Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SHRM North Central Regional Student Conference

I am attending a conference this weekend. It is a SHRM Student Conference for the North Central region. I am going to be a part of this. I don't know why, but when these things get close I feel like a kid in candy store.  I guess the best way for me to express how I feel was summed up by Flounder in Animal House

Silly isn't it?  Not really.  Most of the conferences I attend have to do with things I feel passionate about, with HR being one of them.  So then when I get to hang out with a bunch of like minded people the energy and excitement gets taken to the next level - and I really enjoy that.

SHRM is bringing together 11 teams from the North Central Region to test their Human Resources prowess against one and other.  Exciting stuff... you bet!  It is going to be a day and a half of hanging with these folks with young minds and high energy levels.   That always charges my batteries just like getting to hear SHRM's Membership Chair Pam Green speak. She doesn't just talk she demands and gets audience participation.

If you want to tweet about the conference, or follow the tweet stream,  the Duke Street Mothership (otherwise know as SHRM Headquarters) tells us the correct hashtag for the event is #SHRMNCStudent.

Here is more information on the Conference...
Group Number
Preparation Room
Room Monitor
Harold E. White Building, Room107
Rick Schemm
Harold E. White Building, Room109
Philip Deger
Harold E. White Building, Room 24
Latecia Braud
Science Building, Room 032S
Lindsie Schoenack
Science Building, Room 054S
Noreen Mysyk
Science Building, Room 108S
Ashley Truhlar
Science Building, Room 119S
Teresa Los
Academic Building, Room AS121A
Cyndi Hanson
Academic Building, Room AS132A
Michelle Robbins
Academic Building, Room AS133A
Janelle Leonardo
Academic Building, Room AS156A
Dave Ryan

Again, here is the campus map, http://www.lewisu.edu/campuses/pdf/BuildingsLocation.pdf.  It is important that you familiarize yourself with the team preparation room as we’ll be under a tight timeframe.

Building 1 – Harold E. White Building (3 team preparation rooms)
Building 11 – Science Building (4 team preparation rooms)
Building 12 – Academic Building (registration, Friday night welcome and presentation, educational sessions, 4 team preparation rooms)
Building 22 – Learning Resource Center (Preliminary Presentations)

Competition Team Check-in Schedule  **Please arrive 30 minutes before to familiarize yourself with the room location and to register**
Check-in             End-Time
Group #1 and #2              8:15 a.m.             12:30 p.m.
Group #3 and #4              8:45 a.m.             1:00 p.m.
Group #5 and #6              9:15 a.m.             1:30 p.m.
Group #7 and #8              9:45 a.m.             2:00 p.m.
Group #9 and #10           10:15 a.m.            2:30 p.m.
Group #11                       10:45 a.m.           3:00 p.m.

Maps of Campus
The North Central Regional Student Conference will be using a number of buildings throughout the weekend.  The campus map can be found online at http://www.lewisu.edu/campuses/pdf/BuildingsLocation.pdf.

Building 1 – Harold E. White Building (3 team preparation rooms)
Building 11 – Science Building (4 team preparation rooms)
Building 12 – Academic Building (registration, Friday night welcome and presentation, educational sessions, 4 team preparation rooms)
Building 13 – University Dining (all conference meals, Written Judge Room)
Building 22 – Learning Resource Center (Preliminary Presentations)

The campus is fairly compact.  Buildings 11, 12, and 13 are all connected and buildings 1 and 22 are a 3-5 minute walk from the main area.

Here is a virtual tour of the campus, http://lewisu.edu/welcome/vtour/vcampus.htm.  It will provide you with a look at what the building looks like. 

Parking  For the individuals who drive to campus, you can park in Lot F or G.

Conference participants typically wear business casual attire to the event.  Remember that you will be networking with HR professionals, and it is important to make a good impression. 

Students competing on a case competition team must be in business professional attire on Saturday.

The preliminary forecast for this weekend is mid to high 60’s on Friday and Saturday isolated thunderstorms and a few showers on Saturday.  As we move closer to the event, you can check the weather forecast at http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/60446.

Please plan accordingly as we are in a few different buildings for the case competition.

Conference registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and last throughout the evening. Registration will be in Building 12 – Academic Building Room AS158A. Please follow the SHRM signs leading to registration. Conference attendees, advisors, and volunteers must check-in at this area.

Tentative Conference Schedule – a full agenda will be provided on-site

Friday, April 8                                                                                                                                    
4:30 p.m.                        Conference Welcome        
5:00 p.m.                          Backpack to Briefcase
Pamela J. Green, SPHR, Chief US Membership Officer
6:00 p.m.                            Networking/Dinner                                                                 
Saturday, April 9
8:15 a.m.                              Conference Welcome and Day Ahead
8:15 a.m.                              Team Case-Competition Check-in Begins
8:30 a.m.                              Educational Session #1                                
Social Media from College to Business
Dave Ryan, SPHR
9:45 a.m.                              Educational Session #2                                
How to Create a Great Elevator Speech
Jodi Harmeyer, SPHR
10:30 a.m.                           Judges Training                                                
11:15 a.m.                           Educational Session #3
Volunteerism for Life:  Making a Difference While Building a Valuable Skill Set
Donna Rogers, SPHR
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.              Boxed Lunches Available
12:30 p.m.                           Group #1 and #2 Present            
1:00 p.m.                             Group #3 and #4 Present            
1:30 p.m.                             Educational Session #4                
Your Career in Human Resources
Carolyn Sperl, JD, SPHR, GPHR
1:30 p.m.                             Chapter Advisor and College Relations Volunteers
Roundtable Discussion

Chuck Salvetti                   
1:30 p.m.                             Group #5 and #6 Present                                            
2:00 p.m.                             Group #7 and #8 Present                            
2:30 p.m.                             Group #9 and #10 Present                          
3:00 p.m.                             Educational Session #5
HR Hotdish: Feeding Student Appetites
                               Philip Deger, MSIR, SPHR
3:00 p.m.                             Group #11 Present
4:15 p.m.                             Announcement of Top 2 Finalists             
4:30 p.m.                             Finalist #1 Presentation
5:00 p.m.                             Finalist #2 Presentation
5:30 p.m.                             Awards Dinner 

- Dave Ryan Director of SM ISC-SHRM