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Villanova HRD Online Rankings

Human resources (HR) is now one of the top business administration priorities at most companies. Thriving businesses need great employees. They require talented and technically skilled employees to gain an edge in the marketplace—that’s why HR professionals play a vital role in the success of companies across an array of industries. 

A Master's degree in Human Resource Development will allow you to advance your knowledge and career within the field of HR. Villanova University has been offering a Master's in Science in Human Resource Development for over 35 years! Within the last decade, the program has offered an online option as well, which has been credited among the top programs in the nation for an advanced degree in HR!

Listed below, are some online rankings in which Villanova's Master's HRD program in consistently ranked as one of the top advanced degree programs in HR: ranks Villanova online HRD as #2 nationally! Click here to see full list. ranks Villanova online HRD as #3 nationally! Click here to see full list. ranks Villanova online HRD as #5 nationally! Click here to see full list. ranks Villanova online HRD as #12 nationally! Click here to see full list. 


VU SHRM Excel Workshop Recap

On Tuesday, October 6th, VU SHRM members had the opportunity take part in a workshop that focused on applying Microsoft Excel skills to the HR function. Being able to demonstrate strong excel skills is an invaluable tool that will help individuals become more marketable as HR professionals and a “go-to” person in the department or company. This workshop was able to provide students with a solid foundation of excel and how it can be applied to workforce planning, compensation, talent acquisition, and employee relations. Many functions of excel were covered including sorting and filtering data, countIF function, vlookup function, pivot tables, slicer function, and how to display an analysis via pivot tables and charts to your audience.



How do you plan to spend your 2015 Fall Break?


HR Humor


A Toxic Workplace (

by Anne-Marie Slaughter

FOR many Americans, life has become all competition all the time. Workers across the socioeconomic spectrum, from hotel housekeepers to surgeons, have stories about toiling 12- to 16-hour days (often without overtime pay) and experiencing anxiety attacks and exhaustion. Public health experts have begun talking about stress as an epidemic.

The people who can compete and succeed in this culture are an ever-narrower slice of American society: largely young people who are healthy, and wealthy enough not to have to care for family members. An individual company can of course favor these individuals, as health insurers once did, and then pass them off to other businesses when they become parents or need to tend to their own parents. But this model of winning at all costs reinforces a distinctive American pathology of not making room for caregiving. The result: We hemorrhage talent and hollow out our society.

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How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity (

by Ed Catmull

A few years ago, I had lunch with the head of a major motion picture studio, who declared that his central problem was not finding good people—it was finding good ideas. Since then, when giving talks, I’ve asked audiences whether they agree with him. Almost always there’s a 50/50 split, which has astounded me because I couldn’t disagree more with the studio executive. His belief is rooted in a misguided view of creativity that exaggerates the importance of the initial idea in creating an original product. And it reflects a profound misunderstanding of how to manage the large risks inherent in producing breakthroughs.

The view that good ideas are rarer and more valuable than good people is rooted in a misconception of creativity.

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Wired Wednesday: Three Ways To Protect Yourself From Hackers ( 

By:Amadou Diallo 

Another day, another data breach. At least that’s what it feels like after the data firm Hold Security made public its discovery that a gang of Russian hackers has made off with a cache of 1.2 billion user name/password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. As reported by the New York Times, this represents “the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials.” The sites from which the data was stolen range from “Fortune 500 companies to very small websites,” Alex Holden, founder of Hold Security, told the Times. And while Holden has declined to identify specific sites that were targeted, he cautions, “most of these sites are still vulnerable.”

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Upcoming Deadline - SHRM AOL Exam!

Are you looking to take your SHRM Assurance of Learning certification exam between October 15 - November 15? If so, the deadline to register for that testing window is quickly coming to a close on this Saturday, October 5th!

For more information about the 2015-2016 exam windows and deadlines, visit the SHRM AOL page.


President Father Donohue Featured on NBC's Today Show

One last comment as "Popemania" comes to a close! Last week, Villanova's very own Presdient the Rev. Peter M. Donohue was featured on NBC's Today Show as part of the program's national coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the United States. As you reflect on the weekend, hear Father Donohue's thoughts on the Pope's appeal through the segment, "Why Pope Francis is the Rock Star Pontiff." Several Villanova students are also featured in the segment! Click here to watch. 


Villanova Welcomes the Pope!


"Innovation" in the workplace


How Philadelphia's Biggest Employers Plan to Respond to the Pope's Visit

By Jeff Blumenthal, Reporter Philadelphia Business Journal.

Workers with several major Philadelphia companies may be getting an extra holiday in late September, and even a chance to sleep in Monday morning as several major employers are leaning towards offering time off ahead of and following the weekend Pope Francis will spend in town.

