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June 2014 - MVHRA Connections


June 2014 Newsletter 

Presidential Ponderings Volume 3, Edition 6

You spoke...we listened

Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA
President/Servant Leader

In March we asked that you participate in our annual survey to help us better understand how we can meet your needs. We received feedback from over 60 members and wanted to let you know what we’re doing with your responses.

  1. We asked what day of the week worked best for you for our MVHRA meetings in 2015 – although the responses were close, Tuesday was still the most preferred day of the week. We will continue to ask this question of members so that we can always do our best to accommodate your schedules.
  2. When asked why you attend MVHRA meetings, the majority of responses were for professional development with networking and HRCI credits tying for second place. As a result, we will continue to work hard on lining up great programs with subject matter expert speakers that can help you further yourself in the HR profession. 
  3. Most of you felt the greatest benefit of your MVHRA membership was to broaden your industry knowledge. We will continue to provide programming that covers the various subjects of Human Resources, but will also introduce opportunities for you to network with other HR professionals within our community so that you have a network to rely on and learn from.
  4. Suggestions for improving our meetings ranged from quality of speakers to communication between the board of directors and members and timing of our meetings. The board has reviewed all of the responses and we are working to make improvements based on these suggestions. You may hear me provide more announcements at the beginning of our meetings in an effort to facilitate communication among members and board members. We may try some different meeting times in 2015 to test the waters and see what works best for everyone.

In addition to all of the feedback above, we’re also working hard at leveraging our social media channels more – thanks to our awesome board member, David Castel. Plus, we’re already working through your list of topic suggestions and speakers to begin planning for our 2015 programs.

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to complete the annual survey. Your feedback is always wanted – not just once a year through our survey. If you have suggestions, concerns, or if you just want to tell us about your MVHRA experience, please feel free to reach out to any of the board members. We love hearing from you!

If you are an MVHRA member but you rarely have the opportunity to attend an MVHRA meeting, please take a brief moment to let a board member know why. We are anxious to learn more about why you are unable to attend. We like meeting and getting to know all the HR professionals in our community and we’d love to get to

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College Relations Corner - What College Relations at MVHRA is all About

MVHRA provides many types of support to college students, particularly the SHRM student chapters at Wright State University and Edison Community College.  The College Relations Committee sets yearly goals that solidify ongoing contact between students and MVHRA to strengthen relationships and involvement for now and in the future.  

There are four Sustaining Programs that are the cornerstone of our college relations focus:

  • The Networking Program was launched in March allowing students to be hosted by our members at MVHRA luncheons to encourage and practice networking skills.
  • The Job Shadow Program is designed to match MVHRA members with students so they will have a meaningful experience. This program will be piloted late summer with the big kick off in February 2015 around Ground Hog Day.
  • The Job Preparedness Program works closely with the college chapter advisors to assist with on and off campus events and activities that help students with job search skills and other applications for the world of work.
  • The Committee also works with the college advisors on the Internship and Special Projects Program which encourages MVHRA members to commit to internships and short/long term projects for our collegiate chapters and student members.  This work benefits member organizations and gives students an enriching experience.

Interested in getting involved with these programs or helping on the committee? Contact Betsy Brown, College Relations Chair, at (937)429-9225 or for more details. 


Youthworks was our Professional Development Workshop sponsor for May.  

Please click HERE for more information! 


HRCI Recertification

The new SHRM competency-based certification and what it means for HRCI and you

On Monday, May 12th, the Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) approved a plan to create a competency-based certification program for human resource professionals.

The new SHRM certification will be based on the SHRM HR Competency Model, which consists of nine primary competency domains defined with behavioral proficiency standards across four professional levels -- entry, middle, senior and executive. 

According to SHRM, the new certification will focus on teaching and testing practical, real-life information that HR professionals need to excel in their careers. "The differentiator for HR professionals will not be what you know, but what you can do with what you know," said SHRM Board Chair Bette Francis. 

SHRM plans to offer the first exam for the new competency-based certification in mid-2015.  SHRM will release additional details over the coming months and will continue to support the PHR and SPHR certifications programs through the December 2014 - January 2015 test window.  Other exams will be supported through their last test window in 2014.

