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School of Labor and Employment Relations celebrates 75th anniversary

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On Friday, April 13, more than 175 alumni, sponsors, students, faculty and staff descended upon the Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations.

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Katherine Maich, Ph.D. Earns Honorable Mention For Dissertation

Katherine Maich, Ph.D. Earns Honorable Mention For Dissertation

Katherine Maich, Ph.D., was named the Honorable Mention for the LERA’s 2018 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition. Her dissertation was titled, "Domesticated Democracy? Labor Rights at Home in Lima and New York City."

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Professor Awarded Grant to Study Workers' Rights in Morocco

Professor Awarded Grant to Study Workers' Rights in Morocco

Associate professor and director of the Center for Global Workers' Rights, Mark Anner, recently was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Solidarity Center to study agricultural supply chains in Morocco and their impact on workers' rights. Dr. Anner is coordinating a small team of researchers to examine how supply chain dynamics in the wine and olive oil sectors influence working conditions, while also creating points of leverage for unionization and collective bargaining.

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New Online Classes Teach Students About Talent Development

As with all of the School of Labor and Employment Relations’ curricula, the School’s online programs continue to explore a number of ways to improve the academic experience for our students.

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Professor Provides Expert Reports in Bangladesh Factory Case

Associate Professor Mark Anner provided two expert reports in a case brought by Global Union Federations (GUFs) against multinational corporations for failure to remediate building safety concerns in the Bangladesh garment supplier factories under terms of the legally binding Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety.

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Second Edition of Human Resource Management Published

Professor of Human Resource Management, Jean Phillips, had the second edition of her book Human Resource Management published earlier this year. The book was published by Chicago Business Press.

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Associate Professor Elaine Farndale Publishes Book on Strategy, Human Resource Management, and Performance

Associate Professor Elaine Farndale Publishes Book on Strategy, Human Resource Management, and Performance

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management Elaine Farndale, along with Jaap Paauwe, Professor of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University, published the book, "Strategy, HRM, and Performance" earlier this year. The book was published by Oxford University Press in January 2018.

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School of LER Raises Money for United Way

School of LER Raises Money for United Way

The School of Labor and Employment Relations has undertaken many philanthropic endeavors over the years. Currently, the School is raising money for United Way.

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75th Anniversary Gala Dinner Registration is OPEN!

On Friday April 13, the School of Labor and Employment Relations will mark its 75th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner and Celebration. As an alum of the School we very much hope you will consider returning to Happy Valley to mark this occasion, visit the campus, renew acquaintances with fellow students and faculty, learn about the exciting things going on in the School, and attend our Gala Dinner and Celebration.

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Assistant Professor Elaine Hui Publishes First Book

Assistant Professor Elaine Hui Publishes First Book

Earlier this month, assistant professor Elaine Hui published her first book, “Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China.”

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Please Consider Giving Back to LER

Several years ago LER took on the challenge of building one of the best programs in our field in the nation. Since that time we have made significant progress towards that goal. Evidence of that progress is our elevation in 2013 from a Department to a School. Throughout the process of building our program one thing has remained constant. That is our efforts to make sure that every student in our program has the best academic experience possible.

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School of Labor & Employment Relations mourns the loss of Stan Gully

School of Labor & Employment Relations mourns the loss of Stan Gully

Stan Gully, Professor of Human Resource Management in our School, passed away unexpectedly on October 9th, 2017. Professor Gully made a significant contribution in the three years he was a member of our faculty. He was an exceptional teacher, mentor, and colleague. He was also a well-respected scholar in the fields of human resource management and organizational behavior, having been named a fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2014, as well as having been ranked by the Academy of Management in 2012 in the top 50 of the most influential scholars who received their degrees since 1991. His publication record includes a range of articles in top journals including Personnel Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Professor Gully also co-authored several books with Professor Jean Phillips, including Strategic Staffing, Human Resource Management, and Organization Behavior: Tools for Success. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1997 and previously was on the faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers.

