Vol 18 Issue 5 May 2011

Monthly Meeting

May Chapter Meeting - Lunch
Meeting Time: Fri, 05/13/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Kelly Woodford, J.D.
Topic: Top Ten Employer Mistakes Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Sponsor: Express Employment Professionals
Fee - $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests
Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

Please register online. You can pay with a credit card online or mark COD to pay at the door.

Register Online

President's Desk

Even though the Gulf Cost Human Resources Conference isn’t until November, plans for the event are in full-swing! It’s time for those who are interested in exhibitor booths and sponsorships to start signing up to participate. Contact Candice Swiger at conference@mobileshrm.org to learn more! The slate of speakers is just about finalized, so watch for details about the event to be posted to the MSHRM website soon!

Other Upcoming SHRM Activities

Of course, there are a number of professional development opportunities going on in and around the SHRM community. A few events that you may be interested in include:

Isn’t it great to have so many opportunities to grow as an HR professional through your association with SHRM at the national, chapter and state council level? I hope to see you at one or more of these informative events!


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


HRCI Certification

Congratulations to the following MSHRM members for recently earning HRCI certification!

Alicia Donoghue, SPHR

Russ Johnson, SPHR

Carla Morgan, SPHR

Stephany Nabors, PHR

Tara Wicker, PHR

If you pass the exam and would like chapter recognition, please email certification@mobileshrm.org.

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.


Foundation Spring/Summer Raffle

Gift BasketSummer themed basket of goodies donated by New Horizons Credit Union $1.00 per chance or 6 for $5.00 sold at April & May meeting, drawing to be held at the close of the May meeting (5/13/2011).

You do not have to be present to win.

Mobile SHRM Newsletter Sponsor

Dauphin Reality Ad

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!

HR Internships

Students majoring in HR would like to complete internships this summer and fall. Students must work approximately 150 hours for course credit. Fewer hours are possible without course credit. IRS regulations discourage the use of unpaid internships.

Pay ranges from minimum wage to $10 per hour. If your company needs an intern, please contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle, micenogle@usouthal.edu (251-508-6491)

Input Needed! Certification Preparation:

The Mobile SHRM Chapter plans to continue offering PHR and SPHR certification preparation courses in conjunction with MTI once per year. We’re trying to decide if fall or winter is the best time to schedule the next session, so we need input from you. If you are considering enrolling in the certification preparation course, please contact Mary White (president@mobileshrm.org) regarding your preference. You don’t have to commit to attending now; we’re just trying to get a sense of the preferences of those who are interested.

It’s also important to be aware that HRCI is changing the body of knowledge starting in January. A fall session would be based on the current body of knowledge, while a January session will be based on the revisions. Information about what will be different is not yet available, but there are likely to be significant additions to the content included within the scope of the exam. The current class price is $835 including books. The material prices may go up in January, so tuition for a winter session may have to be higher than a fall session.

Note that a fall session would begin in September and end at the beginning of December, in time for candidates to sit for the exam in the December/January testing window. A winter session would begin in January and run through early May, ending in time for candidates to sit for the exam in the May/June testing window.

Special Event

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, EEOC, OFCCP and the ABLE Network are sponsoring a free lunch and learn focused on disability-related federal mandates and other related topics on May 26 from 9:30 am – 3 pm. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

Contact Lorinda Day at lorinda.day@rehab.alabama.gov or 251-479-8611 for more information or to register.

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank You

"Thank you for all of the door prizes donated at the April meeting".

Navigator Credit Union
Managed Healthcare
Employment Screening Services
New Horizon Credit Union

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)

Diversity Organizations


“It takes a variety of people to challenge us, encourage us, promote us, and most of all, help us achieve a broader dimension of ourselves.” - Glenn Van Ekeren


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 $165.

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!

Advertised Event

Risk & Rewards of Social Media in the Workplace (2.50 CEU)

May 25, 2011, 9:00am – 11:30am
Daphne City Hall 1705 Main Street Daphne, AL 36526
Speaker : Melva J. Tate, PHR
Sponsor: New Horizon Credit Union


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