Vol 18 Issue 1   January 2011

Monthly Meeting

Meeting Time:
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Ms. Eddi Daniel Abdulhaqq, Outreach Program Coordinator, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - Birmingham Office
Topic: Top Ten Mistakes Made by Employers During the EEOC Process
Sponsor: DailyAccess Corporation

Daily Access

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

President's Desk

I hope that your 2011 is off to the kind of start that you want! This should be an exciting year for the Mobile SHRM chapter, and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to serve as Chapter President this year.

  • Here’s a preview of what you can expect this year:
    There are a number of great programs scheduled already, with each one focused on providing members with training that is pinpoint focused on the “nuts and bolts” of HR.
  • The annual mini-seminar is scheduled for March and will focus on the timely and relevant topic of healthcare reform. The morning session will focus on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the lunch session is titled, It’s Fourth and Long for Your Grandfathered Health Plan: Punt, Pass, or Kick Your Employees’ Health Care Coverage.
  • The conference is slated for November 18 and will once again be held at the Mobile Convention Center. The committee is busy booking speakers and lining up exhibitors and sponsors. Contact Candice Swiger to get involved.
  • Plans are underway to schedule another members-only evening social event for the spring.
    Meeting sponsorships are booking quickly. Contact Tom Woodford to book your month and get in touch with Jeanine Wilson if you’d like to place an ad in the newsletter or website.
  • Much more to come!

I sincerely hope that the New Year is the beginning of your best year yet – as a member of Mobile SHRM as well as personally and professionally. Best wishes for a productive January and success with every resolution you made coming in to the New Year.


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

January Members

Lisa Costa
Austal USA
Training Specialist II

Betty Turner
University of South Alabama
Benefits Coordinator

Ryan Tucker
Major Accounts

Skip Krause
Tech Wave LLC

Walter Moore
Navigator Credit Union
Chief Human Resource/Operations Officer

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!


The Mobile Society for Human Resource Management (MSHRM) is sponsoring an exam training preparation course for the Human Resource Certification Institute's PHR and SPHR certification exams.

Classes begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 and will meet for twelve Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:45 pm at Mobile Technical Institute's training center at 1301 Azalea Road. The final class meeting will be April 26, 2011, with no classes the week of March 8 (Mardi Gras), April 5 or April 19 (Mobile County Public Schools Spring Break).

It is not necessary to be a MSHRM member to take the course, but members who pass the certification exam following course completion are eligible for partial reimbursement ($125) of exam fees. The exam will be given during May and June of 2011. The partial exam fee reimbursement program will be discontinued following the January 2011 course session. Those who wish to take advantage of partial exam fee reimbursement must complete the January 2011 class and pass the test within two testing windows.

The course fee is $835 which includes the complete SHRM Learning System and professional instruction in a classroom setting. An additional processing fee will apply for Visa or MasterCard payments. Seating is limited and pre-registration (including payment) is required by January 13, 2011.
For more information on certification, please contact:

Click here for more Info.

Contact: Teresa Taylor certification@mobileshrm.org 251-666-6432
Mary White, M.A., SPHR president@mobileshrm.org 251-478-6848

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 December 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 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