SHRM@QU Alumni Spotlight: Sal Strazza
On November 7, 2017, QU MG Alum Sal Strazza conducted a communication and conflict workshop for members of SHRM@QU. Sal is an HR Operations Leader at Terex Corporation. Sal graduated from QU in 2017 with his BS in Management and an MBA. In the summer of 2014, he began working in the HR department at Terex Corporation – a U.S.-based Fortune 400, heavy machinery manufacturer, with approximately 21,000 employees across the globe. When he first entered HR, he started in talent development. In the spring semester of 2015, he studied abroad at the University of Westminster in London. When he returned to the U.S. in June 2015, he returned to Terex, working in an HR generalist role.
Sal discussed effective communication and conflict resolution strategies. Specifically, he outlined the role of HR and managers to communicate effectively with employees and to use PDCA:
- Plan: determine what to communicate and how to communicate it
- Do: deliver communication
- Check: ensure understanding
- Act: clarify as needed.
Sal also emphasized using email to put things in writing so you can go back and reference that information. He had members complete various communication activities to determine their own personal communication styles and preferences as well as how to provide information effectively. It is important to focus on active listening and the power of why to provide a motivation and understanding behind feedback.
When it comes to conflict, Sal outlined the different types of conflict, warning signs to look for as well as tactics to address and manage conflict. He said that most of the time HR should observe -> coach -> mediate -> take action.
On October 26, 2017, Angela Karachristos came in to talk to the members of SHRM@QU about interviewing for jobs. Karachristos majored in History in undergrad and has a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She began working as a bank teller and moved up to a training position at the bank and started her long career in HR. She then left the corporate world and started her own HR consulting firm for small businesses. She also works as an adjunct professor for the University of New Haven and Quinnipiac. Karachristos used her HR expertise to teach the members of SHRM about interviewing for your first job after college. She discussed the importance of keeping up with current interview trends and being prepared for behavioral interview questions. She also focused on letting the interviewer get to know you and understanding what skills you offer this company. Karachristos had members come up with their own behavioral interview questions for a job. Karachristos emphasized the importance of preparing for an interview and knowing what skills recruiters are looking for.
Karen Hinds is the founder and CEO of The Workplace Success Group LLC, an organization that deliver training to companies that aim to develop new leaders. Karen Hinds talked to SHRM@QU members on October 20, 2017 about her company and how she came to find what she wanted to do and the key to her success. Hinds started as a political science major with no idea what she wanted to do and had no interest in corporate life. Hinds talked about working in high schools and colleges as a liaison, doing presentations on the side, and realized that was what she loved to do. As she continued with presentations she got more and more contracts to help organizations develop internship and learning opportunities. Hinds wrote a book called, “Get Along, Get Ahead” to gain credibility; the book also led to opportunities for travel and leadership conferences. Hinds told members that her work gives her the flexibility to work from home and make her own schedule. Hinds talked about her passion for motivation, how motivation inspires listening and how training lacks diversity. Hinds also talked about her work with convicts and helping them to gain motivation and get jobs. Hinds’ advice: network as much as you can while you are in college, use the cuteness factor as college students and keep up with your network.
The Society for Human Resource Management at Quinnipiac University (SHRM@QU) held its third induction ceremony on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The purpose of this organization is to provide Quinnipiac University students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with HRACC, the CT SHRM State Council and the national SHRM organization, the largest and most well known association for HR professionals.
There was an Officer Installation Ceremony for the executive council and Induction Ceremony for 6 new members and 13 continuing members. Thank you to Dean O’Connor and to all of the families who attended!
SHRM@QU faculty advisor Julia Fullick-Jagiela, Assistant Professor of Management, and President Kristina Maceira presided over the event. “This day is a day dedicated to honoring new members who have been brought into our organization. We honor our new members because they fill a very important role…they hold the key to our future. As we share our traditions and ask them to carry on the legacy of SHRM@QU, we should also look to them for new ideas and inspiration so that we may learn from them as they learn from us.” Randy Chase from the CT SHRM State Council presented SHRM pins to all new members.
