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From The President's Desk

Hello Everyone,

It is hard to believe we are halfway through 2015. Children will be heading back to school in a few weeks and by the time you read this, there will be less than 160 shopping days until Christmas! We are also coming to election time for a few board positions. Please consider joining the board. We are always looking for new people to serve and bring some fresh ideas. If you are interested, we would be happy to discuss the opportunities with you.

I am very excited about the activities we have planned for the remainder of the year and hope you will be too. First, our mini conference on August 14th will offer a professional track with recertification credits as well as a human resource boot camp for companies that do not have a human resources department. We hope this is a way to make other businesses aware of Mobile SHRM and the professional development programs that we offer. Our speakers for the professional track are both from Huntsville and have spoken at the Alabama SHRM Conference and many SHRM chapters throughout the state. Marjorie Icenogle is providing the presentation for the small business track. Marjorie is no stranger to Mobile SHRM having served on the board for many years in a variety of positions including president. Marjorie’s presentations are always very professional and informative. I am thrilled to have each of these speakers at our mini conference this year.

In September, we will be trying out a new venue for our monthly meeting, Mobile Marriott. Several of the board members met for lunch at the Marriott recently and were very pleased with the quality of the food, the service and the facility. We hope you will join us and let us know your thoughts on making this location change permanent.

In November, Mobile SHRM will host our 2015 Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference at the Mobile Convention Center. The committee is having a lot of fun with the Friday the 13th theme. We are planning an informative but entertaining day for participants. We have already confirmed a few nationally known speakers for your professional development. We are awaiting a few responses and hope to have the agenda finalized and published in the next few weeks.

If you have not been attending our monthly meetings, we want you back! Please consider attending a meeting or two and let us know how you like the changes. For those who have been attending, thank you. These meetings are for you so we would like your comments and suggestions as well. Please feel free to email me at or call me at 435.4934 to share your thoughts.

I hope to see all of you at our Mini Conference on the 14th!

Statters Signature

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Platinum Sponsor: Alabama Media Group
Gold Sponsor: University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business

Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015
Time: Registration begins at 7:00 am
Morning Sessions begin at 8:00 am
Lunch served at 11:30 am
Afternoon General Session from Noon until 1:00 pm
Location: University of South Alabama Student Center

Attend Both Sessions
Member $ 49.00
Non-Member $ 59.00
Morning Session Only
Member $ 29.00
Non-Member $ 39.00
Lunch Session Only
Member $ 15.00
Non-Member $ 20.00

HR Professional Track: How to Find and Keep the Best Employees
HR is a tough job, and it's made more complex by the unending variety of tasks HR professionals are asked to accomplish. From recruiting to retention, HR is charged with finding, selecting, and keeping the best and brightest employees to help our organizations succeed. And you know what? That's not always easy!

This two-part series will focus on the key HR tasks of recruiting and retention with a focus on actual, in-the-trenches ideas to get you going in the right direction. This is not just a set of tips and tricks--it's a look at how to truly impact your business through better HR practices. Attendees will learn:

  • Recruiting 101: Are you really covering all of the basic best practices?
  • Recruiting 201: Advanced strategies and tactics to improve your processes
  • Retention 101: How it affects everything we do.
  • Retention 201: 20+ tips, tricks, and strategies to try to improve retention in your organization

Ben Eubanks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an HR Analyst with the Brandon Hall Group, an HCM research and advisory services firm, and the founder of upstartHR, an HR blog focused on making HR better--one HR pro at a time. He has a BS in Human Resources Management from Athens State University and is a nationally known speaker and author. His book, What Running Taught Me about HR, was published earlier this year.

Kristina Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR is a corporate recruiter for Dynetics, an employee-owned engineering firm in Huntsville, AL. She has a passion for the HR profession and the desire/ability to seek out fact from rhetoric. Her innovative mindset gives her the ability to capture an audience with thought-provoking comments and humor.

HR for Small Business Track: HR Boot Camp
This interactive session will cover key topics to protect your business and your employees. Participants will receive a notebook with guidelines and sample forms.

Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Overtime pay
  • Determining exempt jobs and non-exempt jobs
  • Child labor laws

Maintaining non-discriminatory hiring practices

  • Applications
  • Interviews
  • Accommodations

Clarifying expectations and performance management

  • Job Analysis
  • Job Descriptions
  • Performance Appraisals

Keeping HR records and HR reporting

Marjorie Icenogle, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Management at the University of South Alabama. Her teaching interests are primarily in the areas of human resources and organizational behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Industrial Relations from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research has been published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Labor Law Journal. She is actively involved in health management research with Dr. Martha Arrieta and Dr. Errol Crook, Center for Healthy Communities in the USA College of Medicine. She is the coauthor of Statistical Quality Control Using Excel, second edition, published by ASQ Quality Press. Her business experience includes eleven years at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Icenogle is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

General Lunch Session
Culture Versus Strategy: How to Beat the Competition
We've heard the stories about how this "culture" stuff is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. But is it really? Do you need ping pong tables and free lunch to have a great culture? Or is it something else entirely? In this fun, engaging session, Ben and Kristina will share the ins and outs of corporate culture and how companies can leverage this tool to stay ahead of the competition. In addition, they will discuss HR as a strategic business partner and offer insights into how this relationship can be enhanced in practical ways. We all know our companies are fighting to compete in a challenging business climate--this session will teach you how to overcome that competition with two key tools that every HR pro should leverage: culture and strategy

Ben Eubanks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and Kristina Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

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SHRM Certification Deadline Reminder
By:  Jeanine Wilson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
       MSHRM Certification Director

Have you taken the tutorial to obtain your SHRM CP or SCP?  If you already have your HRCI PHR, GPHR or SPHR certification (must be in good standing and obtained your certification before 1/31/2015), you should be able to obtain your corresponding SHRM Certification by taking the tutorial at   The deadline is December 31, 2015.

