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New HR Certifications: SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

Beginning in January 2015, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) will be offering two new professional title certifications: the SHRM-Certified Professional (CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP™).

So here is everything you need to know about these two new certifications:

What is it?

The SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ are comprehensive learning and assessment tool created by SHRM®.  According to their website, the SHRM-CP and –SCP offer 5 key benefits: 1) the universal skills and knowledge tested is based off the SHRM competency model, 2) it is designed with the employer in mind, 3) it focuses on the individual being prepared for the current HR landscape, 4) it tests the HR competencies and knowledge in their application and 5) the eligibility and inclusivity it offers.

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Villanova Day of Service 2014

Thank you to everyone that came out to volunteer at Villanova’s St. Thomas Day of Service this past Saturday! Over 4,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni came out to work together on  different service projects throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. This year our Villanova SHRM chapter teamed up with volunteers from the business school to give back by volunteering at Impact Thrift Stores. Below are some pictures of the work we did with Impact’s staff on Saturday. 


VU SHRM Resume Workshop 

On September 23, 2014, Villanova Chapter of SHRM hosted a resume workshop on campus.  There were 10 professionals from different industries who reviewed student resumes’ in a round robin format. 

 After the workshop, we asked students what their biggest takeaways were from the workshop and what they learned so that we could share them with the Global HRD community. 

  •       “It’s important to include action verbs and how you helped the company.  Recruiters want to see that you take initiative, not just direction.  After each bullet point, ask yourself, ‘so what’ to shape your bullets”
  •       “As far as job searching, look at all local SHRM chapters for job postings and be sure to put your resume on, which is the 3rd largest resume database, but many recruiters are headed in this direction.  Also use, which is the largest resume aggregator.’
  •       “Be sure to include HR Systems that you have experience with”
  •       “It’s very beneficial to have multiple people look at your resume and get different perspectives.”
  •       “As an international student, the workshop was very helpful because I learned what a US resume format should be.  For example, I need to take out all of my personal information, birthdate and picture, as that’s not the resume format in the US.”

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"The Evolving Role of Leadership" featuring Madeline Bell

On Tuesday, September 23rd, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Madeline Bell, visited Villanova University to address friends and members of the University community about her career path, leadership, motivation, and advice for becoming a successful and confident leader. Sponsored by the College of Nursing and the Women’s Professional Network, “The Evolving Role of Leadership,” was an immense success and a standing room only Driscoll Auditorium was certainly one indication of that. Bell, a ’83 graduate of the College of Nursing, focused her address on the competencies of leadership, motivating teams, self-motivation, and finally, the challenges women face in the workplace.  

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Twenty-two years and counting...

For the 22nd year, Villanova University has been chosen as the top school in the region.  Villanova has been named number one for the Regional University-North category in U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings.   To get the number one spot, the University was ranked on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence such as student retention rates, faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate.

In addition, Villanova ranked number one in the Best Value Schools-North category.  Interestingly, the rank of number one in this category carries a special meaning.  As, this category takes into account Villanova's academic quality, which is based on its U.S. News ranking, as well as the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  According to U.S. News, "the higher the quality of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the deal."

What this means for you?

These rankings mean you're at an institution that achieves success.  They also mean that Villanova is competitive and consistently seeking improvement. And, as a student here, you will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of great teaching, small class sizes, and a great value for the money spent.

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Dr. Cozzens's Organizational Training Class Attempts The Marshmallow Challenge!

The Marshmallow Challenge: The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.  Learn more here.

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Colin Powell Highlights the 5th Annual Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference

This year, the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue in Philadelphia hosted the 5th annual Diversity & Leadership Conference.  The purpose of the conference was to help professionals “transform awareness into actionable results." The day consisted of awards for “Most Powerful & Influential Women’s Breakfast”, three panel sessions, Multicultural Leadership awards, and a keynote address by General Colin Powell. 

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Book Review: The Other Wes Moore

This academic year is special in that it marks the Tenth Anniversary of the One Book Villanova program. The inspiration to establish this program came from none other than St. Augustine who stated that, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Although not everyone can travel the world regularly we are all able to expand our minds and explore the lives of others through the gift of reading. Some of the past One Book selections have told stories of those living in places ranging from Seattle to Afghanistan and even to the small mountainous country of Nepal. This year’s selection comes to us from Baltimore, but it is a story that at times seems to be a world away.