Before finalizing decisions, most of the 25 large employers asked about their pope week plans say they are still digesting the city’s announcement, although the restrictions have led an increasing number to lean toward closing on Friday the 25th while a few are even considering opening late on Monday the 28th as the city cleans up after the pope’s Sunday afternoon mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Join Us at the VU SHRM Resume Review Tuesday 9/22!

Are you interested in revamping your resume? If so, you are in luck! VU SHRM will be holding our Annual Resume Review Event next Tuesday 9/22 from 6-8pm EST on campus. We will have 8-10 reviewers available to go over your resumes with you for about 10 min. each. Please join us in the Health Services Building Rm 200 for the event and bring multiple copies of your resume for our reviewers to look at. Questions, concerns or comments? Feel free to comment below or you can email Samantha Khan @ 

Looking forward to seeing you there!


One Reason For Netflix's Success- It Treats Employees Like Grownups

By Timothy Stenovec, 3/3/2015 Huffington Post  

 “If you trust and empower people and give them a chance to rise to the higher expectations, the vast majority of people are able to do it.”

How does Netflix maintain a high-performing culture? Their "Freedom and Responsibility" motto may be the key to how Netflix attracts, retains, and manages talent. This culture discourages micromanaging. Instead, they aim to hire the best people possible, provide them with clear instruction, and trust their judgements. But, who are the "best people possible"? Here are nine behaviors and skills Netflix values most in their colleagues: 

1. Judgement

2. Communication

3. Impact

4. Curiosity

5. Innovation

6. Courage

7. Passion

8. Honesty

9. Selflessness 


Curious for more detail? Read here


RECAP: St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

On Saturday, groups of roughly 5,000 students came together to perform service in the community. One of which was our very own VU SHRM team! We spent the day at St. Madeline’s parish tidying up. We removed and donated furniture, washed windows, vacuumed, and had some fun along the way. One of my favorite parts of the day was developing new relationships with my classmates, and creating memorable and fun moments in a non-classroom based environment. What were some of your highlights? Comment below!


Rita Snell
Graduate Assistant



5 Biggest Reasons Employees Quit Jobs Quickly

By Christian Schappel 9/3/2015 for HRMorning.

Is your onboarding program really working? According to recent research, many onboarding programs may not be as effective as we think. A software company, BambooHR, found that 31% of people have quit their jobs within the first six months. So, what’s going on here? BambooHR surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to find out why people have quit jobs in the past and what employers could do to improve onboarding programs. Read more here to find out why people quit quickly, and what workers want from onboarding programs. 


Alumni Spotlight: Christian Schumann, Director of Compensation and HRIS, ACTS Management Services

Christian Schumann is a career professional in Compensation / Human Resources with 19 years in the field. Chris holds two masters’ degrees the 1st is in Human Organizational Science from Villanova University. The 2nd is in Management with a focus in Finance from Harvard University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. His professional certifications include: (CCP) from World at Work, (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute and, (SHRM-CP) from the Society for Human Resources Management. Chris brings a broad industry experience to his work at ACTS. He has worked in HR for many industries (technology, telecommunications, financial services, higher education and now healthcare service).

Before coming to ACTS, where he holds the title of Compensation Director, Chris worked for over a decade at Harvard University serving four Presidents as Sr. Compensation Officer. Chris’ areas of specializations/experience include: salary planning & administration; HR analysis; wage & hour compliance; market competitiveness of pay; incentive plan design; and compensation operations.

While living in Boston, Chris was elected 3 times by the Harvard community to serve terms on the Board of Directors for the Harvard University Employee Credit Union (HUECU). He was the youngest board member ever to be elected in the organizations 75 year history. The HUECU is a not-for-profit cooperative, run by members for members.  During his tenure on the Board which included the recession years, asset size grew to over $350M and membership to over 30,000. Both continue to grow steadily. 

Chris now lives in Ardmore with his wife Peggy and his 3 young children. Chris has volunteered the last two seasons as the coach for his two son’s t-ball team.  He said of the experience, “I loved it . . . but I’m also glad it is over! What was I thinking?” 

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 HRD Program in May of 1996. I was a student attending classes on campus since no other option was available at the time.

Q:       Why did you choose Villanova’s HRD Program?

A: As a Villanova undergraduate, I was a Psychology major with a special interest in industrial/organizational psychology. I took a few classes with Dr. Bush and kept in touch post-graduation. After a year in the “real world” I was not satisfied with my career path and Dr. Bush suggested I try graduate work in Human Organizational Science. I tried it and loved it. So, I came back full-time as a graduate student. In short order, I became VP/ Treasurer of the Student SHRM chapter, President of the Graduate Student Council, I won a scholarship from GVFHRA and landed a paid internship. I greatly enjoyed graduate school at Villanova and I have equally enjoyed my career in Human Resources.

Q:       What is your current career role? Could you explain some of your responsibilities?   

