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Alumnus creates fund to support labor and employment relations students

Alumnus creates fund to support labor and employment relations students

Retired human resources executive Jim Bowers believes students with exposure only to the U.S. should better understand how other countries’ labor relations and human resources programs differ.

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Penn State alumnus commits $2 million to establish liberal arts scholarship

Penn State alumnus commits $2 million to establish liberal arts scholarship

The James P. Osick Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts will help students from the Department of History or the School of Labor and Employment Relations who have demonstrated “outstanding performance or who bring special qualities and abilities to Penn State, with consideration being given to academic achievement, character, leadership qualities and financial need.”

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Alumna Jacquelin L Brova ('75)  honored with Outstanding Liberal Arts Alumni Award

Alumna Jacquelin L Brova ('75) honored with Outstanding Liberal Arts Alumni Award

Jacquelin L Brova (1975, labor studies) received the Outstanding Liberal Arts Alumni Award. Brova retired following a 40-year career as an executive human resources professional for the mining, steel and consumer products industries. Before her retirement, Brova served as executive vice president of global human resources for Church & Dwight Co., a publicly traded S&P 500 consumer products company. There, she led a global team responsible for leadership development, talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, HRIS, employee relations, and employee communications, and she worked closely with the board of directors on executive compensation and governance matters.

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2018 Outstanding Alumni Lecture – Kristie Pappal ‘00

2018 Outstanding Alumni Lecture – Kristie Pappal ‘00

On October 18, Kristie Pappal (2000), delivered the School of Labor and Employment Relation’s (LER) Annual Outstanding Alumni Lecture. Pappal is the current Vice President of Human Resources for the NFL's 2018 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and a 2000 graduate of Penn State's LER program. She has been with the Eagles since 2007 and has more than 17 years of combined HR experience.

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LER Alumna Named Fulbright Finalist for 2018-19

Kelsey Wetzel, a 2016 Spanish and labor and employment relations graduate, was recently named a Fulbright finalist for the 2018-19 academic year.

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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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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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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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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 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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