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Trisha Everhart in New Role

Trisha Everhart in New Role

This past summer Trisha Everhart assumed the role of Assistant Director of Online Programs for the School of Labor and Employment Relations. For several years Trisha has worked as our School’s Administrative Support Coordinator. In addition to those duties, she has been a member of our Online Team since joining LER and has also had administrative responsibility for the curricular consultation process, a critical role supporting faculty efforts to create and revise our courses and curricula.

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Study Tours: A New Way for LER Students to Study Abroad

Study Tours: A New Way for LER Students to Study Abroad

In today’s globalized economy, the ability to understand, and function in, different cultural settings is more of an asset than it has ever been. For that reason, in our most recent strategic plan our School made increasing the number of LER majors studying abroad a priority. Towards that end, we have been actively promoting semester-long and year-long study abroad opportunities to our students. This has resulted in a growing number of our students to universities in Spain, Ireland, France, South Africa, and Australia, among other locations. However, some of our students are not able to commit this much time to an international experience. For that reason, our faculty have added another study abroad option for our students. Study tours provide a shorter, more intense, international experience than traditional study abroad programs. In recent years our faculty have organized such tours to China, Sweden, and Ireland.

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sarah Damaske, University Park

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sarah Damaske, University Park

As a School, we are fortunate to have an accomplished faculty of varied research and teaching interests, as well as extraordinary academic accomplishments. Professor Sarah Damaske is that, and more. Professor Damaske began her life in higher education as an undergraduate at Hamilton College where she received her B.A. in comparative literature, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She subsequently received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from New York University, and spent two years at Rice University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology. She joined the faculty at LER in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Sociology. After establishing an exceptional record of research and teaching she was promoted last spring to Associate Professor with tenure.

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Student Spotlight: World Campus Graduate Student, Carrie-Ann Barrow

Student Spotlight: World Campus Graduate Student, Carrie-Ann Barrow

In June of 2006 the Washingtonian published an article: “The list of Powerful Women to Watch”. It began: To be successful, a lot has to fall into place: brains, drive, personality, and a little luck. These ten women have all those things and more—and they haven’t reached 40 yet… The second person on the list is Carrie-Ann Barrow, now a student in our MPS program in HRER.

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75th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Celebration!

As indicated in my note above, the School of LER will mark the completion of 75 years of service with a Gala Dinner and Celebration! The event will be held Friday, April 13 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. and a program to begin at 8:00. The theme of the dinner and program will be the Future of Work and the Workplace. The program will draw on the expertise of our School’s faculty and will include short presentations on the future of the workforce, the human resource profession, the labor movement, and labor and employment law. The presentations will be followed by a forum during which alums can ask questions of the faculty presenters or offer their own views about what the years ahead hold for labor and employment relations and human resource practitioners.

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Director's Update - January 2018

This past year marked the 75th anniversary of our program. Completing three quarters of a century of service to the Penn State community is a significant achievement and we intend to celebrate this milestone with a Gala Dinner and Celebration in the spring! The big event will be held Friday, April 13 on campus and all alums are invited. Beaver Stadium and Bryce Jordan were booked , so we had to settle for the Ballroom at the Nittany Lion Inn. It only holds 150, so seating will be limited. Registration information will be sent by email in the next few days. If you want to be sure of a seat, please register as soon as you receive the information (more detail in the story below). 2017 was notable, not only because it was our 75th anniversary, but because it was one of the most productive, and most challenging, years in our program’s history. Among the many good things that happened was the continued enrollment growth of our residential and online undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, a record number of our students chose to have some kind of international experience (study abroad, study tour, or international internship) in the past year, something our School has made a priority. Our students are also having great success in the job market and more and more companies are coming to our office to recruit our undergraduate and graduate students.

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Embedded course Human Resource Management in Sweden – Maymester 2017

Embedded course Human Resource Management in Sweden – Maymester 2017

In May, a group of LER students traveled to Sweden to learn about HR policies and practices. The feedback we received from students was very positive:

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Alumni Spotlight: Jim Sullivan Appointed to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Jim Sullivan, an LER alum (’77) and former member of the School’s Alumni (APG) Board, was appointed by President Trump to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in May 16, 2017. He is currently awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation and hopes to be sworn in to his new position in the near future. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration through administrative trials and appellate review. Jim, a graduate of Georgetown Law School and a current member of Cozen O’Connor’s Law Firm's Labor & Employment Section, will be one of three Commissioners.

