October 5, 2012; Volume 7, Issue 1

Welcome to the new academic year! Okay, so we’re more than a month late in that greeting. The great thing about writing your own newsletter, though, is that you get to set your own deadlines. Don’t you wish your professors would let you do that in class? They won’t, you know, but allow yourself to dream for a moment before arriving at that bitter realization. Then, read on to find out more about Human Development’s new website, the Grad School Series happening in October, what career advice one of our proud graduates wants to share with you, and much, much more! 

  • News and Events from the Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President, Areanna Lakowske
  • News and Events from Psi Chi: A Message from the President, Molly Swenty
  • Graduate School Series Starts This Month – Don’t Miss These Important Sessions
  • Career and Graduate School Tip of the Month: Visit the Website and Get Involved
  • Career of the Month: New Alumni Profile Feature
  • Camp Lloyd Counselor Applications and Information Sessions
  • Did you know…About Courses Outside your Major or Minor?
  • Travel Courses: A Student Perspective
  • Top 5 Ways this Newsletter would be Different if it were Written by “Replacement Editors”

News and Events from the Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President, Areanna Lakowske

Happy fall semester everyone; I hope your semesters are off to a great start!  Here is a quick look at our new officers for PHD Club.

 Areanna Lakowske-President

Rebecca Arrowood-Vice President

Rebecca/Becky Senn-Treasurer

Kaitlyn Multhauf-Secretary

Taylor Saari-Officer of Communications

PHD club has several great events coming up this October, and we would love everyone to join us!

October 7th-13th: Mental Illness Awareness Week

Sunday, October 7th from 1-4pm in the Phoenix Room:  Learn how art therapy can be used in the therapeutic healing process for depression, PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders through presentations and a panel discussion.

Monday, October 8th at 4:00pm in the Vista Rooms: Our Meeting will be moved up a little bit due to a special guest speaker!  Dr. Gurung will be speaking about his research and travels from last semester.  This will be a fun and interactive meeting, so please join us in the Vista Rooms located on the 3rd floor of MAC!

Wednesday, October 10th at 6pm in MAC (Mary Ann Cofrin) Hall Room 109: Our feature presentation is “A Guy Called Dad,” a documentary about a woman whose father has schizophrenia. 

Our Graduate School Series also begins this month with presentations on Oct. 17th and 24th. Refer to the separate news item in the newsletter for all the exciting details!

If you have any questions or would like to become a PHD Club member, feel free to contact me (Areanna) at lakoam15@uwgb.edu.  Have a wonderful semester!

News and Events from Psi Chi: A Message from the President, Molly Swenty

Hello everyone and welcome back!

I want to take a second and introduce you to the 2012-2013 Psi Chi Officers:

Molly Swenty/President

Cynthia Sanchez/Vice President

Areanna Lakowske/Secretary

Emily Vogels/Treasurer

Becky Senn/Officer of Communications

We are all super excited for Psi Chi this year! Here are some upcoming events that we hope you attend!

Oct. 8th @4pm in the Vista Conference Room: We will be having our general meeting and introducing our Professor of the Month! The Professor of the Month is new to Psi Chi this year. We will be picking our Professor of Month and inviting them to present at our Psi Chi meetings on any research they are conducting or other experiences they would like to share. Attend the meeting and find out who the Professor will be!

This one is a jump ahead, but it’s so exciting we need to bring it up now!

May 2-4, MPA in Chicago: MPA is an annual meeting, held in Chicago, that features research from leading psychologists across the nation. Students are invited to present their own work at MPA. If you would like more information on how YOU can present at MPA, please email myself (swenmm10@uwgb.edu) or Dr. Gurung for more information. The submission deadline is November 11, 2012. Details and instructions are available here.  Remember, you do not need to have data collected by the time you send in your proposal.

Every year MPA has a distinguished speaker for the year’s annual meeting. This year Albert Bandura has been announced as the distinguished speaker. As if presenting your own work weren’t enough or meeting numerous leading psychologists from across the nation, you ALSO can get a chance to listen to and meet Albert Bandura.

Once again, if you have any questions about Psi Chi, please feel free to contact me at swenmm10@uwgb.edu.

Graduate School Series Starts this Month – Don’t Miss These Important Sessions

Sponsored by PHD Club, the annual graduate school series begins this month with two important presentations.

 An Overview of Graduate School: Wednesday, October 17th at 5:10 pm in MAC 237 (down the vending machines hallway).  This will be the first presentation of the three-part graduate school series.  Dr. Martin & Dr. Burns will be giving a general presentation about graduate school. All students, from the first year through seniors, are welcome to attend. In fact, this presentation may be even more helpful to you if you are further away from graduation.