A: For the last two years I have been the Director of Compensation for ACTS Management Services in West Point, PA. I also hold HRIS responsibilities. ACTS is the largest not for profit owner and operator of continuing care retirement communities in the United States. ACTS has over 6,000 employees up and down the east coast from PA to FL. It is my job to make sure we are internally equitable and externally competitive in our pay practices. My responsibilities include all compensation operations and administration; incentive plan design & implementation; executive pay; annual salary increase processing; organizational performance management; and HR reporting analytics.

Q:       What is your professional background and how did that lead you to your current position?

A: While in the program at Villanova I worked as an HR intern for the Lenfest Group, a holding company for various companies including Suburban Cable TV. After graduation I was offered a job as a Compensation Analyst with Advanta Corp. I served as an HR Generalist, a Recruiter, and an HR Project Manager dealing with mergers as well as downsizing while at Advanta. However, I always held on to some compensation responsibilities. I left Advanta for a high-tech semi-conductor manufacturing firm, Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. The organization also owned a few start-up technology companies out in Silicon Valley and so I had the chance to do some “dot.comp.” designing pay and incentive strategies for all parts of the organization.  As the bubble was preparing to burst, my wife was finishing her master’s in Campus Ministry at Villanova.  She was offered a job at Merrimack College outside of Boston. We both had friends in that city and we were excited to start our life together in New England. I knew as long as I was near a big city, I would find work in my field, I asked myself what companies I knew in Boston. The first one I thought of was Harvard.  “It would be fun to work at Harvard”, I thought. That week the university had just posted an opening for a Compensation Officer.  I applied and after a series of increasingly tough interviews I was offered the job. Within the month we were off to Boston, where we lived and worked for 11 wonderful years. I was lucky, I took a chance, I worked hard and it worked out well. I had the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of interesting people and gain experiences that helped me grow as a person and as a professional. Nonetheless, my wife and I always said we wanted to raise our children closer to our family in the Philadelphia area. So, after many years up north, we move the family back to PA. Throughout my career to date, it has always helped me to be both analytical and data driven yet skilled at communicating Human Resource ideas and information in a way that a CEO or CFO would understand and appreciate.  In some ways it feels like my role has always been somewhere in between Finance, Analytics and Human Resource Strategy. Trying to make those worlds connect and grow from a shared understanding has been a place I am very comfortable.

Q:       What are your long-term professional goals and how are you working towards them?

A: I hope to continue to grow in my knowledge and experience with both Human Resources theory and practice. I think I would like to do a little teaching in addition to my regular work. It would be nice to share what knowledge I may have to impart on the next generation of HR professionals. Currently, in addition to all the chaos of life with three little ones, teaching our children ideas of equity, empowerment, and problem solving skills take up much of our free time outside of work. My wife and I find the exercise to be amusing, futile and occasionally very rewarding. In the meantime, at work, I continue to grow as a leader and an HR practitioner and that seems just perfect for me right now.

Q:       What aspect of the Villanova HRD Program did you find to be most beneficial? 

A: In addition to the networking skills, the practical knowledge gained in all the HR basics were a foundation which gave my career substance on which to build. 

Q:       Was there any one course or experience that stood out for you?   

A: My favorite courses were taught by Dr. Richard Andrulis. He had the practical experience, the analytical background and the research based theory in the industry and beyond which I found to be a most potent combination and something I always hoped to emulate as I grew in my career.

Q:       What advice do you have for current HRD students? 

A: Make the most of the time you spend in the program. Exposure to such experts in the field is very valuable. Be persistent in pursuing the knowledge you want and work hard to make the field better.  Never stop learning.  


What you need to know for December graduation!

The clock is quickly counting down and the end of the Fall 2015 semester will be here before you know it! Are you planning to have all of your degree requirements finished by December? If so, keep reading!



What do I need to do if I plan to graduate in December?

  • You must complete all course requirements by the end of the Fall 2015 semester
  • You must sit for and pass your certification exam (visit the HRD page for more details on the exam options)
  • When you have passed your certification exam, you must scan & submit your preliminary scores (or official certificate) to Shea Mazar in the HRD Office -->
  • You must register for December graduation in your myNOVA portal by Tuesday September 15!

    How to Apply for Graduation

    1. Submit a “Prospective Graduate Form” via myNOVA
    2. Go to the “Student” tab and locate the “Graduation Information” window.
    3. Review and complete the Prospective Graduate Form to ensure that your diploma and contact information are up to date.

If you have any questions about this process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office! We want to help get you on your way to graduation!

When do I get to walk in graduation if I graduate in December? 

  • All students who graduate or intend to graduate in September, December, or May are invited to the May commencement ceremony! You will get more information about this later. Be sure to check the Grad Studies website for information during the year!

When will I receive my diploma?

  • December graduates will have their degrees conferred on December 31 and diplomas will be mailed out during the month of January to the address on file with the university.






Poll: Have you been keeping up with the new FLSA proposed regulations?

To learn more about the new FLSA proposed regulations click HERE.


Happy Labor Day 2015!