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Villanova HRD Corner: October 2014 Edition

Welcome to the 2014 October 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


 Reoccurring Features 



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Adobe Connect: HRD UA's New eLearning Platform 

The HRD online program is proud to announce that this Monday, Oct. 20th, they will be switching their e-learning platform to Adobe Connect.  This change is meant to provide a better learning experience for all and aid the online professors’ capabilities to teach their students.  Although this switch is in the name of progress any thing new takes some getting used to.  Therefore, in order to help you all prepare for this change we have complied some information about the Adobe Connect System from their website:

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Be a Mentor to a High School Student!

The goal of The Collegiate Mentor Program (TCMP), in partnership with VU SHRM, is to provide a structured and practical academic and professional career development mentor program for high school students consistently performing at or above state and individual school goals.

Villanova Undergraduate and Graduate students will take advantage of shared generational experiences to apply principles of Human Resources Development through prepared guided lessons. These lessons are designed to provide academic guidance and influence positive work habits that will impact the high school students’ understanding of academic professionalism, while exposing them to the many career path opportunities available to college graduates.

Mentors and Mentees should meet at least two (2) hours a month (one (1) hour should be an in-person meeting). In effort to address possible logistics issues and demonstrate the productive application of contemporary media, mentors and mentees may use social medias such as Lync, Skype, virtual meeting rooms (provided by the program), Tango, phone calls, and email to meet and collaborate. 

 The program is scheduled to launch in January 2015, and run through  May 2015.

All mentors must have valid Child Abuse and Criminal Clearances; costs are covered by the program and originals are retained by the mentor. 

The application process is now open and we would like to start the clearance process byOctober 31, 2014

If you are interested in being a mentor please contact:Kim Jackson (member of VU SHRM) at or 215-900-7424


2014-2015 PHR Exam Dates


Exam Information

Computer-based exams are administered twice a year at test centers throughout the world.

Testing centers fill up quickly so apply and schedule your exam early.


2014-2015 Exam Application Submission Dates


                      Testing Dates                     Applications Accepted Late Applications Accepted


PHR/SPHR       Dec 1, 2014- Jan 31, 2015        June 23, 2014- Oct 17, 2014 Oct 18-Nov 14, 2014

GPHR/CA         Dec 1-31, 2014                         June 23, 2014- Oct 17, 2014  Oct 18- Nov 14, 2014


PHR/SPHR       May 1- July 31, 2015               Nov 16, 2014- Mar 13, 2015 Mar 14- April 17, 2014

GPHR/CA         May 1-June 30, 2015               Nov 16, 2014- Mar 13, 2015 Mar 14- April 17, 2014


2014 Homecoming Weekend







Attention all HRD students and alumni! 2014 Homecoming Weekend kicks off Friday, October 24th. There are events scheduled all weekend for students, alumni, family and friends of Villanova. A list of major events being held during the weekend include:

Friday, October 24th

8-11 p.m. – Young Alumni Pub Night- click to register 

Lucky Strike, 1336 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

8 p.m. – Hoops Mania Pavilion (Student event) 

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FREE Webinar with Tamara Ganc, Chief Learning Officer at Vanguard


Date: Wednesday, October 22nd
Time: 12pm - 1:00pm

Join in person or virtually!

Campus Location: Health Services Building 200

Tamara Ganc will be hosting an interactive webinar for students and alumni that will focus on global learning and development.  She is a lifelong learning and development professional who believes that the most important investment an organization can make is in its people. 

Tamara Ganc is Vanguard’s Chief Learning Officer and leads the organization’s learning and development strategy as the head of Vanguard University. The goal of this world-class corporate university is to enable the Vanguard crew to reach their highest professional potential so that they, in turn, can help Vanguard clients achieve their financial goals and dreams.  She is also serving as a global lead on a multi-year transformation project that will evolve how Vanguard's HR division supports and delivers services. As the Global Organizational Readiness Lead, she is responsible for all aspects of the program related to organizational design, training, communications, and workforce transition. In addition, she oversees the business readiness strategy and activities for all divisions of Vanguard globally.

