March 30, 2012; Volume 6, Issue 5

Welcome to the special Registration Issue of The Pink Flamingo, the one and only official newsletter of Human Development and Psychology!

 

Breaking Registration News: What You Need to Know for a Successful Registration Experience

Keep reading to learn all you need to know to have the most successful registration experience possible. There are some changes for fall to be aware of, and some important reminder/tips that will make the process go more smoothly.

1. Change to Tuition Plateau Policy: As you have already been notified by e-mail, administration made a few changes related to tuition and fees that will take effect with the fall 2012 semester. One that we want to highlight for you relates to the “tuition plateau” (the idea that full-time students pay one flat rate to enroll in anywhere from 12 to 18 credits). As of the fall semester, Internet courses will now fall within the plateau, where they did not previously. If you are a full-time student taking 12-18 credits, that means you can now take Internet courses and not have to pay for them by the class above and beyond what you pay for your full-time tuition. A $20 per credit Internet course fee for any online classes does still apply. There is no Internet course fee for hybrid classes. Keep in mind that most, if not all, online classes in human development and psychology during the fall and spring semesters are offered by the Adult Degree program (see article in this issue on avoiding registration errors because there is still a priority for their students on those classes).

2. Priority Registration for Human Development Classes: As usual, HUM DEV majors and minors will have priority registration access to our upper-level courses for the first couple of weeks of registration (until April 20th). Classes that also meet requirements for other majors (e.g., HUM DEV 331 for Psychology students) will also include those majors and minors in the priority registration period.

3. Sociology/Anthropology Requirement for Human Development Majors: HUM DEV majors under our most recent catalog years need a specific upper-level sociology or anthropology course. The one class on this list that we know will be offered in the fall is the in-person section of ANTHRO 320 from 11 AM to 12:20 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If, for some reason, this class will not fit into your schedule and you are graduating in December 2012, please consult with your advisor or the Human Development Chair (Dr. Vespia) to explain your special circumstance, and we will see if another option might be possible. We hope that more options will be available in the spring semester.

Avoiding Prerequisite Error Messages in Registration

We commonly hear from students once registration begins because they are getting an error message saying they don’t meet pre-requisites for a class when they believe they have. In many cases, this is because they are trying to register for a HUM DEV or PSYCH-prefix class that is offered through the Adult Degree program. As mentioned already, the tuition plateau policy for these classes, which are online, is changing for fall. However, Adult Degree Internet classes still have as a pre-requisite that students must have a major in Nursing or Interdisciplinary Studies (an Adult Degree program), which is why you get the error message if you are instead a human development or psychology student. You can easily identify these classes by looking at the section number. They will have a section number that begins with a “1” (e.g., 1800), while our department courses have section numbers beginning with a “0” (e.g., 0001, 0002, 0800). If you do really want to take one of these classes and are not an IST or Nursing major, you will be able to register with instructor consent (only if there is still space available) after a month or more of priority access for their students only. There is no guarantee space will be available. To add to the confusion, remember that not all Internet classes are Adult Degree courses, so they don’t all have that prerequisite. Again, the key is to look at the section number.

Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President

Hello members, we have a lot of great events coming up in the month of April!

• Graduate School Series Part 1: 4/2/12 @ 3:45 p.m. in MAC 204: Dr. Burns and Dr. Martin will be presenting the basics of grad school – why to apply, how to apply, when to apply, etc.

• Graduate School Series Part 2: 4/5/12 @ 5:00 p.m. in MAC 204: Dr. Radosevich will be discussing the GRE – when to take it, how to sign up, the composition of the exam, and study tools

• Graduate School Student Panel: time and location TBA: a panel of current seniors will discuss their experiences applying to graduate school, interviewing for grad school, and answering any questions you may have.

• Club Meeting: 4/9/12 @ 4:30 p.m. in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC)

• Dr. Leslie Moore Presentation: 4/19/12 @ 5:00 p.m. in the Christie Theater: Dr. Moore is a linguist who has done a lot of work in the Somali community. She will be talking about the children and families of the Somali Diaspora, with particular attention to educational experiences.

• Club Meeting: 4/23/12 @ 4:30 p.m. in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC)

I would also like to congratulate the newly elected 2012-2013 PHD Club Officers!

Areanna Lakowske – President

Rebecca Arrowood – Vice President

Kaitlyn Multahuf – Secretary

Brad Klinger – Treasurer

Taylor Saari – Officer of Communications

If you have any questions or would like to become a member of PHD Club, please feel free to e-mail me!

Kate Florer

florkj22@uwgb.edu

Psi Chi: A Message from the President

Hello Psi Chi members!

Here are our upcoming events; we hope you’ll be able to join us!

• Graduate School Series Part 1: 4/2/12 @ 3:45 p.m. in MAC 204: Dr. Burns and Dr. Martin will be presenting the basics of grad school – why to apply, how to apply, when to apply, etc.

• Graduate School Series Part 2: 4/5/12 @ 5:00 p.m. in MAC 204: Dr. Radosevich will be discussing the GRE – when to take it, how to sign up, the composition of the exam, and study tools

• Graduate School Student Panel: time and location TBA: a panel of current seniors will discuss their experiences applying to graduate school, interviewing for grad school, and answering any questions you may have.

