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Tuesday
Apr152014

Villanova HRD Corner: April 2014 Edition

Welcome to the 2014 April 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

Spotlights

Reoccurring Features

Monday
Apr142014

VU SHRM Participates in the Northeast Regional SHRM Case Competition!

This past weekend, four VU SHRM members participated in the Northeast Regional SHRM Student Case Competition in Providence, Rhode Island.  Pictured from left to right: Noelle Withelder, Andrew Papino, Megan Bosler and Courtney Kimbrough.

At the event, there were SHRM student chapters from colleges and universities that competed against each other in the Annual Case competition.  The competition included both undergraduate and graduate students who acted as consultants to solve an organizational problem.  During the four hour preparation period, each team created a solution to an organizational problem using academic and professional experiences.  At the end of the preparation period, each team presented a solution to a fictitious “board of directors”.  These judges were panel of experienced HR professionals posing as the clients.

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Friday
Apr112014

Industry Spotlight: Public Sector

This month, we decided to focus our industry spotlight on HR's role within the public sector. In an attempt to stay abreast of what kinds of issues HR professionals are dealing with "on the front lines" within this industry, we set out to interview an HR professional who is currently working in the government space in order to gain insight into what it is like to work in Human Resources for a government-funded organization.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Keith Black who is the Director of Human Resources & District Labor & Employment Counsel for a Suburban Pennsylvania school district. Read on to learn more about Keith's experience.

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Friday
Apr112014

No HR Department? Here's What You're Missing...

By: J.T. O'Donnell

A recent WSJ article focuses on how some companies are eliminating their HR Departments.

I was in HR for years. I got into the field because I thought I'd be able to make a difference in employees' lives. My belief was I could help make work a better place, and in turn, make employees happier.

 

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Wednesday
Apr092014

All About Nova: Top 5 Things to See and Do During Graduation Weekend

Are you a traveling to Villanova’s campus for 2014 Commencement Weekend? Have some extra time to kill or need some activities to entertain friends and family? Check out our list below of the Top 5 Things to See and Do in the Greater Philadelphia area for graduation weekend!

 

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Professional Spotlight: Juliet Derashri, Global Talent Management, TE Connectivity

Juliet Derashri is from TE Connectivity based out of Berwyn, PA.  Juliet works in the HR function within the Global Talent Management team.  Her main responsibilities are the Organization and Leadership review program as well as Employee Engagement.  Juliet has 10 years of experience in Human Resources with an emphasis on organization effectiveness, workforce planning, talent management and program development & management. 

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Military Spotlight

For this edition of Villanova HRD Corner, we have included a special spotlight on current students who were involved in the Armed Forces.  Many of these students have taken part in the HRD Distance Learning Program while serving active duty.  Please join us in thanking them for their service and also be sure to read about how their unique experiences have shaped them as HR Professionals.

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Friday
Apr042014

Congratulations, Olesya Tarasenko! - VU SHRM Citizenship Award Winner

Congratulations to Olesya Tarasenko on winning Villanova University SHRM’s first ever Citizenship Award. The VU SHRM Citizenship Award is an honor that recognizes a student member who has shown exceptional dedication to the HRD Program and SHRM chapter.

Olesya attended each VU SHRM professional development event this past year, has volunteered at numerous Greater Valley Forge HRA events, and is involved in the Villanova HRD Mentoring Program. Olesya consistently pursues ways to get involved and make a positive contribution to the Villanova HRD program.

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Thursday
Apr032014

Think 'n Write Thursday - Better Safe Than Sorry

By: Nancy Margolis

In last month’s column, I gave some tips for how to smoothly integrate sources into your papers.  This month, let’s take a step back:  Why do we do it anyway?

One answer, of course, is that we document our sources in order to avoid plagiarism.  Simply put, plagiarism is when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledging the source.  Blatant plagiarism includes acts such as passing off another student’s work as your own or intentionally copying someone else’s work into your own.

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Wednesday
Apr022014

17th Annual Networking Reception

The Graduate Program in Human Resource Development (HRD) and the Villanova Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management hosted the 17th Annual Networking Reception on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The event was held in the atrium of Driscoll Hall and the evening’s theme was “Navigating HR Practices Across Global Markets”.  After an hour of networking, the one hundred and fifty guests moved into the main auditorium of Driscoll Hall where an engaging panel discussion was held.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

May 2014 Graduation FAQs

Graduating this May? We want to make sure you have all the necessary information to make your big weekend run smoothly! This year's Commencement Weekend will occur on Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th, 2014.

Check out our Graduation FAQs with answers to our most asked questions below!

First and foremost, be sure to read the University’s Class of 2014 Commencement Weekend Booklet for thorough explanations of the weekend’s events, policies, and procedures.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Leverage April Fools' Day

Image Courtesy of Google ImagesApril 1st, a day when the devilish prankster in us all is awakened. Ranging from witty to down right cruel, I'm sure your day will be full of pranks and I'm sure you have already thought of the best ones to pull on your co-workers and friends, so this post will not offer suggestions in that area. Instead, how about we discuss how companies are leveraging April Fools' Day to build brand and consumer engagement on social media. Word to the wise to any consumer, believe nothing until April 2nd. 

