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ROTC student plans to help soldiers with her human resources education

ROTC student plans to help soldiers with her human resources education

Penn State senior Dominique Buchholz grew up in a military family, and said her childhood was a driving force behind her desire to help people. Her time at Penn State and participation in Army ROTC has helped solidify her goal to work as a human resources consultant.

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Steinle selected as 2020 Labor and Employment Relations Student Marshal

Steinle selected as 2020 Labor and Employment Relations Student Marshal

As part of Penn State's 2020 spring commencement activities, Cory Steinle will represent the College of the Liberal Arts as its School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) student marshal.

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Labor and Employment Relations student will be 2020 World Campus student marshal

Labor and Employment Relations student will be 2020 World Campus student marshal

As part of Penn State's 2020 spring commencement activities, organizational leadership student Matthew Solovey will represent the College of the Liberal Arts as its World Campus student marshal.

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SHRM alignment for MS in HRER program renewed

SHRM alignment for MS in HRER program renewed

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the School of Labor and Employment Relations' Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations (with HR Option) is now aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

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Penn State adult learner and US Marine leads others in outdoor adventures

Penn State adult learner and US Marine leads others in outdoor adventures

Labor and Employment Relations student Kyle Larson, a Penn State adult learner and a trip leader for Outdoor Adventures, a unit of Campus Recreation, discusses his influences at Penn State and his plans for his LER major.

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Anthony Stem selected as Liberal Arts student marshal

Anthony Stem selected as Liberal Arts student marshal

Stem will represent the College of the Liberal Arts as the student marshal at the commencement ceremony on Dec. 21.

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Shamar Stokes selected as Forbes 30 under 30

Shamar Stokes selected as Forbes 30 under 30

Forbes Under 30 brings together entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world to share ideas on how to make the world more efficient through entrepreneurship and starting businesses and nonprofits.

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Meet Your Labor and Employment Relations Change Maker Cory Steinle

Meet Your Labor and Employment Relations Change Maker Cory Steinle

Cory Steinle, a junior majoring in labor and employment relations and communication arts and sciences, had an idea to help other first-generation college students like himself through a peer-to-peer mentoring program.

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Meet Your Labor and Employment Relations Change Maker Kylie Kuhns

Meet Your Labor and Employment Relations Change Maker Kylie Kuhns

Kylie Kuhns, a senior in labor and employment relations, has dedicated her life to serving others through THON, Kelsey’s Dream, the non-profit she started in memory of her sister, and even in the White House.

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Tylar Smith selected as student marshal for labor and employment relations

Tylar Smith selected as student marshal for labor and employment relations

Tylar Smith has been selected as the student marshal to represent the School of Labor and Employment Relations for the Penn State College of Liberal Arts spring 2019 commencement at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Bryce Jordan Center. She will be escorted by Rebecca Cianci, associate profess of labor and employment relations.

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School of Labor and Employment Relations recognizes 2019 spring award winners

School of Labor and Employment Relations recognizes 2019 spring award winners

On Friday, March 29, the School of Labor and Employment Relations recognized the 2019 spring award winners during a lunch at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Alumni Program Group (APG) hosted the event welcoming student award winners, alumni, faculty and staff to the banquet room for the special event.

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Human Resources in Technology students to spend spring break in Silicon Valley

Human Resources in Technology students to spend spring break in Silicon Valley

Fourteen students in the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) will travel to Silicon Valley during spring break as part of their special topics course LER 497 Human Resources in Technology. This four-day trip will provide students an opportunity to engage directly with engineers and human resource leaders in tech to gain a unique insight into a dynamic and growing industry.

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Student Spotlight: World Campus Graduate Student, Keyana Taylor

Student Spotlight: World Campus Graduate Student, Keyana Taylor

Keyana Taylor, a recent graduate of the School's online MPS in HRER, shares her story and why she chose Penn State.

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World Campus SHRM Student Chapter Earns Merit Award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) national organization has awarded the Penn State World Campus student chapter the Merit Award for excellence and achievement during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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