As usual, our students have been involved in many wonderful things in recent weeks and months. Here is just a sampling of the great news we have to share.
Academic Excellence Symposium
The following students presented research sponsored by Human Development or Psychology faculty members at the Academic Excellence Symposium this spring: Carleen Horner, Heather Flick, Stephanie Freis, Krystal VanHoff, Amy Weise, Brittaney Molina, Caitlin Gurlt, Stephanie Lynch, Kristin Nick, Kayla Worchel, Maria Foth, Erin Ehlers, Jessica Hopp, Rebecca McCabe, Alyssa Zingler, Craig Van Pay and Tonya Filz. Congratulations, everyone!
University Leadership Awards
Please accept our apologies if we are missing anyone, but the following HUM DEV and/or PSYCH majors are receiving Chancellor’s Medallions: Heather Close, Jessica Hopp and Samuel Seefeld. Even more will receive University Leadership Awards. They include: Casey Calhoun, Tonya Filz, Kaitlyn Florer, Ashley Herrell, Andrea Kindschuh and Angela Thomsen. We look forward to celebrating your achievements this Friday, May 13!
Fergus & Bonnie Hughes Scholarship
Congratulations also go to Stephanie Freis, recipient of the 2011-12 Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship that honors the Human Development or Psychology major who best exemplifies interdisciplinary academic achievements in and out of the classroom. We want to recognize Stephanie for her many accomplishments, and also thank the other students who took the time to apply. We had an excellent pool of candidates and a truly difficult time making a decision.
Thank you and congratulations on a job well done to the Students of AMF at UWGB for the outstanding work they did continuing the tradition of the campus memorial garden. The event on May 4th was well-attended and wonderfully done.
Although there are too many names to list here, the ultimate good student news is that we get to celebrate the graduation of so many of our wonderful Human Development and Psychology majors and minors this week. Congratulations, good luck, and know that we will miss you–so keep in touch!
We always like to do a shout out to the many students we have who are out there doing great things. In this case, congratulations to Jessica Hopp and Rebecca McCabe, who presented with Dr. Bartell at the National Conference for the First Year Experience. We have been told that their paper, Do Relationships Matter in the Effects of a First Year Seminar Program, was very well-received.
You’re basking in the excitement of the Packers’ Super Bowl win. Why not receive some reflected glory from some of your peers, as well? Psi Chi member Matthew Micolichek was the successful applicant for the second annual Yale University clinical psychology internship. He gets to work at Yale with Dr. Chris Cutter for three months of the summer. Travel, room, and board is paid by Yale and Psi Chi. He follows in the footsteps of Caitlin Gurlt, who worked at Yale last summer.
Tonya Filz, Stephanie Freis, Krystal Vanhoff, Amy Weise, and alum Tiffany Wilhelm all each got posters accepted for presentation at the 2011 APA symposium to be held this August in Washington, D.C. The team will collectively be presenting six posters: four at the Society for Teaching sessions (Div. 2), and two at the Social/Personality sessions (Div. 8). Work presented represents Honors projects, independent studies, and research from Dr. Gurung’s research lab.
On a cold evening on January 5, six gutsy Human Development and Psychology majors met Professor Illene Noppe at Austin Straubel Airport for the beginning of what turned out to be an amazing adventure in South Africa.
Twenty-two hours and four plane changes later, we arrived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to study human development in a country 9,000 miles away from Green Bay. Port Elizabeth is on the eastern coast (cape) of South Africa, alongside the beautiful Indian Ocean. It is home to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where we were treated to guest lectures from members of the History, Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work departments. We explored the entire life cycle, from pregnancy until death, in a society that had institutionalized racism (“Apartheid”) until 1994. We also toured many settings associated with our lectures, including a public hospital obstetrics ward for complicated pregnancies, orphanages, shelters for boys and teens, retirement homes, and cemeteries (to make Dr. Noppe happy). We saw a baby being born, line-danced with teens, interviewed middle-class adolescents, visited with elderly residents, and saw untold beauty and unbelievable poverty and the grief associated with a rampant HIV/AIDS crisis.
It was quite an intense learning experience, interspersed with many fun activities, such as participating in game drives, sunning ourselves at gorgeous beaches (it was South Africa’s summer), shopping at flea markets, ziplining, and eating great food. Most importantly, we met many, many gracious and giving people that were a source of inspiration to us all.
Please watch for our presentation of our experiences, to be held at a future Psi Chi event. Dr. Noppe hopes to run the travel course again in the future.
Thanks to Professor Noppe for filling us in on what sounds like an amazing trip! Here are a couple of pictures from the trip, including one that we at The Pink Flamingo find particularly relevant:
Some of you may have noticed the flower garden between the University Union and MAC Hall last spring or when you returned to campus this fall. The garden was organized by a student group (“Together We Cope: Support for UW-Green Bay Grieving Students”) that is advised by Dr. Illene Noppe. The beautiful flowers are actually a memorial garden where individuals were able to place a plant to recognize a deceased loved one during a moving ceremony that took place last April 28th. Students Amanda Broadhagen and Nicole Hoagland made a presentation about the garden this summer to a conference for the National Students of AMF, the national grief-support organization of which our local student group is a chapter. The students plan to hold a ceremony at the garden every year, and students, staff, and alums will be welcome to plant a flower in someone’s honor at that time.
We are overwhelmed by all the great things our students are doing! Here’s a sampling of the fabulous news we’ve received just since our last issue. Congratulations to everyone, and we’re very sorry if we missed anyone!
- Caitlin Gurlt has been selected to be the 2010 Yale University Summer Intern! This is a great honor for her, our department and university, and Psi Chi at UWGB. She will receive travel funding, room and board, and a stipend.
