February 23, 2012; Volume 6, Issue 4

  • Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President
  • Psi Chi: A Message from the President
  • Making the World a More Beautiful Place: Thanks to Some Current and Former UW-Green Bay Students
  • Careers of the Month: February 2012 Edition
  • Career Tip of the Month
  • Grad School Tip of the Month: Attend the Spring Graduate School Series
  • Internships: A Student Perspective (Special Bonus Edition)
  • Did You Know…About the Methods Requirement?
  • Exciting Adventures Await You!
  • Student Good News
  • The Pink Flamingo Mailbag

Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President

Welcome to the new semester, PHD Club members! We have some exciting events planned for this semester!  Here are several of the events we have planned:

  • • Meeting: 2/27 from 4:30-5:00 in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC) – at this meeting we will be electing the officers for the 2012-2013 year, if you are interested and have not already informed me of your interest, please let me know ASAP!
  • • Movie Night: 3/5 @ 4:00, location TBA
  • • Relay for Life: 3/31 – if you want to join the Psi Chi and PHD Club team please bring $10 (registration fee) to the next PHD Club meeting or contact me if you are unable to make it to the next meeting.

If you have any questions, or would like to join PHD Club, please feel free to contact me, Kaitlin Florer, at florkj22@uwgb.edu

Psi Chi: A Message from the President

Hello Psi Chi members!

First I want to welcome all of our new members; we are excited to have you!  We have some events coming up in the next few weeks that we would like to inform you about!

  • • If you received an invitation to join Psi Chi, the deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, February 24. Please bring application materials and $65 fee (cash or check made payable to UWGB-Psi Chi) to Helene Rosner in MAC C310.
  • • Meeting and Journal Club: 2/27 from 3:45-4:30
  • • Movie Night: 3/5 @ 4:00, location TBA
  • • Relay for Life: 3/31 – if you want to join the Psi Chi and PHD Club team please bring $10 (registration fee) to the next Psi Chi meeting or contact me if you are unable to make it to the next meeting
  • • Put Friday, April 20th on your calendar. That is the date set for the Psi Chi Induction Ceremony. Details to follow.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Kaitlin Florer, at florkj22@uwgb.edu

Making the World a More Beautiful Place: Thanks to Some Current and Former UW-Green Bay Students

Kimberly Martiny, a UW-Green Bay Psychology and Art student, recently teamed up with the Brown County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to coordinate an art based project for Diversions, a temporary home for individuals recovering from mental health issues.

The project was funded by NAMI Brown County, who worked with Tradewinds Art Supply to provide the supplies. After 5 months of hard work and donated time from more than 15 artists (most of them current or past UW-Green Bay students), 87 paintings were completed and, last November, were installed at Diversions.

Artists involved in the project (some of whom also have links to Psychology and Human Development) included Matthew Pickard, Emily Bartos, Beth Servais, Jason Keller, Kristin Gregiore, Rich Rouse, Amber Bork, Garrett Hetzel, Ashley Sixt, Ali Stalsburg, Alyssa Falvey, Jen Aldrich and Kimberly Martiny. Additionally, Lauren Garrison worked on a number of paintings with high school students to complete their volunteer and service hours for school requirements. All of the work now proudly hangs in Diversions for clients to enjoy.

Careers of the Month: February 2012 Edition

In this month’s edition of the ever-popular Careers of the Month series we explore some service options that many students find appealing. We do have some alums who have participated in AmeriCorps Vista, and UW-Madison is both historically and currently one of the schools that supplies the most graduates to the Peace Corps. Learn more about AmeriCorps Vista and the Peace Corps and the possibility of gaining valuable job skills while serving in the United States or internationally.

Career Tip of the Month

Are you looking to increase your chances of success in the job market? Make sure to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities provided by our fabulous Career Services’ office. To view their schedule of events for this semester, which includes sessions on interviewing and resumes, as well as the can’t-miss Spring Job and Internship Fair (coming March 7), connect to the blog that they run out of their office.  Yes, they also have a blog, and we encourage you to check it out, but don’t forget, we thought of it first – and we have pink flamingos on ours.

