March 26, 2013; Volume 7, Issue 4

No, you didn’t miss our typical “welcome to the new semester issue” in January. We are ashamed to admit there wasn’t one; in fact, this is our first issue of the spring semester. Yes, your editors have been delinquent, so allow us to welcome you back from winter break, send our best wishes that spring decides to arrive at some point, remind you of our summer 2013 class offerings, and prepare you for fall 2013 registration. How’s that for an issue for all seasons! Yes, we know – pretty lame, but we’re down an editor with Dr. Burns on sabbatical, and we have quickly discovered she is the wind beneath this particular flamingo’s wings. Without further delay, here’s our special registration issue.

  • Special News Alert: Some University-Level Registration Issues
  • Breaking News: Psychology Course Changes for Fall
  • Hot Off the Presses: Human Development Registration Updates
  • Recycling Registration Resources
  • Don’t Forget Summer Classes
  • PHD Club and Psi Chi Update
  • Welcome Brenda Beck
  • Scholarship Applications Due this Week!
  • Did You Know… about Our Departmental Want Ads?
  • Student Good News
  • Career of the Month: Another Alumni Profile

Special News Alert: Some University-Level Registration Issues

1. Registration Hold for ALL Students: Because of a new policy in Student Affairs, every student had a hold put on their registration about 2 weeks before registration began. You can remove it yourself in SIS by following the instructions on this website: Before you try to register for classes, make sure you don’t still have that “payment agreement” hold listed in SIS. If you do, and you have already followed the steps that were supposed to remove it, contact the Bursar’s Office. You should also direct any questions to them. 

2. Adult Degree Classes, Section Numbers, and Priority Registration: This is something you dealt with last semester, but remember, Adult Degree classes (which means most online classes for fall) are using a new section number system. As you look at the schedule of classes, you will see that all courses have a class number (e.g., ANTHRO 320), a section number (e.g., 0001, 0800, 1200), and an SIS number (e.g., 9787 – the number you enter in SIS to register). If you see an online class with a section number beginning in “0” (e.g., 0800 or 0801), it is a “regular” class, and you can register for it as you would any other class at UW-Green Bay. If you see an online class with a section number beginning in “1” (e.g., 1200, 1800), it is a class offered through Adult Degree, and that’s where the differences begin. Adult Degree classes are restricted in many ways to their program’s students, and they 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. See example below using Anthropology 320. These two entries are actually for one class taught by the same instructor. The class as a whole is capped at 35 students, and 30 of those seats are assigned to section 1200, with 5 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 may be a priority registration for Bellin Nursing students until a much later date, so all other students will not be able to get into the class (if there are any seats remaining) until after that date. You can, however, waitlist yourself for one of these classes at the time of your registration appointment. If you want a chance at getting into one of these classes, that is what I would encourage you to do. The sooner you waitlist, the higher on the list you will be. The key, though, is that you can ONLY waitlist yourself for an 1800 (or 1801 or 1802) section number – not the 1200 or 1201 number. Adult Degree instructors have been told not to grant closed course waivers, and there is no guarantee that any non-IST students will get into these classes. I would not encourage you to see them as a high probability options, but we do typically have some students ultimately get into these classes. The great news for ANTHRO 320 is that two “regular” sections (0800 and 0801) are being offered for fall (see “Human Development Registration Updates” story).

ANTHRO 320 Myth, Ritual, Symbol and Religion LEC 1200 10380 1   Open 30 0 0 30
ANTHRO 320 Myth, Ritual, Symbol and Religion LEC 1800 10721 1   Open 5 0 0 5

Breaking News: Psychology Course Changes for Fall

There are some changes you should know about for Psychology classes that become effective for Fall 2013:
1. Experimental Psychology: Experimental Psychology will be a writing emphasis class beginning in the fall. Students who take class from that semester forward will receive credit for an upper-level writing emphasis course. That approval is not retroactive; students who completed the course this spring or before will not have it count for WE credit.

2. Counseling across the Lifespan: Counseling across the Lifespan has a new title. It is still PSYCH 438, and it still counts in the same way toward the Psychology major, the Psychology minor, and the Human Development major. The new title is Counseling and Psychotherapy. Under its new title, it also will not be a writing emphasis class. Students who took the class previously (as Counseling across the Lifespan for spring 2013 or before) will still receive WE credit, but students from Fall 2013 onward will not.

