. Martin!

No, you’re not misreading that headline. Dr. Ryan Martin is the new Chair of Psychology, taking over from Dr. Wilson-Doenges who had served as Chair for past 6 years. If you need a course substitution form for psychology or have a psychology curriculum question, you should ask Dr. Martin. If you need your psychology internship, TA, or RA form signed, you still need to talk to Dr. Vespia instead, as that form is signed by the Interdisciplinary Unit (Human Development) Chair. As fellow co-editors of The Pink Flamingo, we can say with no bias whatsoever that we know Dr. Martin will do a great job.

PHD Club News

Welcome back everybody; I hope your semesters are off to a great start! First off I would like to let everybody know who the new officers are for PHD Club.

Kaitlyn/Kate Florer – President

Emma Bretl – Vice President

Craig Van Pay – Vice President/Treasurer

Areanna Lakowske – Secretary

Taylor Saari – Officer of Communications

We are all very excited for this year and would like to let you know about some of our upcoming events:

October 2nd-8th: Mental Illness Awareness Week

September 29th @ 5:30 pm (Room TBD, keep an eye on your e-mail, orgsync, facebook, for an update): We will be making ribbons to wear during Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5th @ 6:00 pm in MAC 210: Kris Ball will provide a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) “In Our Own Voice” presentation on the challenge of living with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction.

October 12th @ 5:30 pm in MAC 210: Graduate School Series Part 1 – Dr. Vespia and Dr. Bartell will be discussing how to write your graduate school application personal statement. This presentation will be especially helpful for those who are in the midst of applying to graduate school, but everybody is welcome!

October 18th @ 5:00 pm in MAC 210: Graduate School Series Part 2 – Dr. Martin and Dr. Burns will be discussing the basics of graduate school – what it takes to get in, why you should go, etc. This presentation will be most helpful for first and second year students, but again, all are welcome!

If you have any questions or would like to become a PHD Club member, feel free to contact me (Kaitlyn)

Psi Chi News

Hello and welcome back!

First of all, let me introduce you to the 2011-2012 Psi Chi officers:

Kaitlyn/Kate Florer – President

Erin Ehlers – Vice President

Molly Swenty – Treasurer

Emma Bretl – Secretary

Amber Kasten – Officer of Communications

Psi Chi is adding some new types of events to its repertoire, and we hope you’ll join us! Here are some of our upcoming events:

October 6th @ 4:00 pm: First Journal Club Meeting – We will be reading and discussing an article in a casual and enjoyable setting. More information about this will be coming out soon, so keep an eye on your e-mail, facebook, orgsync, etc.

Grant Writing Workshop: This workshop will be ongoing throughout the school year, and those who wish to participate in it will meet either once or twice a month as needed. Psi Chi is an international society, and it has a lot of money that it loves giving away to students for research or award purposes. Writing a grant is definitely a challenge and requires a fair amount of time and dedication, but that is why we created the workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to meet with fellow Psi Chi members who are working on their grants. This way we can ask each other questions, bounce ideas off each other, peer review drafts, and hold each other accountable on meeting deadlines. We recently had our first meeting, but if you are interested in this group/workshop, please let me (Kaitlyn) know ASAP!

Invitations to new invitees went out this last week. We hope to have you all join us as fellow Psi Chi members! If you have any questions about Psi Chi, please feel free to contact me at

Careers of the Month: September 2011 Edition

This month we feature not one career – but whole graduating classes’ worth! If you are interesting in knowing some of the first job titles of our recent graduates, visit the Career Services’ website and read their annual alumni survey results. Be sure to read the files that give the results “by major” and check out the information provided for Human Development, as well as for Psychology. Each year, Career Services asks our most recent grads to report what their first job is after graduation. Some students report the graduate program they entered instead. It’s great reading and will give you a real sense of the types of careers and educational paths students pursue. There are a few things to keep in mind as you look at these reports. First, they’ve archived the information for a few years, so there are several documents you can review. Second, students who respond to this survey are recent grads reporting their first jobs very shortly after graduation – that means these are not always their long-term career goal, but rather the job that is paying the rent while they do a more extensive career search. Finally, some of these students had double-majors and/or specific certifications beyond Human Development or Psychology (e.g., the person employed as a 5th grade teacher), and others have unique skills sets we don’t typically expect to see in our majors (e.g., the “professional basketball player”)!

Grad School Tip of the Month: Get Informed!

Be sure to take advantage of the great events planned for the fall to help you learn more about graduate school. Refer back to the PHD Club News article for more details about the October 5th and 12th sessions that organization is sponsoring on writing personal statements (part of the grad school application) and on graduate school as a whole. Career Services is also sponsoring two events on October 4th: a session on the application process for graduate school and the Graduate and Professional School Fair. Refer to their calendar of events for more details!