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Spring 2017 Commencement

The School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) continues to graduate a large number of majors each year. Spring commencement ceremonies saw 186 students graduate from both our undergraduate and graduate programs, both residentially and online (see details below).

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Update on the School’s Training Opportunities for HR Practitioners

The School of Labor and Employment Relations has continued to grow its management outreach activities through its Academy for Human Capital Development (AHCD). Our experience to date reinforces our belief that our programs can be a useful resource for LER alumni and others looking for effective training and development interventions.

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Student Spotlight: 2017 BS/MS Graduate Meghan Stouter

Student Spotlight: 2017 BS/MS Graduate Meghan Stouter

Meghan Stouter '17 graduated from Penn State this spring with undergraduate degrees in LER and Sociology and a graduate degree in HRER through the School's Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate program. LER faculty choose Meghan to represent the School as the LER Student Marshall at graduation. In addition, Meghan received the Filipelli-Stelts award for her in-class and out-of-class accomplishments. As a junior, Meghan won the Shah award for her outstanding academic work. In addition to compiling a stellar record in and out of the classroom, Meghan was known both for her thoughtful and insightful participation in the classroom and the positive energy and enthusiasm she brought to all of her endeavors.

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Director's Update - July 2017

Spring is usually the busiest time of year for our School, and Spring 2017 was no exception. Among other highlights, fifteen of our students traveled to Silicon Valley, California during Spring Break to learn about human resources in the high tech sector. The trip was part of a course on that subject taught by Professor Sumita Raghuram. Visiting company headquarters and meeting with HR professionals from Facebook, Survey Monkey, Uber, Cisco, Yelp, and Google provided students with a great opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of HR practices in this exciting industry. Jessica Steele, our School’s Career Advisor, helped lead the trip and took every chance to tell the companies visited about the great students we are turning out.

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HRER World Campus Masters Program Offers First Embedded Course with Travel to Ireland

HRER World Campus Masters Program Offers First Embedded Course with Travel to Ireland

In March, after more than a year of planning, the School of Labor and Employment Relations embarked on its first study abroad/hybrid class for online MPS in HRER students. The course, Comparative Employment Relations Systems -- the United States and Ireland, drew sixteen students who completed five online sessions prior to traveling to Limerick, Ireland for their first meeting on March 26. In this respect, the course was comparable to the one-week hybrid classes the School has offered students for several years on campus.

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May 2017: 3rd Global Conference on International Human Resource Management

May 2017: 3rd Global Conference on International Human Resource Management

The 3rd Global Conference on International Human Resource Management was held on May 18-20, 2015 in New York City. This conference built on the success of the 1stand 2nd Global Conferences held on campus in May 2013 and 2015 respectively. The 2017 conference attracted over 85 scholars in the field of international human resource management (IHRM) from 25 countries. Sixty-five papers were presented covering a broad range of IHRM topics, including: cross-cultural values; global careers; HRM in multinational corporations; knowledge management; global diversity challenges; HRM in emerging economies; millennials across cultures; global talent management; global leadership; expatriate management; cross-national perspectives on IHRM; and high performance work systems in different country contexts.

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School’s Fully Online MPS Degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations Ranked as Best in the Nation

In 2008, LER became the first academic unit in the College of the Liberal Arts, and one of the first at the University, to offer a fully online Master’s degree through Penn State’s new World Campus (WC). The Masters in Professional Studies (MPS) in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER), is currently the most popular MPS degree offered online through the WC.

