April 2020 CHRLS Centerpoint Alumni Newsletter

A Message from Professors Mary Zellmer-Bruhn and John Kammeyer-Mueller

Zellmer-Bruhn and Kammeyer-Mueller

In these unsettling and uncertain times, staying connected with each other and our shared community is more important than ever. We know that as HR professionals, you are on the front lines of some of the most challenging and uncharted territory of your careers. As alumni of the HRIR program, we hope you feel that you are well-prepared to face those challenges, and we offer our support and encouragement in these extraordinary times. The University has a wide and ever-growing array of resources available to support alumni, from career resources to wellness strategies; please see below for additional details.

We’d like to share a number of updates with you:


  • Our faculty have risen to the challenge of teaching without classrooms, as beginning on March 16, all instruction moved to being delivered virtually. Like many of you, we’re getting used to teaching (working) through Zoom, including virtual presentations with real-time interaction and breakout rooms for small group work. The students have been very responsive to the changes. The Carlson School’s instructional designers have done an outstanding job at helping faculty and instructors make the jump, very quickly, to online instruction. We will continue online instruction through the end of the semester; the method of summer instruction is still to be determined.
  • We are currently in the process of recruiting new students and planning for the coming year, and making sure that we're in a solid position to move forward as effectively as we can. The Professional Director of the MHRIR program, Stacy Doepner-Hove, and the Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruiting, Amy Danzeisen, have been working tirelessly to remain in contact with our prospective incoming class. We developed and delivered an online Admitted Student Day program last weekend, with both evening and day-time sessions, to accommodate time zones around the globe. These sessions included an introduction to the program from department leadership, a panel of current students, a panel of alumni, and information from our Graduate Business Career Center. Multiple faculty members and current students also participated in virtual small-group discussions following the formal sessions. Our hope is to attract and retain another outstanding class of students who will matriculate this fall. 
  • Alumni often ask what they can do to help, and our advice is to continue the great work you’ve been doing by recruiting and hiring our students, volunteering as a mentor, serving as a resource to other alumni, and offering to work with faculty and instructors on real experiential learning projects for our students.
  • Our community is here to support one another and we encourage you to reach out to others as you’re able. We also stand ready to assist, and welcome your comments, questions, and feedback at chrls@umn.edu.

Stay well!

Mary Zellmer-Bruhn, Chair
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Department Chair, Work and Organizations Department

John Kammeyer-Mueller
Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Industrial Relations
Department of Work and Organizations

The University of Minnesota and the Carlson School have developed a wide and ever-growing array of resources available to support alumni, from career resources to wellness strategies: 

  • Visit the Carlson School website for the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting the school. 
  • Professor Theresa Glomb of the Department of Work and Organizations has developed a number of simple, evidence-based practices that you can deploy to promote greater productivity and well-being.
  • The University’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has created an assortment of wellness resources for the University community.
  • A variety of virtual resources for career development and personal growth are presented by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. 
  • Staff of the Carlson School Graduate Business Career Center are available to help alumni with career search advice and resources. Call 612-625-3632 for more information. 

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