April 7, 2014; Volume 8, Issue 3

Here is the April 2014 edition of the human development and psychology online newsletter. We know you never miss an issue. This month you will find helpful information about registering for classes, a new faculty member in Human Development, career options, available scholarships, upcoming events, and more. Check out the headlines below:

  • Psi Chi: A Message from the President, Becky Senn
  • Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club: A Message from the President, Taylor Saari
  • Meet Our Newest Faculty Member: Joel Muraco
  • Recycling Registration Resources
  • Sociology/Anthropology Options for Human Development Majors
  • Considering a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, or Internship? Check Out the Department Want Ads
  • Did you know…to take Methods right after Stats?
  • Career/Graduate School Tip of the Month: Increase Your Marketable Skills with Wise Course Selection
  • Career Profile of the Month: April 2014 Edition
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Human Development and Psychology Majors
  • UW-Green Bay Psychology T-Shirts on Sale

Psi Chi: A Message from the President, Becky Senn

Upcoming Events:

  • Next meeting is MONDAY, APRIL 7TH at 4-5 pm in Mac 201. We will be featuring a guest speaker Christina who will talk about jobs relating to non-profit organizations and fundraising
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH at 3-5:30 pm in Phoenix Rooms Senior Resource Fair: Stop by and order your Psi Chi cords! Only $15
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH at 6-8pm in Mac 204 is the Call Me Crazy movie premiere courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Volunteer Opportunities:

Other News:

  • Towards the end of April we will be having a grad school panel where you can ask graduating seniors what the process is like and learn the best tips for when you start applying!
  • MPA: If you are interested in attending MPA (May 1st-3rd) and carpooling/making arrangements with Psi Chi, contact Becky Senn ASAP (sennrr05@uwgb.edu)

Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club: A Message from the President, Taylor Saari

P/HD Club is looking for passionate and committed students who would like to apply to be officers next academic year 2014-2015!! All positions are open, and we will be voting at our next meeting, April 7th at 4pm.

Also, if you are still interested in joining the club research team, please contact Katy Doll at dollkv25@uwgb.edu. The team meets every other Wednesday in MAC 301 (Vista Room) from 11-12. Topic of interest is connection and engagement within the Psychology Department and the student population.

Upcoming Events:

  • Next meeting is MONDAY, APRIL 7 at 4pm in the Gathering Room (MAC 201). We will be having elections for next year’s officers.  Send a description about yourself to Taylor Saari (saartm19@uwgb.edu) if interested in running.
  • Collaborating with NAMI to have a movie presentation THURSDAY APRIL 17th at 6pm in MAC 204. Movie is Call Me Crazy and is a Lifetime Movie about living with mental illnesses in a modern society.
  • Relay for Life is APRIL 25 starting at 6pm.  Only $10 to register! Copy and paste this link to join our team: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1617134&pg=team&fr_id=58712&fl=en_US&et=taxO5OMsuHSPGn4JXGPeAA

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member: Joel Muraco

You may have noticed a new name on the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes. Teaching Middle Childhood and Adolescence and Family Development is our newest faculty member, Joel Muraco (pictured below). Human Development is thrilled to announce we will be welcoming him in August. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, and he will bring with him great teaching, research, and community outreach/service experience – and with any luck even some warmer temperatures! We’ll have a formal introduction with many more details in the fall, but for now, thank you to all of the students who were involved in the interview process, and know you will have another great resource in Professor Muraco in a few short months. You can learn more about him now by linking to his current profile at the University of Arizona: http://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/grad/joel_muraco


Sociology/Anthropology Options for Human Development Majors

Adult Degree has a limited number of seats open in courses that fulfill the Sociology/Anthropology requirement for Human Development majors.  Might we suggest taking one of the following Fall courses instead?  We will be offering 3 sections of Hum Dev 346: Culture, Development, and Health.  If you take this, it wouldn’t be able to doublecount as your gender/cultural diversity course or additional advanced coursework course.  You could instead take Socio 307: Social Theory, Socio 310: Urban Sociology, or DJS 348: Gender and the Law.  You would need to send a course substitution form to Dr. Burns once you’ve registered for one of these courses in order to have it count as your sociology/anthropology course.

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 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.

Did you know…to take Methods right after Stats?

In this feature, we address the methods course requirement.  Did you know…that you should try to take Methods (Hum Dev 302 for Human Development majors and Psych 300 for Psych majors) right after you take statistics?  You will apply your statistical knowledge in your methods course so this will help you remember as much as you can.  Whether you think about statistics as your appetizer or methods as your dessert, enjoy your meal of knowledge!

Career/Graduate School Tip of the Month: Increase Your Marketable Skills with Wise Course Selection

What skills are employers seeking in those they hire? The National Association of Colleges and Employers conducts a survey each year to find out. See the 2013 results here: http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx Year after year, you’ll find some of the same skills at or near the top of the list, such as verbal communication, writing and editing, teamwork, and organization.  Use registration for Fall as a way of developing some of those skills (and others!) that could be helpful on the job market. How? Well, take a class related to verbal communication, such as COMM 133 (Fundamentals of Public Address) or Comm 166 (Fundamental of Interpersonal Communication). Consider a class that will enhance and further document your writing skills. Think about other abilities, as well. What about a language course (e.g., Hmong, Japanese, Spanish)? What about an option for building cultural knowledge and competence, such as a World Culture, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, or First Nations Studies course? You could also consider a class that involves service learning, such as EDUC 295 (the community service section), a credit/no credit course that involves mentoring and/or tutoring youth through the Phuture Phoenix program. See: http://www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/student-resources/other-majors.asp

Career Profile of the Month: April 2014 Edition

Meet Megan Kautzer (Karas) (Class of ’07) and learn from her journey with AmeriCorps, Lutheran Social Services, graduate school, and now St. Mary’s Springs Academy. Megan has worked with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, so there is great information in here for everyone.