The story that unfolds before us is about two men who had a great deal in common growing up and yet somehow their lives ended up becoming drastically different. Both men grew up in the same neighborhood in Baltimore, had similar family backgrounds and even shared the same name- Wes Moore. On paper they could have been the same person, but years later the one grew up to become a Rhodes Scholar, combat veteran, business leader and even a speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The other Wes Moore found himself slowly following in his older brother’s footsteps as a drug dealer and who would later be forced to serve a life sentence for felony murder. 

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Villanova HRD Graduate Assistants - Team Building Day

Graduate assistants of the Villanova HRD program signed up for a team building course offered by Villanova which took place Wednesday of last week. Each challenging physical activity helped our graduate assistants to get to know each other better and to learn how to work as an optimal team! Below is a slideshow of some pictures the graduate assistants captured at their team building event:


If you would like to learn more about the team building courses available through Villanova University, please contact Lori Blake at Groups should have at least six individuals participating to receive the full benefit of the team building activities.



Faculty Spotlight: Karen Stipa

Karen Stipa, MBA – Mrs. Stipa is an experienced human resources systems professional and adjunct faculty professor. Ms. Stipa currently is an Owner with Stipa Partners, a small management consulting firm. Within the HR Technology space, Mrs. Stipa was Senior Director for HR Systems at Aramark Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. She was responsible for systems as they related to every function within human resources to include Recruiting, Talent Management, Benefits Administration, Compensation and Shareholder Services. Prior to that, she consulted for a variety of companies within their Human Resources divisions on projects such as process re-engineering and enterprise systems implementation working with various systems to include Oracle, PeopleSoft and Lawson.

Ms. Stipa earned her MBA with a concentration on Organization Management from Drexel University and her BS in Human Resources from Cabrini College.

 Q: How many years have you been teaching at Villanova (how many years have you been teaching in general)? 
A: Villanova is my first experience with teaching at the University level.  I began in January, 2012.

Q: If you had to pick just ONE area of Human Resources in which you would label yourself a rock star, which function would that be? 
A: I have spent all of career in HR Technology.  My experience spans both the consultant side and the company side so I have knowledge from each.  My largest role was with ARAMARK as the Senior Director of HR Systems where I had the responsibility of managing tee different systems and vendors across Human Resources, i.e, Recruitment, core HRIS, Labor Relations, Shareholder Services, etc.

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Villanova HRD Corner: September 2014 Edition

Welcome to the 2014 September Edition of the Villanova HRD Corner! In this issue, we have all of our popular reoccurring features (spotlights, HR news, etc.) along with updates and information.

Special Features


Reoccurring Features


SHRM Graduate Student Scholarships - Nov. 1 Application Deadline!

The SHRM Foundation awards 2 graduate students with scholarships each year totalling $5,000.

Who Is Eligible: SHRM student members with a valid SHRM ID number as of November 1 are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Local student chapter members who are not SHRM members are not eligible to apply. SHRM professional, general and associate members are eligible for another SHRM Foundation Scholarship program for HR professionals, but are not eligible for this student scholarship program. 

Scholarship Criteria
Scholarship recipients will primarily be selected on merit. Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale and must have completed at least one HR management course.

Graduate student applicants must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing an emphasis area in HR or an HR-related program (such as business, psychology or labor relations) and have completed at least six hours of graduate course work with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

New! Assurance of Learning applicants must have taken the assessment in the current calendar year (2014) or already be registered to take the exam later this year.

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A Message from the Founding Director: Written Comprehensive Exam Requirement Update


Dear Students, 

At the current time the HRD Program will maintain the status quo regarding the exam options for the comprehensive exam requirement to graduate from the MS in HRD program. We will continue to accept the following certifications for current students until we receive more information regarding the new SHRM certification exams being offered in late May 2015.

  • Assurance of Learning Assessment (AOL)
  • Written comprehensive Exam (not offered after December 31, 2014)

However, we do encourage students that have two or more years HR experience in an exempt level position to take the PHR Exam, which constitutes a recognized professional certificate. This exam is given by the HRCI Institute.  If you do not have the required years of exempt level experience then you can take the Assurance of Learning Exam, which is offered bySHRM. Both organizations will review your application for their exams and they will let you know which exam you can take.

Effective spring 2015 we are requiring students to take the PHR/SPHR, or SHRM’s new CP or SCP exam, as the Written Compensation Exam will no longer be offered after December 2014. We are stressing to students to take the CP or SCP exam or the Assurance of Learning exam if they do not qualify for the PHR exam.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Best wishes for a successful semester.

David F. Bush, Ph.D.
Founding Director of Human Resource Development



What is the Assurance of Learning (AOL) Exam? 

