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Big Data in HR Webinar Recap

The Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development has presented their second event in their Fall Webinar Series.

This webinar was presented by Michael Blair, Sprint, President, International Personnel Assessment Council and Jay Janovics, CEB-SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, Director, Optimization Services.  

If you were unable to attend the first webinar, please click the following link to watch the full presenation:

Big Data in HR

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Student Spotlight: Britney Butler

Britney Butler, a second year student in the HRD program, recently ran in one of the largest 10k runs in the Tri-State area! 

"I set out a goal the run the Benjamin Franklin Bridge just for my own personal accomplishment until a friend mentioned that there was an actual run the race.  I had never run that long of a distance before so I was unsure if I really should sign up for the 10k race (6.2 miles).  I self-trained using the 10k coaching setting on the Nike+ app on my iPhone for 8 weeks.  At times it was hard to get the runs in with my work and school schedule but I pushed and got it done.  November 2nd, race day came and it was a bitter 40 degrees with winds above 20mph.  It was an amazing and satisfying experience and I finished in 416th place out of 1,742 women, I think I did a pretty good job for my first 10k ever!"

Britney, congratulations and thanks for sharing your story!  If you are a student and would like to share a story or accomplishment, please send to! 


Successful 26th Annual Special Olympics Hosted By Villanova!

Villanova Universisty hosted the 26th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Fall Festival November 7, 8 and 9. This event, organized by Villanova students, is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization offers over 260 local and sectional events and four major statewide events - Winter Games, Summer Games, State Floor Hockey Tournament, and Fall Festival - in 23 sports with the opportunity for athletes to advance to regional and international competition. 

VU SHRM had the opportunity to volunteer this year in the cheering section!



Villanova HRD Corner: November 2014 Edition


Think 'n Write Thursday - Re-visioning Your Paper

Revision:  re-visioning your paper

By: Nancy Margolis

Many of you might be in the thick of writing research papers that are due in a short few weeks.  Hopefully, you have left time for a crucial part of the writing process:  revising your work.  Here are some tips on how to effectively revise.



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FREE Big Data and HR Webinar for HRD Students and Alumni! 

REGISTER HERE for our newest FREE webinar!!!

Webinar: Big Data and HR
When: Monday, November 17, 5:20pm-7pm

Speakers: Michael Blair, Sprint, President, International Personnel Assessment Council & Jay Janovics, CEB-SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, Director, Optimization Services

Webinar Summary

It will focus on how HR can use talent analytics to uncover talent drivers, inform strategic decisions, and optimize talent management practices. 

The authors will us a combination of theory, research, practice, and case studies to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Gain insight into how leading organizations are assembling their data and building talent analytics capability
  • Understand how vast, differentiated data sources (big data) are being used to answer strategic workforce management and talent-related questions
  • Become familiar with the actionable insights that have been realized through talent analytics
  • Understand how talent analytics can be used to identify needs as well as inform solutions about an organization’s talent management practices
  • Identify ways in which HR can use big data and talent analytics to inform and better understand key business challenges in today’s  organizations

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All About Nova: 2014 Book Publication on the History and Heritage of Villanova University Available to all students!

The Office for Mission & Ministry produces or facilitates a variety of mission-related publications for the University community and the Catholic community at-large. We invite you to explore them below.

Tolle Lege ("Take and Read") is a brief introduction to the history and heriitage of Villanova University. It proposes to answer three basic questions: Who are we? How do we do it? and What do we hope to achieve? Short texts on The Rule of Augustine, his distinctive pedogogy and his spirituality illuminate the relevance of St. Augustine to the Villanova community. A prayer section at the center, institutional documents and a glossary at the end make it an especially useful guide for all Villanovans. First year students receive copies in their fall Augustine and Culture Seminar. The first edition was published in 2014.

 Link available to all students HERE.


Happy Veterans Day! An HRD Veteran's Shares His Thoughts!

