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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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