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Member of the Program’s First Graduating Class (1952) Reconnects

An alum from the Class of 1952, Joseph G. Arteritano of Lower Burrell in western Pennsylvania, sent a note in response to the School’s invitation to attend last Spring’s Alumni Reception in Pittsburgh. He expressed regret at not being able to attend, but passed on some interesting information about the School’s history. Joe’s class was the program’s first. He characterized his time in the major, and that of his 21 classmates, as “an experiment in progress.” He noted that the name of the major initially was LMR for Labor-Management Relations and that Penn State then was still “Pennsylvania State College” and not yet a university. Joe recalled that he was the first president of the program’s student organization (a group that has been continuously active, with a few name changes, for 65 straight years!).

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The School and APG Board Holds Alumni Reception in Pittsburgh

This past Spring the School held a reception for LER alums in western Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh event was sponsored by the LER Alumni Program Group (APG) Board and hosted by Board Member Tom Giotto at the office of his law firm, Buchanan, Ingersoll, and Rooney. Thirty-five alumni attended, along with several LER faculty who traveled from University Park.

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Coming and Goings

Coming and Goings

The School is sad to report the loss of long-time faculty member Richard Z. Hindle. Dick joined the then Department of Labor Studies in 1970 and retired in 1995 as Associate Professor. Primarily working in the school’s labor education program, Dick conducted programs with unions in eastern Pennsylvania as well as statewide programs at University Park and was widely known and respected by union leaders and activists across the Commonwealth. Dick also taught in the Department’s undergraduate programs and served for many years as the program’s internship coordinator. A native of Reading, Dick held degrees from Kutztown and Temple Universities. He also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Labor Studies students fortunate enough to know Professor Hindle will remember him for his warmth and welcoming smile.

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LER Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Big Ten Honors

LER has a long tradition of students excelling both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. This past semester three LER majors students received Academic All-Big Ten accolades in recognition of their excellent academic records and their performance in intercollegiate athletics.

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LER School Center to Present Practitioner/Academic Seminar on International HRM in NYC, May 18, 2017

“Emerging markets are becoming the new centers of gravity for the global economy, and competition for talent is becoming fiercer almost by the day. Access to talented workers is considered by some as the top indicator of a country’s competitiveness.” (Deloitte, 2013)

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Student Spotlight:  2016 MPS Graduate Kimberly Madsen

Student Spotlight: 2016 MPS Graduate Kimberly Madsen

If you break the speed limit in Gainesville, Florida you may meet a recent graduate of the School’s MPS in HRER program. Officer Kim Madsen is not only a full-time police officer in Gainesville, but a December 2016 graduate of our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER).

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LER Professor’s Class Undertakes Project to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through the Performing Arts

Can the performing arts play a role in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Penn State, in higher education more generally, in our communities, and in the global workplace? This is the action research focus of Dr. Tom C. Hogan, professor of practice in Human Resource Management, and his LER 460 HR Ethics class.

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Director’s Update - January 2017

2017 is here, students have returned from the holiday break, and the Spring semester is underway. This year New Year’s has special significance for the School of Labor and Employment Relations as 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of our program. LER was founded in 1942 as part of an effort to ensure peaceful labor-management relations in Pennsylvania during World War II. Penn State was asked to provide training for union leaders and activists working in industries important to the war effort on the basis that informed union leaders would be better able to resolve disputes with management and prevent disruption of the war effort. In fact, the first such program was conducted at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, a key production facility that built battleships for the U.S. Navy.

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Director's Update January 2016

Director's Update January 2016

Well, it is mid-January here in Happy Valley and winter has finally arrived. At last, there IS snow on the Lion.

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LER Student Speaks at Schreyer Fall Medal Ceremony

LER Student Speaks at Schreyer Fall Medal Ceremony

Schreyer Honors Scholar Jocelin Linares graduated in December from the integrated undergraduate/graduate program, obtaining her bachelors in Labor and Employment Relations and a masters in Human Resources and Employment Relations. As a result of her strong academic and extracurricular record, she was asked by the Honors College to speak at the Fall Medal Ceremony on December 18, 2015 For the past two summers, Jocelin has been a Human Resources Summer Analyst in New York City for Morgan Stanley. She has accepted a full time position with the company upon graduation. At Penn State, Jocelin has been a Resident Assistant for first year students, a tour guide, and Vice President of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) She enjoys giving back to her community whenever possible and loves motivating others to achieve more in their academic careers. In her remarks at the Fall Medal Ceremony, Jocelin shared her journey as a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar. “The expectations and achievements of a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar never go unnoticed,” said Jocelin. “At the end of the day when college is over, I may not remember the hardest exam I had to take or the countless hours I spent writing my thesis (okay we’re all going to definitely remember that), but it’ll be the people and the opportunities I was exposed to that will stay with me for a lifetime.”

