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Dress For The Job You Want! (Well... Within Reason Anyway)


Meet Our New HRD Corner Bloggers!

Villanova HRD Corner Blog is excited to welcome two new members to the team:

Samantha Khan, a graduate assistant in the HRD program, holds an undergraduate degree from NYU in consumer psychology with a business minor. She has been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital in their organizational development department. Samantha's HR interests are in organizational development, specially the study of leadership. 

Ray Ross, a graduate assistant in the HRD program, is from California and just completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Communications minor from Villanova University. Ray spent time working as an HR Intern at Xtime in Redwood Shores California.

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Join the Villanova Chapter of SHRM!

Become a VU SHRM Member Today!

  • Membership available to both campus and online students!
  • Great Resume Builder and networking opportunities
  • Additional opportunities to become involved with the on-campus HRD program
  • Become eligible for the VU SHRM involvement award at the Annual Networking Reception
  • Receive a VU SHRM bag
  • Select events will be posted for viewing on YouTube for online students
  • Yearlong membership 
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How to apply:

Membership Application on Website: Application

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Share Your Story: Living as an Expat in China

The purpose of Share Your Story is to connect our readers by highlighting some of their memorable professional experiences. Each month a topic will be presented and related stories will be posted in the following edition. If you would like to share your story please send submissions (with subject: Share Your Story) to:

This month's topic is: What was your experience living as an expat on assignment for your company in a foreign county?

 "I lived in Shanghai, China for two years as a Compensation and Benefits Director for Asia Pacific.  It was an amazing experience.  I learned a lot and overcame many obstacles as well.  I traveled there alone and my financee was able to visit me every six weeks.  Luckily, I had great mentors within the company who were able to help me to get acclimated with Chinese culture.

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Wired Wednesday: 26 Fitness Trackers Ranked From Worst To First

Article from TIME Magazine:

We've spent hours comparing every single feature in the 20+ fitness trackers on the market.

Fine. You didn’t buy a smartwatch. You were never going to anyway. Meet the fitness tracker: a less expensive, more immediately useful tech product that might actually help get your lazy self in shape. Designed to gamify your daily exercise routines, fitness trackers make people do funny, crazy things, like going to sleep at the same minute every night, or taking the long route to the bathroom, just to get in another 20 steps. 

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2014 Villanova Summer HR Webinar Series

This summer, Villanova’s Graduate Studies in Human Resources Development sponsored a Summer Webinar Series featuring five different experts in the field of Human Resources.

These webinars took place throughout the summer and were free to HRD students and alumni.  Over 50 students and alumni were in attendance over the course of the summer.  The topics included: Affordable Care Act, Tips and Traps when Selecting HR Technology, The Business Case for Sales Compensation, Leadership Development and Violence in the Workplace.  

The sessions were recorded through Adobe Connect, and you can find the links to all recordings below:


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Villanova HRD Corner: Summer 2014 Edition


Congratulations, Dr. Cozzens!

The Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development and the Department of Psychology are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lawrence Cozzens as Assistant Professor of HRD and Psychology, Assistant Director-Academic Administration of the HRD online program, and Acting Director of the HRD online program.

Congratulations on your new roles, Dr. Cozzens!

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Welcome to Our Newest Faculty Member, Chris Castille!

Christopher Castille, ABD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development and Psychology at Villanova University, and is the newest addition to our faculty in HRD. Mr. Castille is currently working towards the completion of his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, which is where he received his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University.

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What Aspect of Diversity & Inclusion Do You Feel Your Organization Excels At Most?


Book Review: 'Republic, Lost' by Lawrence Lessig

“When Ben Franklin walked out of Independence Hall, the work of the Constitutional Convention completed, he was stopped by a woman and asked, “Mr. Franklin, what have you wrought?”
“A Republic, madam,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”
A republic.
Meaning: “A representative democracy.”
Meaning: A government “dependent upon the People alone.”
We have lost that republic.
We must act to get it back.”


The above call-to-action concludes Lawrence Lessig’s “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It.” In his well-researched and thoughtfully-constructed 2011 New York Times Bestseller, Lessig – a Harvard Law School professor and political activist – explains why the intersection where voter perception meets congressional corruption is also where the root of the demise of our beloved republic quietly grows. Lessig describes the path that led up to this critical juncture in American government and it looks something like this:

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LinkedIn to shell out nearly $6M for wage and hour violations

As an HR pro, you’ve probably spent an obscene about of time on LinkedIn. Well, the networking site for business professionals is in damage control after the feds discovered it violated wage and hour laws. 

