Study the Experience of Childhood in Jordan this Summer

Prof. Jill White invites you to travel with her to Jordan this summer and learn more about how children develop in this Middle Eastern context. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ethnographic method by conducting participant observation and interviewing, and will come to appreciate the diversity within Jordan by reading about and meeting Christians and Muslims, wealthy and poor, and urban and rural Jordanians. Visits to World Heritage historical sites are on the agenda as well. This is a 3 credit Human Development class that can be used to fulfill your World Culture General Education requirement. Want to know more? Read this account from a student who participated in the travel course in a previous year.  Prof. White is eager to answer your questions, so feel free to contact her to learn more!

Study Family Development In London This Summer

This summer Prof. Denise Bartell, as well as Humanistic Studies Profs. Caroline Boswell and Christopher Martin, will offer a 3 week travel course to London. The course will examine the development of the family in London from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the fields of history, human development, philosophy, and the humanities. We will explore how practices of courtship, the making of marriage, parental duties and responsibilities, and the experience of childhood both influenced social, religious, cultural and political transformations in modern London, but also how these transformations affected family life. Students will also, through a series of excursions and directed free-time, experience and critically reflect upon contemporary life in London. This 3 credit Human Development course can be used to fulfill your World Culture General Education requirement, and is a wonderful opportunity to travel to one of the most exciting cities in the world and take a uniquely interdisciplinary course on the family. We plan to hold at least one informational session about the travel course in November, but if you have questions about the course before then please contact Profs. Bartell, Boswell, or Martin or the Office of International Education.

Faculty Reflections: Best Non-Major Class

As advisors, we often hear students say things like, “I’m all done with the classes for my major; what classes should I take next?”

If you find yourself in this situation, there are actually many different options. Some students look into research or teaching assistantships, internships, or honors projects. Other students consider picking up a minor or taking extra classes for their major.

One option not enough students seem to consider is simply taking courses that are personally interesting to them. It is too bad because college is a great opportunity to try out new things and learn about topics you wouldn’t normally get a chance to learn about. Plus, those classes might end up being some of the most influential experiences you have.

In that spirit, we asked some faculty to describe a class that took that wasn’t a requirement of their major, yet had a significant impact on their personal or professional life. Here’s what they had to say.

Dr. Wilson-Doenges: I loved the class “The American Novel” which I took as a Humanities Gen Ed requirement my sophomore year at Boston University. I never read so much in one semester in my life, but that class ignited a passion for reading for fun that I have carried with me ever since. One of the books we read in that class, Winesburg, Ohio, sparked my interest in suburbia that charted a course for my future research interests in environmental psychology. Great class, great teacher, great books!

Dr. Jill White: I took a Physics class – Physics for non-Science majors – that utterly changed how I see things. Even though it was supposed to be stripped of math (it wasn’t), and geared toward those of us who hadn’t taken all the hard science pre-reqs, it was still very challenging. But it was SO WORTH IT. The class gave me a view of our universe that I would never have had without it. After every single class, I would walk around in a kind of daze, thinking “Wow, this place we live in is amazing!” And it gave me the ability to talk to people at parties about everything from quantum mechanics to electricity. I could also read newspaper and magazine articles about new space and/or particle findings without them being too far over my head. The funny thing was how much I found that the stuff I was learning in Physics mapped on, or helped me understand what I was learning in the religion class I was also taking that semester. Call it the “semester that blew my mind”.

Dr. Kate Burns: I had many non-psychology classes in college that I enjoyed so it’s hard to narrow it down to one. One course that I still think about today is “Philosophy of Science”. The class really pushed me to think about what science was and how this definition has changed over time. The professor was great and I fell in love with Thomas Kuhn. I still have one of the books from this class in my office (it’s by Kuhn, of course).

Did you know…about January interim (Winterim) courses?