Grad School Tip of the Month: Attend the Spring Graduate School Series

We usually offer a series of fall talks dedicated to the graduate school process. We’re excited to announce we will be offering a spring series for the first time, as well. Dr. Martin and Dr. Burns will present on the basics of graduate school (how to apply, get in, etc.). This talk is aimed at first and second year students, but all are welcome to attend. They presented this talk in the fall semester, but are hoping to reach a larger audience by presenting it twice a year. We also are excited to offer a first-ever panel discussion of graduating seniors who will be attending graduate school in the fall. They will be talking about their own experiences with the graduate school process to give you some great tips straight from the source. Finally, we will be presenting a session on how to study for the GRE (the test you will likely need to take if you want to go on to graduate school). We will let you know the dates and panelists for these events when they become available, so stay tuned!

Internships: A Student Perspective (Special Bonus Edition)

In preparation for fall registration, which will be upon us before you know it, the PF is proud to bring you interviews with not just one, but two students who recently completed internships! See below to learn more about how the students (Chris Kuhn and Bao Thao) found their internships and what they learned. If you are interested in pursuing an internship yourself, make sure that before you do anything else you read the appropriate human development and psychology internship policies and then consult with a faculty member who would be an appropriate sponsor for you. Please also remember that internships are not the only way to gain this great, applied experience; volunteer work and paid employment opportunities can be equally valuable.

Brown County United Way by Chris Kuhn

1. Where did you complete your internship?

Brown County United Way

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

I talked with my Psychology advisor about opportunities in the community that I could get involved with. She was a board member for the Brown County United Way, and suggested that I intern with their organization. She set up a meeting with who was to become my internship supervisor, and we went from there.

3. What kinds of things do you get to do on your internship?

I interned specifically with the Community Partnership for Children department of the Impact Council. My main project was working through data to collect information on the developmental milestones of children age 0-3. The data was used to create a tool that could be used to measure healthy development in the community’s infants. Besides working on that project, I was able to observe the 2-1-1 Call Center (a hotline that connects community members with local services.)

4. How do you think the internship relates to what you have learned in your classes?

Many of the classes that I had taken relate to the healthy development of children. Infancy and Early Childhood stressed the importance of childhood development and how it has long-term implications throughout life. The work I was a part of showed the effort the community was making in order to ensure that healthy development.

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

The internship brought my knowledge full circle with its real-world application. Sitting in class, students are only able to learn about the topics in theory. Being able to experience the issues in an applied setting really highlighted the lessons that were being taught in class. Drawing the connections between class content and application was a very valuable learning experience.

Phuture Phoenix by Bao Thao

1. Where are you doing your internship?

I did my internship with Phuture Phoenix and worked on campus and at Preble High School.

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

I talked to my advisor about my future plans, and she suggested that doing the Phuture Phoenix internship would help me to get experience and work towards my future goals. I also saw the internship advertisement in the Pink Flamingo newsletter. From there, I contacted the Phuture Phoenix advisor and was then given an interview.

3. What kinds of things do you do on your internship?

As a fall semester intern (compared to a spring semester intern), I had the opportunity to experience, behind the scenes, about 1,400 fifth grade students come on campus and spend a day in the life of a college student. We did much planning for the two Phuture Phoenix days, and it was another year of success! Also, throughout the semester, I co-ran an extracurricular activity at Preble High School called FLITE (Future Leaders Inspired Through Empowerment). During this time, high school students came in to gain college knowledge and hear from different professionals in a variety of careers (arranged by us). In addition to that, I tutored at-risk high school students at Preble High School and served as a role model to them.

4. How do you think the internship relates to what you have learned in your classes?

The internship relates a lot to my Middle Childhood and Adolescence class. This was because I worked with students that were in the adolescence stage, and I used much of the knowledge I gained from this course. Another class that my internship experience related to was Multicultural Counseling and Mental Health where cultural competence and cultural sensitivity is important, for I worked with many students of different cultural backgrounds.

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

This internship has made a big impact on me. It has helped confirm that school counseling is what I want to go into, and that high school students are the population I would prefer to work with. I feel that this internship has given me more experience and has benefitted me in many ways. Even though my internship has already expired, I decided to continue tutoring because knowing that not only has this internship made an impact on me, but that I have also made an impact on these students gives me great satisfaction.