The Department of Labor (DOL) just announced that LinkedIn has agreed to pay $5,855,841 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 359 former and current employees.

That averages out to a little more than $16,000 per affected employee (although the DOL didn’t specify if the payout would be divided equally).

The underpaid employees were non-exempt inside sales employees.

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Welcome 2014-2015 Graduate Assistants

This year, we are welcoming four new Graduate Assistants to the HRD Program!  Please join is in welcoming Rebeca Hecimovich, Samantha Khan, Ray Ross, and Patty van Kleef!

Rebeca Pareja Hecimovich is from Bolivia. She attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as an undergraduate student and Majored in Psychology. Last year, she finished her first masters program in Foundations in Clinical Psychology and Health Services at Goldsmiths College in London. She is very interested in recruitment and selection, Personnel motivation and training techniques as well as diversity at work.

Samantha Khan has an undergraduate degree from NYU in consumer psychology with a business minor.  She has been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital in their organizational development dept.  Her HR interests are in organizational development  especially the study of leadership. 

Ray Ross is from California and just completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Communications minor from Villanova University.  He spent time working as an HR Intern at Xtime in Redwood Shores California.

Patty van Kleef received her Undergrad degree in Design & Merchandising from Drexel University. She is currently volunteering at the Red Cross doing Disaster Workforce Management.  Her HR Interest is in Global Mobility and cross-cultural training.



VU SHRM: Fall 2014 Events

VU SHRM is looking forward to an exciting Fall 2014 semester. We already have numerous events planned, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Tuesday, September 2: Kick-off Happy Hour

Please join us at Gullifty's between 5:30 and 7:00 PM. Network with fellow VU SHRM members and HRD graduate students. VU SHRM will be providing appetizers!

Saturday, September 6: Brain Aneurysm Awareness Run

Are you looking to begin the fall season with a 5K walk/run? Dr. Katina Sawyer is organizing a team for the September 6 Brain Aneurysm Awareness Run. More information will be sent out to VU SHRM members via e-mail this month.

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HR Joke of the Day!


Internships and the Realities of Life

Don’t you just love working with interns?

Interns are in about the best stage of life. They have gotten past the nitty grits of primary and secondary education and are finally setting their sights on the rest of their life. They are at the top of the first ladder in life, and most are itching to get started on the next ladder.

So they look around and they find an internship. They face that summer with a great deal of enthusiasm and zeal. This is the beginning of the rest of their life, and they can hardly wait to get at.

This kind of enthusiasm is one reason that corporations are willing to allow young adults to do summer placements as interns. Many corporations go all out to tap into this enthusiasm and zeal, and put on special promotional events and training sessions to make sure that summer placements are worthwhile.

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Wired Wednesday: Improving the Mobile-Application Process

By Lin Grensing-Pophal

While HR professionals have benefitted greatly from improvements in technology that allow them to streamline many processes -- including recruitment -- challenges persist.

A recent survey from Glassdoor, a career community and talent solution provider, found that, while nine in 10 job seekers surveyed say they search for jobs via a mobile device, almost 49 percent of these job seekers are finding it difficult to apply for jobs via a mobile device.

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Alumni Spotlight: Grace "Dee" Catino, HR Manager and Senior Division Partner for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

With over 25 years of progressive professional experience in the Human Resources field, Dee initially began her HR journey in 1984 in the private sector supporting the labor relations department for a large communications corporation.  Dee currently serves as the HR Manager and Senior Division Partner for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The University of California runs the Laboratory for the Department of Energy. 

In this role, Dee serves as a strategic partner with Lab management and is an active member of the HR Leadership team.   Additionally, she participates in a variety of strategic HR initiatives to improve HR services, programs, and processes.  Dee coaches, guides and provides leadership to the JGI HR team and oversees the day-to-day HR functions of recruitment and selection, performance and salary management, training and development and employee and labor relations. Dee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations, from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, and an A.S. Degree in Business Administration from Becker Junior College, Worcester, MA.

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Movie Review: Jersey Boys

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name, "Jersey Boys" was released to movie-going audiences this summer and was met with mixed reviews from film critics.

The film tells the story of the famous musical group, The Four Seasons. The year is 1951 and the location is Belleville, New Jersey. Narrating the story, the character Tommy DeVito introduces the audience to himself, his brother Nicky, and their friend Nick Massi. The group performs together calling themselves The Variety Trio. Tommy also introduces the audience to 16-year-old Frankie (the son of a barber) already well known in town for his singing voice. The group gets into some intersting trouble with the law along the way to their rise to musical success. 

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