In this feature, we address Winterim courses.  Did you know…that you can take a course over the Winterim session to speed up your graduation date?  We are not offering any psychology or human development courses this winterim, but there are several courses that would count toward your gen ed requirements.  Winterim courses are not a part of tuition plateau and all are Internet-based courses.  To see a complete list of which courses are being offered, go to the Schedule of Classes, change the term to Fall 2012, and change class type to January interim.

Searching for another Human Development Professor

We are searching to find a professor to replace Dr. Melissa Schnurr, who is now working for the Iowa Department of Education.  Those are big shoes to fill, but we’d like your help!  You may have different professor candidates teach one of your classes, go to lunch with you, and/or give a presentation on their research.  Your feedback is vital to this process so we’d like to hear what you think.  We will send out more details about these opportunities as they become available.

The Pink Flamingo Mailbag

Dear Pink Flamingo, 

I just learned that there’s a national election coming up.  It weird that I haven’t heard about it until now but I guess the media has been more focused on other things… like Honey Boo Boo and bad NFL officiating.  Anyway, I’m one of the many Americans who is still undecided and am wondering if you can give me some help in figuring this out.  Will you be endorsing anyone this year? 

Sincerely, 

Apathetic in Appleton

Dear Apathetic,

 Actually, The Pink Flamingo has a long history of avoiding endorsements of candidates for public office.  Our feeling has been that we don’t want to tarnish our journalistic credibility by coming out in favor or against particular candidates.  If we had come out and endorsed Thomas Dewey publicly in 1944, for example, we may have alienated his supporters who would never again trust our important updates on course changes or our career advice.  In fact, we checked our archives and learned that our last endorsement was of Rufus King in the 1816 election for President and, as I’m sure you have read, the fallout from that endorsement was very troubling.

 That said, if we were to endorse a candidate for President it would be the one who most closely adhered to the interdisciplinary, problem-focused mission of our university… and I think we all know who that is [wink wink].

October 5, 2012; Volume 7, Issue 1

Welcome to the new academic year! Okay, so we’re more than a month late in that greeting. The great thing about writing your own newsletter, though, is that you get to set your own deadlines. Don’t you wish your professors would let you do that in class? They won’t, you know, but allow yourself to dream for a moment before arriving at that bitter realization. Then, read on to find out more about Human Development’s new website, the Grad School Series happening in October, what career advice one of our proud graduates wants to share with you, and much, much more! 

  • News and Events from the Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President, Areanna Lakowske
  • News and Events from Psi Chi: A Message from the President, Molly Swenty
  • Graduate School Series Starts This Month – Don’t Miss These Important Sessions
  • Career and Graduate School Tip of the Month: Visit the Website and Get Involved
  • Career of the Month: New Alumni Profile Feature
  • Camp Lloyd Counselor Applications and Information Sessions
  • Did you know…About Courses Outside your Major or Minor?
  • Travel Courses: A Student Perspective
  • Top 5 Ways this Newsletter would be Different if it were Written by “Replacement Editors”

News and Events from the Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President, Areanna Lakowske

Happy fall semester everyone; I hope your semesters are off to a great start!  Here is a quick look at our new officers for PHD Club.

 Areanna Lakowske-President

Rebecca Arrowood-Vice President

Rebecca/Becky Senn-Treasurer

Kaitlyn Multhauf-Secretary

Taylor Saari-Officer of Communications

PHD club has several great events coming up this October, and we would love everyone to join us!

October 7th-13th: Mental Illness Awareness Week

Sunday, October 7th from 1-4pm in the Phoenix Room:  Learn how art therapy can be used in the therapeutic healing process for depression, PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders through presentations and a panel discussion.

Monday, October 8th at 4:00pm in the Vista Rooms: Our Meeting will be moved up a little bit due to a special guest speaker!  Dr. Gurung will be speaking about his research and travels from last semester.  This will be a fun and interactive meeting, so please join us in the Vista Rooms located on the 3rd floor of MAC!

