1 Newsletter Welcome to the first edition of Central Michigan University Off-Campus Programs newsletter written specially for CMU graduates who have earned our MSA degree with a concentration in Human Resources Administration. Off-Campus Alumni Relations plans to issue similar newsletters on a semi-annual basis. Our goal is an interactive newsletter, filled with news of your career, articles of interest to others in the HR field, and networking opportuities for our graduates. Please send information you would like to see included in future editions to We had several goals in mind when creating this newsletter, all with the ultimate objective of keeping our HR graduates at the forefront of their field: Opening lines of communication with our alumni Providing a tool to assist in strengthening on-going relationships between alumni Utilizing e-technology to inform our graduates of upcoming events and current happenings on and off the CMU campus Assisting our alumni base in keeping professionally up-to-date Communicating career opportunities within the HR profession Your feedback is most welcome. We need to hear from you to ensure future newsletters meet your needs. I want to congratulate each of you for earning your degree in Human Resource Management and to thank you for choosing CMU Off-Campus Programs as your educational partner. You are an integral part of more than 70,000 CMU alumni to attend one of our sixty Education Centers located throughout North America or online. At Central Michigan University we are very proud of our global reach in providing relevant academic programs as well as our continued service to our military and professional students who have high profile and successful careers around the world. In today s uncertain economy, it is imperative that all of us continue to build our skills each and every day. None of us want to see a colleague, friend or family member out of work or under-employed. As HR professionals, you are aware of this more than any of us. I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your support in telling the CMU success story. I am frequently told that people wish they had known the many options available for professional development within CMU. From individual online or face-to-face academic programs to cohorts conducted in-house at businesses and governmental agencies to meet specific organizational needs, CMU continues to be your academic partner. Please call my office at to arrange for a CMU staff member to visit your organization and discuss how CMU can meet your employee and organizational development needs. Merodie A. Hancock Vice President/Executive Director Central Michigan University Off-Campus Programs Merodie A. Hancock, Ph.D.
2 Alumni Newsletter We are pleased to introduce two very special HR alumni. Demetrius Russell and Dr. Lora Villarreal graciously accepted an invitation to serve as volunteer Lead Communicators for this Alumni Newsletter when asked by Dave Nicholson, Manager of Alumni Relations. Demetrius and Lora are true HR professionals each with years of experience and a passion for the field. Demetrius initially specialized in Benefit Administration and more recently became the Principal of Coached for Success, a Georgia based consulting firm. He is a certified professional coach and mentor. In addition to these credentials, Demetrius teaches at his local community college and encourages many of his students to pursue a career in human resources administration by earning a master s degree from CMU in the Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia areas. Lora Villarreal has a Ph.D. and like Demetrius, earned her master s degree from CMU. She is the Chief People Officer & Executive Vice President of Affiliated Computer Services, Incorporated. Her office is located in Dallas, Texas, but she travels often to other ACS locations. As the firms CPO, Lora is a big proponent of helping employees strive for excellence for their own selfsatisfaction. She sees making every employee a success as a key component of her role. You may have read about Lora. She was one of five Off-Campus Programs graduates featured in CMU s Maroon and Gold Spring 2008 edition. Lora earned her MSA degree in Human Resources Administration in 1991 at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. As Lead Communicators for HR alumni, Demetrius and Lora assist in collecting information about our alumni, offer ideas for future newsletters, and help CMU staff as needed. You may contact Demetrius and Lora at: Demetrius Q. Russell: or Dr. Lora J. Villarreal:
3 What s Maximize your Time for Maximum Success CMU faculty member and Off-Campus Programs HR instructor Dr. Sherene McHenry is a charming, energetic executive. She is calm and confident and makes everyone around her feel the same. In the January 5, 2009 edition of Electronic Recruitment News, Dr. McHenry revealed the best way to utilize your time and energy to maximum success on the job. Dr. McHenry, CEO of McHenry International, specializes in helping individuals and organizations achieve optimal performance and success through the creation of genuine, reliable and trustworthy relationships. Sherene s life has been one of challenge, adventure and achievement. She s sky dived, flown solo, and dined with a United States President. As a graduate professor at Central Michigan University, Dr. McHenry has authored a college text, multiple journal articles and is featured in Insight Publishing s Conversations on Health and Wellness. Her book is available at She is currently working on a series designed to improve relationships both in and out of the workplace. CMU Off-Campus Programs Human Resources Administration staff has offered to provide articles for future editions of our HR Newsletter. You can help them select the topic for the next issue by ing us with your first, second and third choices. Please select from the following topics: m Tapping into Talent (How to Recruit the Best Candidate) m Navigating the Generations (How to Successfully Manage Different Generations of Employees) m Training for the Distributed Workforce m Wellness Wonders (Exploring Different Wellness Programs in the Workplace) m Job Hunting Tips (Obtaining the Offer) m The Exemplary Employee (How to Be the Best You Can Be) Dr. Michael Rao, President of Central Michigan University, wishes to share this with all our alumni: Following nearly two years of feasibility studies, the realization that the much anticipated physician shortage will likely affect the midand northern Michigan regions negatively was an important part of what motivated the Board of Trustees to vote unanimously to establish a rurally focused school of medicine leading to the M.D. degree. The university is now focused on establishing affiliation agreements with clinical partners and anticipates enrolling a class of 100 students in the program as early as Fall Dave Nicholson at with your selections.
