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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Prep Class

Is 2017 your year to become SHRM-certified? Mobile SHRM and MTI Business Solutions are joining forces to offer a 12-week certification prep course on Monday evenings, beginning January 23. As of December 22, only one seat remains available in the class.

The course fee is $945 and includes the 2017 SHRM Learning System and live classroom instruction from a professional trainer.

See the Mobile SHRM website ( to register and view the  complete schedule and details, including a link to where you can review exam eligibility requirements.

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New USA Scholarship Fund

scholarshipMany members of Mobile SHRM studied HR under Dr. Ed Harrison at the University of South Alabama. In honor of the impact he had on so many, a scholarship for HR students has been created in his name.

Tax deductible contributions can be made to the Office of University Development, 300 Alumni Circle, Mobile, AL 36688. Credit card contributions are also possible. For information call Joshua Cogswell 251-460-7032.

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SHRM Primary Chapter Designation

If you are a national SHRM member, please visit the SHRM website and designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter.


The primary chapter designation is important to Mobile SHRM for two reasons:

  • To remain affiliated with SHRM, at least 30% of our members must also be SHRM members.
  • SHRM reimburses chapters $10 per year per SHRM member, which helps keep our program costs low.


To designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter, please follow these steps: (You are not required to log in to complete this process.)

  • Click on “Communities”
  • Click on “Volunteer Leader Resource Center”
  • Click on “Resources”
  • Click on “Forms”
  • Click on “CDF-Primary Chapter Designation Form”
  • Chapter #: 176
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”

We appreciate you taking the time to designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter!

Members may belong to more than one chapter, but may only designate one chapter as their primary chapter. The designation can be changed at any time.
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Update Your Membership Record

Please log in to your MSHRM member profile at and verify that your current email address is in the system. Please also update your mailing address and other contact details while you are there.

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Governmental Affairs

affairsU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on Monday 11/14/16.

By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. 
Changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer.

To read more on this topic from SHRM please see:
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Officer Opening

Are you interested in heading up the annual silent auction, which is held during the Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference? We need you! The “SHRM Foundation Director” position on the leadership team is open, and overseeing the silent auction (working with a committee) is the primary responsibility of that role. Please contact Mary White ( if interested.

2017 Proposed Slate of Officers

During the January chapter meeting, the 2017 Directors and Officers will be installed.

2017 Board of Directors:
President, Mary White (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
VP Programs/President-Elect, Jeanine Wilson (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
VP Membership, Shelly Mathis (1-year term)
Past-President, Carol Statter (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
Secretary, Cindy Giddens (2-year term)
Treasurer, Stephany Nabors

Conference Chair, Susie Jones (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
Conference Co-Chair, Adrienne Freeman (1-year term)
Governmental Affairs Director, Kay Watson (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
College Relations Director, Tiphanie Evans (2-year term)
Diversity Director, Karla Rodgers (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
Certification Director, Lisa Nelson (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)
SHRM Foundation Director, position available (contact Mary White if interested -
Workforce Readiness Director, Maria Harkins (2-year term)

Audio Visual Coordinator, Jeremy Moore
Sponsorships & Door Prize Coordinator, Jane Bahr
Social Media Coordinator, Melissa Billingsley
Publicity Coordinator, Linda Ramsey

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Diversity Spotlight

Who is your organization excluding during the holidays?

Karla Rodgers, SHRM-CP, PHR, CDP

It’s that time of year were everywhere you turn there is a representation of Christmas. While most of your workforce may celebrate Christmas, all of them may not.  The question is how do you maintain diversity and inclusion within your organization during the holidays?

  1. Get input from your employees on holiday planning.  You may have employees who don’t celebrate Christmas or holidays at all. Know who your employees are so that no one feels excluded.

  2. Keep your holiday party as a “holiday party”.  Make sure it’s not a Christmas party in disguise. Deck the halls with snowflakes, candles, balloons or flowers; things not specific to Christmas such as Santa Claus. Have a variety of foods that represent everyone in your workforce.  Play neutral music like oldies and non-vocal instrumentals not specific holiday genre.

  3. Be aware of exclusive behavior. We should never make employees feel uncomfortable if they choose not to participate in activities.  We shouldn’t chastise or question an employee’s decision not to participate in a gift exchange, party, potluck luncheon or any other activity. As HR professionals, we need to educate leadership and others within the organization how to respond to employees who chose not to participate and respect their choices.

Remember the holiday season doesn’t mean the same thing for all employees. We have to know our workforce.  A work place celebration should be one that unifies, not one that creates exclusion.

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Foundation Results

As of mid-December, Mobile SHRM was in the top 20 chapters (at the #9) spot for total 2016 SHRM Foundation fundraising. Way to go!!! Final results be available in January.


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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you

Thanks to the companies that provided door prizes for our December chapter meeting!!

ESS (Employment Screening Services)
Express Employment Professionals
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Hargrove and Associates Inc.
Sirius Technical Services
WESCO Gas & Welding Supply Inc.

Door Prize Request

Members love door prizes! We’d love it if you’d bring a door prize to share at an upcoming meeting! No prior arrangements are necessary – just drop off your door prize at the check-in table. You’ll be recognized at the meeting and in the newsletter.


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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