March 30, 2012; Volume 6, Issue 5

Welcome to the special Registration Issue of The Pink Flamingo, the one and only official newsletter of Human Development and Psychology!


Breaking Registration News: What You Need to Know for a Successful Registration Experience

Keep reading to learn all you need to know to have the most successful registration experience possible. There are some changes for fall to be aware of, and some important reminder/tips that will make the process go more smoothly.

1. Change to Tuition Plateau Policy: As you have already been notified by e-mail, administration made a few changes related to tuition and fees that will take effect with the fall 2012 semester. One that we want to highlight for you relates to the “tuition plateau” (the idea that full-time students pay one flat rate to enroll in anywhere from 12 to 18 credits). As of the fall semester, Internet courses will now fall within the plateau, where they did not previously. If you are a full-time student taking 12-18 credits, that means you can now take Internet courses and not have to pay for them by the class above and beyond what you pay for your full-time tuition. A $20 per credit Internet course fee for any online classes does still apply. There is no Internet course fee for hybrid classes. Keep in mind that most, if not all, online classes in human development and psychology during the fall and spring semesters are offered by the Adult Degree program (see article in this issue on avoiding registration errors because there is still a priority for their students on those classes).

2. Priority Registration for Human Development Classes: As usual, HUM DEV majors and minors will have priority registration access to our upper-level courses for the first couple of weeks of registration (until April 20th). Classes that also meet requirements for other majors (e.g., HUM DEV 331 for Psychology students) will also include those majors and minors in the priority registration period.

3. Sociology/Anthropology Requirement for Human Development Majors: HUM DEV majors under our most recent catalog years need a specific upper-level sociology or anthropology course. The one class on this list that we know will be offered in the fall is the in-person section of ANTHRO 320 from 11 AM to 12:20 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If, for some reason, this class will not fit into your schedule and you are graduating in December 2012, please consult with your advisor or the Human Development Chair (Dr. Vespia) to explain your special circumstance, and we will see if another option might be possible. We hope that more options will be available in the spring semester.

Avoiding Prerequisite Error Messages in Registration

We commonly hear from students once registration begins because they are getting an error message saying they don’t meet pre-requisites for a class when they believe they have. In many cases, this is because they are trying to register for a HUM DEV or PSYCH-prefix class that is offered through the Adult Degree program. As mentioned already, the tuition plateau policy for these classes, which are online, is changing for fall. However, Adult Degree Internet classes still have as a pre-requisite that students must have a major in Nursing or Interdisciplinary Studies (an Adult Degree program), which is why you get the error message if you are instead a human development or psychology student. You can easily identify these classes by looking at the section number. They will have a section number that begins with a “1” (e.g., 1800), while our department courses have section numbers beginning with a “0” (e.g., 0001, 0002, 0800). If you do really want to take one of these classes and are not an IST or Nursing major, you will be able to register with instructor consent (only if there is still space available) after a month or more of priority access for their students only. There is no guarantee space will be available. To add to the confusion, remember that not all Internet classes are Adult Degree courses, so they don’t all have that prerequisite. Again, the key is to look at the section number.

Psychology and Human Development Club: A Message from the President

Hello members, we have a lot of great events coming up in the month of April!

• Graduate School Series Part 1: 4/2/12 @ 3:45 p.m. in MAC 204: Dr. Burns and Dr. Martin will be presenting the basics of grad school – why to apply, how to apply, when to apply, etc.

• Graduate School Series Part 2: 4/5/12 @ 5:00 p.m. in MAC 204: Dr. Radosevich will be discussing the GRE – when to take it, how to sign up, the composition of the exam, and study tools

• Graduate School Student Panel: time and location TBA: a panel of current seniors will discuss their experiences applying to graduate school, interviewing for grad school, and answering any questions you may have.

• Club Meeting: 4/9/12 @ 4:30 p.m. in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC)

• Dr. Leslie Moore Presentation: 4/19/12 @ 5:00 p.m. in the Christie Theater: Dr. Moore is a linguist who has done a lot of work in the Somali community. She will be talking about the children and families of the Somali Diaspora, with particular attention to educational experiences.

• Club Meeting: 4/23/12 @ 4:30 p.m. in the Vista Room (3rd floor of MAC)

I would also like to congratulate the newly elected 2012-2013 PHD Club Officers!

Areanna Lakowske – President

Rebecca Arrowood – Vice President

Kaitlyn Multahuf – Secretary

Brad Klinger – Treasurer

Taylor Saari – Officer of Communications

If you have any questions or would like to become a member of PHD Club, please feel free to e-mail me!

Kate Florer