It’s our last issue of the year – filled with great news and a fun quiz/study break for the exciting prize of your very own candy bar!!
We wish we could highlight every accomplishment of our talented and dedicated students, but we simply don’t have that much server space for the blog! As we near the end of another academic year, however, we would like to highlight just a few of the amazing things achieved by you and your classmates recently.
- A number of our students presented their work at the annual UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium. Congratulations go out to: Nicole Phillips, Bradley Klinger, Erin Ehlers, Matthew Machnik, Brittaney Molina, Kaitlin Brown, Stephanie Freis, Kathryn Doll, Kaitlyn Florer, Craig VanPay, Areanna Lakowske, Rebecca Arrowood, Stephanie Lynch, and Rachel Prokop. Those final two students also presented their work at the UW System undergraduate research conference as representatives of our campus. We are so proud of all that each one of you did in developing and executing these wonderful projects.
- Three of our students have been awarded departmental scholarships for next year. First, we share a sincere thank you to all who applied – you do not know how difficult these decisions are for us to make. Second, we are thrilled for the following students whose talent and hard work earned them these scholarships. Kaitlyn Multhauf was awarded The Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship; Kristie Walker received The Matter Memorial Scholarship Recognizing Promise in Psychological Science; and Kate Darnell was recognized with the Casie Rindfleisch-Schulz Scholarship in Psychology and Human Development. Allow us to also thank the generous donors who provided these wonderful scholarships to recognize outstanding students in Human Development and Psychology.
- An enthusiastic “well done!” is also due to the 42 students who were recently inducted into the UW-Green Bay chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology, which also recognizes our outstanding students in human development. We would also like to recognize the new officers who were installed at that ceremony. They include Molly Swenty (President), Cynthia Sanchez (Vice President), Emily Vogels (Treasurer), Areanna Lakowske (Secretary), and Rebecca Senn (Public Relations).
- Many of our wonderful majors and minors will receive honors at the University’s year-end awards ceremony on May 11. They include graduating seniors and prestigious Chancellor’s Medallion recipients: Casey Calhoun, Mary DeLong, Kalli Donaldson, Erin Ehlers, Kaitlyn Florer, Stephanie Freis, Hannah Quilling, Stacy Te Stroote, Stacy Van Eperen, and Craig Van Pay. Earning coveted University Leadership Awards are: Christina Allan, Corey Arno, Emma Bretl, Kaitlin Brown, Angela Bub, Madeleine Drusch, Danielle Furton, Rachael Gardner, Ariel Hull, Tiffany Klegin, Areanna Lakowske, Lea Meulemans, Lisa Neuman, Stephanie Sielaff, and Kristie Walker
- We also want to highlight the amazing accomplishment of Stephanie Freis, who was selected to represent the senior class as the student commencement speaker at the May 2012 graduation ceremonies. Congratulations, Stephanie – we are so looking forward to hearing your remarks!
- Last, but most certainly not least, congratulations to all of our graduating seniors. Know that we are proud of you, that we will miss you, and that our very best wishes go with you.
Even though registration for summer classes has been open for four months, there are still quite a few sections open for both Psychology and Human Development classes this summer. In fact, at the time that this was written, there was at least one space available in every one of these classes.
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.
Looking forward to a summer filled with relaxation and fun? We certainly hope so. However, we hope you’ll also take some time to use your summer wisely and make yourself a more competitive candidate for jobs and/or for graduate school. Some potential ideas we have shared before but we believe are worth repeating include:
- Obtain some relevant applied experience (job, volunteer) to increase career and grad school marketability.
- Conduct an informational interview or job shadow a professional in a career of interest to you.
- Read all the great career, internship, and graduate school information on the HUD & PSYCH websites and then do additional research on career and graduate school options.
- Review your Degree Progress Report. Note the requirements you need to fulfill and make a plan for your remaining time at UWGB. Consider whether there are classes you wish to re-take or if there are skill areas you want to build before you leave. You should also check the report for accuracy every semester!
- Make a list of other great opportunities (RAs, TAs, Internships) you want to take advantage of while at UWGB and make plans for when you will apply for/complete them.
- Research graduate programs and make a list of schools to which you want to apply. Research them to find out as much as you possibly can about them, their competitiveness, and their “fit” with your background, interests, and goals. Find out what you will need to do to apply (e.g., Do you need to take the GRE? MAT? No placement test at all? How many letters of recommendation will you need? From whom?)
- Graduating next year? Study for the GRE if you need to take it! (Really, you CAN and SHOULD study for it.)
- Read some great books!!!! One of the best ways to improve your writing and critical thinking skills (not to mention your Verbal GRE scores) is to read and build your knowledge base and vocabulary.
- Take summer classes. These can be fabulous intensive learning experiences. They can also help move up your graduation date. Be careful, though, not to take on too much (e.g., we don’t recommend taking two summer courses in the same session). Also make sure you do not plan vacations or other time away during these courses. If you miss a day of a summer class, it’s like missing a full week of the regular semester.
Have fun, and come back rested and ready for an amazing 2012-13 academic year!
Last issue we told you that Dr. Bartell will be on sabbatical for the 2012-2013 academic year and Dr. Burns will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2013 semester. What will they be working on during their sabbaticals? Dr. Bartell will be working on projects related to the First Year Seminars and the WiRE relationship education project. Dr. Burns will be writing some journal articles and compiling a reader for statistics. Please join us in wishing them both a most productive and rejuvenating sabbatical!
We’re pleased to share some good news for faculty members as well. Dr. Noppe Cupit has started her term as president of Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Dr. Wilson-Doenges has won best student group adviser for her work with Zeta Omega Tau, a service-based sorority here on campus. Finally, many Psychology and Human Development faculty members were nominated for the Student Nominated Teaching Awards: Dr. Bartell, Dr. Holstead, Dr. Lorenz, Dr. Martin, Dr. Vespia, and Dr. VonDras. Three Psychology and Human Development faculty members are finalists for these awards. Dr. Zapf is a finalist for the early career award and Dr. Gurung and Dr. Wilson-Doenges are finalists for the experienced teaching award. The winners of these awards will be announced at the University Leadership Awards Program on May 11th. Here at The Pink Flamingo we’ll be crossing our feathers and hoping they win!
Lately, we’ve been hearing the following from a lot of students: “Wow, really great newsletter. You and your co-authors are obviously skilled writers as well as outstanding teachers and I applaud your brilliance. But why is it called The Pink Flamingo?
Depending on our mood, our responses range anywhere from “if you had really read The Pink Flamingo, you would know where it got its name” to “why shouldn’t we call it The Pink Flamingo? What do you have against flamingos, huh?”
As many of our faithful readers know, the real reason we call it The Pink Flamingo has to do with the lovely lawn ornaments that have graced the hallway of the MAC Hall C-Wing over the years. It might be hard to imagine now, as the our flamingo population has dwindled greatly over the last few years, but the C-Wing used to be a lush environment where flamingo lawn ornaments thrived, each dressed in anything from a leather jacket to a Packers jersey.
Of course, times have been tough in the C-Wing and many of the plastic flamingos have passed on (please don’t tell Dr. Gurung. He thinks they all went to live on his uncle’s farm). Some remain in the C-Wing but are in a sorry state of disrepair. We have tried obtaining sustainability grants in order to launch “Operation Flamingo Recovery” but, sadly, those grants tend to go to actual causes with tangible benefits rather than the purchasing and decorating of cheesy lawn ornaments. Instead of those recovery efforts, we thought we would take a trip down memory lane with a contest, the winner of which will be featured in a future issue of The Pink Flamingo and be treated to a candy bar! Enter here now!