SHRM@QU Attends People’s United Center for Women & Business Inaugural Event

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SHRM@QU is a local student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We provide 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 New Haven Chapter, the CT State Council, and the national SHRM organization.

The objectives of this chapter include:

*Promoting the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges.

*Encouraging the acquisition, growth, and continuation of our respective careers in human resource management through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect, and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with SHRM and our sponsoring chapter.

*Provide a pool of human resource management leaders for perpetuation of the chapter and of SHRM.

*Function as an important vehicle for promoting the field of human resource management to students.


SHRM@QU Attends People’s United Center for Women & Business Inaugural Event

SHRM@QU PUCWB Event 2018-11-06

From left: Taylor Martin, Leah Mueller, Dr. Fullick-Jagiela, Arianna Berke, Kelli Liebermann, and Jena Hook

SHRM@QU members were excited to attend the Inaugural People’s United Center for Women and Business event on November 6, 2018. Members listened to Quinnipiac’s President Judy Olian speak about her top ten pieces of business ideas for the members of the business community. She urged members of the room to not take business personally and emphasized the importance of picking a good partner. Sara Longobardi, senior executive vice president of People’s United Bank shared how she relied on others to make decisions for her at the start of her college experience and how these experiences shaped her career path. She explained the importance of making choices and stressed that you can have both a family and be a successful women in business. Members then had the opportunity to network with other business professionals at the event and work to perfect their elevator pitches. 


SHRM@QU Team Bonding Night

IMG_8683SHRM@QU members gathered in their first bonding activity during the fall semester. SHRM members gathered and learned about the other members educational backgrounds and what they are involved in on campus. The members also discussed what they would like to do as a career in human resources. See our members together in the Rocky Top Student Center!

SHRM@QU Presents: Workplace Investigations by Paula Anthony

2933350_1Paula Anthony is a member of the Labor and Employment practice group called Berchem Moses. She received her undergraduate degree from Pace University before attending the Villanova University School of Law.  She works with both private and public sector clients working on employee and employment matters.

She presented to SHRM@QU members on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 regarding workplace investigations. When diverse groups come together that there are always challenges in the workplace. Common issues that her clients run into stem from mistakes including ignoring complaints, failing to plan adequately, delaying investigation or not being thorough enough, losing objectivity, failing to conduct interviews, failing to reach a conclusion, or failing to take action. Her job is to work with HR to solve employee and employer lawsuits. She thinks that bringing in a legal team is necessary for a company when HR needs an area of expertise and when a complaint is filed against HR. She warned students to always know the scope of an investigation in the workplace but also that scope can change throughout an investigation. She explained that the one of the most important things HR professionals can do is to create and enforce policies and procedures in the workplace.

You can learn more about Paula here:

SHRM@QU Presents: Project Management with Prof. McKeon-Vitelli

Jill McKeon-Vitelli, an adjunct professor of management at QU, came to discuss the importance of project management with SHRM@QU members. Mckeon-Vitelli started her professional career as a secretary, and moved trough various positions at Dictaphone while receiving her BS in Management and Management Information Systems at the University of New Haven.  She worked full-time while receiving both her undergraduate degree and while receiving her MS at Quinnipiac. She has a PMP certification and has worked professionally as a project manager. She gave the students at QU the following advice:
Every class you take, every job you work, every volunteer activity you participate in prepares you for the next opportunity.
Mckeon explained that she never went to school for project management but every job that she did and all of her education that she had received prepared her to be a PMP. She stated that she began teaching as a college professor because her education and experience was a perfect fit. She urged students to join the Project Management Institute to receive the benefits from this site like special job postings, and urged the students to study for and take the CAPM if they had an interest in ever being a project manager.
You can learn more about CAPM certification here:

SHRM@QU 2018 Induction Ceremony

2018 SHRM Induction

The Society for Human Resource Management at Quinnipiac University (SHRM@QU) held its fourth induction ceremony on Saturday, October 13, 2018. 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 new members and continuing members. Thank you to Dean O’Connor, Prof. Awudu, Maria Joy of HRACC, and to all of the families who attended!

SHRM@QU faculty advisor Julia Fullick-Jagiela, Associate Professor & Chair of Management, and President Arianna Berke 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.”

Welcome to our 2018-2019 Officers:

  1. Arianna Berke (President)
  2. Jena Hook (Vice President)
  3. Leah Mueller (Secretary)
  4. Kelli Liebermann (Career Liaison)

Welcome to our 2018-2019 Members:

  1. Gabriela Alvares
  2. Alexa Arzano
  3. Carly Barrett
  4. Elizabeth Jasko
  5. Austin King
  6. Nicole Kontzamanis
  7. Jordyn Koplik
  8. Lucille Logozzo
  9. Mike Luger
  10. Taylor Martin
  11. Taylor McEachern
  12. Lauryn Santos
  13. Alexandra Segar
  14. Rebecca Sullivan
  15. Natasha Tenreiro
  16. Robert Weinfeld

SHRM@QU Alumni Series Presents: Hannah Blockis


On Monday, October 8, 2018 SHRM@QU held another alumni series presentation by Hannah Blockis, Technical Recruiter at Apex Systems.

