May 2017 Alumni Newsletter
Greetings from the CHRLS!
One of the great pleasures of my job as external relations coordinator for the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies is welcoming each newly minted class of graduates into the ranks of HRIR alumni! From the students' first day on campus during Admitted Student Day or New Student Orientation to their last days attending Spring Celebration and Commencement, it is a privilege to support their growth and development, knowing how well-prepared they are to springboard into their new adventures. Best of luck, Class of 2017! Visit this page to view photos of the Spring Celebration; and this page to capture moments from Commencement.
The CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors came together during the 2016-17 academic year to create opportunities for all alumni to benefit from the knowledge and experience our HRIR alumni community is so willing to share. From the re-introduction of the HRIR alumni mentoring program to the creation of an online discussion board to the always engaging HR Tomorrow Conference, our alumni board members continue to promote leadership in the fields of human resources and industrial relations by facilitating professional learning experiences and sharing professional opportunities.
We are most grateful for the alumni on the 20-member Board of Directors who volunteered their time and expertise this year: Kristyn Aasen, Justin Ahlstrom, Corey Bonnema, David Bryant, Ian Charpentier, Nick Christenson, Laura Elletson, Marc Gauthier, Xuanfei (Anna) Huang, Chris Kujawa, Kristin Lee, Joe Lucio, Brandon Lukach, Roxana Martin, Tara Miller-Hochhalter, Beth Oddan, Monica Percic, Kara Sime, Na Sun, and Eva Treuer. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Wishing you a safe and relaxing summer! Please keep in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
External Relations Coordinator
Thanks to Outgoing Alumni Board Members
Heartfelt thanks go to six members of the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors whose three-year terms are ending this spring. Their hard work and dedication have helped the Board 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 David Bryant, Laura Elletson, Marc Gauthier, Chris Kujawa, Joe Lucio, and Kristin Lee, who served as President of the Board this past year. Thank you! Read the full story here.
2017 HR Tomorrow Conference a Success!
Another year, another successful HR Tomorrow Conference! The theme of the 38th annual HR Tomorrow Conference was "Trends and Transformation," which explored how many organizations are melding HR and business operations to push the boundaries of what is possible. Read the full story here.
Students Bring Back Worlds of Experience
Even though nationally only about 10 percent of students study abroad, Carlson School students have a rich tradition of exploring international learning opportunities while enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program. The MA-HRIR program offers two main education abroad options for its students. Read the full story here.
New Course Helps Build Cohort, Camaraderie
Class sizes at an institution the size of the University of Minnesota can make it difficult for students to get to know one another. That was one of the driving forces behind the development of a new course offering this academic year in the MA-HRIR program. Stacy Doepner-Hove, director of the program, introduced the MA-HRIR Practicum course last September. The course was designed to build the cohort of full-time students and provide experiences and understanding to enhance their learning in the classroom, and prepare them for their work in the field of human resources. Read the full story here.
Looking Back: The Year in Review from A to Z
CHRLS has a lot of highlights to share from the 2016-17 academic year. Here's a quick look at 26 of them!
Congratulations to two faculty from the Department of Work and Organizations who have recently won teaching awards:
Center Hosts Delegation from China University of Labor Relations
On May 22, the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies hosted a delegation of faculty members from the China University of Labor Relations (CULR), led by its president. CULR is a university in Beijing affiliated with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions that offers undergraduate programs as well as a training unit. Read the full story here.
Canadian Scholars Collaborate with LES to Study French Canadian Stone Workers
Two Canadian historical researchers met with Who Built Our Capitol (WBOC) project director Randy Croce and researcher John Sielaff at the University of Minnesota on March 30 to share information on French Canadian stone artisans who worked on the construction of the Minnesota State Capitol. Read the full story here.
- Meng Guo, '14, is e-learning and initiatives assistant manager at Jaguar and Land Rover
- Susan Otto, '00, is chief human resources officer for TrueCar, Inc.
- Brenda Southwick , '91, is manager of health and welfare benefits for The Clorox Company
- Chel Stewart, '10, is vice president of HR and organizational development at Starz
- Eva Treuer, '10, is global HR project manager at Amazon