This Just In…New Procedure for Declaring a HUM DEV or PSYCH Major or Minor

Anyone hoping to declare a major or minor in Human Development or Psychology will have to use a new procedure beginning this semester. That includes, by the way, any existing Human Development majors who want to add a Psychology minor or major and vice versa. We are now requiring all students to complete a pre-declaration form before we will sign the Academic Plan form you file with the Registrar’s Office. Click here for the Human Development pre-declaration form.
Click here for the Psychology form pre-declaration form.

Keep in mind that your advisor will not sign your major or minor declaration unless you have completed this form. In addition, if you want to declare, let’s say, a Psychology major and Human Development minor, you need to complete both forms. Now, we know you think we are inventing new policies just to torment you, but really, we hope completing the form will help you learn key information about our programs. We also believe that having the completed form will enable your advisor to get to know you better and provide you with better advising services. In fact, already declared majors might consider completing the form anyway and sharing it with their advisor. If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to the Human Development Chair (Dr. Kristin Vespia), the Psychology Chair (Dr. Ryan Martin), or your academic advisor.

New Feature: Student News to Celebrate

One of the New Year’s resolutions of your newsletter editors is to include more news in the PF about all the great things our students are doing. Want to see your name or that of a friend in lights? (Okay, we admit the best we can do is italics.) Please let us know of good news we can share by using the electronic suggestion box or by sending an email to Drs. Martin or Vespia. This month, we have the following kudos, accolades, and jobs well done to share.

  • Several of our students will be headed to the American Psychological Association’s convention in Toronto, Canada this August. Katie Bruni had a poster presentation accepted to Division 8 (Social/Personality). In addition, she will be a discussant on a symposium concerning how students use textbooks. Jaimie Henschel was recently notified that her honors project on college student engagement was accepted for presentation. Finally, Trudi Arnold and Becky Miller are co-authors on a symposium with Dr. Vespia related to college student mental health services, and Jonathan Carlson will be joining them on that project. Congratulations to all of these students!
  • Stephanie Sabinash participated in “Dancing4Kids” last month, a charity event that paired volunteer dancers with professional instructors, much like the popular “Dancing With the Stars” TV show. Stephanie danced on behalf of Camp Lloyd ( was paired with Peter Blavit, and the two of them brought down the house at the SC Grand in De Pere with their swing number. Check it out on Way to go, Stephanie!
  • Mike Schachtner was recently named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District V First Team. This is the third consecutive year that Mike has been so honored, and this award makes him eligible to again receive Academic All-American honors. We’ll be pulling for you, Mike!
  • Kirstin Thompson has won the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Student Initiative Conference Scholarship, which will allow her to attend the ADEC annual conference in Dallas, TX this April, to hear the newest thanatology research, and to network with students and “movers and shakers” in the field. The scholarship includes her registration fee, travel expenses, and a one-year ADEC student membership. Congratulations, Kirstin!
  • Katie Vonholzen has secured a prestigious summer internship at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). This eight-week Ivy League opportunity will pay her a stipend and travel funds and allow her to gain priceless experience working in a social neuroscience lab under the direct supervision of Todd Heatherton, a cutting-edge neuroscientist. Great job, Katie!

Want to Teach in the Wisconsin Schools But Don’t Have an Education Degree?

If you think you want to teach, but you do not have the credentials from an approved Education program that would make you eligible for certification, consider investigating the Milwaukee Teaching Fellows program. It is a competitive program that can help highly qualified candidates with bachelor’s degrees in other areas become certified to teach in Wisconsin as they teach full-time in Milwaukee (and are paid to do so) and pursue the coursework needed for licensure. Our quick read of their website seems to indicate that individuals might be able to teach math, science (if they have majors in those areas), special education, or elementary bilingual education (if fluent in English and Spanish). It can be dangerous to rely on your Editors’ quick reading skills, though, so learn more for yourself by visiting the program’s website at:

Trying to Speed Up Graduation? Register for Summer Classes!

No plans for the summer yet? Think about taking a summer class or two. It’s a great way to pick up some credits in order to make up some lost time, free up your fall and spring semester for something different (e.g., TA, RA, study abroad), or even graduate early.

This summer, there are four Human Development classes (Adulthood and Aging; Death, Dying, and Loss; Family Development; and Middle Childhood and Adolescence) and five Psychology classes (Abnormal Psychology; Counseling Across the Lifespan; Psychology of Cognitive Processes; Social Psychology; and Theories of Personality) that remain open, and you can register today!