This year for Veterans Day, we interviewed an HRD student who is actively serving in the military while taking classes, Cornell Bailey, Ship's Serviceman Petty Officer Third Class.  Cornell, we appreciate you participating in our interview and we’d like to thank you and all veterans for serving our country!

Q: What have been some interesting assignments/posts you have had over your career (both locations and jobs)?  Why?

A: The first thing that comes to mine is being outside of Syria around this time last year. To be directly involved in such important efforts not only defending our democracy but helping to make the world a little safer was awesome.

Q: How has your service helped you in your graduate career at Villanova?

A: My service has helped me in my graduate career at Villanova, by allowing me to translate my leadership skills learned in the service into a classroom setting, where I'm not just not "attending class" but contributing to the overall quality of learning at Villanova University. Just showing up isn't enough for me. I want to lead from the front!  Being a graduate student has helped me tremendously in my professional role. I learn a lot from my professors and classmates.

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Poll: As an employee, which of the following do you value most?


Happy Distance Learning Week!

THIS WEEK, organizations across America, schools, colleges, businesses and governments will educate their constituents on the amazing growth in distance learning and showcase local accomplishments.

Did you know:

  • Schools expect the number of online students to grow to over 3.6 million.
  • 40.7% of schools offering online courses agree that "students are at least as satisfied" with their online courses, 56.2% are neutral and only 3.1% disagree.
  • e-Learning is now estimated to represent about 10% of the overall training and educational market.

Webinars will be hosted all week by the US Distance Learning Association - more information on webinars here

For more information about the week or the United States Distance Learning Association , please

click here.



VU SHRM Networking with Recent Alumni and Professionals

On November, 4, 2014, Villanova Chapter of SHRM hosted a professional development event on campus where students were able to network and listen to recent alumni and professionals. In total this event had five alumni of the program come back to share their experiences.

From the group that attended there were a number of questions asking about tips on finding jobs, how to get the most out of your position and thoughts on their time in the HR program here. When it came to the tips about finding jobs, every single one of the panelists that came expressed the fact that networking is huge when trying to find work. On a deeper level one of our alumni pointed out that networking needs to be done in a smart way by building what she called a “personal brand or reputation.” What she means by this is that just going to an event to shake some hands can be a waste of time if you are unable to show the value you are able to offer. By “building a brand” a person should understand their special skills and qualities and highlight them the same way a company has an image they like to project outward. If you happen to be someone who is engaging and a real go-getter try to present this image to the people you meet.

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Professional Spotlight: Ronald Adler

Mr. Adler has more than 42 years of HR consulting experience working with U.S. and international firms, small businesses and non-profits, insurance companies and brokers, and employer organizations.  Mr. Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR, and unemployment insurance (UI) cost management.  Mr. Adler is a co-developer the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®), the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.  Mr. Adler has assisted Congress and state legislatures develop employment and UI related legislation and has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on unemployment insurance and the U.S. Senate H.E.L.P. Committee on genetic discrimination in the workplace.  Mr. Adler has also served as an expert witness in discrimination and negligent hiring cases.

Mr. Adler holds an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a B.S. in finance from the University of Maryland.  Mr. Adler is a certified instructor on employment practices issues for the CPCU Society and has conducted continuing education courses for the Institute of Internal Auditors, the AICPA, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Q: What is a typical day at work like for you (e.g. activities, people you encounter, travel, etc.)?

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Philly Metro REACH


Helping Veterans find jobs in the Greater Philadelphia Area

This year VU SHRM will be teaming up with Philadelphia Metro REACH to help their goal gathering employers, educational institutions, professional and military veteran support organizations in the region for the purpose of providing education, training, job search sponsorship and referral resources for employers and service members in an effort to increase employment for military veterans. They are committed to being a leader in the region to help our service members (active and veterans) as they join or return to the civilian workforce.  In the spring of 2013, the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) helped mobilize and bring together military organizations, business organizations and employers to determine how they could work together as a team in the Philadelphia area towards assisting veterans in employment opportunities.

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26th Annual Special Olympics: November 7-9 (Rain or Shine!)