Prior to this position, Tamara has held various senior management roles at Vanguard. She also has worked as a Learning and Development Manager for Deloitte where she oversaw Deloitte’s global e-learning development team.  Tamara received her undergraduate degree in English and Writing and PR from the University of Delaware and then went on to get a Master Degree in Instructional Design from Penn State University and her MBA from St. Joe’s University specializing in Human Capital Management.



Think 'n Write Thursday - Where to Begin?

Where To Begin?

By: Nancy Margolis

In June’s blog, I wrote about getting started with a piece of writing.  This month, I’d like to dig a bit deeper into this topic:  What are some practical methods for approaching a writing project and organizing your thoughts?  Here are some brainstorming techniques for you to try:

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Share Your Story: Volunteering for a Professional HR Organization

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 has your experience been like volunteering with a Professional HR Group? 

"Volunteering with the local HR SHRM Chapters in the region has been a rewarding experience for me.   I began to volunteer after graduating from college because I wanted to get involved and make an impact in the HR community. 

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Student Spotlight: Patti Downey

Patti Downey is currently Assistant Vice President in UNIT, at Villanova University, where in collaboration with the Vice President and CIO and his team, she plans, develops and assists in implementing and developing the enterprise Information Technology strategy. In this role, Patti manages the Program Management Office activities including financial and budget management for the IT organization’s $20 million budget; project management processes including planning and execution; and provides a full range of Human Resource functional support including the design and implementation of a People Strategy for 115+ staff members. As a key member of the Senior Leadership team, Patti participates in calibrating the organization’s technology deployment with the business strategy. Patti has served on University committees including the Middle States Reaccreditation Self-Study working group; the Human Resource performance review task force; the Diversity Blueprint 5-Year Evaluation conference, and the University Compliance and Ethics Program Advisory Committee. As a mentor for the Villanova Leadership Academy, Patti has assisted aspiring student leaders by participating in the program since its inception. Additionally, she volunteers at the Special Olympics held at Villanova each fall.

Prior to joining Villanova, she served as an Assistant Vice President at CIGNA Group Insurance and General Accident Insurance Company for the financial planning and IT project management teams, and earned the CPCU designation.  Patti earned her BS in Accounting and started her career in public accounting.  She has held her CPA license for over 30 years. She is a member of several professional associations, including VU SHRM, PICPA, and EDUCAUSE.

Q: Why are you interested in the field of HR and how did that interest come about?

A: While performing various leadership roles in my career, it was very clear that people provide a differentiating success factor. Therefore, the people in charge of those people are the key to a successful organization.  Fulfilling a business partner liaison role with HR was very rewarding.   Recognizing the pervasive role that HR plays in all aspects of an organization, I became interested in learning more about the strategic side of the HR function.

Q: Are you currently taking courses through the on-campus option or the on-line option?

A: My classes are “on the ground” at the University.  In addition to the classroom work, I have taken an independent study with Dr. Bush and several of the one credit offerings.

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Philadelphia PSPS Leadership Forum

On Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy (PSPS) held their Annual Leadership Forum.  The two speakers, were two of the authors of the book, "Unleashing Creative Genius: The Art and Science of Leading Innovation."  Linda A. Hill, Ph.D is a professor at Harvard Business School and Greg Brandeau is the Senior Vice President at Pixar.

The speakers discussed how some organizations innovate time and time again, while others hardly innovate at all.  Much of what these two leaders discovered in their 10 years of research, across 14 consistently innovative companies in a range of industries, is a framework for unleashing the collective genius of an organization.

Instead of trying to come up with a vision and make innovation happen themselves, leaders of innovation create a context, an enviornment, where people are willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires.  Innovative leaders are idealist, yet pragmatic; generous, yet demanding; human, yet highly resilient; holistic thinkers, yet action-oriented. Innovation is a collaborative process, discovery driven learning, integrative decision-making.

How does your organization define leadership? Email so that we can share your story of leadership and innovation!


Alumni Spotlight: Hayley Seifert

Hayley Seifert recently joined the NBCUniversal Technology/Media Labs HR Team as a HR Management Rotational Program Associate (MRP). She is part of the new Comcast/NBCUniversal two year HR Management Rotational Program and will be spending the first year of the program as an HR Generalist on the Operations & Technology Services team in New York City.  Her primary clients include a newly formed Sales, Research & Analytics Technology team, the Information Security team, and the cable broadcast team on CNBC.