Welcome to our new members:
- Ariana Berke
- Mike Courtmanche
- Jena Hook
- Casey Hyman
- Nicole Kontzamanis
- Robert Weinfeld
Congratulations to our continuing members:
- David Bouton (3 years)
- Tim Cadieux (3 years)
- Chelsea Campbell (3 years)
- Cody Carr (2 years)
- Nick Ciccarelli (3 years)
- Megan Graham (3 years)
- Irina Kustovskaya (2 years)
- Kelli Liebermann (2 years)
- Mike Luger (2 year)
- Kristina Maceira (3 years)
- Leah Mueller (2 years)
- Matt Silverstein (2 years)
- Cate Walsh (1 year)
Evonne Duzant is a Senior Personnel Analyst for the City of New Haven. Evonne came in on September 26, 2017 to discuss her career path to HR. The major part of Evonne’s job for the City of New Haven is Civil Service Testing. Evonne administers the exams for all workers for the city required to complete the civil service testing. She creates scores and administers the exams. Evonne is also involved in employee training and development for the City of New Haven. She discussed her career path with the students and how she went from many different majors and careers from building houses, engineering, and computer science and finally landed in business. Evonne eventually went finished school and received her business management degree from Southern Connecticut State. The members of SHRM asked Evonne what the most important thing we should take away from her interesting career path and she told the members of SHRM that you need to be passionate about what you do and be in love with your job. Get internships and experience and find what you really love doing and choose that as your career path. Do not end up someplace that you feel going to work everyday is a hassle. Evonne also stressed when looking for jobs and going on interviews make sure your social media is clean, companies can find your information and it can make or break the hiring of an intern or employee in business. The most important thing to take away from this workshop is to ask yourself why you are in your major? Find your passion and do what you love.
On September 19th, 2017 Olivia Atkin, a Quinnipiac Alumni came in to speak to the members of SHRM about life after college. Olivia started the SHRM chapter at Quinnipiac as a freshman and graduated last December with a management major, and minor in sports studies. Olivia talked about her job currently working at IPP Pressworks and her job working with the New York Giants. Olivia gave advice to the students in SHRM on how to best be prepared for working life after college. She gave tips such as always taking notes on every single thing you do, knowing Microsoft Excel, and try to find a work-life balance because it is difficult to find the balance in your first year of work. Olivia also mentioned how she became HR certified through the test that is offered through SHRM. Olivia also gave advice on taking what you learn from classes seriously. It may not seem like everything you learn can be applied but everything you learn will come back while you are working in your field and it is extremely helpful. Olivia also gave the members advice on looking for jobs your senior year of school. It is important to make connections at Internships. While applying for jobs always look at a company’s websites and try to find the jobs for you, applying to hundreds of jobs a day and not looking into the application enough will not help you find the job you are looking for. Always stay organized and learn on the go and be open to learning new things, it will help you be successful in the workforce!
Quinnipiac University SHRM@QU Student Organization Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association
Quinnipiac University’s SHRM@QU Student Organization Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association
Hamden, CT, June 5, 2017 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2016-2017 Merit Award designation to the Quinnipiac University SHRM student chapter (SHRM@QU) for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.
The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence 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.
“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, East Divisional Director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.”
SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.
SHRM@QU provides students from across the University with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the HRACC Chapter, the CT State Council, and the national SHRM organization. Our seminars, workshops, and speakers will give someone from each major important information and skills to be as successful as possible in their career.
“I am extremely proud of our chapter’s performance,” said Dr. Fullick-Jagiela, SHRM@QU faculty advisor. “This is their third Superior Merit Award, which illustrates their hard work and dedication. This year we had some amazing speakers from Travelers, Edible Arrangements, Girl Scouts of CT, Gartner, Electri-Cable Assemblies, The WorkPlace, Employers Association of the NorthEast, and the start-up Candogram. We held our first annual Diversity and Inclusion Day run by Chelsea Campbell and Kristina Maceira. We also had two members David Bouton and Dori Horne compete and place 4th at the SHRM Student Case Competition, East. It has been a stellar year!”