Hannah graduated this past May from QU majoring in business management with a concentration in HRM. Throughout her time at QU, she served on student government for two years, as an orientation leader for three, and was the founding president of Gamma Phi Beta on campus. After graduation, she started her career in IT Staffing & Recruiting, and is using her HR background to help her excel. Tonight, Hannah shared with us the importance of detail and well described experience when searching for new jobs. She let us in on the behind the scenes of recruiting, and shared with us what recruiters are really looking for when selecting candidates. Hannah discussed the importance of having all of the correct information selected and filled out when registering on sourcing sites. She shared that more often than not, recruiters will be searching resumes and profiles for buzz words, organization, spelling & grammar, and consistency. Hannah shared with us that there is always room for flexibility when it comes to desired salary, and to never be afraid to ask for what you truly believe is a proper self and market value. Lastly, she explained that enthusiasm is key. If you get a recruiter on the phone wanting to submit you to positions, sometimes it really is your personality that can set you miles apart from competition.

SHRM@QU Workshop: Using LinkedIn and Perfecting your Resumes


On September 27, 2018, Dr. Fullick-Jagiela, Associate Professor and Chair of the Management Department at Quinnipiac University held a workshop to teach the SHRM@QU members how to properly use LinkedIn and how to perfect their resumes. The following are her top five tips from the workshop:

1. When on LinkedIn make sure to like, comment, and share various articles about the field that you are looking to enter. This is a good opportunity to contribute to the conversation and get noticed by your connections. If you are looking for a job in a specific field, that is also the change to target your posts towards that particular area of business.

2. When considering if you should accept an invitation on LinkedIn ask yourself first if you know them. If you know the person who is trying to connect it is okay to accept. If someone who you have not met or spoken to adds you on LinkedIn, unless they send a message about why they want to connect with you, consider the connection. It isn’t about the quantity of connections, but the quality of connections.

3. When you look at your profile on LinkedIn ensure that you have a professional headshot, and an accurate tagline. If you are actively looking for a job, your tagline should include this. Otherwise, the tagline can be your position in an organization.

4. When adding relevant courses to your resume, tailor these to fit the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a position under compensation, include the Compensation and Benefits course. Make sure to only list courses you finished strong in and are those that you are confident about your knowledge.

5. Always look at the job description when writing your version of the resume for the specific application. Use the applicable keywords that the organization has in the job description in your resume to ensure that you make it through the resume screen. Always make sure your formatting is clean, professional, and that you have no typos!

SHRM@QU Attends 2018 Kicks for CASA

Kappa Alpha Theta hosted their annual philanthropy event called Kicks for CASA, which is a bracket style kickball tournament. The main goal of this event is to raise money for their philanthropy, CASA. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. They are a national organization of volunteers that judges appoint to speak for the safety and well being of abused and neglected children. By being independent investigators and advocates, their volunteers can make all the difference in these children’s lives. Here is a photo of some of our SHRM@QU members at Kappa Alpha Theta’s event!

2018 Kicks for CASA

SHRM@Qu Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association


Hamden, CT May 29, 2018 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2017-2018 Superior Merit Award designation to the Quinnipiac SHRM student chapter 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.

“As we move Together Forward, young professionals like these being honored at distinguished student chapters play a vital role in SHRM’s success,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “I’m especially honored to thank this year’s award winners because they offer excellent evidence that SHRM’s future is indeed in good hands.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent one of which lasted from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

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 forth Superior Merit Award, which illustrates the hard work and dedication of our e-board, Kristina Maceira, Michael Courtemanche, Cate Walsh, Kelli Liebermann, and Cody Carr. This year we had some amazing speakers including, Evonne Duzant, Senior Personnel Analyst for the City of New Haven; Karen Hinds, founder and CEO of The Workplace Success Group LLC; Angela Karachristos, Owner & Principal Consultant at Anthos Consulting LLC; Sal Strazza, HR Manager at Terex Corporation; Glenn Jurgen, Human Resources Manager at BlumShapiro; Lois Krause, HR consultant at KardasLarson, LLC; Dr. Wendy Bedwell, President at PACE Consulting Solutions, LLC; and Kyla Fuentes, Client Support Specialist at We held our second annual Diversity and Inclusion Day with over 100 students in attendance. We also had two students, Cody Carr and Alex Acquarulo, compete and place 3rd at the Tri-State SHRM Student Case Competition. It has been an incredible year!”

For more information about joining, please email SHRM President, Michael Courtemanche.

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 and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

SHRM@QU Alumni Spotlight: Kyla Fuentes


Kyla Fuentes is a Quinnipiac University alum and came to speak to the students of SHRM at QU about searching for jobs and her position at Kyla started by teaching members the top hacks and tricks about job searching on Indeed. She discussed the importance of creating an account on Indeed, exploring different job trends, ranking your priorities, setting job alerts, mastering online techniques and applying from your mobile devices. Kyla also discussed the importance of keywords in your resume and job applications that companies look for and how to stand out when applying for jobs. She emphasized knowing your priorities before entering job interviews and the importance of knowing what salary you are looking for and the benefits you want. Kyla presented the importance of negotiating and that often students out of college are afraid to negotiate and miss out on a better salary. Kyla left members with important information on applying to job sites directly or using easy apply on websites such as Indeed or LinkedIn. Kyla emphasized that the application pool for the long applications are much smaller and you have more of a chance to stand out than those who use easy apply with hundreds of applicants.