• Meeting/Journal Club: 4/9/12 @ 3:45 p.m. in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC)

• Dr. Leslie Moore Presentation: 4/19/12 @ 5:00 p.m. in the Christie Theater: Dr. Moore is a linguist who has done a lot of work in the Somali community. She will be talking about the children and families of the Somali Diaspora, with particular attention to educational experiences.

• Meeting/Journal Club: 4/23/12 @ 3:45 p.m. in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC)

Here are some important upcoming dates/deadlines for members to remember:

• April 20 – Graduating Seniors – deadline to order your honor cords is Friday, April 20. Cost is $13. Cash, money order, or checks accepted. Make payable to: UWGB Psi Chi. Orders should be delivered to Helene Rosner or Twila Marquardt in MAC C310.

• April 6 & 20 – Psi Chi Induction of New Members, 6 pm on April 20th, Kress Center. Note to new inductees: please RSVP to marquart@uwgb.edu if you plan to attend, and provide the number of guests that will be accompanying you by April 6th.

Contact me if you have any questions!

Kate Florer

florkj22@uwgb.edu

The Matter Memorial Scholarship Recognizing Promise in Psychological Science

The Psychology Department is pleased to announce the new $500 Matter Memorial Scholarship Recognizing Promise in Psychological Science for Psychology Majors with plans to pursue graduate study.

Dr. Chuck Matter served UW-Green Bay with distinction as an Associate Professor of Psychology and as the chairperson of the program for many years. He was responsible for mentoring many students who went on to excel in doctoral programs in psychology, as well as medical and professional schools. As a way of recognizing his dedication to undergraduate students and the field of psychology, his family has created an annual $500 scholarship specifically designed to support an outstanding psychology major who plans to pursue graduate studies after finishing his or her work at UW-Green Bay.

Applications are due April 10, 2012. For more information about applying, please contact Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges at wilsong@uwgb.edu or 465-2479.

Summer Classes Still Available

We first mentioned summer classes last October when it seemed like summer was never going to get here.  We’re back at it, though, at a time when the weather makes us feel like summer has come and gone.

 As you probably know, registration for summer classes has been up and running since January.  There are still some sections open for both Psychology and Human Development, though, so take a look. 

 Here’s what is being offered:

 Community Sciences: COMM SCI 205 Social Science Statistics

 Human Development: Introduction to Human Development; Infancy and Early Childhood; Middle Childhood and Adolescence; Dying, Death, and Loss (in person); Developmental Psychobiology; Family Development

 Psychology: Drugs and Behavior (in person); Social Psychology; Psychology of Women; Psychology of Cognitive Processes; Psychology of Emotion; Abnormal Psychology

 Note that all of these classes are expected to be Internet/Online unless “in person” is specified. Most are offered through our departments (not Adult Degree), so you won’t need to be one of their students to register as you do in Fall and Spring. Just make sure the section number begins with a “0.” If not, you may need permission from an Adult Degree instructor to register for the class.  

Want to Learn About Available Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, or Internships? Check Out the Department Want Ads

If you’re interested in research or teaching assistantships, internships, or even volunteer work, you should check out the Human Development and Psychology Want Ads, a website where faculty can post these opportunities. This is a particularly good time to look because most faculty members are looking for their fall semester assistants right now. Keep in mind that not all professors will post openings on the website, so if you don’t see someone listed, you may want to visit the faculty links on the Human Development and Psychology websites, see if that person indicates whether or not he or she usually works with RAs or TAs, and then e-mail the individual to express your interest. 

Visit the Want Ads today!   

Don’t forget, though, that these are just internal positions, and that the Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO) System through Career Services is where your job search should start. We also have very few internal internship positions. Your internship search might also involve PRO and the list of some of our past internships, but it should begin by making sure you meet pre-requisites and by talking with a faculty member and reviewing the internship policy

Did you know…? You Need to Apply for Graduation More Than a Semester in Advance

Did you know…there is an application process for graduation? Even if you do not plan to participate in the ceremony, you need to complete the on-line application to graduate within SIS. Doing so triggers the Registrar’s Office to conduct a degree audit to see if you have met/will meet by your graduation date all the requirements for graduation. It’s important to do this early enough that you could actually be notified if you were missing a requirement before you begin your final semester (and while you can still make changes to your schedule). That means December graduates should apply after they register for classes but before May 1. May graduates are to apply after they register for spring classes but before December 1, and August graduates apply after registering for summer classes but before February 1.   Find out more here

Sabbaticals: 2012-2013 for Dr. Bartell and Dr. Burns & the Return of Drs. Gurung and Noppe Cupit

As you examine the schedule of classes both for fall and next spring, you will notice some familiar names missing and some returning to the line-up. We are excited to announce that Dr. Bartell will be on sabbatical for the entire 2012-2013 academic year, and Dr. Burns will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2013 semester. What is a sabbatical, anyway? As a student, you will notice that those professors do not teach classes when they’re on sabbatical, and they might even be in a far off place like New Zealand. Sabbaticals are a chance for faculty to work on projects like writing books or journal articles that they wouldn’t normally be able to complete during the semester while they’re busy teaching, researching, grading papers, etc. Stay tuned next time for more information on what Drs. Bartell and Burns will be working on during their sabbaticals. Meanwhile, we also look forward to welcoming back Dr. Regan Gurung, who will be returning from his full-year sabbatical this year, and we are pleased that Dr. Illene Noppe Cupit is already back with us after a Fall 2011 sabbatical. Both of them have at least one new book to show for their time away, and we will feature some of their exciting work in a future issue, as well.