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There are wonderful resources available for students as they consider jobs and/or graduate school after they finish their degrees here at UW-Green Bay.

The career portions of the Human Development website were revised substantially this summer. Although designed for Human Development, much of the information is applicable to liberal arts degrees in general, including Psychology. Check them out!

-Liberal arts degrees and their job options:
-Enhancing your marketability for jobs:
-Practical resources (e.g., resumes):
-Alumni career profiles:

For those thinking about graduate school, these may be helpful.

-Some basic information on grad school:
-Lecture capture of the recent presentation on writing personal statements (part of a grad school application):


Take home message: Your career and graduate school search starts today – whether you are a first semester freshman or a senior. The earlier you begin the journey, the smoother it is likely to be, and investigating these resources is an easy first step to take.

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.

Special Pink Flamingo News Bulletin: Trivia Winner Announced!

Congrats to both Sarah Winter and Amanda Ten Haken for correctly matching five of the eight faculty members with their New Year’s Resolutions.  We had to consult The Pink Flamingo Trivia Contest Rule Book to find out how to deal with ties and were surprised to find out that we must either (A) hold a dance-off during graduation between the two contestants or (B) flip a coin.  After careful deliberation, we decided on option B, and the winner of the coin toss was Sarah. 


Nice work to both of you and thanks to all who participated. See below for the correct answers. 

Dr. Burns: To eat at home more so that my son stops naming his favorite dish at every restaurant we drive by.

Dr. Martin: To buy myself an outbreak suit so I can still hug my son without catching every virus that makes its way through the infant room at his daycare.

Dr. Vespia: To train my cat to sign waiver forms.

Dr. Illene Noppe: To convert all my lectures to hip hop.

Dr. Gurung: To be able to understand how to operate the technology I own to at least 60% of their potential.  Is that too much to ask?

Dr. Zapf: To do my best to ensure my children do not swallow any more coins.

Dr. Bartell: To refrain from analyzing the behaviors of couples at nearby tables when I’m out with friends at bars or restaurants.

Dr. Wilson-Doenges: To give out raisins (“nature’s candy”) next year for Halloween to avoid the temptation of eating the hundreds of leftover Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups I had this year.  

November 30, 2010; Volume 5, Issue 4

We hope you all enjoyed the short week that came with the Thanksgiving holiday – now it’s the sprint to the finish and the end of the semester! So…put those leftovers out of your mind and focus on those papers, assignments, and exams. Who needs those silly old turkeys anyway, when there is an infinitely better bird right in front of you? Your favorite bird – in the form of the latest issue of The Pink Flamingo, that is! Happy reading!

  • P/HD Club: A message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer
  • Psi Chi: A message from the President, Amanda Luedtke
  • Career Tip of the Month: May Grads – Start Your Job Search Now!
  • Careers of the Month: November 2010 Edition
  • Summer Classes and Summer Registration: Coming Soon!
  • Follow-up: Tips for Hybrids
  • Double Methods Fun for Double Majors
  • Grad School Tip of the Month: Tips for New Majors
  • UWGB at Yale University- Part II
  • Faculty-Resolution Matching: Earn Yourself a Candy Bar

P/HD Club: A message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer

Hello PH/D Club members…

As we wrap up the semester, we have only one more activity planned: the Holiday Party! This event will be in one of the Pamperin Hall lounges (the residence hall closest to the Union) on December 8th @ 6:00 p.m.. If you can, come join us for some social time and relaxation before finals! Please let us know if you plan to attend by e-mailing We will be sending out a reminder and more information as the event gets closer.

Thank you members for your participation in this semester’s events! We have many more exciting events and activities coming up in the spring semester, including speakers, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

Psi Chi: A message from the President, Amanda Luedtke

Hey everyone. 

I hope your semester is going great! Psi Chi has a couple of events coming up for December.

December 4th: Psi Chi will be participating in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. on the UWGB campus.

Also, until December 8th Psi Chi will be looking for new officers for next year. Please submit a small personal statement to if you are interested in being President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer

If you have any questions please contact me at

Career Tip of the Month: May Grads – Start Your Job Search Now!

