Director's Updates

September 2020 Director's Update

September 2020 Director's Update

Dr. Paul Clark is back from his sabbatical and shares some of his thoughts about the upcoming semester.

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Director Paul Clark Presents at Australian Universities

Director Paul Clark Presents at Australian Universities

Director Paul Clark recently made two presentations at universities in Australia during his sabbatical travels.

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February 2020 Acting Director's Update

February 2020 Acting Director's Update

Acting Director Elaine Farndale introduces some of the things that have been going on in the School since our last newsletter.

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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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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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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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