Wednesday, October 10th at 6pm in MAC (Mary Ann Cofrin) Hall Room 109: Our feature presentation is “A Guy Called Dad,” a documentary about a woman whose father has schizophrenia. 

Our Graduate School Series also begins this month with presentations on Oct. 17th and 24th. Refer to the separate news item in the newsletter for all the exciting details!

If you have any questions or would like to become a PHD Club member, feel free to contact me (Areanna) at lakoam15@uwgb.edu.  Have a wonderful semester!

News and Events from Psi Chi: A Message from the President, Molly Swenty

Hello everyone and welcome back!

I want to take a second and introduce you to the 2012-2013 Psi Chi Officers:

Molly Swenty/President

Cynthia Sanchez/Vice President

Areanna Lakowske/Secretary

Emily Vogels/Treasurer

Becky Senn/Officer of Communications

We are all super excited for Psi Chi this year! Here are some upcoming events that we hope you attend!

Oct. 8th @4pm in the Vista Conference Room: We will be having our general meeting and introducing our Professor of the Month! The Professor of the Month is new to Psi Chi this year. We will be picking our Professor of Month and inviting them to present at our Psi Chi meetings on any research they are conducting or other experiences they would like to share. Attend the meeting and find out who the Professor will be!

This one is a jump ahead, but it’s so exciting we need to bring it up now!

May 2-4, MPA in Chicago: MPA is an annual meeting, held in Chicago, that features research from leading psychologists across the nation. Students are invited to present their own work at MPA. If you would like more information on how YOU can present at MPA, please email myself (swenmm10@uwgb.edu) or Dr. Gurung for more information. The submission deadline is November 11, 2012. Details and instructions are available here.  Remember, you do not need to have data collected by the time you send in your proposal.

Every year MPA has a distinguished speaker for the year’s annual meeting. This year Albert Bandura has been announced as the distinguished speaker. As if presenting your own work weren’t enough or meeting numerous leading psychologists from across the nation, you ALSO can get a chance to listen to and meet Albert Bandura.

Once again, if you have any questions about Psi Chi, please feel free to contact me at swenmm10@uwgb.edu.

Graduate School Series Starts this Month – Don’t Miss These Important Sessions

Sponsored by PHD Club, the annual graduate school series begins this month with two important presentations.

 An Overview of Graduate School: Wednesday, October 17th at 5:10 pm in MAC 237 (down the vending machines hallway).  This will be the first presentation of the three-part graduate school series.  Dr. Martin & Dr. Burns will be giving a general presentation about graduate school. All students, from the first year through seniors, are welcome to attend. In fact, this presentation may be even more helpful to you if you are further away from graduation.

Writing Your Personal Statement: Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00 pm in MAC 229 (also down the vending machines hallway). This is part two of the graduate school series. Dr. Vespia will be discussing how to write your graduate school application personal statement. Again, all students are welcome. It may be more timely for juniors and for seniors who are in the midst of the application process, but it is never too early to learn about this important piece of the application process.

Career and Graduate School Tips of the Month: Visit the Website and Get Involved

Our first tip this year for students thinking about their future careers and/or graduate school is to visit the new and improved Human Development website.  The revised site includes updated information on both careers and on graduate school. We hope you find it helpful. 

You are also lucky enough with this issue to get not just one, but two great tips! You’ll notice that the Human Development website stresses the importance of gaining skills (e.g., business, communication, a second language, cultural competence) and experience (e.g., part-time jobs, volunteer work, RA/TA, involvement in leadership activities) to make yourself marketable. What does that mean? Get involved, and get involved early! In case you are not sure where to begin, here are a few sample options that have crossed our editorial desk recently.

Volunteer work: One great way to find volunteer opportunities in the area is to visit the website for the Volunteer Center of Brown County. Just “Volunteer Now” and you can actually enter your interests and use a searchable database to find some great local options.

