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”!

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?

Sincerely,

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!

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 swenmm10@uwgb.edu.

 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 (swenmm10@uwgb.edu). Each button is $.50.

 

  Sincerely,

 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.