Featured Alumni: Steve Wicks

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  1. When did you graduate?  I graduated in May of 2009.
  2. What do you do now?  Currently I am an Enrollment Advisor/Financial Aid Specialist at Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC).  Up until August of 2016 I was also teaching online courses for Oregon State University for the Human Development and Family Studies department.  I work in a unique location as MCTC is located right in downtown Minneapolis.  I provide higher-level, one-on-one services to students who are encountering multiple barriers in their pursuit of higher education and this position has been and continues to be extraordinarily rewarding.
  3. Why did you major in psychology?  I have to credit Dr. Gurung for my path down the rabbit hole that is Psychology;  his passion for Psychology and education was and continues to be contagious.  I later added Human Development as another major because of the parallels in curriculum and my own personal interests that were developing, thanks to Dr. Bartell and her focus on personal/romantic relationship research as it pertained to academic success.  The love and support you feel from the Psychology and Human Development faculty is genuine and second to none.
  4. What do you do for fun? I love the outdoors, no matter the weather so I try to find my inner peace in the woods and waters of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  My wife and I are transplants to Minnesota so we’re usually exploring what this state has to offer.  I’m also exploring the food and craft beer scene here in the Twin Cities.  Yes, I’m a craft brew snob and proud of it.
  5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of?  I am most proud of being nudged out of my comfort zone and getting involved as a teaching assistant and research assistant for Dr. Bartell and Dr. Jill White (whom has since moved on from UW-Green Bay).  Learning methods of pedagogy and being involved in research as an undergraduate was a life-changing experience.   From that, presenting research at the International Association of Relationship Research (IARR) in 2008 in Providence, RI with Dr. Bartell and fellow students was an incredible experience and opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
  6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show, related to psychology? Favorite book- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness of Industry; favorite movie – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
  7. What is an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? I left my graduate program prematurely after defending my Master’s thesis, mainly based on fit and the direction the program was going (and also due to the death of my advisor).  After working in higher education for the past 4 years, I am beginning the process of narrowing down doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Student Affairs. My timeline to apply and enroll is within the next two years, and take the GRE within the next year.
  8. What else do you want people to know about you? I am the middle child of my family; my wife is the middle child of her family.  My mom had three boys; my wife’s mother had three girls.  My life is a walking research article of family development and interpersonal/romantic relationship theory and there’s never a dull moment!

Featured Student: Amberlee Jorgenson

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1. When will you graduate? I will graduate May 2018.
2. What are your career plans?  I am interested in many dimensions of psychology, so I have yet to fully decide. I know I want to work with at risk youth, but the specific route I will take is still undetermined.
3. Why did you major in psychology?  I majored in psychology because I found it fascinating that there are reasons for how we become who we are. I am an empathetic person and this field of study will allow me to help others.
4. What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and my dog, Willow. I am also trying to learn how to cook.
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? My proudest accomplishment so far is being a TA for Infancy and Early Childhood. It was a wonderful learning experience for taking initiative and helping others.
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? Good Will Hunting.
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating?  The one thing I hope to accomplish is to be knowledgeable and well-prepared for graduate school.
8. What else do you want people to know about you? I have overcome various obstacles in my life. These challenges have allowed for personal growth and compassion towards others. It is true when people tell you to never give up. I am also very grateful for the education I am receiving at UWGB.

