Greetings from the CHRLS!

Newsletter PhotoGreetings from the CHRLS!

This was definitely a great year for alumni engagement! It kicked off in earnest in August with the Alumni Board Strategic Planning meeting where our 19-member Board, ably led by Justin Ahlstrom, laid out their plans for the year. From directing the annual HR Tomorrow Conference, to matching more than 40 current student mentees with eager alumni mentors, to the launching of our new Alumni Engagement committee, your Board was hard at work ensuring that alumni, students, and the greater HR community had a variety of ways to connect, engage, and learn from each other.

Beyond the Alumni Board, and throughout the year, CHRLS faculty and staff relied on a remarkable network of alumni to help facilitate HRIR gatherings in Houston, Seattle (twice!), Phoenix, New York (also twice!), Princeton, and the Twin Cities. Thank you Linda Breed, Andrew Zimba, Xuanfei (Anna) Huang, Francine Barley, Erika Berndt, Meghann McKee Albertson, Sarah Merkle, Chris Kujawa, Yogita Naik, and Julie Fraunhoffer for your additional guidance and support.
We have a number of ways for alumni to stay in touch with the program, and hope you will consider:
We love to hear from you, so please drop us a line at with any news or updates you'd like to share. We greatly value your thoughts and feedback.
Wishing you a safe and relaxing summer!
Anne Obst
External Relations Coordinator
Thanks to Outgoing Alumni Board Members
Our heartfelt thanks go to the eight members of the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors whose three-year terms are ending this spring. Because of their hard work and dedication, the Board was able to continue its mission of strengthening the relationship among alumni and the CHRLS, the Carlson School, and the wider University community. Rolling off the board are Justin Ahlstrom, who served as President of the Board this past year, and Corey Bonnema, Ian Charpentier, Xuanfei (Anna) Huang, Roxana Martin, Tara Miller-Hochhalter, Monica Percic, and Na Sun. Thank you! Read the full story here
Finding Inspiration and Best Practices at HR Tomorrow 2018
"Several of the speakers were so impactful that I wouldn't miss an opportunity to be inspired like that again," said one of the attendees at the 2018 HR Tomorrow Conference on April 20. "I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the Twin Cities HR community," said another. To hear more thoughts and see some great photos from the conference, read the full story here. 
Scholarships Made HR Tomorrow Possible for Three Attendees
Each year the HR Tomorrow Conference planning committee offers one scholarship for an HR professional to attend the conference at no cost. The offer is made to those working for nonprofit organizations with limited budgets, who would not otherwise be able to attend. And generous donations from our conference sponsors made two additional sponsorships available for incoming MA-HRIR students. Read the full story here
Networking in Unexpected Places
As an alum or even a current student, you never know where your advice might influence a prospective student. You might run into someone at the grocery store, perhaps the doctor's office, or maybe even at the Apple Store! That's what happened with Kara Sime, '96, and first-year MA-HRIR student Levi Sheppard. Read the full story here.
The Year in Review - 12 Months of Engagement!
From Houston to Seattle to New York, and the Carlson School to Seven Corners, it was another great year of engagement among alumni, students, faculty and staff of the CHRLS. Read the full story here.
Congratulations, Graduates!
As the academic year came to a close, 84 students graduated from the MA-HRIR program, and two from the PhD-BA program with a concentration in Work and Organizations. A total of 63 newly-minted graduates participated in the ceremony on May 14, the largest number ever. Congratulations to them all! To see photos from Commencement, and the MA-HRIR Spring Celebration held the night before, visit our Smug Mug.
GSHRL Keeps Students Engaged Year-Round
The Graduate Society of Human Resources Leaders (GSHRL), has been around since 1956. The organization is comprised of graduate students in the HRIR program at the Carlson School, with a mission to establish and maintain relationships with the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (CHRLS), alumni, and the Twin Cities community through networking, programming and social events throughout the school year. See photos and read the full story here.
John Budd Steps Down as Chair and Director
When Professor John Budd steps down this month as Chair of the Department of Work and Organizations and Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, it will be after nine years of thoughtful and steady leadership. Budd, finishing his third three-year term, looks back at his tenure with appreciation and a quiet pride. "I tried to continue the legacy of people who came before me," he says, "and am grateful for all of the people who were so dedicated to the performance of our academic programs, and to maintaining and building our national and international academic reputation." Read the full story here.

WOrg Faculty Recognized for Excellence
Our faculty work hard and it shows! Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alan Benson for receiving the Herbie Award for teaching excellence in the MA-HRIR program, Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller for receiving the Teaching Innovator of the Year award from MBA students, and Senior Lecturer Amy Simon who received the BSB Foundational Core Faculty of the Year Award! Read the full story here.
Assistant Professor Alan Benson Receives Two Early Career Awards
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alan Benson for receiving two early career awards. He was selected as one of the recipients of this year's John Dunlop Outstanding Young Scholar Awards from LERA (Labor and Employment Relations Association). The award recognizes outstanding academic contributions to research by scholars new to the field within the past 10 years.  He also received the Giarratani Rising Star Award from the Industry Studies Association, which is given for the best paper by a junior faculty member that is presented at the Industry Studies Conference. Read the full story here.
Two WOrg Faculty Members Receive Lawrence Fellowships
Assistant Professors Elizabeth Campbell and Le (Betty) Zhou are two of the six Carlson School faculty members who were selected to receive the 2018 Mary and Jim Lawrence Fellowship. The fellowship was established last year by a generous gift from the Lawrences to recognize the contribution of junior and recently promoted faculty in enhancing the intellectual environment at the Carlson School. Read the full story here. 

Stacy Doepner-Hove Receives Award from Resilient Communities Project
Congratulations to Stacy Doepner-Hove, '09, director of the MA-HRIR program at the Carlson School of Management, for receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota's Resilient Communities Project (RCP). Read the full story here.

Each issue of Centerpoint will highlight a member of our faculty, our alumni community, and a current student. Learn more about alumna Tina Liu , part-time student (and recent graduate) Kersten Dolgner, and Professor Avner Ben-Ner.

  • Andrew Block, '95, is executive vice president, chief human resources officer at ABM Industries
  • Ron Branch, '94, is senior human capital partner at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • Josephine Brookes, '14, is human resources representative at Rihm Kenworth
  • Mie Johansen, '16, is human resources business partner at Hertz
  • Jackie Korpela, '14, is HR generalist at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Caleb Moore, '14, is senior HR business partner at Tesla
  • Alvin Schexnider, '08, is senior director of operations at Erie Neighborhood House
  • Michael Stanfield, '12, is associate relations specialist at DENSO
  • James Updyke, '14, is human resources business partner at Amazon