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”)!