Welcome to the ILSHRM College Relations Newsletter for HR students, Student Chapter Advisors, and local SHRM chapters engaged in supporting students from college to career. Each month we will send valuable information about student chapter activity, SHRM information and deadlines, Director’s Q & A, and more.


WIU-QC SHRM Gives Back to the Community

The Western Illinois University – Quad Cities (WIU-QC SHRM) proved that it is better to give than to receive. In February, the chapter held a food drive and donated 150 non-perishable donations to Friendly House, an organization helping families in the Quad Cities. Friendly House offers numerous programs to the community, such as youth, family and senior services, and collects donations for their food pantry to help the Child and Adult Care Program.

Student Chapter membership enable students to experience not only the responsibilities that go along with being a member of a profession, but also giving back to the community through volunteer efforts. Thank you WIU-QC for all your efforts!

From left to right: Rodger Viernow (Friendly House), Cali Milligan (WIU-QC chapter member), Terry Hendershott (Friendly House), and Damion Daily (WIU-QC chapter president).

WIU-QC SHRM is sponsored by GRHRA SHRM and guided by Faculty Advisor, Dr. Susan Stewart.

Capacity Crowd at HRSA Annual HR Event

The Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) at Loyola University along with the Institute of Human Resources and Employee Relations held their annual HR celebration featuring Chicago Tribune Columnist Rex Huppke, Keynote Speech on The Workplace: A Case for Kindness – and the impact on businesses’ bottom line. The event included an awards ceremony honoring notable professors, alumni, mentors and students who contributed to the field of HR over the past school year.

Four HRSA student chapter members received awards for contributing to the HR profession: Graduate Students of the Year Seth Middleton and Kasia Przednowek, Undergraduate Student of the Year Casey Ryan, and Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Erica Sobecki. The HRSA Faculty Advisor, Dennis Nirtaut, also received the Faculty Member of the Year award.

Congratulations to the award winners and the HRSA chapter for planning a successful event for 150+ students, alumni, and human resources professionals.

HRSA is sponsored by Chicago SHRM and guided by Faculty Advisor, Professor Dennis Nirtaut.

NIU-SHRM Student Leaders for 2016-2017

Membership in a professional student organization is vital to students assimilating into the profession. Student chapters provide training for the world beyond graduation. Congratulations to the new leadership team at NIU-SHRM. We are proud to have you serve to represent the HR profession on campus.

Left to right: Peyton Marcotte, Nicole Bridgewater, Brandon Valdez, Lauren Bird, Brandi Keef, Abby Buescher, Abby Roemer, Jenn Pariso and Lisa Reporto.

NIU-SHRM is sponsored by RASHRM and guided by Faculty Advisor, Terrance Bishop

Update Your Student Chapter Information

Student Chapters are required to update their leader and advisor information annually. In order to maintain your student chapter’s active status for the upcoming academic year, submit the Student Chapter Information Form no later than June 1st.

Save the Date – #ILSHRM Young Professionals Summit

Engage, share, and connect with other young professionals! Join us for activities designed to advance and develop your career path. Save the Date – September 25th. Please stay tuned for more information.


The Golden Rules on Chapter Planning. Have you read your book?

Well, it’s not technically a book, but a workbook - SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award Program and guide for student chapter planning. Moving forward, I’ll call it the Golden Rule Workbook. What does the workbook say is the guide to chapter success? It says if you plan according to four key activities your chapter will have a productive and successful year representing the HR profession on campus, and it just might earn you an award. SHRM awards student chapters in four categories: Honorable Mention, Merit Award, Superior Merit Award and Outstanding Merit Award. The Golden Rule Workbook sets forth four major areas for managing chapter operations and activities and gives suggestions in each to meet award criteria:

  1. Membership requirements
    1. Chapter must meet member eligibility requirement of eight (8) student members.
    2. Submit your Student Chapter Information Form (SCIF) by June 1, 2016.
  2. Chapter Leadership and Operations
    1. Hold Board meetings for Officers, in addition to regular recruitment and networking meetings for members.
    2. Create and implement a Standard Operating Plan (SOP) – SMART goals.
    3. Utilize Social Media platforms – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, chapter websites/page, blog sites, and newsletters and #SHRMstudent.
    4. Plan fundraising events.
  3. Serving the Future HR Professional
    1. Plan educational events at chapter meetings, and at least one joint event with another student SHRM chapter, another campus organization, or in partnership with a professional SHRM chapter.
    2. Engage alumni to facilitate a program – very important.
    3. Participate in the State Games or SHRM Case Competition and Career Summit.
    4. Plan company visits, job shadowing, and mentoring opportunities.
  4. Advancing the HR Profession
    1. Promote College to Career transition for graduating members.
    2. Create awareness about the HR profession at middle and high school, and college career fairs.
    3. Volunteer, give back and plan a community outreach project.
    4. Promote the benefits and value of certification.

Following the guide will help build leadership skills and benefit the chapter for future success.

The College Relations Newsletter team will be on hiatus for the summer researching stories for the academic year. To submit a story for consideration or ask a question, email
Letter from the Editor...

Hello and welcome to Illinois SHRM (ILSHRM) College Relations newsletter. My name is Nikki Bolden, and I currently serve as the College Relations Director for ILSHRM State Council. Over the next year, we will focus on providing students with resources and tools to gain insight about their path of interest, as they develop into future HR Professionals.

I am looking forward to helping you and your chapter. If you have questions concerning College Relations, please feel free to reach out to me at

Nikki Bolden, PHR, SHRM-CP - ILSHRM College Relations Director
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