Jennifer Reiner holds a master’s degree from Villanova University in Human Resource Development and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer is a Human Resource professional with comprehensive experience in the following areas: human capital management, compliance, recruitment & retention, change management, total compensation, executive compensation, and conflict resolution. She has had proven experience and collaboration with senior management to conduct human resource strategic planning. In addition, she is a wife to Jaryd and a mother to a beautiful 8 year old, named Adrianna. Together, they have a Westie named Sammy and a Tuxedo Cat named Tootsie.
Q: When did you graduate from the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova and were you a student of the campus or online program?
A: I graduated from the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova University in May 2012. I was an online student. But, took every opportunity to visit campus for events.
Q: Why did you choose Villanova’s HRD Program?
A: Villanova University has a reputation for excellence. I knew the Human Resource Development Program would be incredibly challenging and I knew the timing was right for me. I was attracted to the program because I could complete my degree online, but still participate in class sessions with credible and accomplished Professors.
Join us for a Virtual Holiday Tea next Monday (12/16) and network with your classmates from all over the United States!
*Data from 2013, only USA information included in map
Join us for a Holiday Virtual Networking event! A nice Villanova memento gift will be sent to all who attend. Bring your own favorite holiday beverage and get to know some of your classmates. There will be interesting information shared and the chance to discover that you are part of a unique community. To attend, copy and paste this link into a browser. The session will open at 6:30 pm Eastern Time zone to do sound checks. Enter your Name and (Location) to help us with networking.
We wish all students and faculty Joy and Peace at this holiday season.
-Dr. Robert Stokes and Dr. Lawrence Cozzens
This month, we decided to focus our industry spotlight on HR’s role in the pharmaceutical industry. The Affordable Care Act has been on the minds of many HR professionals and the public at large for quite some time now.
In attempts to stay abreast of what kinds of issues HR professionals are dealing with “on the front lines,” we set out to interview two such professionals from the pharmaceutical industry to gain insight into how the Affordable Care Act has affected their organizations.
We had the pleasure of speaking with La’Quita Garcia who is a HR Business Partner at Merck.
Read on for her experience with the ACA and for a chance to discuss with us your thoughts on HR’s role in the pharmaceutical industry.
Chris Barton is the founder of outplacement and career coaching firm Barton Career Advisors and the Sales Group Leader of the OutsideIn® Group of companies which includes recruitment solutions firm CBI Group and contingent workforce firm Placers. Chris is a former Fortune 100 financial services executive and has more than 20 years of experience working with professionals of all levels at some of the nation’s top companies. These include credit card giant MBNA America where he was SVP, Director of HR Strategies and Recruitment and Citizen’s Financial Group where he ran recruitment in an eight state region. Chris served as Chief Administrative Officer for entrepreneurial venture ComputerTraining.com, where he led Human Resources, Call Center Operations and Sales.
Hello, my name is Evan Guerdon. I’m a first year in the Villanova HRD program. I was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta when I was 8. I lived in Chicago during 5 of Michael Jordan’s championships, so Chicago sports are ingrained in me. I went to Auburn University for my bachelor’s in psychology, War Eagle! I have about 2 years of experience as an I/O Consultant for McGraw-Hill Education. While working for them, I performed education efficacy studies on their products.
Q: Why are you interested in the field of HR and how did that interest come about?
A: I’m interested in the field of HR because I like the concept of being responsible for ensuring that employees are working at their most efficient output. My dad works in HR in a generalist role, so I’ve always leaned towards it as a profession.
Q: Are you currently taking courses through the on-campus option or the on-line option?
Q: Why did you choose Villanova’s HRD Program?
A: Actually it was unintentional in a sense. Villanova was my second choice, but the professor that I did undergrad research with went to Kansas to write a book with no Internet for a few months. I missed a deadline for Maryland, but I’m very glad I came to Villanova instead
Tuesday, December 3, VU SHRM hosted its last event of the fall 2013 semester titled “10 Commandments of Authentic Networking.” Guest speaker, Terry Whitaker, provided VU SHRM members with tips on how to authentically brand themselves and make the most out of networking opportunities.
Terry Whitaker has worked in the past with organizations that include Nestlé, Disney, Carnation, and Libby’s. She is currently a speaker and coach as well as a part-owner of a small business called Crossbow Studio.
You are not alone. Turns out many common practices of studying are not as effective as we initially thought.
In regards to our beloved time honored tradition of highlighting, Annie Murphy Paul writes “studies show [highlighting] offer no benefit beyond simply reading the text…Some research…indicates that highlighting can get in the way of learning; because it draws attention to individual facts, it may hamper the process of making connections and drawing inferences.” When it comes to studying a day or two before the exam, researchers have found that studying over a longer period of time and “spacing” the revision will assist in recall without increasing the overall study attention required. Nate Kornell, psychologist at Williams College, states, “The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning…When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
So now that our studying world is crumbling around us, whatever shall we do? Here’s some common sense and humorous advice through means of The Office (US & UK) gifs…. because ….hey, studying is serious business.
The Villanova Women’s Professional Network strives to cross disciplines and reach a larger audience of all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumnae women in Business, Human Resources, Law, and Engineering.
Villanova Women’s Professional Network mission is to sponsor and support programming that is designed to connect Villanova women and encourage their professional growth and development. Their vision is to create a large and active community of Villanova women across all five colleges who support the committee, participate in the programming, and are networked with each other.
WPN has sponsored some truly informative and inspiring events this Fall Semester. The following were some of the events open to all graduate and undergraduate students interested in fostering a connection with likeminded professionals.
Share your Story: "With Black Friday Slowing Bleeding into Thanksgiving, what are some challenges you face as an HR Professional in the Retail Industry?"
