March 2016 Alumni Newsletter
Will We See You at the HR Tomorrow Conference?
Alumni of the MA-HRIR program are eligible for a $55 discount on the registration fee to attend the 37th Annual HR Tomorrow Conference onFriday, April 22 at the Carlson School of Management. We've got a great lineup of speakers, including our two keynote presenters:
- Adam Holton, Senior VP and CHRO for CHS, Inc.
- Nathan Boaz, Senior Managing Director - HR Talent Strategy for Accenture
For more information or to register, please visit the conference website.
Giving Back Through Alumni Board Service
Applications are now being taken for service on the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors! Board members serve three-year terms and help direct a number of alumni and student engagement activities throughout the year, including the HRTomorrow Conference, Alumni Mentoring Program, and Professional Development initiatives.
Board members are asked to:
- Commit to a three-year term
- Attend one annual strategic planning meeting in the fall
- Attend regular meetings during the academic year
- Serve on one sub-committee each year
A Look Inside GSHRL
Depending on when you graduated from the MA-HRIR program, you either remember your student organization as IPX (Iota Rho Chi), or GSHRL (Graduate Society of Human Resources Leaders). Whichever acronym is more familiar to you, the student-run group has a long history of providing academic support, promoting professional growth opportunities for students, and building strong connections with alumni. Read on to learn more about the current-day organization, and ways that alumni can help support their efforts. Read the full story here.
Planning for 4th Annual International HR Case Competition is Underway
Planning is well underway for the 4th Annual International HR Case Competition (CIHRCom), the only truly international graduate school-level competition focused on global HR issues. With the help of our 2015 sponsors, the competition expanded to include teams from Australia, China, India, and Korea, as well as the United States. The 4th Annual CIHRCom will take placeNovember 10-12, 2016, and we are looking for sponsors to help us sustain and grow this amazing educational experience . Sponsoring CIHRCom gives organizations the opportunity to help students learn through real-life scenarios. Sponsors gain access to top students from the Carlson School and other programs from around the world for recruiting needs and increased company visibility to HR's future leaders. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology Connects Students and Alums During Virtual Mentoring Event
In February, the CHRLS Alumni Mentoring Committee hosted a virtual mentoring event for MA-HRIR students and alumni. The one-hour online event was also supported by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Jon Ruzek. Read the full story here.
(At left), CHRLS Alumni Association Board members Maysam Khorasani, '10, Tara Miller-Hochhalter, '10, and Marc Gauthier, '12, gathered at the Carlson School in early February to participate in the first-ever virtual mentoring event.
PhD Student Named Recipient of 'Dare to Care Award'
Greg Beaver, a PhD student in the Department of Work and Organizations, has been awarded the "Dare to Care PhD Award," a fellowship fund created by Anne Tsui, '75 MA-IR, "to assist advanced PhD students who have shown dedication to conducting research that will bring value to society, beyond providing good careers for themselves."
The Global Reach of Online Education
Harnessing the power of technology and responding to a growing interest in online education, Professor John Budd, director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, along with several colleagues from the Department of Work and Organizations, recently partnered with Coursera to launch an online series of courses making up a specialization focusing on human resources. Read the full story here.
LERA Honors 2 CHRLS Professors
Assistant Professor Aaron Sojourner of the Department of Work and Organizations has been named a recipient of the 2015 John T. Dunlop Scholar Award. This award, given by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), recognizes outstanding academic contributions to research by scholars new to the field within the past 10 years. His research analyzes the effects of labor unions and other labor market institutions on workers, business, and society, and also analyzes policies to promote efficient and equitable development of human capital in early childhood and K-12 education. Professor John Budd was the inaugural recipient of this award in 1998.
Humphrey School Professor of Public Affairs and CHRLS instructor Morris Kleiner will be honored this spring by LERA for his lifetime of work in the field of human resources and the employment relationship. He is the first University of Minnesota faculty member to be named a LERA Fellow. Kleiner, who has been at the University for 28 years, has spent his career studying the role of institutions in the labor market and factors and incentives that influence productivity. He is best known for his work on occupational licensing.
Major Labor Relations Conference Coming to Minneapolis May 26-29
Registration is open for the 68th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), May 26-29, 2016 in Minneapolis. This annual meeting will bring together leading academics, unionists and worker advocates, public and private sector managers, and neutrals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations. The over 90 sessions will include bargaining for anti-bullying language, managing sustainable labor-management relationships, new tools for negotiators, and other stimulating events. Attendees can register for one day or the entire conference. Registration details and the full conference agenda are available here.
- Carrie Compston, '01, is head of HR for Optiver
- Marc Detampel, '00, is managing director at Alvarez & Marsal
- Katie Draz, '13, is human resources associate at Momentum Worldwide
- Cara Eickholt, '07, is senior human resources manager, finance, at AbbVie
- Xavier Esters, '05, joined ServiceMaster as area HR manager
- Erik Haven, '09, is vice president of human resources at CoreLogic
- Claire Jadin, '07, joined Hill-Rom as director of human resources
- Sheila Kramer , '03, joined Donaldson Company as vice president of HR
- Anna Kyllonen, '03, joined Det-Tronics as human resources leader
- Faith Leicht, '04, joined Honeywell as HR director
- Jing Liao, '97, joined Viridis Learning as President and Chief Commercial Officer
- Donald Nemerov, '76, is managing director at FGMK
- James Robertson, '10, joined Goodyear as director of talent management - Latin America
- Francis Sadac, '97, is director, HR Transformation at The Hackett Group
- Alex (Crump) Smith, '05, joined the city of Memphis as chief HR officer
- Christina Spriggle, '04, joined Constellation Inc. as director of human resources
- Tyna Washington, '11, joined GE Aviation as employee HR manager
'Who Built Our Capitol?' Project Spurs School Curriculum
Labor Education Service (LES) staff member Randy Croce launched the 'Who Built Our Capitol?' project to offer insights into the people who constructed our statehouse more than 100 years ago. Little did he know his work would also inspire young people to take part in our democracy. (more)
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