While attending Villanova, she worked as a global HR Intern at Bentley Systems in Exton, Pa. During the internship I gained experience in leadership development, university relations/talent acquisition, the corporate wellness initiative, HRIS, and many other strategic functions.  Prior to her time at Bentley, I spent several years as a Training Coordinator/HR Assistant for a large, French resort company where I had the opportunity to live and work in Florida, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Hayley graduated from Villanova’s HRD Program this past May, and has her B.A. in Public Relations/Advertising from Penn State.  I love anything having to do with the outdoors, including cycling, hiking and sailing.  And, growing up with two brothers has turned me into a sports fanatic who spends many of my fall weekends watching college football and rooting for Penn State.

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Work $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop 10/19 - Register Today! 


New HR Certifications: SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

Beginning in January 2015, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) will be offering two new professional title certifications: the SHRM-Certified Professional (CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP™).

So here is everything you need to know about these two new certifications:

What is it?

The SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ are comprehensive learning and assessment tool created by SHRM®.  According to their website, the SHRM-CP and –SCP offer 5 key benefits: 1) the universal skills and knowledge tested is based off the SHRM competency model, 2) it is designed with the employer in mind, 3) it focuses on the individual being prepared for the current HR landscape, 4) it tests the HR competencies and knowledge in their application and 5) the eligibility and inclusivity it offers.

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Villanova Day of Service 2014

Thank you to everyone that came out to volunteer at Villanova’s St. Thomas Day of Service this past Saturday! Over 4,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni came out to work together on  different service projects throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. This year our Villanova SHRM chapter teamed up with volunteers from the business school to give back by volunteering at Impact Thrift Stores. Below are some pictures of the work we did with Impact’s staff on Saturday. 


VU SHRM Resume Workshop 

On September 23, 2014, Villanova Chapter of SHRM hosted a resume workshop on campus.  There were 10 professionals from different industries who reviewed student resumes’ in a round robin format. 

 After the workshop, we asked students what their biggest takeaways were from the workshop and what they learned so that we could share them with the Global HRD community. 

  •       “It’s important to include action verbs and how you helped the company.  Recruiters want to see that you take initiative, not just direction.  After each bullet point, ask yourself, ‘so what’ to shape your bullets”
  •       “As far as job searching, look at all local SHRM chapters for job postings and be sure to put your resume on, which is the 3rd largest resume database, but many recruiters are headed in this direction.  Also use, which is the largest resume aggregator.’
  •       “Be sure to include HR Systems that you have experience with”
  •       “It’s very beneficial to have multiple people look at your resume and get different perspectives.”
  •       “As an international student, the workshop was very helpful because I learned what a US resume format should be.  For example, I need to take out all of my personal information, birthdate and picture, as that’s not the resume format in the US.”

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"The Evolving Role of Leadership" featuring Madeline Bell

On Tuesday, September 23rd, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Madeline Bell, visited Villanova University to address friends and members of the University community about her career path, leadership, motivation, and advice for becoming a successful and confident leader. Sponsored by the College of Nursing and the Women’s Professional Network, “The Evolving Role of Leadership,” was an immense success and a standing room only Driscoll Auditorium was certainly one indication of that. Bell, a ’83 graduate of the College of Nursing, focused her address on the competencies of leadership, motivating teams, self-motivation, and finally, the challenges women face in the workplace.  

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Twenty-two years and counting...

For the 22nd year, Villanova University has been chosen as the top school in the region.  Villanova has been named number one for the Regional University-North category in U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings.   To get the number one spot, the University was ranked on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence such as student retention rates, faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate.

In addition, Villanova ranked number one in the Best Value Schools-North category.  Interestingly, the rank of number one in this category carries a special meaning.  As, this category takes into account Villanova's academic quality, which is based on its U.S. News ranking, as well as the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.  According to U.S. News, "the higher the quality of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the deal."

What this means for you?

These rankings mean you're at an institution that achieves success.  They also mean that Villanova is competitive and consistently seeking improvement. And, as a student here, you will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of great teaching, small class sizes, and a great value for the money spent.

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Dr. Cozzens's Organizational Training Class Attempts The Marshmallow Challenge!

The Marshmallow Challenge: The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.  Learn more here.

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