Share Your Story is a feature where we get funny, interesting, crazy, or unbelievable anecdotes from HR Professionals. Each month we pick a topic or theme and have a HR Professional contribute their story. If you would like to be a contributor please contact the HRD Corner Blog Team at email@example.com. Each entry is a true story with sensitive information changed to protect the privacy of those involved. Please enjoy this week’s story and let us know what you think!
"With Black Friday slowing bleeding into Thanksgiving, how do you keep employees motivated to come into work? How do you deal with scheduling?"
There’s a few things we like to do to keep our team motivated. In addition to offering holiday pay, we are offering an extra financial incentive for those who are working on Thanksgiving Day. Secondly, Every year for Black Friday weekend, we get the team catered food all day and night to thank them for their hard work. We also do contests for the team all day, such as “Guess the sales by hour” or “Which items will sell our first?” etc. Lastly, it’s important for managers to be upbeat because employees are often working double shifts and working at times they aren’t used to, such as the middle of the night.
By Linda Descano
Managing Director and Head of Content and Social at Citi
A few weeks ago, I shared insights on hiring as part of LinkedIn’s #HowIHire series, which prompted a number of commenters, including @TheRedBrand, to ask about what it actually takes to retain the people you hire. And so, as I often do on matters of talent, I turned to career expert Stacy Lauren Musi, a Managing Director at executive search firm, Chadick Ellig, Inc., for her insights on this topic.
The key to retaining employees is to understand what motivates them, says Stacy.
Tips from Villanova Career Center and Example Success Story Below:
- 250 million professional users internationally
- Every 2 seconds, a new user joins
- 3 million companies have a Linkedin page
- Over 150 industries are represented on Linkedin
- 75% of recruiters/hiring managers use social media and of them, 94% use Linkedin.
- 70,000 Villanovians on Linkedin
4 Tips for a Stand Out Profile
- You need a Professional Photo of Yourself Alone
- Headline with current title, value proposition and/or career ambitions
- Keyword rich summary and descriptions that include language from target industries and positions
- A list of groups that represent your affiliations and professional interests
Each fall, Villanova University hosts the largest student-run Special Olympics in the world. Yes, you read that correctly – the largest in the world! The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival takes place one weekend in November with over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, and 4,000 volunteers in attendance. This past fall, Villanova celebrated its 25th anniversary of hosting the event.
Commonly referred to as “SpO,” the Special Olympics Fall Festival embodies the life and heart of what the Villanova University community is all about.
The faculty heard updates in several areas, including the HRD Corner Blog presented by Megan Bosler and Noelle Withelder (pictured above). Feedback from a survey conducted in the summer by the Office of Institutional Research about the Academic and Learning experience was reviewed. The highlights included faculty presence and intellectual challenge. The opportunities for improvement were related to student understanding of the Augustinian tradition and additional opportunities for professional networking. Ideas for both were brainstormed and are in progress.
The faculty also used a rapid, focused idea generation process on a broader question related to a presentation to be given by Dr. Stokes at the Sloan Consortium conference. The question was “What can Villanova and faculty do to enhance the ‘sense of community’ among the students and alumni of the HRD program?” If you have thoughts about what would make you feel more connected to Villanova University and the HRD program, please post them here or send them to Dr. Cozzens, Assistant Director at Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, Chris Konnick was awarded the Michael R. Losey Scholarship Award by Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association (GVFHRA). Chris was selected by GVFHRA as the 2013/2014 Graduate Scholarship Winner and was recognized on November 12, 2013 during GVFHRA's College Night. Chris is currently in his second year in the HRD Program, where he also serves as a Graduate Assistant and HRD Corner blogger. In addition to his GA duties, Chris has been interning at Siemens Healthcare, an international supplier of diagnostic imaging systems, information technology and therapeutic equipment for hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices, since June of this year. Congrats, Chris, on receiving the scholarship and best of luck in your future endeavors!
2014 SHRM Assurance of Learning Exam Windows
ELIGIBILITY GRADUATION DATE*
March 15 – April 15, 2014
November 16, 2013- March 5, 2014
January 1, 2013 - April 15, 2015
July 15 - August 15, 2014
April 16 - July 5, 2014
April 16, 2013 - August 15, 2015
October 15 - November 15, 2014
August 16 - October 5, 2014
August 16, 2013 - December 31, 2015
* If your graduation date falls within this range of dates, you are eligible to take the exam during the associated exam window. If it does not, select an exam window that corresponds with your graduation date, and register for that exam window during the associated application period.
Please note that you will not be able to apply for the exam before the window for your test date is open. It is important that you use the on-line application so that you will receive automated email receipt of application and the Authorization to Test letter. Do not use the .pdf application because it is primarily for students who must pay an additional fee, on top of the application fee, for example if you are requesting to take the test outside of the U.S.
For more information on registration, please visit the SHRM Assurance of Learning page.
On November 14, The HR Department of the Year Awards was held in the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA. This event is put on to recognize Delaware Valley HR Teams and departments who have demonstrated overall service excellence and impacted the success of their organizations.
Along with the Department of the Year Award, there were also awards for HR departments who excelled in the following areas: Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Technology, Wellness, Benefits, Compensation, Social Responsibility and Diversity.
There was an hour for networking at the beginning of the event and then Philadelphia comedian Joe Conklin kicked the event off with some comedy.
The following is a list of 2013 winners:
Each year Villanova Campus Ministry sponsors a Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner drive in collaboration with Project H.O.M.E. to provide Thanksgiving dinners to low-income families living in the neighborhoods served by Project H.O.M.E. and North Light Community Center. Project H.O.M.E. empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness, address the structural causes of poverty, and attain their fullest potential as members of society.