December 14, 2012; Volume 7, Issue 3

We almost made it! We are almost there. Yes, the end of the semester is upon us. Before you enjoy your graduation or semester break, though, please enjoy the last 2012 offering of your favorite newsletter, The Pink Flamingo

  • Congratulations, December Graduates
  • And More Congratulations…to University Award Winners
  • And Even More Congratulations…to the Experimental Psych Poster Session Winners
  • The Pink Flamingo Mailbag
  • So…Enjoy Your Winter “Break”!

This month we feature another interview with an alum – this one working with her Master’s degree. Read more about her experiences as an undergraduate, though, and the things that made her competitive for grad school and her current job. In fact, given she works as a counselor, you might be surprised to hear how valuable she finds her Public Administration minor to be. So…read on, and be willing to consider some minors you might not have thought about before!

1. What is your name?

Jaimie Simon

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? When/where did you earn that degree?

My major was in Psychology and I have minors in Public Administration and Spanish. I graduated in 2008. I have a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that I obtained from Marquette University in 2011.

3. What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do?

I currently work for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor. My job includes providing individual counseling, group counseling, and case management for clients. Also, I am required to maintain client records to state standards.

4. How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain.

I use principles of psychology and human development daily to help me identify areas in my clients’ lives (that they may be unaware of) that are causing them difficulties. Also, I often teach my clients principles of psychology and human development that may help them make positive life changes (for example explaining cognitive development to a parent who may be struggling with his or her child’s behavior problems).

5. Was this your first job upon graduation (from college or grad school – whichever is applicable)? If not, what was your first job?

This was not my first job after I completed graduate school. I worked in a similar position as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor at Acacia Mental Health.

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/graduate school search and/or competitive as a candidate? Is there anything you didn’t do that you wish you had done?

Two things I did at UWGB really stand out as having impacted me positively in my current job. First was being a Student Ambassador. That job required me to make quick relationships with people and that has been something I do daily at my current job. The second thing that was very helpful was getting a minor in Public Administration. Having a background in more of the “business” side of things has given me an advantage over many of my peers and made me feel more comfortable regarding things like budgets, grants, and billing. I believe in time that it will also possibly help me secure a supervisory role. One thing I wished I had done that I did not was to participate in study abroad, I’m not sure this would have direct bearing on my current work life but I do believe it would have exposed me to more diversity. Regarding being competitive in terms of being accepted to graduate school, I would have to say that participating as a research assistant and then later conducting my own study were likely helpful.

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 grad school and/or employment?

I would suggest that students try to make themselves unique in some way, some way that they are passionate about. For example, when I was in school and would talk about the combination of Public Administration and Psychology, I would often get strange looks, but it has been immensely helpful since I have graduated. On a related note, I would recommend engaging in a wide breadth of experiences. College is a great time to try new things and combine different areas of study in interesting and creative ways.

Congratulations, December Graduates

 On behalf of the entire faculty, we want to sincerely congratulate our December graduates. This is a momentous occasion and one we hope you take some time to enjoy and reflect upon. You have accomplished so much in earning your college degree, and we know it has meant sacrifices, sleeplessness nights, and more along the way. Know that our good wishes are with you as you cross the stage, and you’ll probably even see the HUM DEV and PSYCH faculty standing and clapping as our majors receive their diplomas. Keep in touch!!

And More Congratulations…to University Award Winners

Just announced this week was the identity of those earning Chancellor’s Medallions, University Leadership Awards, and Who’s Who Awards at the December 14, 2012 Leadership Awards ceremony. Congratulations to all Human Development and Psychology majors and minors who will be receiving awards tonight. We are proud of you and your accomplishments! Check out the list of recipients.

And Even More Congratulations…to the Experimental Psych Poster Session Winners

The judging was rigorous, but three emerged on top.  Congratulations to the top posters of the Experimental Psychology Poster Session!  Rosie Wysocki, Paul Ahrens, Katie Turner, and Cory Samson investigated the Effects of Positive and Negative Emotional Priming on Performance and State Self-Esteem.  Laura Kempen, Heather Wogikoski, Grace Vecchie, and Ashley Ramer considered the Influence of Superhero Depiction on Audience Response to Perpetrator-Victim Scenarios.  Miranda DeMars, Amy Vaughan, and Amanda Novak studied First Impressions:  Do Glasses Matter?  All of you should be commended for a job well-done.

The Pink Flamingo Mailbag

Dear Pink Flamingo,

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how lazy you professors are.  I’ve heard you only work about 20 hours per week, have summers off, and spend the winter break just lounging around doing nothing.  Is that true?


Jealous in Janesville

Dear Jealous,

Yes, it’s absolutely true.  The vast majority of us got into this field, not because we value education, but because of how easy it is to do what we do.  When it comes to the winter break, most of us use it as a chance to sit around and relax rather than to catch up on the work we were unable to complete during the semester.  We never have meetings during this time, never go to conferences, and never spend this time planning our courses for the next semester or working on our research. 

In fact, here’s what a typical day will look like for me over the break.  When I’m ready to get out of bed (around 10:30 or so), I ring for my valet.  He brings up my clothes for the day (all new as I don’t like to wear the same thing twice) and lets me know what the cook has prepared for my breakfast.  Typically, I take my breakfast (usually eggs benedict) in the den so I can watch Saved by the Bell while I eat.  My masseuse is scheduled to arrive around noon for my hour long massage treatment.  After that, I usually take a long bath and eat the lunch that’s been prepared for me.  At that point, I’m pretty tired so I take my afternoon nap.  When I wake up, it’s around 4:00 and I like to spend the next few hours before dinner watching television or movies.  Around 7:00, my lobster dinner (I have them flown in from Maine each afternoon) has been prepared for me so I sit down to eat.  After my dessert, I adjourn to the game room (if I still have the energy) and spend the rest of the evening playing video games before bed.  My valet then brings me my cashmere pajamas, I climb into my ridiculously comfortable bed, and fall asleep to the sound of my personal orchestra playing Hush Little Baby.

It’s a glamorous life and I sometimes wonder, if what we do is so very easy and our lives are so luxurious… why don’t more people do it?

So…Enjoy Your Winter “Break”!

 Much like our professor’s description above, I am imagining that “break” isn’t quite the word you would use to describe what will happen in the weeks before the start of the spring semester. Because students never work full time, take January interim classes, work on job or graduate school applications, or do anything else when school isn’t in session, right? We know your valets are bringing you breakfast in bed, too! Please, though, seriously – be safe, be well, and enjoy the change of pace that comes with at least a little different schedule. For those of you not graduating in December, we can’t wait to see you again in the spring!