Centerpoint Newsletter October 2022

Explore the latest updates and insights from October 2022 in CenterPoint, the publication from Carlson School's CHRLS Alumni Association. Stay informed about alumni achievements and current trends in human resources and labor studies.

Greetings from the CHRLS Alumni Association!

CHRLS Alumni Board 2022

Photo from left to right: Adam Konrad, Emily Legan, Crystal Sequeira, Lindsay Wenzel, Lindsay Vigeant, Malia LeRud, Liz Pagel, Annette Scotti, Chris Carlson, and Mark Chen. Not pictured: Hannah Akrong, Taylor Fyfe, Alicia Gutierrez, Jessica Hooper, Michael Jacobs, Sarah Merkle, Caleb Moore, Jennifer Reilly, Maggie Serrano, Jodell Swenson, and Melissa Weisse

Hello, HRIR Alumni! We are pleased to welcome seven new Board members on the CHRLS Alumni Board: Mark Chen, Alicia Gutierrez, Adam Konrad, Malia LeRud, Annette Scotti, Maggie Serrano, and Lindsay Vigeant. We also have 14 returning members to the Alumni Board, including: Hannah Akrong, Chris Carlson, Taylor Fyfe, Jessica Hooper, Michael Jacobs, Emily Legan, Sarah Merkle, Caleb Moore, Liz Pagel, Jennifer Reilly, Crystal Sequeira, Jodell Swenson, Melissa Weisse, and Lindsay Wenzel.

The Alumni Board is comprised of an Alumni Engagement Committee, the HR Tomorrow Committee, and a Mentoring Committee which promotes academic and professional learning experiences, facilitating access to the center's resources, sharing professional opportunities, while strengthening the relationship between its alumni, the Carlson School, the University of Minnesota, and the broader community.

Coming up soon, the Mentoring Committee will be moving the Mentoring Program’s mentor/mentee matching process to the Fall semester! This will allow our students and alumni more time throughout the year to connect and draw value from their mentoring relationships. The mentor match survey process will be initiated in mid-October, with the kick-off in mid-November. The program is inclusive of full-time, part-time, first year and second year students as well as all program alumni. 

You’ll hear more about this opportunity, other initiatives, events and engagements in an upcoming message. Please also be sure to follow us on our social media channels: 
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and the HRIR Blog.

We are all very much looking forward to the upcoming year, and hope you are too!


Crystal Sequeira, ’17 MA-HRIR, CHRLS Alumni Association President
Chris Carlson, ’17 MA-HRIR, CHRLS Alumni Association Vice President

Every year, faculty and Ph.D. students from the Work and Organizations department attend a conference called the Academy of Management (AOM) to present research and meet colleagues in their field from around the world to discuss projects. This year, the 82nd Annual Meeting of the AOM conference was held in Seattle on August 5-9. A few of our faculty and PhD alumni were able to meet in-person for a fun gathering and celebration!

Worg AOM 2022

MHRIR Faculty Honored at Academy of Management Annual Meeting

MHRIR Faculty

Congratulations to the faculty members in our Work and Organizations Department who received high honors at the Academy of Management annual meeting in August 2022. Join us in celebrating Professors Mary Zellmer-Bruhn, Connie Wanberg, Pri Shah, and Associate Professor Elizabeth (Beth) Campbell for their outstanding research contributions. Read more here.

Remembering Professor Emeritus Jim Scoville

Jim Scoville

We are sad to share the news that Professor Emeritus Jim Scoville has passed away. Jim was a professor in the Industrial Relations Center (IRC, now Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies) between 1979 and 2008, which included significant service as Director and as Director of Graduate Studies. A passionate advocate for graduate programs within the IRC, Jim supervised countless Plan B (Master's) papers.

Jim was an expert in international labor markets and his writings included analyses of labor issues in Afghanistan, Iran, and elsewhere. As a strong proponent of serious ethical analyses in human resources and industrial relations, Jim partnered with Professor John Budd to co-edit the 2005 Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Research Volume "The Ethics of Human Resources and Industrial Relations" to which he also contributed a unique chapter on non-western ethical frameworks. He also arbitrated labor-management disputes in the upper Midwest for more than four decades.

Since his retirement in 2008, LERA has annually awarded the James G. Scoville Best International Paper Award to the most outstanding article published each year on international and comparative issues in employment relations.

After earning a bachelors at Oberlin College, along with a masters and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, Jim spent 10 years as a faculty member at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois before coming to the University of Minnesota.

On behalf of the entire Carlson School community, we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

Another academic year has begun and we are excited to welcome 35 full-time and seven part-time students into the MHRIR program and one new student into the PhD program. Additionally, 48 full-time and 37 part-time MHRIR students, and 10 PhD students are returning to the program.

HRIR Orientation
MHRIR Orientation















Chris Winchester



Congratulations to PhD student Chris Winchester for having his case publication ("Peloton's ride to growth") named as one of three finalists for The CASE Journal's Best Case Publication of the Year!!! This honor is determined by the editorial board who votes on the best-written and most impactful cases published in the journal over the past year.



J Wellmann



We are happy to share the news that Dr. Julie Wellmann has successfully defended her dissertation: Gender Norms, Breadwinner Roles, and Career Rewards. Congratulations on achieving this significant milestone!




Youjeong and Xuan



Congratulations to PhD students Youjeong Song and Xuan Liu who have both won Carlson PhD Student Teaching Awards! The award is for "Excellence in Teaching during Academic Year 2021-22."


Lexy Ramler smiles and cheers after sticking a landing.

MHRIR Student Lexy Ramler has conquered gymnastics; Next – Business

‘22 MHRIR student Lexi Ramler is not only the most decorated Gopher gymnast in the history of the program, but she's also pursuing her passion for business by completing her master’s in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Learn more about her amazing accomplishments here.

Dean's Reception in Seattle
November 1, 2022

Dean's Reception in San Francisco
November 2, 2022

First Tuesday Luncheon Series - In person and Virtual Options Available
November 1, 2022 – James White, Anti-Racist Leadership author, former CEO of Jamba Juice, now chair of Honest Co.
December 6, 2022 – Sri Zaheer, Dean of the Carlson School of Management

Carlson School 7th Annual Military & Veterans Celebration
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Want to get the latest news from the CHRLS? Wondering who the next 1st Tuesday speaker will be? Interested in seeing photos from campus? Stay connected with your alma mater by following our social media sites:​

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