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world! This year, the 26th annual event will take place on campus at Villanova November 7, 8, and 9 (rain or shine).

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization offers over 260 local and sectional events and four major statewide events - Winter Games, Summer Games, State Floor Hockey Tournament, and Fall Festival - in 23 sports with the opportunity for athletes to advance to regional and international competition. 

To learn more about the Special Olympics Pennsylvania hosted by Villanova University, please click here. The webpage includes pictures from previous events, contact information and volunteer opportunities. This year, the VU SHRM group will be volunteering to join a special cheering section to cheer on all of the athletes! More details will be sent out via e-mail this week to our VU SHRM members. 


A Closer Look at Wages and Working Conditions for U.S. Restaurant Workers

October 20-23, Villanova’s Cultural Studies Program hosted their second annual, “Cultural Studies Week: Taste of Justice," which took place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM on campus each evening. On October 21, a presentation titled “Tasting Exploitation-Free Food,” featured a discussion regarding wages and working conditions for servers and kitchen workers at American restaurants. Representatives from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), an organization whose mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce, began their presentation by showing a video titled, “Do you eat ethically???". The video demonstrated injustices most restaurant workers in our country face on a daily basis, including unlivable wages and an absence of health benefits/paid sick leave (which, especially in the food industry, has been linked to public health issues).

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VU SHRM at Philabundance

This Thursday, VU SHRM members met at the Hunger Relief Center to volunteer with Philabundance. Philbundance is the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, reaching individuals and families all its nine regions. Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. They address hunger through direct service programs and a network of 400 member agencies, as well as contribute to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond. While there VU SHRM members helped by labeling cans to be packaged and delivered to people in need.


We had a great time helping the friendly, well organized staff and mingling with other volunteers as we contributed to Philabundance’s community efforts.



Wired Wednesday: 20 Essential Apps for Online Learners


By Meris Stansbury

Apps are broken down into specific categories to maximize production and streamline online communication

Technology and its potential to simplify life for its users can be a beautiful thing, which can be seen in the example of providing online learning for students. But, unless you have the right technology to streamline tasks and aid in learning, going online for education can also be a nightmare.

From attending class to talking with peers and professors, and from going to the local bookstore to having everything on a laptop in a dorm room, students on-campus typically have a more “organic” learning experience than an online student who may not know how to best access these features of a higher education in an entirely mobile setting.

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Pennsylvania Conference for Women

This year's 11th Annual Conference for Women was held on October, 16, 2014 in Philadelphia PA.  Several Villanova University students were in attendance along with 8,000 other women!  This year's keynote speakers included Diane Keaton, Robin Roberts, Jane Pauley, Tory Johnson, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, Jill Abramson and Candy Chang.  The daylong conference was filled with inspiration and advice from women on the move who are making a difference. 

One exciting breakout session was entitled, "Secrets of Winning at Work" and it was hosted by Kate White, who was an editor in chief as Cosmopolitan, and Lindsey Pollack, consultant and expert on millenials.  They gave the audience 6 keys of success listed below:


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Share Your Story: Using A Non-Traditional Training Method at Work

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: Discuss a non-traditional training method and how it impacted the audience.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with boring PowerPoint presentations at work.  After learning about the Pecha Kucha style presentation in my Villanova HRD classes, I was fascinated to witness the effectiveness of this quirky presentation style. 

The Pecha Kucha is a presentation made up of mostly images in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, is basically telling a story through pictures

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Lunch and Learn Webinar with Tamara Ganc 

This past Wednesday VU SHRM hosted their first Lunch and Learn Webinar with Tamara Ganc, the Chief Learning Officer at Vanguard University. The Q & A “Lunch and Learn” was lead by Tamara’s colleague, Manager of Vanguard University and an HRD faculty member Joe Piergiovanni.  Tamara gave listeners some great insights on training and development within organizations.  If you missed the webinar, we have recorded it in order to share Tamara’s answers with you all.  Click the link to watch the recording. 

Lunch and Learn Webinar with Tamara Ganc