For more information about joining, please email Professor Julia Fullick-Jagiela.
About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.
On March 28, 2017, SHRM@QU held a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Day. Our objective was to increase awareness and create a dialog about diversity and inclusion student experiences. What started as an event for business students, quickly expanded to include the entire university. Knowing that support for the top is essentials for successful programs, we began discussions with, and gained the support of, our University’s Chief Diversity Officer, University Provost, and Dean of the Business School. Each of them also spoke during the event to show their support for our initiative.
The goal of our program was to give students a safe place to have open discussions regarding diversity and inclusion. The event also provided an opportunity for our multicultural and diversity student organizations to showcase their events and perspectives. Students had the chance to schedule times to speak throughout the day, or could participate informally during our “open mic session.” We also wanted event participants to gain concrete D&I knowledge and an opportunity to earn a certificate by attending a student-run workshop on Catalyst’s (2016) Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace. In addition, our chapter president reached out to our sponsoring professional chapter, HRACC who connected us with our keynote speaker who is an expert on employment law and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our keynote breakout session was standing room only. During this lunch and learn, our speaker lead an informal conversation about experiences, expectations, and emotions.
Our University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Provost, and School of Business Dean have asked us to make this event an annual occurrence. Our keynote speaker also committed to continuing the program with us. The powerful conversations during breakout sessions created lifelong connections between participants and expanded our knowledge and multicultural experiences. It was enlightening to hear about everyone’s unique perspectives and experiences on campus. Our event showcased the importance of diversity and inclusion not just at our university, but also in the business world. We are excited to see this program continue on an annual basis and to see the collaborations and bonds that have been created between the multicultural student organizations on campus.
Special thanks to Chelsea Campbell (SHRM@QU VP) and Kristina Maceira (SHRM@QU Pres.) for all of their hard work planning this event!
On February 23, 2017, SHRM@QU members engaged with Kristin Lovene, the Senior Manager of Community-based Programs, and Janeska Cardona, the Community Program Specialist at Girl Scouts of Connecticut. They discussed Girlz R.U.L.E, a signature program that Girl Scouts of CT provides to girls in grades 3-8. Members went over the creation of such a program in a hands-on manner to effectively learn program design. Learning successful program design is crucial to an HR career and set members up for a necessary skill in their futures that they will have developed through hands-on learning.
Kristin and Janeska explained that the program offers Girl Scouts to young girls that may not have the money or resources to actually make troops. There are various types of programs they establish, such as healthy eating, and first aid. They also have the Cookies for Heroes program where they will send cookies overseas when people donate money or cookies to deployed military personnel. We participated in various activities that help girls learn more about empathy and verbal and non-verbal communication. Each activity involved us first doing it with verbal communication and planning and then the second half, or round we could not speak. We then discussed the challenges of each exercise with or without verbal communication and/or planning. They also showed us the app where you can search for the nearest girl scout cookies booth, which is really awesome!
We would like to thank Ms. Lovene and Ms. Cardona for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk with us.
To learn more about the Girlz R.U.L.E. program, please visit: http://www.gsofct.org/pages/GirlzRULE.php
On November 11, 2016, Rosendo Rey Longoria presented to members of SHRM@QU. He is a bi-lingua consultant on tuition financing. He currently works for TIAA-CREF, which is the largest pension company. His goal is for employers to add college saving plans to their benefits packages with no additional costs to the employer. He discussed how this transition can benefit both employers and employees. He went into detail about the 529 college saving plan and others such as UGMA and Education IRA. He discussed each plan and the positives and negatives of each. Mr. Longoria argued since education is such a good investment because of future outcomes, it is important for companies to assist their employees in educational opportunities for their families and even themselves.
We would like to thank Mr. Longoria for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his experience and share his advice.