November 2013

Greetings from MA-HRIR Program Directors: Avner Ben-Ner and

Stacy Doepner-Hovekl

As Directors of the MA-HRIR program, we are extremely pleased to welcome 67 new students to our program this fall: 23 international students from 7 different countries joined 34 of their full-time domestic counterparts, and an additional 10 part-time students, to become part of a long line of smart, capable, excited and active students who continue to prove the worth of the UMN MA-HRIR degree to the world.

sdfThis year the program has added some new twists along with continuing our well-established and well-respected coursework. Outside the classroom we have added three new components:

Case Competitions. For the past two years our students have competed in case competitions at Purdue University and The Ohio State University. Our teams have done well in the past, and this year we had six teams competing internally to be chosen to represent us at both national and international competitions. The main addition to this roster of competitions is our very own Carlson International Human Resources Case Competition that will take place here November 14-16. We will host two Chinese, one Canadian, and two US teams along with our own Carlson HRIR team in a competition based on a live international HR issue for a local organization. Keep an eye out in the next newsletter for a wrap up of how this inaugural event went!

First-year Lunchtime Development Series. Last year we invited all of the full-time first-year students to attend lunchtime workshops focused on helping the class build an active and engaged cohort, including sessions with experts from around the University on teamwork and cross-cultural interactions. It was a great opportunity for the class to get to know each other, grow closer, and see what professional teamwork-building workshops look like. November will see the start of the lunchtime sessions for this year's first-year class. We hope this out-of-classroom training will become an integral part of the overall experience. To that end we have also created one other initiative:

Development and Dinner. On October 11 we had our very first Development and Dinner session. We brought in a local trainer to show our students how to use improvisation as a training technique. (See related article below). It was a great opportunity for the students to get a little out of their comfort zones and see how different techniques can be used in team building and group facilitation. We had students from the first, second, and part-time cohorts at the event and they shared dinner together after the training. Our next Development and Dinner will be November 22; all students are invited to weigh in on the choice of training topics for the next session.

Our academic program grows and improves every year as new faculty, new ideas, and new technology add to the curriculum at every turn. Our own Professor Colleen Manchester is a Carlson School pioneer when it comes to the "flipped classroom." She often has her Using Data and Metrics in HRIR students watch her lectures online before coming to class. That way she can spend more time in class going over the assigned problems for the day and working through questions that arise. Professor Manchester won the Herbie Award for teaching from the students last year-- so she must be doing something right!

We continue to build on the great work that has come before us and we are excited to move forward with the program in many new ways. The brightness of our students, the intellect and dedication of our faculty and staff, and the engagement and support of our alums makes this program second-to-none in the country, as far as we are concerned. We both are thrilled to be a part of it all.

Avner Ben-Ner, Faculty Director of Graduate Studies for the MA-HRIR Program

Stacy Doepner-Hove, Director of the MA-HRIR Program

Alumni News

Welcome, New Alumni Board Members!

Eight new members of the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors began their three-year terms this fall:

  • Scott Albers, '93 MA-IR
  • Laura Blomberg, '06 MA-HRIR
  • Jason Grosz, '06 MA-HRIR
  • Ruth Harris, '96 MA-IR
  • Maysam Khorasani, '10 MA-HRIR
  • Faith Leicht, '04 MA-HRIR
  • Eric Miller, '12 MA-HRIR
  • Shanequa Williams, '08 MA-HRIR

CHRLSAA President Yogita Naik, '02 MA-HRIR, welcomed new and returning members at the Board's Strategic Planning meeting in August and outlined her objectives for the year: Connecting, Promoting and Fostering relationships among alumni, students, faculty and the greater HR community.

kjhThank you to the members of the 2013-14 CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors for their service to the Carlson School. Pictured from left are, Laura Blomberg, Sam South, Carrie Johnson, Maysam Khorasani, Shanequa Williams, Taryn Shawstad, Scott Albers, Yogita Naik, Jason Grosz, Faith Leicht, and Mary Jo Flan. Not pictured are Kathleen Grosskopf, Ruth Harris, Kirk Keeney, Eric Miller, Chel Stewart, Erika Williams and Pat Wyffels.


Engaged Alumni Give Back to Program

One of the most frequent questions we receive from alumni is "How can I stay engaged with the MA-HRIR program"? Many of you are interested in supporting the outstanding students, faculty and staff of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. You might have lost touch for a few years and want to reconnect, or you may be looking for additional opportunities to "step up" your involvement. This issue of Centerpoint will focus on ways you can support the program financially; the next issue will explore other ways to stay involved, such as mentoring, classroom speaking, coaching, and more.  (more)

Save the Date for the HR Tomorrow Conference: April 11, 2014

Make sure to join the CHRLS for HR Tomorrow, our signature professional development event of the year, on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Carlson School. As always, the day will be filled with outstanding speakers, presentations on cutting-edge HR practices, leading faculty research and great networking opportunities. Interested in submitting a speaking proposal? Watch for the Call for Proposals to open in late November 2013.


Student News

Welcome, New Students!