Multicultural competence: Thinking about enhancing your cultural competencies? One great option is the annual Ally Conference on October 20th.  Registration is free and open now.  You get a free t-shirt and dinner at the event, but space is limited, so don’t delay. More events for the semester are listed in the Human Mosaic, and the Mauthe Center also sponsors such events, such as October 18th’s Native American social and a series in November designed to increase awareness about Islam.

Leadership, communication, and group skills: One great way to potentially enhance your communication, leadership, and group work skills is through involvement in student organizations. This is particularly true if you are very active in the organization or take on a leadership role. There’s something for everyone on campus.  Check it out!  There are also new organizations beginning all the time. For example, one new club on campus this semester is the Sign Language Club [Contact Ashley Letourneau (Letoak04@Uwgb.edu) if you want to learn more about this one.]

Career of the Month: New Alumni Profile Feature

With this issue, we start something new with our Career of the Month feature. Instead of profiling one or two potential jobs for our students, we will profile an alum of one or both of our programs so you can learn about the actual career path of a graduate! The first former student we feature is employed right here on campus – a big PF thanks goes to Elaina Koltz.

 1.      What is your name?  Elaina Koltz

 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? My degree is in Human Development and Psychology.  I do not have a graduate degree yet.

 3.      What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do? I am currently a financial aid adviser (30%) and veteran services adviser (70%).

There are 425 students at UW-Green Bay that use veteran education benefits.  As Veteran Certifying Official for UW-Green Bay, I guide veterans through the maze of veteran’s benefits and financial aid.  This involves interviewing the student when they first arrive and determining their veteran benefits and financial aid.  Each student veteran who walks through the door has benefits unique to their experiences in the military.

 4.      How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain. I chose Human Development and Psychology because I knew I would be working with a group of students who were not traditional students and who have lived some unique, live-changing experiences. 

Many of the veterans I work with have service-related disabilities and transitioning issues.  As a result, I work closely with our disability office, our counseling and health office and the dean of student office.  I also work closely with veteran offices in the community like the Green Bay Vet Clinic, the Veteran Center and surrounding county veteran offices.  When a service member does not get paid and it turns into a hardship case, I advocate for him/her with the local congressman’s office.  In this position I have had to deal with homelessness, the aftermath of suicide and destructive behavior.  There have been times when I have a student in tears in my office.  Although it is not my job to counsel students, I have to know when it is necessary to walk them to the counseling and health office to meet with a counselor. 

The courses I took in psychology and human development that dealt with stress-related problems became very important.   Many of these veterans/students have come back to school after being in an extremely high state of stress for over a year.  Also, PTSD, TBI and suicidal behavior became familiar topics I dealt with each semester.  I learned how important it is to have a strong support group; both for myself and the students.     

 Also, a large number of veterans are adult students who went from high school right into the military.  They may not have taken college prep courses in high school or even the SAT/ACT and they are very anxious about jumping into the role of student.  Sometimes they need to be encouraged to seek out tutoring or additional help.  These are people who do not usually ask for help.

 5.      Was this your first job upon graduation? If not, what was your first job? I was already in the position of Veteran Certifying Official at UW-Green Bay when I graduated in 2006.  My graduation was well timed because of the rise in number of veterans returning to school from the recent wars.  My position was re-evaluated in 2009 and it went from a classified position to an academic staff position.  I even had to reapply and interview for this upgraded position.  Having a degree in human development and psychology helped me to secure this position.

 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? Courses in human development theory, counseling across the lifespan, personality theory and abnormal psych were courses I found helpful.  Although I did not take an internship, I felt I was consistently in an internship in my current position as veteran certifying official.  I was constantly absorbing new information helpful to my job.  I also took on additional responsibility as the veteran student club advisor.

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? Take your courses seriously.  There is always a chance you will use what you learned in your future, especially from the psychology and human development area.  Unless you live in a glass case, you will be dealing with people. 

Take advantage of any internship opportunities and volunteer in the community.  Use volunteer opportunities to determine if a certain job position is right for you.