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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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Do-As-You-Please Bus Trip Benefiting Centre County United Way

Do-As-You-Please Bus Trip Benefiting Centre County United Way

Join students, faculty and staff on a trip to Philadelphia or King of Prussia Mall on May 2. All processes from ticket sales benefit the Centre County United Way.

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School of Labor and Employment Relations celebrates 75th anniversary

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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School of Labor & Employment Relations Mourns the Loss of Amy Dietz

School of Labor & Employment Relations Mourns the Loss of Amy Dietz

On March 11, the School of LER lost a very special member of our community. Amy Dietz was an LER major, a graduate of our Master’s program, a staff member, an academic advisor, and a faculty member. She was a tremendous advocate for our School and was beloved by our students, faculty, and alums. She will be greatly missed.

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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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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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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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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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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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