Did You Know…About the Human Development Diversity Requirement?

In this recurring feature, we address common questions we hear and important facts we want to share. This month we highlight the Diversity Requirement for the Human Development major.

Did you know…that the diversity course (required only for Human Development majors under catalog years 2007-08, 2008-09, & 2009-10) shows up your SIS as “unmet” for every student until their advisor asks the Registrar’s Office to slot a course in for it (even if you have already fulfilled the requirement)? Unfortunately, the computer system just can’t handle the automatic programming for this one. To meet the requirement, you need to take an ADDITIONAL ethnic studies, world culture, or travel course (above and beyond what you took for your Gen Ed requirements and beyond those classes you will count as upper-level Human Development electives). If you are a foreign language major or minor, an upper-level foreign language class (not a grammar class) that is not counting for Gen Ed can also work. If you have taken a course that you believe meets this requirement, but it is still showing up as unmet (check your SIS report to confirm that FIRST), then contact your Human Development adviser so he/she can work with the Registrar’s Office to fix the issue.

Be A Camp Lloyd 2012 Buddy!!!!


OCT. 3 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in MAC 217 or OCT. 7 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in MAC 217

Camp Lloyd, a day camp for grieving children, is a day camp held June 18 – June 22, 2012 on the UW-Green Bay Campus. Students are invited to apply to be a Camp Lloyd Buddy through our Human Development Internship Program. Applications are coming soon to the Camp Lloyd website. Due Date: October 31, 2011.

Research Assistantships: A Student Perspective

When we first started writing The Pink Flamingo, we interviewed some students engaged in internships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. We decided to conduct some new interviews with recent students. In our first installment, Matt Machnik tells us about his RA with Dr. Martin.

1. Who were you working with for your research assistantship (RA)?

Dr. Ryan Martin

2. How did you find out about the RA and go about getting it?

I first heard about the research assistant opportunities during classes. I talked to different professors about the opportunities that were available. I periodically checked the Human Development Want Ads until an RA opportunity became available that was of particular interest to me. Then, I simply emailed the professor involved with the project, filled out an application, had an interview, and was offered the RA.

3. What kinds of things did you get to do for your RA?

I was able to be involved in just about every step of the research process. There were weekly meetings held during which Dr. Martin, the other RAs, and I would discuss the different studies we were working on during the semester. We continually worked on the methodology for each of the studies, and each of the RAs was given opportunities to provide suggestions for how to improve, or “fine tune,” them.

In addition, I had the opportunity to run data collections. This was my favorite part. This involved actually carrying out the different studies we had planned. I thought it was especially enjoyable because it was great to see people completing the measures we spent so much time preparing. Afterward, I would code the data in SPSS. This process was especially helpful, as it allowed me additional practice with SPSS.

Beyond that, I completed a literature review on the subject of my choice. While the prospect of having to write a paper isn’t always exciting to students, I believe it was a great learning experience. It gave me the opportunity to spend time familiarizing myself with scientific literature, as well as hone my writing skills.

4. How do you think the RA related to what you have learned in your classes?

Generally speaking, it gave me a better understanding of the research process. Since so much of what is taught at UWGB is research driven, it is apparent that this increased understanding will be of use when considering how scientific knowledge is gained. In addition, it helped improve my ability to critically analyze scientific literature – a skill that will come in handy when completing research related class assignments.

I also feel that my experience in the RA program will be of use when completing my Honors Project/Independent Study. The RA provided an excellent example of the type of work that will be involved in developing my project. In essence, the RA was a “warm up” to the research process that I will be carrying out. I would highly recommend that anyone considering doing an Honors Project or Independent Study participate in the RA program first, as it will help them become more familiar with research as a whole.

5. How important has this RA been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?

Quite important. The experience has proved to be an asset not only when completing the coursework, but also in other projects, such as my Independent Study, as well as the internship that I am currently involved in. I strongly believe that I am a much more competent student than I was before doing the research assistantship, and this has helped enrich my educational experience here at UWGB. I also believe that the improved experience while doing my undergraduate work will also help me become a stronger graduate student. Thus, I believe the experience will pay off both immediately and in my future endeavors as well.

Editors’ Note: Wondering about getting a research assistantship of your own? Read the faculty profiles on the Human Development and Psychology websites to learn who typically works with RAs. These profiles also provide information about the research topics of interest to these professors. As registration time draws nearer for the next semester, you can also check out the department “Want Ads” to see if any openings are listed. Not all faculty members will list their opportunities there, so you should also feel free to contact professors directly to see if they are looking for RAs and find out how to apply.