What is SHRM and SOCT SHRM?
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. SHRM has more than 250,000 individual members in more than 140 countries and serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
SOCT SHRM is a local chapter of SHRM that serves southern Fairfield County. SOCT SHRM provides opportunities for students to network on the local level through student chapters. SHRM student chapters have regular meetings with scheduled programs designed to help members learn more about HR and the real world of business.
What can SOCT SHRM do for me?
Whether you are planning a career in human resources or just interested in what it is all about, joining a student chapter of SOCT SHRM can provide you with many benefits, including:
Where do I begin?
Contact SOCT SHRM College Relations Director: Benjamin Thiel at firstname.lastname@example.org
In conjunction with the Center for Career Development and the SHRM Student Chapter at the University of Bridgeport, our chapter hosted an “Ask the HR Experts” panel event at the University of Bridgeport in March of 2017. A group of four panelists from different specialties within the Human Resources field participated with students in offering advice and answering questions on how to be successful in their job search as a student and as a new graduate.
This year, we have partnered with Human Resources professionals affiliated with our local chapter and invited them to speak at local colleges and universities. During these classroom events, both undergraduate and graduate students gained insight into the importance of the Human Resources function within organizations and the powerful impact that it has.
The Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM recently awarded scholarships to students at Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport. The award, the Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM Award of Excellence in Human Resource Management, was presented to four students, who were chosen by the faculty and Deans, for their demonstrated interest and academic achievements in Human Resources. Jessica Rodriguez and Alexandra Drago, students at Fairfield University, received their award on April 24, 2016. Ashley Elizabeth Rue and Luis DeJesus, students at the University of Bridgeport, received their award on May 6, 2016.
Below are photos from the events and award recipients.
On October 27, 2015, Southern Connecticut SHRM’s College Relations representatives were invited to present at University of Bridgeport’s Trefz School of Business.
Mitch Podob, President-Elect of Southern Connecticut SHRM and HR executive, presented a lively session on the role of the HR Business Partner and the evolution of HR, focusing on how today’s progressive HR function adds value across all business units within an organization. This event was hosted by Carrie Picardi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management and in attendance were Dr. Lloyd Gibson, Dean of the Trefz School of Business, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. Below are pictures from the evening’s presentation.
On October 15, 2014, the University of Bridgeport SHRM Student Chapter held a kickoff event to celebrate their new SHRM chapter. Members of the newly formed student chapter, faculty, and administration from UB, as well as members of the SOCT SHRM chapter, 68 in total, enjoyed a great night of getting to know each other and talking about how the partnership can help students prepare for careers in HR.
Carrie Picardi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management at UB Trefz School of Business, is seen in the photo accepting the certificate for the Student Chapter from Randy Chase, Past President, SOCT SHRM. Saad Abassi, Graduate Assistant at the UB Trefz School of Business will be the lead for the student chapter. A congratulatory note was also sent by Edward Tarczali, Founding President of SOCT SHRM (1970) and UB alumna, which was presented to the assembly. SOCT SHRM President, Susan Blazer, as well as all the SOCT SHRM Board members happily welcomed the UB Student chapter. For more information regarding the University of Bridgeport, click here.