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Interns share first-hand accounts of life-changing experiences

In May and June dozens of LER undergrad and grad students took off to destinations from New York City to Portland, Oregon, to Taiwan to participate in internships.

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The Academy of Human Capital Development:  Providing Professional Development Opportunities for HR Practitioners

The Academy of Human Capital Development: Providing Professional Development Opportunities for HR Practitioners

Human resource (HR) practitioners seeking professional development opportunities and HR executives seeking HR consulting services can now find such services at the LER’s Academy of Human Capital Development. The Academy is the School’s HR management outreach arm and provides webinars, workshops, onsite programs, and consulting services. Led by Professor’s Tom Hogan and Antone Aboud, the Academy’s mission is to promote and advance the HR profession by utilizing the talent and expertise of the School of LER’s distinguished faculty. The Academy provides an opportunity for the School to reconnect with LER alum/practitioners.

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Ohio State Expert on Workplace Commitment to Speak in October

Professor Howard Klein, Professor of Management and Human Resources, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, will deliver a talk titled “Contemporary Workplace Commitments” on Friday, October 16 from 2-4 p.m. in Keller Building, Room 502.

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LER Faculty Member discusses key workplace issues with national media

LER Faculty Member discusses key workplace issues with national media

LER Associate Professor Niki Dickerson vonLockette recently appeared on two national media outlets speaking about key issues facing various segments of the workforce.

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LER School Hosts 40th Northeast Summer School for Union Women

Penn State hosted nearly 150 women from unions and worker centers throughout the northeastern U.S in July as part of the 40th UALE Northeast Summer School for Union Women.

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LER Student Team Preps for 2015 SHRM Case Competition

A team of LER/HRER students are getting ready for the 2015 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Northeast Regional Student Conference and Case Competition, March 20 and 21 in Baltimore. The Penn State team is the defending Northeast Regional Champions and will defend their title against 27 teams from other universities. Penn State’s victory last year was no accident, as the team spent countless hours preparing for the competition, including a number of practice sessions where LER faculty played the roles of judges and provided feedback to the team members.

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Center for International Human Resource Studies Making an Impact; Global Conference Begins May 14

Center for International Human Resource Studies Making an Impact; Global Conference Begins May 14

Entering its third year of operation, the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) continues to develop a strong community of academics and practitioners passionate about international human resource management (IHRM). The Center, under the direction of Professor Elaine Farndale, is now preparing for its second Global IHRM Conference, May 14-15 at University Park. At the first conference in 2013, more than eighty scholars and graduate students from twenty-three countries gathered to discuss IHRM topics. A similar gathering is expected again this year, largely attracted by renowned keynote speakers: Professor Xiaoping Chen (Foster School of Business, University of Washington) and Professor Michael Morley (Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland).

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Professor Hogan Appears with President Barron on WPSU to Discuss Civility

Professor Hogan Appears with President Barron on WPSU to Discuss Civility

Tom Hogan, LER Professor of Practice, recently appeared on an episode of “Higher Education in Focus” with Penn State President Eric Barron to discuss civility and ethics in the classroom, the workplace, and society. During the half-hour program, hosted by WPSU’s Patty Satalia, Hogan discussed the recent call for civility from University leadership and the reactions of the Penn State community to the request.

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LER Student-Athletes Excel on the Field and in the Classroom

Three LER majors were among the 72 Penn State student-athletes named to Academic All-Big Ten teams this fall.