Assurance of Learning Assessment for Graduating HR Students: 
The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Assurance of Learning® Assessment for graduating HR students is the new universal benchmark for students who are completing an HR degree and who have little to no work experience in HR. It benefits students by showing employers the student has acquired the minimum knowledge required to be a successful HR professional, and it gives recent graduates an important advantage over other entry-level candidates by showing the student has achieved the Certificate of Learning upon passing an exit exam. It helps employers know that the student has taken an additional step to ensure their degree, complemented by the Certificate of Learning achievement, adequately prepares them for their career in HR. 

Exam Basics
The Assessment is comprised of 160 multiple choice questions, about 30% of which are scenario-related questions to test the examinee's ability apply HR knowledge. The 160 questions are categorized into six overarching content groups covering 18 separate HR content areas, detailed below. Four (4) hours are allotted for each examinee to complete the assessment. The Assessment is administered at Prometric test centers around the world. Additional fees apply if an examinee selects a test site outside the U.S. 

*When should I register for the exam?

If you are graduating in Dec 2014, you must apply by OCT 5, 2014 and will take the exam between Oct 15-Nov 15.  If you are graduating in May 2015, you must apply for the exam between Nov 16, 2014 - Mar 5, 2015 and you will take the exam between Jan 1, 2015-Apr 15, 2015.

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What Organizations Need Now From Human Resources

The job of Human Resources today is to make people and organizations grow, yet it has only marginally evolved since its inception around the end of the nineteenth century. Starting as “Personnel,” to protect women and girls in industrial environments, it gradually morphed into other realms including employee hiring, firing, attendance, and compensation. Motivation, organizational behavior, and selection assessments were added to the mix in the 1960s and ’70s. Over the last decade or so, the title of H.R. Business Partner – essentially a business-focused H.R. Manager role – was introduced with little impact.

Not much has changed in a hundred years.

H.R. Business Partner Role Failings

It is not uncommon for business leaders to describe their H.R. departments as reactive, uncreative and lacking basic business understanding. This stems from H.R. teams measuring and focusing on things that don’t add true value to their organization, like:

  • speed of hire
  • percentage of completed performance reviews
  • number of managers trained

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HR Humor


Call For Mentors and Mentees - Apply Now!

We are happy to announce the start of the 2014-2015 Mentoring Program supported by the Villanova Human Resource Development community!  We will be matching mentors and mentees based on interests and experiences to maximize relationships and the benefit each participant receives. 

Please email your application (see attachments below) to by September 24th if you are interested in being a part of this exciting initiative, or have any questions. 

Mentor Application

Mentee Application

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The one interview question that tells you (almost) everything about an applicant

Looking for that next great interview question to help you nail down the perfect candidate? There’s one in particular you should consider adding to your arsenal. 

At least that’s the opinion of best-selling author and renown columnist Paul B. Brown, whose latest book,Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy, has just been published.

Brown has hired a person or two in his day, and he says this question has told him an awful lot about job candidates: “Tell me about your friends.”

(OK, it’s more like a directive than a question, but we digress.)

The reason Brown loves this question: “Good people hang out with other good people,” Brown wrote in his thrice-weekly column on

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St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

The St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration is a campus-based weekend celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 16th-century Augustinian bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of the University. The pinnacle of this week-long celebration, is the Day of Service, an annual event that brings together nearly 5,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families working in partnership with neighborhood agencies to perform service throughout Greater Philadelphia and beyond. 

The picture to the left is the VUSHRM group during last year's Day of Service Event in Philadelphia.

With the help of the VU Alumni Association, the Day of Service has been expanded to include alumni chapters across the country, providing a variety of service opportunities for alumni and online students throughout the states. The Alumni Association website has a list of chapters that are hosting service events that may be local to you so that you can be part of this amazing event. 

To register to Volunteer with Villanova University Society of Human Resource Management, register on the website and select group: VUSHRM.  The HRD program would also like to hear about how you serve so we can include your story in the HRD Corner Blog. Send your pictures and testimonials to!



Fun Facts about Villanova's History

The University served as a hospital during the Civil War and again in World War I 

The St. Thomas of Villanova Church is the center of religious life of Villanova University and the parish of St. Thomas of Villanova.

However, perhaps no hall on campus has as much history as Dundale Mansion. Located at the back of West Campus, it was originally built as a home for the Morris family, whose spirts legend holds still inhabit the old house.

The man credited with purchasing the land which eventually became Villanova University, Father Thomas Kyle, O.S.A., came to the Philadelphia area from his home in County Mayo, Ireland.

Villanovans provide more than 220,000 hours of community service annually

Villanova has produced nearly 60 Olympians, who have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948

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