Vol 18 Issue 10 October 2011

Monthly Meeting

Meeting Time:
Fri, 10/14/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Joseph S. Ammons, General Counsel for AL Workers Comp.
Topic: Worker's Compensation
Sponsor: America First Federal Credit Union
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.

Register Online

President's Desk

Now that fall is here, it’s time to get focused on two of the best and most important annual projects undertaken by the Mobile SHRM chapter.

First, of course, is the annual conference – an event that’s scheduled for November 18 at the Mobile Convention Center. Visit the MSHRM website http://mobileshrm.org/content/2011-gulf-coast-mobile-shrm-conference to register today if you’ve not already reserved your spot.  There’s still a little space left for conference exhibitors http://mobileshrm.org/content/exhibitor-registration-conference as well.

The second important project that it’s time for members to think about is the chapter’s annual charity nomination. As many of you know, the chapter makes a financial donation to support the work of a local chapter each December. Charities are entered for consideration by member nominations and nominated charities are voted on by members.

If you’d like to nominate a local nonprofit organization to receive this year’s give, please do! Simply email your nominations to president@mobileshrm.org by November 1 with the phrase “charity nomination” in the email subject line. The nominated charities will be compiled onto a ballot and voting will take place at the conference.

Thanks so much for your support of and participation in both the annual conference and the charity nomination and voting process.

See you at the October chapter meeting!!!


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

Dynashia Richardson
ITT-Technical Institute
Career Services Specialist

Schiniece Gaskin
International Shipholding Corp.
Human Resources Generalist

Deborah Peck
Providence Hospital
HR Specialist

John Cwiklik
PCH Hotels & Resorts
VP of Human Resources

Chris Vaughn
Bass Pro Shops LLC
HR Manager

Melissa Jimerson
Virginia College
Assistant to President/Campus Processing

Vicki Kostelecky
JW Legacy Group LLC
General Manager

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.


Register now and mark your calendar!

The 17th Annual Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference is fast approaching.  It’s Friday, November 18, 2011 from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Mobile Convention Center.  As always, we have a great line up of speakers:

  • Legal Updates - Kelly Woodford, JD/Professor/University of South Alabama and Tom Woodford, JD/The Kullman Firm
  • Global HR Communications - Dwayne Cyder, Director of Learning/Rosetta Stone (strategic HRCI Credit)
  • Disability Simulation –  Leslie Dawson and Peggy Anderson/Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturism – Dr. Daniel Crosby, SPHR/inkblot.com
  • OSHA Audit – What to Expect! – Speaker TBA
  • Feedback Strategies That Work: Key Skills for Supervisors & HR Professionals – Mary Gormandy White, M. A., SPHR/ co-founder of Mobile Technical Institute and MTI Business Solutions
  • Human Resources and Social Media Risks - Jesse Torres/President and CEO Pan American Bank/Author of Human Resources Guide to Social Media Risks

All presentations have been submitted for HRCI credit.

The discounted rate for participant registration has been extended to September 15th.  Save $10 and register now…don’t wait!  Participant registration can be completed/paid online (www.mobileshrm.org) - just be sure to complete the actual registration form and submit either via email, mail, or fax to 251-478-0203.

Welcome Reception – Networking Event

The Welcome Reception (sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions) is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Hampton Inn – Downtown (on Royal Street).  All conference sponsors, vendors, and participants as well as Mobile and Baldwin SHRM members are invited to attend.  RSVP is required and should be made by email to conferencecochair@mobileshrm.org.

The reception will be catered by Chef Rob and Atlanta Bread Company.  A cash bar will be available. 

The reception is free to attend; however $10 per person donation to the SHRM Foundation is requested.  Also, the silent auction benefiting the SHRM Foundation will begin at the Welcome Reception and continue until the end of the actual conference.  

If you have any questions, please contact Candice Swiger at conference@mobileshrm.org or Scott Dwelle at conferencecochair@mobileshrm.org.

The Mobile SHRM – 2011 Annual Conference is now on Facebook!  Just search for “Mobile SHRM – Annual Conference” when using Facebook.  Be sure to “like” the page.  This will be a great way to keep up with what’s going on in regards to the 2011 Annual Conference.

Mobile SHRM Newsletter Sponsor

Dauphin Reality Ad

2012 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!

Tailgate at USA!

The Student Chapter of SHRM at the University of South Alabama invite all Mobile SHRM members to join us at our tailgate on Oct. 15 at 12:00 noon at Ladd Stadium.  Please RSVP to our event on our Facebook page to ensure we plan enough food.  Find us on Facebook at USA Society for Human Resource Management.

We also have a new website on the MCOB college server.  Check us out at www.usouthal.edu/mcob/shrm.htm

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank You

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

Employment Screening Services
Managed Healthcare Administration
AHI Corporate Housing

A special Thanks to Mobile Bay Bears for tickets for the members

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 Governor’s Committee on
Employment of People with Disabilities
Invites you to attend our
24th Annual Awards Luncheon
Friday, October 21, 2011
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Heron Lakes Country Club
3851 Government Street, Mobile, AL
R.S.V.P to Jeannie.brown@rehab.alabama.gov or
Call (251) 479-8611

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