Below you will find updates regarding awards, offerings, news, and more. We encourage you to visit this page frequently for recent announcements, current initiatives, and the most up to date information regarding SESHRM.

Congratulations to Jami Scoggins for earning her SHRM-CP!

Jami attended USF’s prep course to prepare for the test.  She recommends the class, “Trudy Billion is a wonderful instructor.  I appreciated her insight and examples for the SHRM exam.  Also, I like how she made the class each week interesting, for example:  Jeopardy, Student teaching the class, and creating posters.”  Jami advises anyone thinking of taking the exam to either take USF’s class or purchase the SHRM Learning Center as the pre-test, post-test, and practice exams and quizzes were very helpful. 

Congratulations again, Jami!  You earned it!

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Vortherms for earning her SHRM-CP!

Kaitlyn took the USF prep class along with the SHRM learning site to prepare herself for the exam.  She found the USF class to be very helpful.  It was beneficial for her to hear how other HR professionals relate to topics and bring them into their work daily and how she can incorporate the topics into her daily work.  She enjoyed the additional HR knowledge the instructor, Trudy Billion, shared throughout the class.   What advice does Kaitlyn have for anyone who is thinking of sitting for their SHRM-CP exam?  Do not feel like you have to have years and years of experience to sit for this test.  I went in with 2 years of HR experience and learned so much through the program.

Way to go, Kaitlyn!!

HR Professionals of the Year

SESHRM recognizes local HR professionals annually who have made significant contributions to the field of Human Resource Management and represent "the best" in the Human Resources profession. They are strategic business partners, individuals, businesses or organizations who serve as role models for the profession, who are leaders rather than followers, who set standards for others and the profession, and who apply their professional expertise outside of their organizations. Congratulations to our most recent recipients below!

Distinguished HR Professional of the Year
J.R. Rowenhorst, Sammons Financial Group Companies

Emerging HR Professional of the Year
Maggi Graves Lundgren, Heritage Bank NA

Previous Distinguished Recipients:

Previous Emerging Recipients:

Workplace Excellence Awards

The prestigious SESHRM Workplace Excellence Award is to acknowledge those companies 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. The award is presented every year at the SD Safety and Health Conference in October to selected employers displaying 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

If you have any questions please contact our Awards & Recognition Director on our Board Members page. Congratulations to our most recent recipients below!

Small Company ( < 100 employees)
Expansion Capital Group

Medium Company (101-500 employees)
Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Large Company ( > 500 employees)
First PREMIER Bank / PREMIER Bankcard

Previous Recipients (Small Company):

Previous Recipients (Medium Company):

Previous Recipients (Large Company):

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

The Department of Health is reaching out to get information to businesses to assist with mitigation strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19. The information includes:

  1. Updated guidance from CDC and OSHA about safe practices
  2. Employee screening tools – if businesses have not already implemented an employee screening process, it is highly recommended they do so. Employees who fail the screening process, should be sent home and follow the steps on the document “Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 if you are sick”; and
  3. General information/signage for businesses.

As always, there is a host of information available on the website as well as the CDC website, including materials in other languages. If businesses have not already done so, the DOH would also encourage them to reach out to any national associations that might have information specific to their industry.




SESHRM Salary Survey

If you would like to purchase a copy of our most recent survey results please click HERE. Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this survey possible!

Students, Serve as Student President or Vice President

Sioux Empire SHRM is accepting nominations for the following two board positions. Interested individuals may contact our Student Chapter Director on the Board Members page.

President (est. 4 hrs/month)

  • Update annual objectives of the student chapter.
  • Recruit new members during annual membership drive.
  • Approve use of chapter funds.
  • Announce via email monthly events to members and local campuses.
  • Collaborate with Chapter Liaison to plan events and submit Merit Award Application during Spring 2020

Vice President (est. 2 hrs/month)

  • Collaborate with Chapter Liaison to plan events and submit Merit Award Application during Spring 2020.
  • Manage chapter funds and share financial reports.
  • Update the annual goals and objectives of the student chapter.
  • Recruit new members during annual membership drive.

SESHRM Scholarship Program

In recognition of the need for skilled Human Resources professionals to support the workforce within the region of Sioux Falls, the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management (SESHRM) will award one (1) $1,000 scholarship per academic year to an eligible undergraduate student recipient meeting the following eligibility requirements. Should no eligible applicants apply in a year, the award will not be given.


  • Current SHRM national student member (which includes membership to student SESHRM #5496) or have submitted application at the time of this scholarship application with proof of membership prior to awarding of scholarship
  • Enrolled in an accredited degree-seeking undergraduate program
  • Degree program is HR-related (i.e., Business, Psychology, Human Resources, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, etc.)
  • Cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above
  • Applicant may only be awarded the scholarship once per lifetime


Submit a written application to the current SESHRM Student Chapter Board Liaison at Application format should be a Word document or PDF. Please email application materials addressed to the Student Chapter Board Liaison, who will confirm receipt of your application.

Application should include the following:

  • Your contact information (full name, address, email)
  • 500-word personal essay articulating your interest in HR, financial need, and career goals
  • Current Resume
  • One professional letter of reference addressed to ‘SESHRM Scholarship Review Committee’ containing information about applicant’s character, ethics, values and experiences. Letter may not come from a family member of applicant and should state context of relationship to applicant (supervisor, professor, mentor, coach, etc.).
  • Copy or screen shot of current academic transcript that will show applicant’s name, the name of the institution of higher learning, courses you’ve taken, and grades for each.

Submit application materials by March 1 for the following academic year, defined as August through July. Scholarship recipient will be notified of award status by May. Checks will be sent to the student’s account at their academic institution of higher learning and made payable to that institution on behalf of the student.


All application materials, including your letter(s) of recommendation and personal essay will be reviewed, to assess the following points:

  • 30% Commitment to/passion for HR profession
  • 25% Career goals and commitment to the state of South Dakota, including applicant’s local chapter
  • 25% Academic Achievement
  • 20% Financial Need

Sioux Empire SHRM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. | PO Box 1302 | Sioux Falls, SD 57101 | Chapter #217

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