anneAnne Obst, External Relations Coordinator

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 this year, and was established in 1974 to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities, according to the Points of Light organization.

The timing couldn’t be better for HRIR alumni interested in engaging in our Carlson School community: applications are now being taken for service on the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors! Board members serve three-year terms and help direct a number of alumni activities throughout the year, including the HR Tomorrow Conference, Alumni Mentorship Program and Professional Development initiatives. If this sounds interesting to you, please visit our website for further information.

Of course, opportunities for involvement aren’t just available during this designated week. Read on for more suggestions

Alumni Office Hours
If you’re looking for a quick way to volunteer, consider setting up “Alumni Office Hours” in the Herman Library here at the Carlson School. All it takes is a short visit to campus, one hour of your time, and a willingness to share your career experiences with our current students. See more information here; there are several time slots still available.

Alumni Mentoring Program
While this year’s program was structured differently than previous year-long mentoring programs you might recall, students and alumni still had several opportunities for meaningful interactions during three “speed mentoring” events. Alumni who participated said they appreciated the shorter time commitment required of them - and still enjoyed meeting and networking with students. In fact, several of those interactions have resulted in LinkedIn connections and further engagement among students and alums. If you would like to be a part of next year’s mentoring program, please email hrmentor@umn.edu.

Fall Semester 2015 Although it may seem far away right now (and no one wants to skip over summer!), we’ll have a couple of great opportunities for engagement in August and September:

  • New Student Orientation – hearing from our alumni about their own experiences in the HRIR program and subsequent career advancement is always one of the highlights for our incoming students during orientation. Consider joining us for one of our alumni presentations; watch for more details later this year.
  • Interview Preparation/Resume Review – the interviewing process starts within the first month of classes, and both first-year and second-year students benefit immensely from practicing their interviewing skills and having experienced HR professionals review their resumes. Contact the Graduate Business Career Center for more information.

Whether making a short-term visit to campus or a longer-term commitment to Alumni Board service, your involvement with the HRIR program will be of great benefit to our students, other alumni, the wider University community, and can be very rewarding to you as well. 

Alumni News

HR Tomorrow Conference – Early Bird Rate Extended!
The Early Bird Rate of $195 has been extended one more week – register for the HR Tomorrow Conference by Monday, April 6 and save $55 over the Regular Rate. Visit the conference website to see the great lineup of speakers for HR Tomorrow: Achieving Results in a Complex World on April 17.

Alumni Office Hours
Kara Zetman, ’10 MA-HRIR, was interested in getting more involved with her alma mater and took advantage of the opportunity to do so during a recent Alumni Office Hours visit. Here, she visits with first-year student Angela Pelaez in the Herman Library.officehr

Connecting the Global Network: Students and Alumni Reflect on Studying Abroad  
The Carlson School has always stressed to students the advantage of gaining global perspectives during their studies and, as such, provides MA-HRIR students with both short-term and long-term opportunities to take business classes in English at international universities. Whether they take an interesting elective or select a highly immersive language intensive course, Carlson School students always return with unforgettable memories and a greater sense of global mindfulness. We spoke with several alumni, and one current student, about how their study abroad experiences took them from the Carlson School, around the world and back again. (more)

Job Seekers Workshop – Thursday, April 9
Polish your resume, brush up on your job search skills, and learn strategies to get hired at this career workshop being held at the Carlson School on April 9 from 7:45 am to 12:30 pm. Whether you’re exploring the next step for your career or have been affected by a layoff, this workshop will give you the tools you need to get noticed by employers. Attendees will participate in networking sessions, get advice on job search, have their resumes reviewed by a career coach, and more. The cost is $10; registration and more information is available here.                    

Student News

Happy Hour Squared – Helping Others While Having Fun! 
Join the students of GSHRL (Graduate Society for Human Resources Leaders), on Thursday, April 16 for an innovative and free event that focuses on helping others while having fun. The Brave New Workshop has partnered with charitable beer company Finnegans, Inc., to feed the hungry and serve the community during this innovative monthly event held at the Brave New Workshop’s ETC in downtown Minneapolis. You can show up anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., enjoy a free Finnegans beer, share a laugh, make some sandwiches, donate to the Finnegans Rolling Food Truck, and feel good for having made a difference, as the sandwiches will go to feed the hungry on the streets that night. And, if interested, you may purchase discounted tickets to that evening’s Brave New Workshop 7:30 p.m. performance (space permitting.)  Want more information, or interested in signing up? Contact Mary Kate Gross at gross305@d.umn.edu. Invite your friends and family; wear your maroon and gold - and thanks for helping make a difference!

3rd Annual International HR Case Competition – Corporate Sponsorships Available
Building on the great success of the last two International HR Case Competitions, student directors are setting the schedule and strategy for our third annual event, which will be held this fall in November.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available; contact chrls@umn.edu for more information.

Admitted Students Dayadmit
On a bright and sunny Saturday, 26 prospective MA-HRIR students visited campus for the 2015 Admitted Students Day, sponsored by Eaton Corporation. Students heard from faculty members, current students, program staff, and alumni who’ve been in their shoes. Pictured is Graduate Business Career Center Associate Director Stephen Glomb and Director Maggie Tomas as they outline the many career services available to students while at the Carlson School. In addition, MA-HRIR alumni Doug Robinson, ’13 MA-HRIR, and An Dao ’12 MA-HRIR, both representing Eaton Corporation, fielded questions from students regarding their experience in the program, and their career advancement after graduation.

School News

labsThe Complex Science of People: Behavioral Research at the Carlson School

Research is a key element of the University of Minnesota’s mission, which states, in part, that “we change lives through research, education, and outreach.” Mention research labs, and the first image that comes to mind for many might be white-coated medical students poring over experiments in a sterile environment. So you might be surprised to learn that there are four active research labs housed right here in the Carlson School. (more)



Faculty in the News

Assistant Professor Aaron Sojourner is a member of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle to K initiative, and was interviewed by the Minnesota Daily student newspaper: http://www.mndaily.com/news/metro-state/2015/03/01/cradle-k-cabinet-plan-advances

Professor John Budd is interviewed for a March 5 article in the StarTribune: http://www.startribune.com/business/295104381.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

Associate Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller is interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/target-morale

Emeritus Professor John Fossum is interviewed in a StarTribune article: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27663718/minneapolis-schools-payouts-unused-sick-time-under-fire

Class Notes

Submit a Class Note to chrls@umn.edu

  • Justin Grgurich, ’07 MA-HRIR, recently joined Johnson & Johnson as a senior HR manager.
  • Sia (Lo) Vahr, ’13 MA-HRIR, is currently an HR manager at Microsoft for its Office business.
  • Liz Welsh, ’07 PhD-HRIR, is currently an associate professor of management at the University of St. Thomas.