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LER Alum Adam Taliaferro named to New Jersey State Assembly

Adam Taliaferro, the School’s 2014 Outstanding Alumni Lecturer and former Penn State football player, was chosen by New Jersey Democratic Party leaders to represent the state’s Third District in the State Assembly. Taliaferro was sworn in by State Senate President Steve Sweeney in January and quickly became the leading candidate for election to the position.

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LER Professor Raises Awareness of the Plight of Garment Workers in El Salvador

A recently released report by Mark Anner, Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights, sheds new light on violations of basic rights of thousands of garment industry workers in El Salvador by some of the United States largest clothing companies. "The nature of the violations of workers' rights and the number of violations are extreme," said Anner. "The violence that is directed at workers is bad and getting worse."

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“Genius Grant” Awardee Visits LER to Discuss Her Work

“Genius Grant” Awardee Visits LER to Discuss Her Work

On February 11, LER welcomed Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, to campus for a presentation titled “The Future of Care: What We Need for a Changing America”. The talk was part of a tour to promote her book, “Aging with Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.” Poo’s inspirational talk was hosted by the LER’s Center for Global Workers’ Rights, and co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, the Department of Asian Studies., the Center for Global Studies, and the Central Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

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LER Staff Member Honored by the College of the Liberal Arts

At the 2015 College of the Liberal Arts Staff Appreciation Ceremony, held at the Nittany Lion Inn on February 24, Trish Everhart, Administrative Coordinator for LER, was recognized with two awards.

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LER Students Team Up with Faculty and Alumni for THON Success

LER Students Team Up with Faculty and Alumni for THON Success

Supporting the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, two LER-sponsored student groups, the Society for Labor and Employment Relations (SLER) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), volunteers partnered with LER alums and faculty to raise a record $6,655 for the Four Diamonds Fund. The 2015 total was more than three times the amount raised in 2014.

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First HRER On line Faculty Development Workshop

On Sunday, June 22, twenty five of our on line instructors got together at the Atherton Hotel in town to discuss on line teaching techniques. Instructors from both our undergraduate and graduate programs attended, with many traveling long distances (California, Florida and even Denmark!) to attend. This was the first of what we hope will be an annual faculty workshop where our faculty can learn some new teaching techniques, exchange best practices and just have the opportunity to "talk shop" with other members of our geographically diverse teaching staff.

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Summer 2014 HRER Hybrid Course

Summer 2014 HRER Hybrid Course

Once more the School of Labor and Employment Relations offered summer hybrid classes for HRER students pursuing the Masters in Professional Studies degree. Fifty students attended one of the following three offerings.

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Congratulations to Our 2014 Student Marshall, Ian Dowling!

Congratulations to Our 2014 Student Marshall, Ian Dowling!

Ian is the son of Jerome and Deborah Dowling of Titusville, Pennsylvania. An active student in the School of Labor and Employment Relations integrated undergraduate/graduate program, Ian will graduate with three degrees: a M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations and undergraduate degrees in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and History. During summers he completed HR internships at Air Liquide in Houston, TX and Alcoa in Lancaster, PA.

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Penn State LER/SHRM Chapter Wins Northeast Case Competition!

Penn State LER/SHRM Chapter Wins Northeast Case Competition!

On April 12 members of Penn State’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapter travelled to Rhode Island to compete in SHRM’s Annual Northeast Region Case Competition. The competition involves a team of student’s analyzing human resource management case studies and presenting their analysis and recommendations to a panel of SHRM judges. Penn State’s team prevailed over undergraduate teams from ten other universities including Cornell, Rutgers, and Villanova!

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Clark Receives President’s Award

Clark Receives President’s Award

Paul Clark, professor and director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. The award is given to a full-time faculty member who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching, research or creative accomplishment and service.

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LER Staff Member Jessica Steele Receives College Award

LER Staff Member Jessica Steele Receives College Award

Jessica Steele, staff member in LER, was presented with the College of the Liberal Arts Rising Star Award at the College’s Annual Awards reception on February 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The award is presented annually to a staff member whose “performance on the job is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the mission of the College and the University.” Jessica was nominated by Professor Elaine Farndale for her initiative and energy in helping to improve the School’s career services.

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