Featured Student: Lizzie Hulla

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1. When will you graduate? I will graduate this May.
2. What are your career plans?  My career plans are to continue with my education and get my masters degree in social work and become a licensed clinical social worker. From there I want to do therapy in prisons and research to see what rehabilitation programs actually work in certain areas for helping them adjust back to society.
3. Why did you major in psychology?  I majored in psychology because I have always found it interesting. I was first in a psychology class in high school and wanted to pursue a career in it from there on.
4. What do you do for fun? For fun I like to hang out with my friends, doing a variety of things. Sometimes that means a chill night or going out on adventures!
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? My academic experience that I am most proud of is studying abroad. Both times that I went I was able to volunteer in communities that have a lot less than I do. Through this experience I became more grounded and thankful for what I do have. Being able to give to those communities as well was an amazing experience for our group as a whole. Seeing their faces light up was amazing. Some of the toys we gave out were the child’s first toy ever so that was really a special experience.
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology?  Movie: What About Bob? I recently saw this movie and it had me in tears I was laughing so hard. Not only is it based on a client and his therapist, but it shows how sometimes the therapist needs a break as well. Book: The Mirror Sisters, this is not only a book with several psychology references, it is also kind of a horror book as well. Over all it’s a great read for anyone who likes these kinds of books. TV Show: Fraiser, I grew up watching this show and I loved the whole idea of a psychologist even at a young age. This also probably pushed me further into my career choice as well.
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating?  The last thing that I will do for my undergraduate degree is participate in Camp Lloyd. I hope that I can make a difference in a least one of the children’s life. Reminding them that they are not alone, this is not their fault, and it is okay to have fun and just be a kid again. Loss is not an easy thing to deal with, and I hope through this camp we can all make a difference for these children.
8. What else do you want people to know about you? I love the show Supernatural, I love to travel, and I can’t wait to start my masters program in the fall.

Episode 32: UWGBpsych Student Orgs

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In this episode, Ryan talks with Allee Schramm, Michaella Brickner, Michelle McChesney, and Annemarie Schwery about Psi Chi and the Psychology and Human Development Club (PsychHD) at UW-Green Bay. They talk about why they got involved with the organizations, what they do in their different positions, and what they think they have gotten from their involvement.

#GetPsychedGB: Five Things To Do This Week

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It’s that time of year again, when we tell you all the reasons why you should get active and involved with the psychology major at UW-Green Bay and all the ways to do it.

We’ll start with five things you should do this week:

  1. Download the free UWGB Psychology App, available Capturethrough ITunes and Google Play. Use these links to go directly to it or search for “UWGB Psychology.”
  2. Stop by OrgSmorg on Wednesday, 2/1, from 11 to 1 in the Phoenix Rooms at the Union and check out the Psych and Human Development Club and Psi Chi Booths.
  3. Find out what the two student orgs are up to on the “Events” page of this blog or through the App.
  4. Look at the five types of Individualized Learning Experiences we offer and make decisions about what you can do, what you would like to do, and when you might like to do them.  These are important experiences but they are competitive and require some planning ahead.
  5. Introduce yourself to someone new in the psychology program.  Is there a faculty member or a club officer you’ve been wanting to meet?  By the end of the week, make a point of introducing yourself.

Featured Alumni: Stephanie Freis

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  1. When did you graduate? I graduated in May 2012.
  2. What do you do now? I am currently a graduate student in Social Psychology at The Ohio State University.
  3. Why did you major in psychology? I chose psychology for many reasons. I remember really connecting to the first psychology course I took. Using science to understand human behavior and development helped answer a lot of the questions I had about the world. I also love how psychology helps people become more empathic and compassionate towards others, and toward themselves. A psychology major not only benefits students professionally, but personally as well.
  4. What do you do for fun? I think my job in mentoring undergraduate students IS fun! But beyond the academic environment, I enjoy seeing musicals/performances, staying healthy with yoga, and staying connected to friends/family through snail mail.
  5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m proud of being accepted to the number one social psychology program in the nation. With such rigorous training I’ve certainly faced challenges but they have made my Masters degree and getting through candidacy exams all the more rewarding.
  6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show, related to psychology? Name something that isn’t related to psychology! I think right now my favorite books are “We Are Called To Rise” and “The Other Wes Moore.” I’ve always loved the TV show Dollhouse, recently watched Parenthood, and am currently watching This Is Us. My favorite movies are anything Pixar/Disney. For example, Zootopia was a wonderful portrayal of how our stereotypes and expectations bias the way we see the world and treat others.
  7. What an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? I’m set to defend my dissertation and graduate with my PhD at the end of this school year. This experience will likely become my proudest accomplishment. I’m also on the job market this year and am looking for a tenure-track assistant professor position where there is a balance between teaching and research. Hopefully I’ll find the right fit before the year is out!