We are looking forward to celebrating with our December graduates in just a few short weeks. May grads – you’ll be next! It may seem like a long way off, but for those of you who will be headed into the workforce after graduation, it is never too early to begin the job search process. You need to update that resume, draft some cover letters and letters of inquiry, polish up your interviewing skills, and begin thinking about where you will be posting your resume and looking for job openings. You also have one semester still in front of you to build some additional experiences and skills (e.g., start that volunteer position, pick up a new part-time job, take a class particularly relevant to your career goals). A great place to start with thinking through all of this is the Career Services website. Learn more about resumes, cover letters, interviews, and the job search process itself, and while you’re there, check out PRO and the positions currently listed there.

Follow-up: Tips for Hybrids

In our last issue, we told you about the new hybrid classes being offered in Human Development and Psychology (see here for article).  Since this is new to our departments, it’s fair to assume that most of you have not taken courses like these before and might be a bit more nervous than usual about your schedule in the Spring. 

Rest assured, The Pink Flamingo is here to help.  Below are several tips that we put together by talking with hybrid/on-line course instructors to try and help you make the most of these classes.

Anticipate Differences in the Course Structure
Different hybrid courses are going to be structured in different ways, especially in how they use the scheduled meeting dates.  Some instructors may use the meeting dates for exams while others will use them for group work, discussions, guest speakers, student presentations, etc.  You should plan on there being differences and make sure you know how your instructor plans on using the meeting dates.

Don’t Get Behind
Because hybrid courses are largely on-line, they will likely be more self-paced than an in-person class and there will be more you need to do on your own.  Depending on the course, this might include listening to lectures, keeping up with additional readings, participating in on-line discussion, etc.  Depending on how organized, motivated, likely to procrastinate, etc. you are, falling behind might be a problem.  You should plan on spending just as much time on these each week as you would an in-person class and it’s best to work on things a couple times a week instead of waiting until a deadline and trying to cram everything in.  In addition to doing better in the class, you’ll probably learn more too!

Solve Technical Problems Right Away
Related to not getting behind, make sure you solve any technical problems that come up immediately.  If you are having problems accessing something for the online component of a class, don’t wait to try and solve the problem.  Contact the Learning Technology Center to get their help (, 920-465-2286) as soon as possible.  Keep in mind that their hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday so waiting until the last minute might get you into trouble.

Don’t Miss Meeting Dates
Missing class is never good but it’s even worse when you only have two to four meeting times in a semester.  In fact, it’s likely that attendance at those class periods will be required with significant consequences if you are missing.  Before you sign up for a class, make sure you can make all the meeting dates.  Likewise, unless something unavoidable happens (e.g., illness, family emergency), don’t miss them (this is actually a pretty good rule for any class, hybrid or not!).

Get Involved and Ask Questions
The fact that much of the course is online shouldn’t keep you from getting to know your classmates or your instructor.  You should make sure to introduce yourself to your instructor and your classmates, to get involved in class discussions, and to ask questions.  Just like an in-person class, what you get out of it will depend greatly on what you put into it.   

If you have Concerns, Ask Questions
Finally, if you are nervous about the structure of the class, have questions about how the meeting dates will be used, or any other questions, ask!  Your instructors know that most of you haven’t taken courses like this before and that you might not know what to expect and are happy to answer your questions.

Double Methods Fun for Double Majors

Are you double majoring in psychology and human development?  Then you are required to take both Experimental Psychology and Developmental Research Methods.  Each course is designed to teach you the methods specific to the field, and they are not interchangeable.  We just thought we would mention this in the interest of saving Dr. Vespia (or her cat) some waiver requests (we’ve just given you a clue to the trivia contest!). 

Grad School Tip of the Month: Tips for New Majors

What is graduate school and do I need to go?
Graduate school is schooling beyond your bachelor’s degree.  You could complete a masters (typically 2-3 years) or Ph.D. (typically 4-6 years) in Psychology, Human Development, or another area (social work, law, medicine, business, etc.).  You will need to go to graduate school if you are interested in becoming a therapist, researcher, and/or being a professor. 

How do I get into grad school?
Getting into grad school is a competitive process, so you will want to make sure that you are as well-qualified as you can be.  This means getting good grades, good scores on the necessary standardized test (e.g., GRE, MAT, LSAT, etc.), good letters of recommendations from your professors, and a good record of involvement in the department and/or community (e.g., internships, volunteer experiences, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, honors projects, etc.).  It’s never too early to start thinking about grad school or getting involved!