3. Psychology and Culture: After a couple year absence Psychology and Culture is back! As a reminder, it is an upper-level elective for the Psychology major and minor. It is also a world culture class for General Education. The prerequisites have also been changed. They are now PSYCH 102 and soph. standing. You do not need a research methods class first.

Hot Off the Presses: Human Development Registration Updates

Here’s all the news you can use related to registration for Human Development for fall.
1. Priority Registration: As usual, our upper-level Human Development classes will say “reserved” next to them on the schedule because we will be giving registration priority to Human Development majors/minors. In some cases (e.g., psychology students for the core classes, senior social work students for Family Development), other groups are also included in that priority, which lasts for at least 2 weeks.

2. Electives: In case you are looking for it, there are no planned sections of Human Sexuality for fall through either Human Development or Adult Degree. Human development is only offering 1 section of Cross-Cultural Human Development (an additional one may be offered through Adult Degree), but we will have 3 sections of Culture, Development, and Health, which counts in the same upper-level elective category for the major. Overall, we are offering 11 sections of upper-level Human Development electives, so students should have a good selection of options.

3. Sociology/Anthropology Requirement: Dr. Jill White is teaching two fully on-line sections of ANTHRO 320 Myth, Ritual, Symbol, and Religion in the fall – a class that meets the upper-level Anthroplogy/Sociology requirement for the Human Development major. She is teaching them fully online which will maximize the number of students who can work them into their schedules. If you are a Human Development student, you will be able to register for these two sections (sections 0800 or 0801 only) at the time of your registration appointment. If you want to get into the class, it is crucial you register ASAP. Because these are Anthropology courses, not Human Development, our majors and minors do not have registration priority other than what they have based on their credit status (e.g., being a senior). You will be competing with students from all other programs for seats. Note that there are additional sections of ANTHRO 320 offered through Adult Degree. Our students will not be able to register for those at the time of the registration date unless they are also an interdisciplinary studies major (i.e., an Adult Degree student). If sections 0800 and 0801 are full and have long waitlists, however, you can waitlist yourself for sections 1800 or 1801 at the time of your registration appointment, and you should do so to get the highest waitlist position possible. Keep in mind, though, that there is absolutely no guarantee you will get into the class from the waiting list – no matter how high you are on that list.

Other options for this requirement for fall:

ANTHRO 340 Medical Anthropology (P: Anthro 100) – offered online through Adult Degree. Remember registration restrictions apply (see Special News Alert: Some University-Level Registration Issues story)

For graduating seniors only, if there is an upper-level (300 or 400 level) Sociology class you would like to take that does not fall on the current list of options (but you meet the pre-requisites for it), consult with Dr. Vespia to see if she would consider a would consider signing off on this as a course substitution for the ANTHRO/SOCIOL requirement.

Don’t Forget Summer Classes

Not enough options for you for fall? Don’t forget about summer! Human Development and Psychology both have a number of offerings, many of which are online. There is also an online section of Social Science Statistics (COMM SCI 205). Act now if you are interested. Registration for these courses opened in January, and some options are closed at this point.

PHD Club and Psi Chi Updates

First of all, congratulations to our 2013-2014 Officers!

Psi Chi Officers

President: Rebecca Senn

Vice President: Samantha Zweerink

Secretary: Timothy Zietz

Public Relations: Amarra Bricco

Treasurer: Kayla Klemm

PHD Club Officers

President: Taylor Saari

Vice President: Lauren Vieaux

Secretary: Katy Doll

Treasurer: Becky Senn

Public Relations: Amarra Bricco

Also, although we don’t have the details yet, be on the lookout for more information on these upcoming events.

  • GRE Information Session in April
  • End of the Year Bunch in April 
  • Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Conference from May 1st -May 4th

We would also like to congratulate all the students presenting at MPA and for the increase in student participation!

We hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Happy Spring Semester,

Psi Chi & PHD Club Officers

Welcome Brenda Beck

You may have noticed a new smiling face in MAC C310. Please join us in welcoming Brenda Beck, our wonderful new full-time Academic Department Associate and office manager, is the person who can help direct you to faculty offices in the C wing, assist you with Psi Chi membership checks and honor cords, and much, much more. She comes to us with significant experience at the University, including with the Phuture Phoenix program. Welcome, Brenda!!

