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PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Classes to start Soon

  • Sept. 11th - Nov. 13th
  • Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • USF Campus
  • Click on link for more information or to register.

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2014 SD Safety and Health Conference
Journey to Safety Excellence
October 8, 2014
Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center
1201 N West Ave.
HR Track
Registration Information 'here'  

From the Desk of the President

Wow, this summer has flown by! Football is warming up and the temperature is cooling down. I am a huge college football fan so I love this time of the year. The pure energy and passion in a team environment is so fun to watch. That makes me think about my company and our SESHRM organization. I teach internally about being 1 team, being a part of the solution, helping others out, and serving the customers both internal and external to the utmost of our ability each day. That is the core of what a team is and there is so much power in being a part of a team. Our SESHRM Membership is a great Team to be a part of!


Next month we will be hosting elections for our 2015 SESHRM Board. Since we are all experts at selecting top notch talent this should be easy for us! The hard part will be selecting from a great pool of candidates! Thank you in advance to all those that have stepped forward and put your hat in the ring. Along with the new Board positions we are also looking to appoint a new Technology Coordinator. If you have in any interest in that role and like to tinker with websites please let me know.


Have a great month!                  


  •  No Chapter Meeting in October but make plans to attend the Fall Conference on October 8th!                 
  • 2013 SESHRM Salary Survey, please contact me to purchase results


Justin Rey, SPHR

SESHRM President 

2014 Workplace Excellence Awards

It’s that time of the year again! 

Nominate your employer for the 2014 Workplace Excellence Award if they display the following Qualities…

·         Friendly culture

·         Great work/life balance

·         Innovative communication techniques

·         Consistently recognizes those who go “above and beyond”

·         Empowers team members with personal and professional development skills

The prestigious annual SESHRM Workplace Excellence Award is to acknowledge those companies or organizations that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth.

Go to to nominate an Employer!


Questions – please contact Cal McKeown via email or via phone 605-444-9522.

The nomination deadline has been extended! Please submit by Friday, September 19, 2014.

Awards will be presented at the Fall SD Safety & Health Conference October 8, 2014 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Nominating the dynamic company / organization that you work for is a great way to capitalize on showcasing where you work and assist with recruitment and retention!

Please forward to friends and family – we certainly welcome non-SESHRM members throughout the community to share their unique company traits!


2013 Platinum Excel Award Presented to SESHRM 

March 17, 2014


Dear Chapter President:


On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, I am pleased to confirm that your chapter has been awarded the 2013 Platinum EXCEL Award.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!  We are very proud of your leadership, and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM.



    By achieving this award, your chapter distinguishes itself as an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of your members and to the advancement of the human resource management profession.  Throughout the year, we will continue to recognize your chapter's achievement as a Platinum EXCEL award winner.


Congratulations on your achievement.




Elissa O’Brien, SPHR

Vice President, Membership 


From the Desk of the President 


Great news everyone! We were just notified that your SESHRM has been awarded the 2013 Platinum EXCEL Award! This is the top award that a chapter can receive. In order to receive this award many tasks and initiatives must be completed. This is a true testament to not only the 2013 SESHRM Board but every one of you. Every volunteer and every member played a big role in achieving this great accomplishment. Congratulations everyone and I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting!

  • The Diversity Conference Committee is looking for volunteers. Please contact Mary Jo Vance.
  • LEADer Cast 2014 will be in Sioux Falls again on May 9th. Speakers will be Malcolm Gladwell, John Maxwell, & Laura Bush. Contact Jason Wierenga at 553-1333 for more info and visit
  • State SHRM Conference in Sioux Falls – Sign up today online!




Justin Rey, SPHR














Congratulations are in order!




As a result of your fundraising efforts in 2013, your chapter has been designated as a 2013 SHRM Foundation Champion. The support provided by the SHRM chapters and state councils allows the SHRM Foundation to provide opportunities available to your fellow HR professionals that they may not have had otherwise, including:


Assisting individuals in their pursuit of greater academic credentials

The SHRM Foundation awards more than $200,000 in educational and certification scholarships each year to help create the next generation of HR leaders.

Supporting researchers who bring us greater understanding of the complexities of HR

In 2013, the SHRM Foundation introduced its new Thought Leadership Initiative to inform "what's next". To achieve this vision, The SHRM Foundation is working with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to conduct a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Additionally, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million in research grants funding original, rigorous, empirical research studies that have direct, actionable implications for HR practice.


Creating materials that explain how HR practitioners can capitalize on the new knowledge that research providesFrom identifying emerging trends to helping HR practitioners become strategic business leaders, the SHRM Foundation’s educational products are at the forefront of the HR profession. These include the Effective Practice Guidelines series, the Executive Briefings & educational DVD series, all of which are available for complimentary download from to SHRM members and the public.

These resources are making a difference every day by shaping the future of HR!


From all of us at the SHRM Foundation, we thank you for your commitment and support with which we were able to celebrate the 2013 Annual Campaign as our first-ever campaign to exceed $1,000,000. Please visit to access the resources you can use to join us in making 2014 our most successful year yet!



Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., SPHR
Executive Director





Feeding SD



On Tuesday, December 3rd SESHRM members, family, and friends joined forces to carry out Feeding South Dakota’s mission of eliminating hunger. The crew packed over 3,000 bags of food in record time to feed hungry kids in the Sioux Empire. SESHRM is proud to volunteer our time to help the 5,000 children that benefit from this wonderful program!



Thank you Volunteers

SESHRM Chapter #217 recognizes the many VOLUNTEERS who have assisted with numerous events in 2013 including Conferences, Programming, Awards, Salary Survey Committee and the Student Chapter.

Your input and expertise is greatly appreciated!  A certificate valued at $20 for a guest to attend an upcoming 2014 regular meeting will be available to you in January!

Thank you!

SESHRM Board of Directors

Abbey Vanderwerf
Amanda Rock
Anita Norling
Barb Vanderham
Cassandra Nicolai
Christina Kokenge
Christine Hormann
Cindi Krekelberg
Claudia Dail
Darla Lukens
Doug Van Beek
Erin Kohles
Gloria Bormann
Heidi Bowers
James Payer
Jana Quam
Jeff Adler
Jennifer Adix
Jessica Ashton
Joan Rensch
Jody Wilson
Joelle Thies
Jolene Smith
Julia Kuyper
Julie Waage
Justin Rey
Karen O'Connor
Kari Kiesow
Kathy Deidrich
Keri Hubers
Kerri Huber
Kerry Bamsey
Kim Olson
Kristi Baumgartner
Kristi Johnson
Kristi Runkle

Kristi Leisinger
Linda Clauson
Linda Heliman
Lindsay Willitis
Lisa Lohr
Lisa Schenk
Lyla Pedersen
Lynne Hagen
Mary Jo Vance
Mary Medema
Melissa Beek
Mesa Rogers
Mike Thompson
Ona Reker
Pat Lund
Rachell Henning
Roxie Lofteness
Sharon Crichton
Shelly Amundson
Tammi Mahlstedt
Tammy Loos
Tammy Wierenga
Teresa Frederick
Trisha VanHorssen
Vicki Hird




Upcoming events

Wed, October 08, 2014 7:30 AM • Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center
Tue, November 11, 2014 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways

HR Opportunities

Tue, September 16, 2014 10:56 AM • Anonymous
Wed, September 03, 2014 3:00 PM • Anonymous








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