Writing Your Personal Statement: Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00 pm in MAC 229 (also down the vending machines hallway). This is part two of the graduate school series. Dr. Vespia will be discussing how to write your graduate school application personal statement. Again, all students are welcome. It may be more timely for juniors and for seniors who are in the midst of the application process, but it is never too early to learn about this important piece of the application process.

Career and Graduate School Tips of the Month: Visit the Website and Get Involved

Our first tip this year for students thinking about their future careers and/or graduate school is to visit the new and improved Human Development website.  The revised site includes updated information on both careers and on graduate school. We hope you find it helpful. 

You are also lucky enough with this issue to get not just one, but two great tips! You’ll notice that the Human Development website stresses the importance of gaining skills (e.g., business, communication, a second language, cultural competence) and experience (e.g., part-time jobs, volunteer work, RA/TA, involvement in leadership activities) to make yourself marketable. What does that mean? Get involved, and get involved early! In case you are not sure where to begin, here are a few sample options that have crossed our editorial desk recently.

Volunteer work: One great way to find volunteer opportunities in the area is to visit the website for the Volunteer Center of Brown County. Just “Volunteer Now” and you can actually enter your interests and use a searchable database to find some great local options.

Multicultural competence: Thinking about enhancing your cultural competencies? One great option is the annual Ally Conference on October 20th.  Registration is free and open now.  You get a free t-shirt and dinner at the event, but space is limited, so don’t delay. More events for the semester are listed in the Human Mosaic, and the Mauthe Center also sponsors such events, such as October 18th’s Native American social and a series in November designed to increase awareness about Islam.

Leadership, communication, and group skills: One great way to potentially enhance your communication, leadership, and group work skills is through involvement in student organizations. This is particularly true if you are very active in the organization or take on a leadership role. There’s something for everyone on campus.  Check it out!  There are also new organizations beginning all the time. For example, one new club on campus this semester is the Sign Language Club [Contact Ashley Letourneau (Letoak04@Uwgb.edu) if you want to learn more about this one.]

Career of the Month: New Alumni Profile Feature

With this issue, we start something new with our Career of the Month feature. Instead of profiling one or two potential jobs for our students, we will profile an alum of one or both of our programs so you can learn about the actual career path of a graduate! The first former student we feature is employed right here on campus – a big PF thanks goes to Elaina Koltz.

 1.      What is your name?  Elaina Koltz

 2.      What was your major and minor at UW-Green Bay, and in what year did you graduate? Do you have a graduate degree (MS/PhD), and, if so, in what field? My degree is in Human Development and Psychology.  I do not have a graduate degree yet.

 3.      What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do? I am currently a financial aid adviser (30%) and veteran services adviser (70%).

There are 425 students at UW-Green Bay that use veteran education benefits.  As Veteran Certifying Official for UW-Green Bay, I guide veterans through the maze of veteran’s benefits and financial aid.  This involves interviewing the student when they first arrive and determining their veteran benefits and financial aid.  Each student veteran who walks through the door has benefits unique to their experiences in the military.

 4.      How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain. I chose Human Development and Psychology because I knew I would be working with a group of students who were not traditional students and who have lived some unique, live-changing experiences. 

Many of the veterans I work with have service-related disabilities and transitioning issues.  As a result, I work closely with our disability office, our counseling and health office and the dean of student office.  I also work closely with veteran offices in the community like the Green Bay Vet Clinic, the Veteran Center and surrounding county veteran offices.  When a service member does not get paid and it turns into a hardship case, I advocate for him/her with the local congressman’s office.  In this position I have had to deal with homelessness, the aftermath of suicide and destructive behavior.  There have been times when I have a student in tears in my office.  Although it is not my job to counsel students, I have to know when it is necessary to walk them to the counseling and health office to meet with a counselor. 

The courses I took in psychology and human development that dealt with stress-related problems became very important.   Many of these veterans/students have come back to school after being in an extremely high state of stress for over a year.  Also, PTSD, TBI and suicidal behavior became familiar topics I dealt with each semester.  I learned how important it is to have a strong support group; both for myself and the students.     

 Also, a large number of veterans are adult students who went from high school right into the military.  They may not have taken college prep courses in high school or even the SAT/ACT and they are very anxious about jumping into the role of student.  Sometimes they need to be encouraged to seek out tutoring or additional help.  These are people who do not usually ask for help.

 5.      Was this your first job upon graduation? If not, what was your first job? I was already in the position of Veteran Certifying Official at UW-Green Bay when I graduated in 2006.  My graduation was well timed because of the rise in number of veterans returning to school from the recent wars.  My position was re-evaluated in 2009 and it went from a classified position to an academic staff position.  I even had to reapply and interview for this upgraded position.  Having a degree in human development and psychology helped me to secure this position.