Scholarship Applications Due this Week!

Applications for our departmental scholarships are due this week (March 29, 2013). If you’re interested, please make sure to visit the Human Development and Psychology websites (depending on your major) to learn more about the selection criteria and download the applications. Most of these awards are open to both human development and psychology majors, but two of them are specific to one major or the other. See: and

Did you Know… About our Departmental Want Ads?

Did you Know… About our Departmental 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 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.

Student Good News

As usual, our students have been accumulating honors and doing wonderful things. Here’s just a sampling of the great student accomplishments we have to celebrate.  Our heartiest congratulations are extended to all!!!

  • Fifty-six students were inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology and human development students.
  • As you saw above, new officers were elected for Psi Chi and the Psychology and Human Development Club.
  • Rebecca Gonnering recently made a presentation with her mentor, Prof. Christine Smith, at the national conference for the Association for Women in Psychology.
  • Many current and former students will be presenting their own research or be co-authors with Professors Regan A.R. Gurung, Ryan Martin, or Kris Vespia on their research at the upcoming Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. These students include: Patrick Adams, Rebecca Arrowood, Sarah Bohman, Kate Florer, Stephanie Freis, Anna Girdauskas, Areanna Lakowske, Rian Lamb, Katie Manders, Kaitlyn Multhauf, Sharayah Preman, Elise Rittenhouse, Karissa Ryan, Seenia Thao, Lauren Vieux, Emily Vogels, Christy Woods, Samantha Zweerink

Career of the Month: Another Alumni Profile

In a new recurring feature, we share information from graduates in different careers. This month we profile an alumna who started off on one career path and transitioned to another. Benefit from her experience by reading on!

1. What is your name? Nina McCormick

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? Major in Psychology, Minor in Human Development, and class of 2009. I attended graduate school at UW-Stout for a MS in Mental Health Counseling but I did not complete my degree. I’m debating going back to finish when my kids are older.

3. What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do? I am a Special Education Aide at Genesee Lake School, which is part of the Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center. I work one-on-one with children/adolescents in their ICARE classrooms, which stands for Innovative Care for Autism and Related Disorders. The students in my particular classroom would be considered “lower functioning”, and it is my job to help individuals not only with academics, but also with social skills, personal care, etc. For example, I might take a student to a doctor appointment, then come back to school and work on how to fold towels or how to communicate what day of the week it is using an iPad. I spend my entire day with the student, helping them eat lunch, taking them for walks outside when they need a break, and trying to focus on building a relationship with them. I also work on the units occasionally as a Residential Counselor, which I really enjoy, but the hours aren’t compatible with having young kids that you need to find child care for.

4. How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain. I use both my psychology and human development education in my job to some degree. At Genesee Lake School all our students have either a developmental disability or a mental illness that is too severe to allow them to do well in a regular public school environment. I would say the majority of our students have also witnessed significant trauma and abuse before they came to us. Having a background in Psychology and Human Development has definitely given me an advantage at my job.

5. Was this your first job upon graduation? If not, what was your first job? No, my first job was with Wisconsin Early Autism Project. I also worked in child care for several years.

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? I personally chose to do an internship at the Golden House working specifically with children there. I have always wanted to work with kids, and that’s a passion of mine that has never changed. This was not only good experience, but it definitely looks good on a resume.

I had two part-time jobs while I was in college, one of which was in child care, and the other was teaching yoga classes.

The only thing I wish I would have done more of is volunteer my time in the mental health field.

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? Don’t get discouraged if you are not planning to go on to graduate school. The reality is that it can be difficult to find a job in social services/mental health without at least a master’s degree, but as wonderful as those programs are, they are not for everyone. All my life I wanted to be a therapist and once I was in graduate school and actually started doing supervised counseling, I decided it wasn’t for me at this time in my life. I love what I do now, but I had to work my way up to it. The great thing about my job is there is so much room to grow. Get as involved as you can, volunteer, study hard, and enjoy what you do. This may not be the highest paying field out there, but I think it can be one of the most rewarding.