On Tuesday, May 13th, HRCI responded by releasing a statement emphasizing the following key points:

  • The new SHRM certification will have no impact on any of the HR Certification Institute's (HRCI) portfolio of certifications.
  • HRCI will continue to develop and administer the PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHR/SPHR-CA®, HRBP® and HRMP® and other certification products to meet the needs of the HR profession.
  • The exams that are developed and administered by the HRCI are competency-based and derived with input from thousands of practicing HR professionals.
  • HRCI is not and was not involved with the development of the SHRM certification.

The bottom line is that a great deal remains to be seen with respect to how things will play out. My hope and expectation is that both SHRM and HRCI will continue to advance the HR profession in meaningful ways.  In the coming months, MVHRA will proactively communicate information to members about the new SHRM certification and the HRCI certifications as it is released.

Useful Links

SHRM Certification Overview:

HRCI Press Release:

by Brandon Bernzott, Right Management

State Council

Are you going to the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference in Orlando?  Join us for the North Central SHRM Regional Council networking event at Disney/Epcot Center on Monday, June 23 from 7:00-9:15 p.m.

Busses will pick you up at the Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. and drop you “backstage" at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park.  You will have time to network and meet people from the 10 state North Central SHRM region and enjoy a buffet dinner and cash bar at Italy Isola Park, on the promenade encircling the World Showcase Lagoon.  Then you will have a front row view of the "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" light show.  Afterwards, a bus will whisk you back to the Convention Center and select hotels.  It’s going to be spectacular!

Family and friends can attend with you, but be aware that alcohol will be served so use your best judgment on bringing children.  The cost is only $25 per person, with the balance of the expense being covered by the North Central SHRM Region State Councils and sponsors. The North Central SHRM region is made up of Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Click this link to register.  You'll need a credit card, cell phone number and the name of the hotel you'll be staying in during the conference.

Space is limited and reserved on a first come first served basis. This event is only open to North Central SHRM conference attendees and their guests at this time.

Registration deadline is Friday, June 13, 2014 or until sold out. No refunds but you can transfer your registration to another person if you cannot attend.

Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions, please contact me at the number below. 

Bob Bethel

(419) 410-7535

Welcome New MVHRA Members! 



Benefits Specialist

Goodwill Easter Seals




Wright State University



Director of HR

Burd Brothers, Inc.


Jefferson Gomez

Director of HR

Wilberforce University




ARCpoint Labs Of Dayton



Business Development Manager

Ultimate Software



State Command Chief

Ohio Air National Guard



Sr. HR Coordinator

Cargill, Inc



HRIS Analyst

University Of Dayton


Scholarship Awards for SHRM Professional Members from the SHRM Foundation

SHRM Foundation Scholarships for HR Professionalsdeadline: July 15, 2014 
A total of $122,500 is awarded annually in scholarships to SHRM members pursuing degrees in HR-related fields or professional certification. In addition, SHRM professional chapters and state councils are eligible to compete for the certification scholarship to fund programs that promote HR certification.

Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR - deadline: August 18, 2014
To be eligible to apply, an HR professional must be a first-time master's student seeking a degree in HR and must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be a member of SHRM or 2) hold a professional certification (e.g., PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification) from the HR Certification

Awards for SHRM Student Members and Advisors

SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Program
More than $50,000 will be awarded in scholarships for graduate and undergraduate education, as well as the Assurance of Learning exam. 28 scholarships are available. Application deadline: November 1, 2014.

Applications are available August 1- November 1, 2014.

Research Awards

SHRM Foundation Dissertation Awards
In partnership with the HR Division of the Academy of Management, the Foundation presents four $5000 awards each year to support the dissertation research of promising doctoral candidates. Application deadline: May 1, 2014.

Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award
This premier $50,000 award from the Michael R. Losey endowment fund recognizes significant research contributions that impact the human resource management field. Application deadline: July 14, 2014.

Please visit for additional information.

LaTonia McCane

President Elect


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