Vol 18 Issue 2 February 2011

Monthly Meeting

Meeting Time:
Fri, 02/11/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Holly Sharp, Assistant General Counsel of the Unemployment Compensation Division of the Department of Industrial Relations
Topic: How to Administer Unemployment Claims and Liability Effectively
Sponsor: Managed Health Care Administration

Fee - $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests
Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

Register online (below) to pay with a credit card or RSVP to secretary@mobileshrm.org to pay at the door.
(Please Note: Registration closes 24 hours before meeting)

Register Online

March 2011 - Mini Seminar and Chapter Meeting
Fri, 03/11/2011 - 8:00am - 1:00pm

Attend the full mini-seminar or lunch; your choice!
Mini-Seminar includes breakfast and lunch..

Morning Session Topic: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Effect on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plan
Morning Session Speakers: Dwayne O. Littauer, J.D., The Kullman Firm and Thomas J. Woodford, The Kullman Firm
Lunch Session Topic: It’s Fourth and Long for Your Grandfathered Health Plan: Punt, Pass or Kick Your Employees’ Healthcare Coverage
Lunch Session Speaker: Dwayne O. Littauer, J.D., The Kullman Firm

Sponsor: TBA

Registration: Advance reservations are required. Register online to reserve your seat. Pre-pay with a credit card or select COD to pay at the door.

  • Mini Seminar Fee - $45 for MSHRM members. $55 for guests (includes breakfast, lunch and both sessions)
  • Lunch Only Fee - $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests

Location:Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

***Please note: Requests for HRCI recertification credit approval have been submitted for both the morning (2.75 hours) and lunch sessions (1 hour).

Register Online

President's Desk

Now that we’re into the second month of 2011, it’s time for the Mobile SHRM chapter activities to get into full gear. There are so many great ways to get involved with the organization. Doing so will help you meet new people, build relationships with people you already know, acquire new skills and make the most of your membership.

Is this your year to get more involved? Here are just a few of the many opportunities:

  • Conference Committee: Even though the conference isn’t until November 18, getting prepared for the event is a year-round event. Would you like to help promote the event to vendors, sponsors and attendees? What to get involved in the silent auction? Interested in facility logistics? Contact Candice Swiger at conference@mobileshrm.org to join the committee.
  • Member Appreciation Event: Last year’s member appreciation event was such a hit that another one is in the works for the spring or summer. If you have a flair for event planning, contact Becky Lovgren at doorprizes@mobileshrm.org.
  • College Relations: The University of South Alabama is seeking assistance from the Mobile SHRM membership with job shadowing and internship opportunities for students who want to break into the field of HR. Contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle at collegerelations@mobileshrm.org to find out how your company can participate.
  • Audio Visual: Do you have an interest in audio visual and sound equipment? If you’d like to get involved in working with A/V at the meetings, Carlton Spinks would love to hear from you. Contact him at av@mobileshrm.org.

These are just a few ideas of the many ways you can get more involved with the chapter. I truly hope you take advantage of opportunities to actively engage with Mobile SHRM. This organization provides outstanding opportunities for social networking and professional development at regular meetings and other events – but the benefits are exponential for those who take their involvement to the next level. Remember – with any professional organization, the benefits you reap tend to be directly related to the efforts you put forth!


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

February Members

Heather Fell
O’Reilly Auto Parts
HR Supervisor
(251) 675-3437

Jack Hirsch
Regions Morgan Keegan Trust
Relationship Manager
(251) 689-1057

Cassandra McCants
ITT Technical Institute
Career Service Specialist
(251) 472-4765

Ashley Clark Elise
Mobile Community Action
HR Assistant
(251) 533-2500

Sarah Toulson
Hemophilia Preferred Care
HR Coordinator
(251) 441-1990

Ellen Jones
Remington College
Director – Career Services
(251) 544-1515


ATTENTION New Members:
Everyone please update your on-line membership profile on the web-site (www.mobileshrm.org). After logging-in on the "CLUB LOGIN" go to "My Profile" and update your information. There is log-in assistance if you can't remember your log-in or password. Of particular importance is your e-mail address. This is the groups preferred manner of communications and is extremely important. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the treasurer, at treasurer@mobileshrm.org.

2011 Meeting Sponsorships!

Would you like to have an opportunity to market your company’s products or services to a captive audience of HR professionals?

Sponsor a Mobile Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting and you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to do just that! 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.
Contact Tom Woodford at pres-elect@mshrm.org or 251-378-2211 to reserve your month!


Wouldn’t you love a beautiful, hand-crafted Mardi Gras wreath (valued at $40.00) for your home or office to celebrate the season?

Your chance to win is coming up at the February Mobile SHRM meeting. Chances are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You may purchase tickets at the luncheon that day, but do not have to be present to win. The winner of the raffle will be chosen at the end of the meeting. All proceeds to go to the SHRM Foundation.

Donated by DailyAccess Corporation

Join SHRM at a Special Discounted Rate!

New, first-time members to SHRM can join online using the promotional code CHSED for a reduced rate of $145.

That’s only about 39 cents a day!

Go to www.shrm.org/join and enter the code
into the promotional code space on the application.

Join today!

Wanted - HR Internships and Co-op experiences

Interns earning course credit must work at least 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. Hourly pay is required Co-op students may work up to 20 hours per week. Hourly pay is required.
Students must be engaged in substantive work in their field during the experience Interns must be juniors or seniors and meet minimum GPA requirements.

For information, contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle micenogle@usouthal.edu or to post an internship or co-op opportunity, contact Ms. Crissa Letson, USA Career Services, cletson@usouthal.edu

Find your shadow!

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 participate in the showing program, please e-mail Dr. Marjorie Icenogle (micenogle@usouthal.edu), who will put you in contact with one or two students.

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank you

“Thank you for all of the door prizes donated at the January meeting”.

Eveyln Barbee, MHCA
Jane Bahr, ESS
Amy Williams, AHI

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 Becky Lovgren at becky.lovgren@expresspros.com
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)

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.

5300 Halls Mill Road Suite H #102 | Mobile, AL 36619