- Katie Kordus is the 2010-2011 winner of the Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship. She will receive $1000 to support her studies here at UW-Green Bay.
- Kristin Nick recently presented her research at the prestigious “Posters in the Rotunda” event at the State Capitol Building in Madison.
- Katie Von Holzen, a December graduate, has been awarded a $7500 Phi Eta Sigma Scholarship to support her graduate studies.
- Finally, we want to congratulate all of our May and August graduates, as well as though who will be receiving Leadership Awards this Friday!
Every semester, students enrolled in Experimental Psychology present their work at the campus-wide, Experimental Psychology Poster Session. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their hard work from the semester and a chance for other students and faculty to learn more about the great research being conducted in these classes. This semester’s session featured more than 25 impressive research projects from more than 100 researchers and, though we are proud of and congratulate all of the students for their hard work, three groups walked away with outstanding research awards.
- 1st Prize: Effects of Cell Phones on Learning and Memory Recall. Emma Bretl, Aaron Creamer, Kaitlyn Florer, and Rebecca Granger
- 2nd Prize: The Effects of Color on Mood. John Chritton, Eric Effert, Heather Flick, and Brittany Zimmermann
- 3rd Prize: Social Perceptions of Moral Character in Gothic Dressing versus Traditional Dressing Women. Shastel Baker, Aaron Menzer, Caitlin Neumann, and RoseMary Prem
We’d like to congratulate all of the Psychology and Human Development students who recently presented their work at the Academic Excellence Symposium. Here is a list of their names and project titles:
- Andrew Johnson: “Insights on Psychiatric Rehabilitation”
- Kristie Kaczmarek: “Perceived Infidelity: Does Body Image Accentuate Women’s Jealousy?”
- Amanda Luedtke: “Counseling Center Websites as Potential Suicide Prevention Tools”
- Kristin Nick: “Midlife and Older Adults’ Perceptions of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Symptoms”
- Joshua VandenBusch and Kelly Schroeder: “Transforming College Students through Design: A Review of the Literature”
We’ve been neglecting our duties of late, and it’s been awhile since we included a story celebrating all of the wonderful things our students have done. Here’s a sampling of just some of those amazing accomplishments. Congratulations to all!
- The top 3 Experimental Psychology posters were awarded during the December poster session. First place went to Diana Delbecchi, Amanda Emberson, Rebecca McCabe, and Jazmin Thomas for their project on the effects of chewing gum on memory. Second place went to Panhia Lor, Andrew Palmbach, and Greg Weiland for their project on the effects of an audience on performance. Third place went to Casey Calhoun, Laura Hamer, Amanda Hart, and Emily Kunze for their project on the effects of cell phone distractions on learning.
- Amanda Brodhagen and recent graduates Katie Von Holzen and Kirstin Thompson were awarded scholarships to attend the Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in Kansas City, MO, April 7 – 10, 2010. Katie will be presenting a poster on her research on humor and death.
- Several students will be making presentations in August at the national convention of the American Psychological Association in San Diego, CA. Amanda Luedtke and Andrew Blonigen are co-authors with Dr. Kris Vespia on a presentation about education and cultural competence. Kristie Kaczmarek and Mandy Degeneffe are co-authors with Dr. Regan Gurung on presentations about body image. Finally, recent alums Janet Weidert and Angie Roethal-Wendorf will be presenting at a symposium with Dr. Gurung on the benefits of being an undergraduate TA.
- Last, but not least, recent alum Katie Von Holzen and Dr. Jennifer Zapf will have a poster on the use of grammatical markers in the German language at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society in May in Boston, MA.
The UW-Green Bay National Students of AMF Support Network, a support and service organization for students who have loved ones who are suffering from life threatening illnesses or who have died, is planning a number of activities for the Spring semester, including the formation of a “Relay for Life” team to support the American Cancer Society. That event takes place March 27 2010, and interested students should contact Dr. Illene Noppe. Please stay tuned for more announcements from the co-presidents, Ashley Durand and Nicole Hoagland, both Human Development majors. You can learn more about the organization at the national website: http://www.studentsofamf.com/
The Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club has a big week ahead of them, having brought Dr. Linda Woolf, nationally-known expert on peace studies, to campus to deliver her presentation titled, “Psychosocial Roots of Terrorism.” Her presentation will be on Wed., April 1st, at 5:15 p.m. in the 1965 Room.
Additionally, the P/HD Club recently elected new officers for next year. Congrats to the following students: Tiffany Wilhelm (President), Krista Rougeux (CoVice-President), Kortney Jenks (CoVice-President), Angela Woodward (Treasurer), Renee Buckley (Secretary), and Leanna Strick (Communications Director).
Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, held their 2009 Induction Ceremony last week, and 48 students became members of the society. Congratulations to those new members, as well as the incoming officers of Psi Chi: Amanda Degeneffe (President), Amanda Luedtke (Vice President), Jessica Hopp (Treasurer) and Katie VonHolzen (Secretary)
Psi Chi is also co-sponsoring a very exciting event that is open to all! Rock Band Concert (RBC) is a fund raiser program for the St. Baldrick’s organization, which raises money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Rock Band Concert is a Rock Band (the video game) competition at which there will be several other opportunities to give money and just have fun. RBC is being organized by several different organizations (Zeta Omega Tau, Philosophy Forum, National Residence Hall Honorary, PHD Club, and Psi Chi), and we are told that it will be (and we quote) “an absolute blast!” The program itself will be on Monday, April 27th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms.
Finally, Psi Chi will begin to provide tutoring services for students in Psychology and Human Development classes. This will take the form of study tables and, if needed, more individual sessions. If interested (either in helping or in taking advantage of the service), please contact Stephanie Busch (email@example.com).