1. What is your name?
Megan Kautzer (Karas)

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?
Major – Psychology Minor – Human Development in December of 2007. I graduated with MS in school counseling from Lakeland College in May of 2013.

3. What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do?
I currently work at St. Mary’s Springs Academy (SMSA) as the full-time school counselor for our primary/elementary school and elementary/middle school; I work with 4 year-old kindergarten (K4) through 8th grade students. I try and split my time between the two campuses but find myself more at the elementary/middle school which houses our 3rd – 8th grade students. I teach students different life skills topics either once or twice a month, depending on the age group in a classroom setting, which students do hands on activities and have reflection homework. Some examples of life skills topics would be career awareness, multicultural awareness, bullying, goal setting, etc. I do small and large groups with students and also meet with students individually. For 5th and 8th grade students, I meet with their parents and themselves to have an Individual Planning Conference for their transitions to high school and middle school. I work closely with other staff in the buildings and also parents and build relationships with students.

4. How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain.
I use human development and psychology education in my current job by knowing what human development stage the young adults I am working with are at. I do use some counseling theories without even knowing it, understanding of their culture background, and making evaluations and scoring assessments/inventories.

5. Was this your first job upon graduation (from college or grad school – whichever is applicable)? If not, what was your first job?
My first job for 3 months after graduation from college was at a daycare but then I moved back home and started at Lutheran Social Services – Runaway and Youth Services as an AmeriCorps member for 2 years working with at-risk teenagers, doing small groups at schools, street outreach, giving presentations at schools about different life skills topics, and being an advocate for teens. After working as an AmeriCorps member, I transitioned into a new position at Lutheran Social Services as a transitional living program (TLP) case manager. The TLP program provides services for runaway, throwaway and homeless youth ages 18-21. With my help, program participants developed an individualized plan to ensure safe and stable living arrangements through an assessment of needs, life skills training and counseling to begin to make positive life changes. This program helps youth strengthen relationships and expand natural support systems. TLP is a goal driven program that encourages youth to identify and overcome barriers that lead to self-sufficiency. Another part of my job at RAYS was being a co-facilitator for the Second Chance programs – On the Right Track and Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program; these two programs were for first time offenders who, after passing the class, would get their first time wiped off their juvenile record unless they repeated the same offense before their 18th birthday.

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?
I talked to my adviser about the next step after college quite a bit, which was helpful to know what is out there in the world for Psychology majors with or without a MS. I was the president of the Psych and Human Development club for a year. I wish I was more involved during my junior year than I was and also did an internship as well. I was a Camp Lloyd buddy and have returned to help co-facilitate the healing circles for the last 3 years, but this year I will be unable to attend due to becoming a first time mom very soon.

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?
My advice would be to ask for what you need from your advisers and classmates regarding what classes to take, working effectively with groups, and listening to advice for graduate school and/or what route to take after you graduate. Make sure to attend your classes, not only when you want to, but all the time because they are beneficial in the end, trust me! A lot of what classes I took in graduate school were similar to those classes I took in undergraduate and were a great review and helped a lot. Take advantage of being a part of the Psych and Human Development Club and PSI CHI, if you get the chance. Also, please make sure to volunteer, do an internship, or job shadow to see what field of psychology or human development you would like to go into. I did several job shadows to see if I really wanted to go into several fields and that helped a lot.

Scholarship Opportunities for Human Development and Psychology Majors

There are several scholarships for Human Development and Psychology Majors with an application deadline of April 15th. If you click on the pink heading, it will lead you to the application materials.
The Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Psychology or Human Development major who best exemplifies interdisciplinary achievement both in and out of the classroom including a strong overall academic record and a record of service to the University and/or community.
The Matter Scholarship for Undergraduate Psychological Science
This $750 scholarship will be awarded to a Psychology major of at least junior standing who demonstrates a record of experiences (e.g., RA, TA, honors project, internship) consistent with clear plans to enroll in graduate or professional school upon graduating from UW-Green Bay.
The Casie Rindfleisch-Schulz Scholarship in Psychology and Human Development
This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Psychology or Human Development major of at least junior standing who demonstrates excellence in terms of active campus/community involvement. Financial need will also be considered. The recipient must be a full-time student both for the fall and spring semesters of 2014-2015.

The Stone-Delworth scholarship is another possibility for you. It is a $500 award that is open to students from all majors (including undeclared), to continuing and transfer students, and to sophomores through seniors with a GPA of 2.0 or above. It is designed to recognize students from across the university who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, particularly cultural diversity, and social justice. Students will be asked to describe that commitment and related activities in an essay. That application is also due on April 15 and can be obtained at http://www.uwgb.edu/scholarships/other/.