September 29, 2011; Volume 6, Issue 1

In this month’s issue:

What is The Pink Flamingo?
• Welcome Dr. Holstead!
• And… “Welcome” Dr. Martin!
• PHD Club News
• Psi Chi News
• Careers of the Month: September 2011 Edition
• Career Tip of the Month: Attend Career Services’ Fall Events
• Grad School Tip of the Month: Get Informed!
• Did You Know…About the Human Development Diversity Requirement?
• Be A Camp Lloyd 2012 Buddy!!!!
• Research Assistantships: A Student Perspective
• Flamingos Around the World

What Is The Pink Flamingo?

We have been writing this electronic newsletter for more than five years now, and we sometimes forget that students may not know what it is or why it has an admittedly strange name. The publication we affectionately refer to as “the PF” is the official newsletter of the HUD and PSYCH units. It’s sent out about once a month to all majors and minors. Co-edited by Drs. Vespia, Martin, and Burns, we try to provide updates on what’s happening in the unit, good news about student and faculty accomplishments, advising assistance, and regular features on topics like careers and graduate school. Why do we call it The Pink Flamingo? Well, you can read the long version of that story by clicking the “PF Legend” link under “Topics” on the side of the blog page. The short answer is that Dr. Illene Cupit brought in the first of what became a whole flock of pink plastic flamingos to decorate the faculty office suite in MAC Hall, and it’s become a sort of mascot for the department. Take a look sometime – you’ll see that most of them are decorated in various ways, and they have been anonymously bestowed upon various faculty members to celebrate special events or just to reflect our own unique sense of humor. And you didn’t even know we had one, did you?

Welcome Dr. Holstead!

Jenell Holstead, Ph.D., joins the Human Development faculty this fall as a new Assistant Professor. She attended the Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. From there, she attended Indiana University, where she earned a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a Doctoral degree in School Psychology. Currently, she is teaching the Intro to Human Development and Middle Childhood and Adolescence courses. Dr. Holstead’s primary area of research is on the effectiveness of after school programming.

Although Dr. Holstead is not from Wisconsin, she has spent considerable time in Green Bay, as her husband’s family resides here. As such, she’s already a Packers’ fan! She is also the mother of a 5-month old daughter, Audrey, and two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Brea.

And… “Welcome” Dr. Martin!

No, you’re not misreading that headline. Dr. Ryan Martin is the new Chair of Psychology, taking over from Dr. Wilson-Doenges who had served as Chair for past 6 years. If you need a course substitution form for psychology or have a psychology curriculum question, you should ask Dr. Martin. If you need your psychology internship, TA, or RA form signed, you still need to talk to Dr. Vespia instead, as that form is signed by the Interdisciplinary Unit (Human Development) Chair. As fellow co-editors of The Pink Flamingo, we can say with no bias whatsoever that we know Dr. Martin will do a great job.