November 2, 2012; Volume 7, Issue

It’s what you’ve been waiting for: our never-to-be-missed all Registration-themed issue of your favorite newsletter. That’s correct; soon you’ll be able to register for Spring 2013 classes, and summer and warm breezes will be here before you know it – right? Please tell us we’re right. Then, read on!

  • Breaking News: How Avoid Error Messages and Registration Frustration with Internet Courses
  • Registration Update: Fulfilling the Anthropology/Sociology Requirement for the HUM DEV major
  • News and Events from the Psychology and Human Development Club and Psi Chi: A Message from the Presidents, Areanna Lakowske and Molly Swenty
  • Considering a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, or Internship?  Check Out the Department Want Ads
  • Study the Experience of Childhood in Jordan this Summer
  • Study Family Development In London This Summer
  • Faculty Reflections: Best Non-Major Class
  • Did you know…about January interim (Winterim) courses?
  • Careers of the Month: November 2012 Edition
  • Searching for another Human Development Professor
  • Recycling Registration Resources
  • The Pink Flamingo Mailbag

Breaking News: How to Avoid Error Messages and Registration Frustration with Internet Courses

Most internet courses for Spring 2013 (those offered through the Adult Degree Program) now have a new section number system. As you look at the course listing, all offerings have a class number (e.g., HUM DEV 345), but they also have a section number (e.g., 0001, 1200) and an SIS number (e.g., 3264 – the number you enter in SIS to register). These internet classes now have two sets of section and SIS numbers. They have both a 1200 and an 1800 section number, but those actually refer to the SAME CLASS. Confused? Just stay with me, and I’ll try to explain using the example below of Prof. White’s Human Sexuality class. These two entries are actually for one class taught by Prof. White. The class as a whole is capped at 40 students, and 15 of those seats are assigned to section 1200, with 25 seats assigned to section 1800. Again, though, it’s the same class. However, students need to register for different “sections” depending on who they are. Section 1200 is open ONLY to IST majors in the Adult Degree program, so it is listed as “open”, but it is really only open to those IST/Adult Degree students. Section 1800 is for all other students BUT there is a priority registration for Bellin Nursing students until Dec. 5th, so all other students (probably most of you reading this!) will not be able to get into the class until that date. You can, however, waitlist yourself for the class once your registration appointment day/time arrives, and I would encourage you to do so if you really want to enroll in one of these internet courses. The sooner you waitlist, the higher on the list you will likely be. The key, though, is that you can ONLY waitlist yourself for the 1800 section number. If you try to waitlist for the 1200 section number, you will get a message saying you don’t meet pre-requisites (because you are not an IST student). The good news here is that you should not have to contact the instructor for permission to register for 1800 sections of these classes once the priority registration period has passed on December 5th. Consult with your advisor if you have any questions. 

HUM DEV 345 Human Sexuality 3264 1200 LEC 3 Open       Internet   White, James M

 HUM DEV 345 Human Sexuality 3790 1800 LEC 3 Reserved Internet    White, James M

Registration Update: Fulfilling the Anthropology/Sociology Requirement for the HUM DEV major

There are three classes being offered in Spring 2013 that meet the Anthropology/Sociology Requirement for the HUM DEV major. They are ANTHRO 304 (1 section) and ANTHRO 320 (2 sections). Both are Internet classes and both are Adult Degree classes. If you are interested in these courses, make sure you carefully read our breaking news story above to avoid registration frustration! For seniors graduating in May 2013 or August 2013 only, we will also accept the following in-person classes as meeting this requirement. You will need to have the HUM DEV Chair (Dr. Kris Vespia) sign off on a course substitution form after the semester begins to get SIS to recognize that substitution. These additional class options for graduating seniors are: HUM STUD 327 Religion and the Social Order (no pre-requisites) and SOCIOL 404 Criminology (pre-requisites of Sociol 202 or Soc C D 204).

News and Events from the Psychology and Human Development Club and Psi Chi: A Message from the Presidents, Areanna Lakowske and Molly Swenty

Hi P/HD Club and Psi Chi Members! We have a few exciting events in the next couple of weeks and we would love to see you there!

 Monthly Meeting and Meet a Professor- November 12th, 4pm in MAC 201 

ROOM CHANGE!  With our fantastic attendance last month, we have decided to change our room location to MAC 201 so we will have more space.  Our monthly meeting will be at 4pm in MAC 201 on November 12th.  We will begin by discussing upcoming events and any new ideas that members would like to share.  Then Dr. Martin will be giving us a little presentation about his research on anger disorders.

 December 1st, Jingle Bell Walk/Run

We will be creating a Psi Chi/PHD team for this year’s Jingle Bell Walk/Run. The Jingle Bell Walk/Run aids in arthritis research. Registration is $22 before November 23rd and all participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt with registration! The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. sharp and at 9:45 a.m. they will be having a post event celebration with hot soup and refreshments. Watch for the link to join our team in Psi Chi’s monthly email to members. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Molly Swenty at

 Holiday Celebration, December 10th, 4-6pm in MAC 210

With finals coming up, we thought it would be a fun idea to host a holiday celebration as our monthly meeting!  The festivities will take place on December 10th at 4 p.m. in MAC 210.  We will be providing treats and a classic holiday movie.  If you cannot come right at 4pm, please feel free to stop any time before 6pm! 

 Psi Chi has buttons for sale!

The buttons are pictured below. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Molly Swenty by email ( Each button is $.50.



 P/HD Club and Psi Chi Officers

Considering a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, or Internship? 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 spring 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.