If you miss the December 31, 2015 deadline and want to obtain the SHRM-CP/SCP certification you will still be able to do so by passing the exam.  So, it might be worth the reported 30-45 minutes it takes to take the tutorial.  Please note that as it stands currently, there is not a fee to obtain the SHRM-CP/SCP via tutorial.  Please contact for more information or  

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Annual Gulf Coast Human Resources Conference

Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center
One South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:00am to 4:30pm



Don’t miss your chance to promote your business to a captive audience of local HR professional

Platinum: $1,500 - $2,000 Gold: $1,000 - $1,499 Silver: $500 - $999
All sponsorships must be paid in full by August 31, 2015

For more information email:
Conference Chair: Kasie Irby at
Conference Co-Chair: Marcia Washam at

Register Today!

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by Carol Statter, President and Wellness Chair Mobile SHRM

“Eat less. Move more.”  Four little words I’ve heard repeated during one of the many weight loss programs I have participated in over the years – “participated” being the operative word. I enter these programs and lose weight only to gain it back at a much faster rate than I lost it. For years, I have been fighting a losing battle, no pun intended, because I have not changed my habits.

Apparently, I am not the only citizen in the state of Alabama facing this problem. In 2005, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported Alabama’s obesity rate at 25%, making Alabama one of four states with the highest rate of obesity in the country.  The department considered that rate an indicator of a worsening obesity epidemic.  County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, reports that Alabama’s current obesity rate has increased to 33%.  Unfortunately the 2005 indicator was correct.

By now, we should all know that obesity can lead to a variety of health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, lost time at work, poor quality of life and premature death.  From a business perspective, obesity is not just a health issue but a workforce issue as well.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that no matter what diet we try, we must take in fewer calories than our bodies use to lose weight. Most people try to lose weight by focusing on the calories they EAT. Another way to cut calories may be as simple as thinking about what you DRINK.  In 2011, the CDC introduced a simple program called Rethink Your Drink.  The program information states that people often do not realize just how many calories are in the beverages they drink each day.  Calories from drinks can really add up.  But the good news is that calories in drinks are not hidden. They are listed right on the product’s nutrition label.  Read your labels!

Think about a day’s worth of sugary drinks. For breakfast, someone stops at a coffee shop and orders a medium cafe¢ latte (16 ounces) made with whole milk, starting her day with 265 calories.  For lunch, she grabs a 20-ounce bottle of non-diet cola for 227 calories.  Then she makes a visit to the vending machine for an afternoon pick-me-up of a 16 ounce sweetened ice tea for 180 calories. For dinner, she adds another soda giving her a total of almost 900 calories for the day without eating any solid food.

Gradual changes may be more tolerable and will help break old habits. Here are some suggestions from the Rethink Your Drink campaign to help make smarter beverage choices:

  • Choose water, diet, or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • For a quick, easy, and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day.  (This is your best bet.)
  • Don’t “stock the fridge” with sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the refrigerator.
  • Serve water with meals.
  • Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, or drink sparkling water.
  • Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
  • Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.
You can find more information on achieving and maintaining healthy weight along with a Rethink Your Drink brochure at

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Thank You

Door Prizes Sponsors

No July Meeting

We appreciate your support of our chapter and our mission!
** All Door Prize Donors will be recognized in our Monthly Newsletter **

For more info contact Jane Bahr


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2015 Meeting Sponsorships

Mobile SHRM has sponsorships available for our monthly meetings. The $400 sponsorship includes lunch for two representatives, a display table near the entry door and five minutes to present information about your product or services to our members and guests. Promotional items may also be placed on each luncheon table. We would be happy to display your banner or sign near the speaker’s podium and, upon receipt of the sponsorship payment, sponsors will recognize the sponsor on the Mobile SHRM website and in that month’s newsletter.

Sponsorships allow us to keep our luncheon costs at a reasonable rate for our members and guests. If you are interested in sponsorship of a meeting, please contact Lana Mosley at at your earliest convenience to secure your preferred month.

Bring a guest with you this month so they can learn the benefits of being a member of SHRM!

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******  HR students looking for internships for fall….******
Please contact Marjorie Icenogle at


The Mobile, Alabama chapter of SHRM exists to promote quality human resource practice among local industries, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. We bring together leading practitioners to provide education, networking and discussion of various human resource topics and to identify the best practices for all aspects of human resource and industrial relations work.

6300 Grelot Rd., Suite G 102, Mobile, AL 36609