March 2017 Alumni Newsletter
Greetings from the Professional Development and Alumni Relations Committee!
My name is Corey Bonnema and I have the privilege of serving on the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors. This is my second year on the board, and I’m chairing the Professional Development and Alumni Relations committee.
What if you could find an online discussion board that included your former classmates and other HR professionals? A place where topics that are on your mind can be shared and commented on? An outlet for communicating HR best practices or asking for advice on a particularly tricky issue you’re dealing with?
Look no further…our committee has created just such a place! We’ve “re-purposed” the HRIR LinkedIn group page to feature a series of questions designed to engage alumni and promote the exchange of ideas. Recent questions have explored SHRM vs. HRCI certification, how HR professionals manage their own professional development, and the use of Coursera as a development tool in the workplace. You can read more about our efforts here.
One of the things I’ve learned in my HR career is how important dialogue and open communication can be. I certainly don’t have the answers to every pressing issue faced in HR shops, but I’m confident that our greater HR community does – or at least knows where to find it. Won’t you join us in these important conversations?
Corey Bonnema, ’98 MA-IR
HR Tomorrow Conference is Sold Out!
Due to early and strong interest in the 38th annual offering, the HR Tomorrow Conference is sold out. A waiting list is available. Please watch this newsletter for information on next year's conference.
Calling All Alumni - Join the Alumni Board!
If you're an alum of the MA-IR or MA-HRIR program at the University of Minnesota and would like to get more involved with your alma mater and expand your professional network, please consider joining the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors. Alumni Association 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
Alumna Helps Open Doors for Other Professional Women
Faith Leicht, '04, was featured in an article in the StarTribune in January for her role in corporate development with a New York-based start-up, Apres, a digital platform aiming to connect highly educated women looking to return to the workforce with companies and resources in the professional world.
A New Year, A New Mentoring Relationship
On January 30, almost 50 alumni and current students met in person and virtually to kick off the 2017 HRIR Alumni Mentoring program. Back by popular demand, the program matches HRIR alumni with current full-time and part-time students for a year-long mentoring relationship. Read the full story here.
Admitted Student Day Welcomes Incoming Students to Campus
Faculty, staff, and students of the MA-HRIR program and the Carlson School welcomed more than 30 prospective students to Admitted Student Day on March 25. The day was designed to give admitted students an in-depth look at the program prior to their arrival on campus this fall. They heard from current faculty and students about the curriculum and course load, from the Graduate Business Career Center on the myriad career and employment resources available to them as students, and from program alumni who shared how their experience in the program prepared them for successful careers in HR. Technology allowed some of the prospective students to attend virtually from overseas!
MA-HRIR Team Takes 3rd at Fischer Case Competition
A team of four Carlson School MA-HRIR students recently took third place at the Ohio State University Fisher 2017 HR Invitational Case Competition. Read more about the experience of team members Yusuke Yamamoto, Becky Tso, Kimi Tang, and Sammi Whitlock.
Student Stays Disciplined On and Off the Court
The University of Minnesota's student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, recently featured first-year student Joanna Hedstrom , who's studying for her masters in human resources and industrial relations while also playing on the University women's basketball team. Read the full story here.
Two WOrg Faculty Members Named Lawrence Fellows
Two faculty members from the Department of Work and Organizations (WOrg) are among five from the Carlson School who have been selected to receive the inaugural Mary and Jim Lawrence Fellowship. Associate Professor Colleen Manchester and Assistant Professor Aaron Sojourner were selected to receive the fellowship, which was established by a generous gift from the Lawrences to recognize the excellence and contribution of junior and recently promoted faculty in enhancing the intellectual environment at the Carlson School. Jim Lawrence is the vice-chair of the Carlson School Board of Overseers. Read the full story here.
Former Professor George William (Bill) England Passes Away
Former professor of Industrial Relations George William (Bill) England passed away on February 17. He was 89 years old. England earned his PhD in Industrial Psychology from the University of Minnesota and joined the Carlson School in the Industrial Relations Center (now the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies) in 1956. He taught staffing, labor markets, and quantitative methods until 1980, when he moved to the University of Oklahoma, from where he retired. His major research projects were multi-national studies of the meaning of work to all people's lives. He was also a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Bea, and two brothers; and is survived by his second wife, Fran; children Paula, Julie, Mark and Brad; and several grandchildren. A memorial service has been held.
Monica Bielski Boris, director of the Labor Education Service, was quoted in an article in Twin Cities Business magazine, "Union Membership In MN Has Been Declining For Decades. How Are Unions Changing To Stay Relevant?"
Each issue of Centerpoint will highlight a member of our alumni community, one of our faculty members, and a current student. Learn more about alumna Susan Otto, '00; part-time MA-HRIR student Tom Kaiser; and Associate Professor Pri Shah.
- Lise Bair, '14, is talent acquisition specialist at Ecolab
- Cindy Heisen, '15, is senior HR advisor at Thomson Reuters
- Eric Miller, '12, is HR director at BTD Manufacturing
- Justin Nuahn, '14, is HR manager at SICK, Inc.
- Beth Oddan, '11, is senior manager talent acquisition at Capella Education Company
- Kelly Schick, '03, is executive director, human resources at AMAG Pharmaceuticals