Earlier this fall, incoming MA-HRIR students received a warm welcome into the program. They were introduced to faculty members, networked with alumni of the program, participated in New Student Orientation, and were prepped for the upcoming two years. They also began building friendships with the fellow students they will be spending the duration of their program with. New international students took a Trolley Tour of Minneapolis, which included stops like the Stone Arch Bridge and the Sculpture Gardens. Students began courses on September 3.

Summer Internships Provide Valuable Experience for MA Students

While some students spent their summer relaxing, MA-HRIR students were busy participating in internships throughout the state and across the country to obtain valuable experience.The students said their internships offered real-world experience in the human resources field that they can apply to their future MA-HRIR courses -and careers. (more)

Online Course Empowers Students to Complete Degree

For some, receiving their MA-HRIR degree happens in a consecutive sequence, either beginning directly after finishing an undergraduate degree or following a few years of working experience. (more)

Professional Development on the Menu for MA-HRIR Students

The MA-HRIR program serves a variety of students, from those just emerging from their undergraduate degree to HR professionals who have been in the workforce for 20 years. To bring the various groups together and foster even greater collegiality, the program recently created the Development and Dinner series. (more)

Faculty and Staff Newskjh

The Department of Work and Organizations welcomed two new faculty members this fall. Assistant Professor Alan l.jkBenson (right) teaches compensation, organization economics and negotiations, and comes to the Carlson School from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he recently earned his PhD in Management. Associate Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller (left) joined the department from the University of Florida and earned his PhD in human resources and industrial relations here at the Carlson School. He teaches organizational behavior and human resources. (more)

Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies Instructor Mike Davis has made a lasting impact on the field of humankljhl; resources. Through his leadership in the HR community, his diligent promotion of research, and his teaching at the University of Minnesota, Davis has earned the 2013 Distinguished HR Executive Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management. (more)

kjIn August, Professor Theresa Glomb was elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), which is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Its mission is to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and impact people's lives.

At its June conference, the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) named Alan Benson as the winner of the 2013 Kochan-Sleigh Best Dissertation Award for his MIT Sloan School of Management PhD dissertation "Sustained Rents and Imperfect Labor Markets: Essays on Recruitment, Training, Job Mobility, and Incentives." Entries are judged on the basis of originality, quality of analysis, quality of research, style and organization, practicality and timeliness of subject.

LES News

The Labor Education Service hosted a premiere of the new video, ""Who Built Our Capitol?" on Saturday, October 19, at the state capitol.

More than 150 people attended two screenings of the 46-minute documentary, which tells the story of the workers and contractors involved in the capitol construction from 1896-1907. Special guests included Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Department of Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk, and many descendants of those involved in the original construction.

"This program is bringing to light not only the stories of the stonecutters, carpenters, sheet metal workers and other trades who worked on the capitol site, but the contributions made by companies and workers throughout the state," says LES staff member Randy Croce, who coordinated the project.kljh

The video may be viewed on the project website, www.whobuiltourcapitol.org, which provides additional resources, including information on more than 300 workers. "Who Built Our Capitol?" is also available for $20 on DVD from the Labor Education Service, 612-624-5020.

You're Invited: "Stages of Occupational Regulation" Lecture - November 21, 2013

Please join the Carlson School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for a free lecture by Professor Morris M. Kleiner on the "Stages of Occupational Regulation" on November 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Occupational regulation in the U.S. labor market is a rapidly growing phenomenon. As of 2008, nearly 40 percent of those working had a license or certification from some form of local, state, or federal government or would have to obtain one in order to keep their job. Professor Kleiner will show what has happened and the policy implications of the dramatic growth of occupational licensing. Register here before November 18.

Class Notes

Reema Batnagar, '96 MA-IR, is currently a Human Resources Director at VMware

OngArt (Mod) Boonpektrakul, '06 MA-HRIR, is the Director of HR for Hilton and Double Tree hotels in Thailand

Deanna Carlson, '01 MA-HRIR, joined Salo LLC as a Compensation Consultant

Jim Clark, '99 MA-HRIR, is Vice President of Global Compensation at Yahoo!

Olivia Dedlow, '10 MA-HRIR, recently joined aGreatDay.tv as Project Lead and Editor

Johnny Liang, '01 MA-HRIR, recently joined Rocketfuel as Senior Director, HR Operations

Tina Liu, '06 MA-HRIR, recently joined VMWare as a Senior HR Business Partner

Joe Lucio, '11 MA-HRIR, started a new position at Chevron: Project & Planning - Gas & Midstream (Supply Trading)

Will O'Brien, '11 MA-HRIR, is Global Human Resources Vice President at Wolters Kluwer

Celeste Pape, '10 MA-HRIR, recently joined Trane as a Senior HR Generalist

James Parker, '05 MA-HRIR, recently joined BASF as Global HR Business Partner

Alvin Schexnider, '08 MA-HRIR, recently joined Youth Organizations Umbrella as Director of Human Resources

Emily Sheehan, '09 MA-HRIR, recently joined Recommind as a Human Resources Business Partner

Mike West, '01, MA-HRIR, recently joined VMware as a Senior Workforce Analyst


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Event Calendar

November 21, 2013
"Stages of Occupational Regulation"

Lecture presented by Professor Morris M. Kleiner
Room 1-108 Hanson Hall, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Register here.

Friday, April 11, 2014
HR Tomorrow Conference

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Carlson School of Management

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