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Monday
Mar312014

Alumni Spotlight: Robyn Mapp - HR Business Partner, TE Connectivity

Robyn Mapp is a HR Business Partner at TE Connectivity.  Robyn’s responsibilities include supporting business leaders with succession planning, development of high potential employees, employee relations, and performance management. Robyn also partners with the Director of Corporate HR to lead calibration sessions to identify top talent. Before joining TE Connectivity, Robyn was as a Human Capital Management Business Partner at Gamesa and supported over 575 employees. In that role, she handled all employee relations issues, as well as, recruiting, training and development, and compensation. Robyn’s previous experiences include working in the talent acquisition departments for: IMS Health, AmerisourceBergen, Macy’s and Sesame Place.  She also served as a Graduate Assistant for the Villanova Human Resource Development Masters program.  Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Science from Villanova University.

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Thursday
Mar272014

Do You Think Sheryl Sandberg’s Campaign To Ban “Bossy” Is Effective?

Have you heard of the "Ban Bossy" Campagin? Read and get caught up here and let us know your opinion!

Wednesday
Mar262014

Philadelphia SHRM Symposium

The Philadelphia SHRM Symposium was held on Thursday and Friday, 3/20/14 and 3/21/2014.  The Symposium was put on by Philadelphia SHRM Chapter, which is one of the oldest chapters in the country.  The Symposium began with a surprise visit from Philadelphia Mayor Nutter.

The keynote speaker, Steve Forbes, spoke about leadership and the importance of teams. He also stressed the importance of team diversity and being about to handle conflict effectively.  Mr. Forbes also spoke about extraordinary leadership from a historical perspective, the necessity of vision in an organization, and the importance of leadership in motivating and inspiring people to achieve greatness and how, in contemporary business, this requires close alignment with human resource strategies.

Other sessions at the Symposium included: High Performing Global Organizations, HR Department of One, HR Technology, Veterans in the Workplace and New Legal Trends in HR to name a few.  All of the sessions were extremely inspiring. 

For more about the Symposium and to add it to your calendar in 2015, click here.

Monday
Mar242014

Hurry! Sign Up Before The ANR Is Sold Out!

Only a few tickets left for the 2014 Villanova Annual Networking Reception. Sign up here before it is sold out!!

 

Thursday
Mar202014

What to Do When You’re Asked to Go Get the Coffee

By: Jeff Stibel

When I was a graduate student at Brown University, I started my first company with a few of my professors. As with most startups, we eventually decided to raise money to grow, and so we started inviting venture capitalists in to give them our pitch. It was a heady and exciting time (remember 1998 and 1999), and somehow we scored meetings with a few venerable VCs.

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Wednesday
Mar192014

Wired Wednesday: Going Global with Your HRIS

If you manage your business on a global basis, then there is a payoff to managing your employees the same way. Suppose your firm is planning to construct a new oil well on a deep-ocean platform somewhere in the Atlantic. The firm is based in the US, but has operations in dozens of countries. This new project will be managed by staff in the US and include internal experts from many other countries to implement various aspects of the work. The project will take several years to complete and involve millions of dollars in employee costs. Here are some of the ways a global HRIS can help you manage the project:

  • Search for the best-qualified employees to serve on the team, regardless of what country they are in (Qualifications & Requirements)
  • Fill vacancies by recruiting the best resources from multiple countries (Recruitment)
  • Easily assign employee costs to the new project or cost center and have all payroll-related charges allocated to it (Organization Management and Payroll)
  • Enable time-saving workflow processes that eliminate international paper-shuffling (Workflow)
  • Provide integrated managerial reporting on the organization and employees in it (Managers Desktop)

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Tuesday
Mar182014

Call for HRD Students Serving in the U.S. Military

The Villanova HRD Corner Blog team will be doing a special feature on our students who are serving in the United States military. Please let us know if you are active duty, guard, or reserves in the military.

If interested, please contact us by March 31st: vuhrdblog@gmail.com

Thank you for your service!

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Tuesday
Mar182014

2014 March Madness: Villanova Wildcats

After an eventful season including a 28-4 record, a huge win over Kansas in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, and some disappointing losses to Creighton and Seton Hall, the Villanova Wildcats have taken the number 2 seed in the East for the upcoming NCAA tournament. As the reigning Big East Champions, Jay Wright and the Villanova Men's Basketball team have a chance to go far in this year's tournament and fight for the national title!

The Wildcats will be playing the No. 15 seed, Milwaukee Panthers on Thursday, March 20th at 9:25pm (ET) in Buffalo, NY.

Catch the game live on TBS or meet up at a Villanova Game Watch Party! Locations have been arranged across country with local alumni chapters. See the list below!

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