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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter

Mobile SHRM’s Winter PHR/SPHR Certification Prep Course

Registration is open for Mobile SHRM’s Winter PHR/SPHR certification prep course. Register now to reserve your seat! See link for details and to sign up

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2013-2014 Certification Update

Recertification News
For those of you who have passed that rigorous Certification exam and obtained your PHR/SPHR/GPHR Certification you know that the certification journey is not complete. To maintain your certification you have committed to obtaining 60 credited HRCI approved hours every 3 years. For the SPHR or GPHR 15 of those hours must be designated as strategic or international depending on your certification. This is the reason so many of us keep our eyes open for strategic management approved events such as conferences and webinars in order to get the biggest bang for our time and money.

There are many events and conferences available throughout the year. Our chapter puts on the Gulf Coast Conference each year in November ( Our State SHRM also has a conference every year, May 13 -14, 2014 with many of the pre-conference sessions designated as strategic management (

In addition, there are also seminars and meetings available throughout the year here in Mobile that are HRCI certified. For details, please check the calendar of events at Other local chapters such as Harrison Hancock Human Resource Association, Baldwin County SHRM or Greater Pensacola SHRM also have various meetings and seminars .

However, something that you may not have realized is that SHRM now has books that are available for purchase that have been HRCI approved for credit. The way that this works is there is a test that is purchased to go with the book and if passed successfully it will be eligible to obtain HRCI credit. The list of books are available at under publications SHRM books in the SHRMstore.

In addition, there are online courses available at that offer HRCI credit available under the heading education and e-learning. These courses are available on demand for a fee. In order to obtain the HRCI credit after successful completion of the course you would also need to take and pass an exam successfully.

If you are looking for webinars, SHRM has some webcasts available at under education. Some are offered for free and others are offered for a fee. If you are looking for preapproved vendor offerings check out the searchable list at

2014 Recertification Changes on the Way!
HRCI has announced a new system for recertification beginning in the first quarter of 2014. The new recertification system due dates will be the last day of your birth month. More details expected in an email blast from HRCI scheduled to be released later this month. For more information please go to

Membership Renewals

Don’t forget that annual member dues of $40 are due by December 31, 2013.  Mobile SHRM dues cover the calendar year except for individuals who became members during the last quarter of the year.  New members who were voted on in October, November and December of this year are paid through December 31, 2014.  If you have questions regarding your status, please contact Carol Statter at

We have moved to a new membership tracking system which is integrated into your web account. If you have not created a new account on the new website please visit to create your account.

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HR Internships Needed

Spring 2014

Internship LookoutHR students in the Mitchell College of Business are in need of Human resource management internships for spring semester.


  • Students must work at least 150 hours, approximately 10 hours per week in a 15 week semester (15 hours per week summer semester).
  • Students are engaged in meaningful HR/business work and projects, not just menial office tasks.
  • Supervisors and students jointly complete the internship applications
  • Supervisors complete two performance appraisal forms provided by the management department.
  • Students are paid at least minimum wage, unless employed by a not for profit.
  • Students maintain a log of daily activities and hours worked.
  • Students write a report describing what they learn and their experiences as an intern.

To download the Company Internship Application, please visit or call Dr. Marjorie Icenogle (251) 460-6716.

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USA Shadow Program

HR students in the USA SHRM Student Chapter would like to shadow you to gain insight into what is involved in human resource management .Shadowing offers students an up-close look inside a workplace, by providing an opportunity to spend work time with an HR professional.  Students observe the application of specific HR practices, but more importantly observe professional behavior in the workplace.

HR professionals will be matched to students based on students’ interest in your industry or HR specialty. Shadowing can last from a half day to two full days, based on your schedule.

To download the Mentoring and Shadowing Program Enrollment Form and Brochure, visit To participate in the Shadowing Program, please e-mail or fax the form to Dr. Marjorie Icenogle, or (251) 460-7909.

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2014 Meeting Sponsorships!

**We are beginning to book speakers and sponsors for 2014 HR Member Meetings at Heron Lakes. If anyone is interested in a sponsorship of the meetings, please contact Amy Williams at or 251-460-2655 at your earliest convenience to secure your preferred month. These sponsorships usually go quickly so reserve your month today.**

For only $400, sponsors may have an exhibit near the check-in table, place literature on each table, and have an opportunity to speak briefly about their companies during the meeting agenda. What could be better than that?
Limited opportunities are available, as there can be only one sponsor for each regular meeting.

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Thank You

Annual “Who Wants to Be an HR Star?” Program
Game Sponsors

Express Employment Professionals
Managed Health Care Administration
Employment Screening Services
Gateway Sourcing
Army Aviation Federal Credit Union
Infirmary Health
America's First Federal Credit Union

Door Prizes Sponsors

Managed Health Care Administration
Employment Screening Services

Express Employment Professionals

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

(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)

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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