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, Payroll & Benefits Specialist at Children's Home Society, 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!
Time to SHINE!
Would you like to get more involved with the SESHRM and at the same time work on your professional development? Well we have an opportunity for you! In 2022, there will SIX open Board Positions! If you have ever considered this, now is great time to step up! Below is the list of the positions that will be open along with the current SESHRM Board Member. Reach out to any of them (or any Board Member) on questions you may have!
President Elect Sarah Hanson Sarah.Hanson@POET.COM
Secretary Sheila Rozeboom email@example.com
Membership Director Miranda Bunde firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing Director Anna Mitchell Anna.Mitchell@premierbankcard.com
Treasurer Justin Rey JRey@heritagebankna.com
Conference Director Jen Adix email@example.com
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Vortherms, Human Resources Assistant at Journey Construction, 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!!
Q: What method did you use to prepare for your test?
A: I took the class at the University of Sioux Falls which was helpful, along with reading the materials.
Q: What advice do you have for someone thinking of sitting for the SHRM-CP exam?
A: It is ok if you fail it the first time, there is no shame in it. Read the materials, take the practice tests and most importantly, believe in yourself that you can pass this test. Also, study in a way that makes sense to you and if you take the class, please speak up, your knowledge of the material/HR processes will help others learn.
Q: What did you like most about the prep class?
A: I liked that I had other people who were in the same boat with me about taking the test. I also liked that we had a teacher who was able to help guide us through what the expectations for the test are.
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:
Thank you to everyone who stopped out with donations to Dress for Success. Kerry Bamsey delivered a car full! And congratulations to all of the basket winners below. We are so thankful and greatly appreciate all of your support through this very strange and challenging year! Happy Holidays from everyone on the SESHRM Board!
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:
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):
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:
As always, there is a host of information available on the covid.sd.gov 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.
EMPLOYEE SCREENING TOOLS
If you would like to purchase a copy of our 2019 survey results please click HERE. Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this survey possible!
The Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management student chapter is pleased to announce that it has awarded its first annual $1,000 scholarship to Erin Walstead. Erin demonstrated a commitment to the profession of HR in her application and involvement in the student chapter. Currently serving as the Vice President and 2019-2020 President, Erin articulated appreciation of the opportunity to learn more about the field and engage with others passionate about HR through the student chapter. Erin is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in HR from Bellevue University and graduated with an Associate’s degree from Southeast Tech.
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)
Vice President (est. 2 hrs/month)
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.
Submit a written application to the current SESHRM Student Chapter Board Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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: