Careers of the Month: February 2011 Edition

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we feature two “relationship-oriented” career options this month. Enjoy!

Customer Service Representative
What could be more precious than the relationship between a business and its customers? If you are interested in a bachelor’s degree-level career that will allow you to employ wonderful communication and conflict resolution skills and interface regularly with the public, learn more by clicking here.

Health Educator
To work as a health educator with a bachelor’s degree, you would likely need to have that degree in health education. If you are considering a different kind of graduate program after completing your Human Development or Psychology degree, however, consider health education or public health. Here’s another career that will allow you to build great helping relationships with those in need of your services. Read all about it at this link.

Summer Classes and Summer Registration: Plan Ahead, Get Ahead, and Register NOW!

This message comes to you from Dr. Wilson-Doenges, who reminds everyone that the time to think about summer is now! Not just the weather – but summer classes, too! Here is the list of courses Human Development and Psychology are offering online, hybrid, and in-person this summer. Note that two of the Psychology classes (Psychology of Emotion and Organizational and Personnel Psychology) will not be taught this fall, so summer is your last chance to take these courses in 2011. Registration for summer is now open, and classes are filling up!


HUM DEV 353: Family Development (4W2, afternoons, Dr. Denise Bartell)

PSYCH 438: Counseling Across the Lifespan (4W1, mornings, Dr. Kristin Vespia)

PSYCH 415: Organizational and Personnel Psychology (4W1, HYBRID, afternoons, Dr. David Radosevich)


COMM SCI 205: Social Science Statistics (6W1, Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges)

HUM DEV 210: Introduction to Human Development (6W1, Dr. Dean VonDras)

HUM DEV 331: Infancy and Early Childhood (4W1, Dr. Melissa Schnurr)

HUM DEV 332: Middle Childhood and Adolescence (4W1, Dr. Lloyd Noppe)

PSYCH 401: Psychology of Women (4W2, Dr. Christine Smith)

PSYCH 417: Psychology of Cognitive Processes  (6W1, Dr. Jennifer Zapf)

PSYCH 424: Psychology of Emotion (6W1, Dr. Ryan Martin)

PSYCH 435: Abnormal Psychology (4W1, Dr. Ryan Martin)

Please note that all of the classes listed above are offered through our department and are open to students who meet the basic pre-requisites. Other PSYCH and HUM DEV classes listed on the summer schedule (i.e., those with section numbers that begin with a “1”) are offered through the Adult Degree program and are restricted to their students (at least initially). If you wish to enroll in those, you will have to request special permission from the instructor and from the Adult Degree program.

Grad School Tip of the Month: Investigate the New (Yes, New) GRE

As a belated Valentine, or possibly an early President’s Day gift, the good people at Educational Testing Services are bringing you something new this year: a revised version of the GRE General Test. They will begin giving the new test on August 1, 2011, and they will be offering half-price registration for those who take the test in August and September.

This development means that most of you applying to graduate school next year will face this new test, not the old version. You can learn more about the planned changes on the GRE website, but please remember that it will be important not to use old preparation books (e.g., don’t use your roommate’s book from last year). Please also know that it is important to do some preparation for this test. It is not something you want to approach without any familiarity with the exam, its format, and the computerized testing environment. Many students also find devoting substantial study time to be helpful. Drs. Martin and Vespia have traditionally conducted a brief GRE information session in late April or early May, and they hope to do so again this year. Please watch your email and future issues of the PF for details on the date(s), time(s), and location.

Good Student News

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.