 6.      What kinds of things did you do as a student (e.g., specific classes taken, independent studies, working with your advisor or career services, volunteer work, part-time jobs) that you believe made you successful in your job search and/or competitive as a job candidate? Is there anything you didn’t do, that you wish you had done? Courses in human development theory, counseling across the lifespan, personality theory and abnormal psych were courses I found helpful.  Although I did not take an internship, I felt I was consistently in an internship in my current position as veteran certifying official.  I was constantly absorbing new information helpful to my job.  I also took on additional responsibility as the veteran student club advisor.

7.      What advice would you give to current UW-Green Bay human development and/or psychology students with regard to making the most of their education and making themselves maximally competitive for employment post-graduation? Take your courses seriously.  There is always a chance you will use what you learned in your future, especially from the psychology and human development area.  Unless you live in a glass case, you will be dealing with people. 

Take advantage of any internship opportunities and volunteer in the community.  Use volunteer opportunities to determine if a certain job position is right for you.

Camp Lloyd Counselor Applications and Information Sessions

Applications for becoming a Camp Lloyd Buddy are available from now until October 31st.  The Internship is open to HUD and Psych majors who will complete Dying, Death and Loss (HumDev 344) prior to the start of camp, which is June 15 – 21, 2013.  You DO NOT have to have the course taken at the time of filling out the applications.  The requirements for this Internship are similar to those of other HUD/Psych internships.  Get your application and further information here.  In addition, we are holding two information sessions on Camp Lloyd: “Be A Buddy At Camp Lloyd.” Information Session 1:  October 2 4:00 – 5:00 MAC303; Information Session 2 October 5 12:30 – 1:30 MAC 303

Did You Know…About Courses Outside your Major or Minor?

In this feature, we address courses outside your major or minor.  Did you know…that you can take courses outside your major or minor to make yourself more marketable for jobs and/or grad school?  You can also take courses that are personally relevant.  Many students find that they need to take classes beyond their Gen. Ed. and major/minor requirements to fulfill the 120 credits needed to graduate.  Why not take some classes in business, English, political science, etc.?  These outside courses may allow you to stand out from other job and grad school applicants, develop expertise in other areas, and maybe even spark new interests.

Travel Courses: A Student Perspective

There are a growing number of travel course options for Human Development. Here we ask Jenna Gmeinder about her recent experiences traveling to Jordan with Dr. Jill White’s class.

1. What travel course did you go on?

I went to Jordan in the Middle East. It was a combined course for Human Development and Humanistic Studies.

2. What kinds of things did you do for the travel course?

For the travel course we went to many historic sites all over Jordan. We saw one of the seven wonders Petra, swam in the Dead and Red Seas, and went on a camel ride in the desert where we slept under the stars at a Bedouin camp. Most mornings we had group class for group discussion and the history behind what we were doing each day for a great understanding. We also visited a Youth Resource Center, where we were going to get our service learning experience.

3. How do you think the travel course related to what you have learned in your classes?

In a lot of the classes at UWGB we learn about theories and how they are applied cross culturally; when in Jordan I could see those theories in play. I think it was easier to see the theories by being an outsider in a different culture that is new to you.

4. How important has this travel course been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?

I believe it has been very important. UWGB values diversity and you get to see how diverse the world really is.

5. What advice would you give to a student who’s never done a travel course before?

Go on a travel course and go somewhere you might never have a chance to go to otherwise. Through the travel course you learn so much more than what you would have going by yourself, and you get to experience the place much more than just a tourist would.

Top 5 Ways this Newsletter would be Different if it were Written by “Replacement Editors”

Okay, this story starts with a confession. Our regular humor editor was unavailable this month, so you are only getting a Top 5 list instead of the Top 10 list, and we make no guarantees it will actually be funny. We are also going for the easy laugh at others’ expense, knowing how much Green Bay Packer fans just loved those replacement referees. In their honor we contemplated a world in which our beloved Pink Flamingo was written instead by replacement editors.

5. Professional newsletter editors have PhDs in psychology. Replacement newsletter editors would have their advanced psychology education from watching episodes of Dr. Phil and their favorite “Real Housewives” franchise.

 4. Sentences like “geting a job in humen developmint should simpel if you are wel-preparedd” would make the final version because replacement editors would see them as the verbal equivalents of a touchdown (or was that an interception?).

3. Finding Roger Goodell’s inbox full, students would flood the Chancellor’s Office with tweets demanding the return of the “real editors.”

2. The National Enquirer would issue a press release saying they had fired the PF replacement editors 6 months ago for poor performance, so they don’t understand why another respected publication would hire them.

And, the #1 way the newsletter would be different if it were written by replacement editors:

1. It might actually be worth reading for a change.