Thursday, May 29, 2014

Student Achievement at Illinois State University

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2013-2014 Outstanding Student Chapter designation to the Illinois State University-SHRM student chapter. This designation is awarded to a select number of SHRM student chapters whose programs and activities were at a level that distinguished them from other chapters. This marks the second time ISU-SHRM has been recognized as an Outstanding Student Chapter, first in 2010.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 19,000 student members in over 140 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

The ISU-SHRM student chapter is advised by Dr. Joseph M. Goodman and Dr. Nathan Hartman, Department of Management and Quantitative Methods. “I’m pleased with our students’ efforts and accomplishments,” stated Dr. Goodman. “ISU-SHRM has a tradition of excellence. The chapter has achieved the Superior Merit Award consecutively for the past 13 years. To be recognized by our national organization twice, as an Outstanding Student Chapter, is an honor and a reflection of some very talented young professionals.”

For more information about Illinois State University’s human resource management concentration, contact Dr. John Bantham, Department of Management and Quantitative Methods Chair, Dr. Joseph Goodman, SPHR, Associate Professor of Management, or visit the department’s website at

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Some Light Reading of “SHRM Certification Announcement” Communications

submitted by Donna Rogers Skowronski

Needless to say, HR professionals all across the world are a bit confused this week by SHRM’s announcement of a competency based certification.  Personally, I believe, this confusion could have been prevented with a little more strategic planning and communication from those who made the decision to release this information.  The fact that the HRCI Executive Director did not receive advance notification leaves me a bit disappointed for a variety of reason.  Mainly, because just last year I was among four other representatives from across the country who shared with the SHRM board that membership in general feels “their house is not in order”.  There is a lot that goes into that statement based on some research that we conducted from a volunteer sample of the members.  However, the bottom line is that the comment related to turnover, previous problems with transparency perception, and communication between the other two organizations so closely related to SHRM (the foundation and HRCI).  Just last month I attended a student SHRM conference where I heard from a fellow volunteer that they were on a newly created committee with members of all three organizations with the goal to improve communications.  Basically the idea which supported our recommendation was to consistently let the right hand known what the left hand is doing.  Unfortunately, this week’s announcement took the whole effort backwards in my humble opinion.

Yesterday, I was contacted by the president of my local chapter to help explain what is going on to the membership at next week’s general membership meeting.  They had a board meeting just after the announcement hit in boxes but before other communications came out from both SHRM and HRCI.  So needless to say, the board was at a loss to answer a multitude of questions that arose at the board meeting and from members.  Just after that I received an email from a local member and another today.  I am certainly no expert and I really don’t want to be misquoted or take a chance at being misunderstood by interpreting something that is still a little unclear in my own mind even after reading all I can about the subject.  So instead of clarifying for you, I have done a search for all communications I can locate up to this point about the topic so you can find them all in one place.  I am sure in the coming days, weeks, and months, more details will unfold.  Until that time, try to stay afloat in the muddy water as the rest of the 14k certified individuals, myself included, will do the same (not to mention those unsure about whether to move forward with certification which I am guessing is also in the thousands). 

Here is what I have located so far:



Various Posts Not from SHRM or HRCI

Workforce held an online chat today:

Chicago SHRM 5/14/14 Certification Update-Recertification Program Changes

New #SHRM Certification Raises More Questions Than It Answers (Update X 2)

J.J. Keller on 5/14/14 SHRM approves plan for new human resource certification based on competencies




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kudos to Illinois SHRM Chapters

Our Chapters are awesome. In our latest SHMR In-Chapter Report, the Illinois State Council was notified of our chapters' incredible accomplishments. We are so proud!
Congratulations to the following Star and SuperStar Chapters for March:


·         Rockford Area SHRM (4th consecutive month)
·         DuPage (1st time this year – good job!)


·         HRA of Greater Oak Brook (2nd consecutive month)
·         Central Illinois Chapter of SHRM (4th consecutive month)
·         Central Illinois HR Group (1st time this year and totally bypassed Star!)
·         Heart of IL HR Council (2nd consecutive month)
·         Grundy Will HR Assn. (4th consecutive month)

The SHAPE effort is just that - EFFORT. Congrats to area state chapters who were recognized as SHAPE Winners for 2013!


·         Central Illinois Chapter of SHRM (Back-to-back awards)!  You Rock!!


·         Chicago SHRM (Silver)
·         HRA East Central Illinois (Last year no award) Awesome!
·         Stateline SHRM (Gold)


·         Rockford Area SHRM (Silver)
·         Northwest HR Council (Silver)
·         Heart of Illinois HR Council (Silver)
·         Kankakee Area HR Managers Association (Silver)
·         Quincy Area SHRM (Bronze) Good Job!
·         Rock River HR Professionals Association (Silver)
·         Grundy Will HR Association (Last year no award) Awesome!
·         Illinois Fox Valley SHRM (Silver)


·         DuPage SHRM (Last year no award) Awesome!
·         Decatur Area SHRM (Silver)