Did you know…About the Methods Requirement?

In this feature, we address the methods requirement for majors and minors. Did you know…that Human Development and Psychology double majors need to take both Developmental Research Methods and Experimental Psychology? Those with a Psychology minor only (i.e., not also a Human Development major) can take either one of these courses, and Human Development minors only (i.e., not also a Psychology major) are not required to take either one. For single majors, you will need to take the course specific to your major (Experimental Psychology for Psychology majors and Developmental Research Methods for Human Development majors).

Exciting Adventures Await You!

Learn about children, parents, culture, and the life course in South Africa or Jordan. Earn 3 credits in Human Development, Global Studies, or Anthropology for three weeks of immersion in a faculty-led trip abroad. Not only will you have the chance to deepen your expertise in human development, you will build relationships with faculty and other students, make friends with people across the globe, and find out wonderful things about yourself. Applications are due online on March 1. Several scholarships are available, but have their own deadlines, so don’t wait!! Jill White is eager to answer your questions about the trip to Jordan, and can be reached at whiteji@uwgb.edu. Illene Cupit is delighted to answer any enquiries about South Africa at cupiti@uwgb.edu.

Student Good News

As usual, you and your fellow students are accomplishing great things. Please read on to learn more and be inspired about different ways you might get involved both on campus and in the community. Not only are we proud of our students, as always, but it is important to point out that these are the kinds of experiences that can enhance your own learning, provide valuable service to others, and result in marketable skills that increase competitiveness for jobs and graduate school.

  • Some current students and very recent alumni will be participating in the national convention of the American Psychological Association this August based on their own honors projects or independent studies or serving as research assistants to faculty members. We hope we aren’t missing anyone, but we know that Nikki Clauss, Tonya Filz, Stephanie Freis, and Amy Weise are all co-authors on different research presentations for this conference. Congratulations to all!
  • Rebecca Arrowood was prominently featured in a recent newspaper article for her volunteer work with NAMI Fox Valley where she is involved in a life coaching program for individuals with mental illness. You can see the full article in the Post Cresent.  Great work, Rebecca!

The Pink Flamingo Mailbag

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BRD IN BLGY

[Translation: Dear Pink Flamingo. I'm texting this to you because I'm in class so please forgive the txt speak. I've been hearing a lot about budget cuts lately and am wondering if we should expect any changes in the quality of journalism afforded to us by the Pink Flamingo. There's nothing I love more than reading about the fascinating comings and goings in the Human Development and Psychology departments and I would be devastated if your fine publication were diminished in any way. Sincerely, Bored in Biology]

Dear Bored,

First of all, stop texting in class. I’m certain your professor has noticed (we almost always do) and if he/she hasn’t said something to you about it, it’s because he/she is too busy laughing over the fact that you think you’re getting away with it. Alternatively, he/she has said something to you about it but you didn’t notice because you were texting. It’s probably the latter.

Second, that may have been the first time anyone has ever used the words “QLTY”, “JOURNLSM”, and “PNK FLMNG” in the same sentence (at least without ending that sentence with “LOL”, that is). You’re right to be concerned about the budget cuts. This is a tough time to be in the field of departmental newsletter editing and we’ve had to make some fairly substantial sacrifices. We were just informed by our chief editor that we can no longer afford our chocolate fountain, that our masseuse can only come in three times a week instead of the five we are accustomed to, and that we will have to send our guard puggle to live on our uncle’s farm (at least that’s where I was told he will go to live). We even had to cancel the opening ceremony performance by Lady Gaga at this year’s Pink Flamingo Annual Conference and move the location (see photo below; we love the decor and the low weekly rates, but it’s not ideal for an international conference). We were able to book Ke$ha for entertainment instead, but it’s just not the same, and she’s not happy about the acoustics in the new venue, either.

I’m kidding, of course. Newsletter editing isn’t nearly as glamorous as it’s made out to be by the media, and the vast majority of editors could have made more money doing something different. We chose to edit newsletters because we love the work, and even though it will be impossible to maintain the same level of quality with fewer resources, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to bring you the high quality newsletter you deserve.

Sincerely,

 The Pink Flamingo