Study the Experience of Childhood in Jordan this Summer

Prof. Jill White invites you to travel with her to Jordan this summer and learn more about how children develop in this Middle Eastern context. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ethnographic method by conducting participant observation and interviewing, and will come to appreciate the diversity within Jordan by reading about and meeting Christians and Muslims, wealthy and poor, and urban and rural Jordanians. Visits to World Heritage historical sites are on the agenda as well. This is a 3 credit Human Development class that can be used to fulfill your World Culture General Education requirement. Want to know more? Read this account from a student who participated in the travel course in a previous year.  Prof. White is eager to answer your questions, so feel free to contact her to learn more!

Study Family Development In London This Summer

This summer Prof. Denise Bartell, as well as Humanistic Studies Profs. Caroline Boswell and Christopher Martin, will offer a 3 week travel course to London. The course will examine the development of the family in London from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the fields of history, human development, philosophy, and the humanities. We will explore how practices of courtship, the making of marriage, parental duties and responsibilities, and the experience of childhood both influenced social, religious, cultural and political transformations in modern London, but also how these transformations affected family life. Students will also, through a series of excursions and directed free-time, experience and critically reflect upon contemporary life in London. This 3 credit Human Development course can be used to fulfill your World Culture General Education requirement, and is a wonderful opportunity to travel to one of the most exciting cities in the world and take a uniquely interdisciplinary course on the family. We plan to hold at least one informational session about the travel course in November, but if you have questions about the course before then please contact Profs. Bartell, Boswell, or Martin or the Office of International Education.

Faculty Reflections: Best Non-Major Class

As advisors, we often hear students say things like, “I’m all done with the classes for my major; what classes should I take next?”

If you find yourself in this situation, there are actually many different options. Some students look into research or teaching assistantships, internships, or honors projects. Other students consider picking up a minor or taking extra classes for their major.

One option not enough students seem to consider is simply taking courses that are personally interesting to them. It is too bad because college is a great opportunity to try out new things and learn about topics you wouldn’t normally get a chance to learn about. Plus, those classes might end up being some of the most influential experiences you have.

In that spirit, we asked some faculty to describe a class that took that wasn’t a requirement of their major, yet had a significant impact on their personal or professional life. Here’s what they had to say.

Dr. Wilson-Doenges: I loved the class “The American Novel” which I took as a Humanities Gen Ed requirement my sophomore year at Boston University. I never read so much in one semester in my life, but that class ignited a passion for reading for fun that I have carried with me ever since. One of the books we read in that class, Winesburg, Ohio, sparked my interest in suburbia that charted a course for my future research interests in environmental psychology. Great class, great teacher, great books!

Dr. Jill White: I took a Physics class – Physics for non-Science majors – that utterly changed how I see things. Even though it was supposed to be stripped of math (it wasn’t), and geared toward those of us who hadn’t taken all the hard science pre-reqs, it was still very challenging. But it was SO WORTH IT. The class gave me a view of our universe that I would never have had without it. After every single class, I would walk around in a kind of daze, thinking “Wow, this place we live in is amazing!” And it gave me the ability to talk to people at parties about everything from quantum mechanics to electricity. I could also read newspaper and magazine articles about new space and/or particle findings without them being too far over my head. The funny thing was how much I found that the stuff I was learning in Physics mapped on, or helped me understand what I was learning in the religion class I was also taking that semester. Call it the “semester that blew my mind”.

Dr. Kate Burns: I had many non-psychology classes in college that I enjoyed so it’s hard to narrow it down to one. One course that I still think about today is “Philosophy of Science”. The class really pushed me to think about what science was and how this definition has changed over time. The professor was great and I fell in love with Thomas Kuhn. I still have one of the books from this class in my office (it’s by Kuhn, of course).

Did you know…about January interim (Winterim) courses?

In this feature, we address Winterim courses.  Did you know…that you can take a course over the Winterim session to speed up your graduation date?  We are not offering any psychology or human development courses this winterim, but there are several courses that would count toward your gen ed requirements.  Winterim courses are not a part of tuition plateau and all are Internet-based courses.  To see a complete list of which courses are being offered, go to the Schedule of Classes, change the term to Fall 2012, and change class type to January interim.

Searching for another Human Development Professor

We are searching to find a professor to replace Dr. Melissa Schnurr, who is now working for the Iowa Department of Education.  Those are big shoes to fill, but we’d like your help!  You may have different professor candidates teach one of your classes, go to lunch with you, and/or give a presentation on their research.  Your feedback is vital to this process so we’d like to hear what you think.  We will send out more details about these opportunities as they become available.

The Pink Flamingo Mailbag

Dear Pink Flamingo, 

I just learned that there’s a national election coming up.  It weird that I haven’t heard about it until now but I guess the media has been more focused on other things… like Honey Boo Boo and bad NFL officiating.  Anyway, I’m one of the many Americans who is still undecided and am wondering if you can give me some help in figuring this out.  Will you be endorsing anyone this year? 


Apathetic in Appleton

Dear Apathetic,

 Actually, The Pink Flamingo has a long history of avoiding endorsements of candidates for public office.  Our feeling has been that we don’t want to tarnish our journalistic credibility by coming out in favor or against particular candidates.  If we had come out and endorsed Thomas Dewey publicly in 1944, for example, we may have alienated his supporters who would never again trust our important updates on course changes or our career advice.  In fact, we checked our archives and learned that our last endorsement was of Rufus King in the 1816 election for President and, as I’m sure you have read, the fallout from that endorsement was very troubling.

 That said, if we were to endorse a candidate for President it would be the one who most closely adhered to the interdisciplinary, problem-focused mission of our university… and I think we all know who that is [wink wink].