4 Alumni Update Ken Rogers, Executive Director of Automation Alley and Deputy County Executive of Oakland County Michigan, is a 1996 graduate of CMU. Ken completed his degree with CMU s Off-Campus Programs, having begun as an on-campus student several years earlier. Among the accomplishments in his distinguished career, Ken and his wife, Jane, endowed a scholarship in 2008 specifically for single parents living in S.E. Michigan enrolled in CMU Off-Campus Programs. Initial applications for their scholarship will be taken beginning with the academic year. CMU offers many ways to endow a scholarship in your name. For information on how to establish a scholarship or donate to CMU Off-Campus Programs, please telephone or Ken Rogers, 1996 graduate News from Fellow HR Alums Aleta Conner who works for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management writes, I graduated from CMU in May 2006 with my MSA in HR Administration. In January 2007, I accepted a position as an HR Specialist in Performance Management. My job mainly consists of consulting and ensuring that federal agencies follow policies and regulations regarding performance management. I am currently working on a re-write of the federal regulations that involve all aspects of performance management. Lilia Claude also works for the federal government and writes, Wow, this is wonderful news that CMU is going to publish a newsletter for HR grads. Unfortunately, my current interest has veered me away from HR. Anyway, whatever I learned at CMU I apply with my daily contact with coworkers. Thank you for keeping me informed as it makes me feel I belong. I know I will find insights that will make me an effective employee. -We hope the newsletter does just that, Lilia!- CMU alumni employed by Magna Automotive, Inc. celebrated School Colors Day last fall by holding a Friday brunch featuring a potluck and deserts. Note the CMU cake in the middle. Keiaire Tate, Manager of Human Relations for NKC of America, Inc. says, Good morning! I am a CMU alumni member from the class of 2006 (Memphis Cohort). Currently I am the HR manager for a firm that specializes in automotive conveyor systems in the manufacturing industry. In Spring 2009, I plan on teaching part-time Business or Economics in the evening at a local community college.
5 Alumni Update Continued... Kathy Batts writes, I am currently in a law firm with HR responsibilities in Metro Detroit. I would love to receive an HR newsletter providing information. Thomasema Pannell received her MSA degree with a concentration in Human Resources Administration in 2007 and serves on active military duty stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Deborah Kalp received her CMU master s degree in She is currently the Associate Director of Business Development at the University of Michigan s Ross School of Business in Executive Education. Deborah may be contacted at Tammye Kaper sends her best wishes and shares that she is currently the Human Resource Manager in the Wellness, Work Life & Retention Division for Kettering Medical Center. Ray Schauer holds a bachelor s degree in Organization Administration and recently started his own printing company investing well over a million dollars into a state of the art printing facility. He writes that his daughter is currently attending CMU in Mt. Pleasant. Ray may be contacted at Phil James, a 1998 MSA/HRA graduate, works for Chrysler National Training Center as an Accounting/Financial Analyst. He is hoping to find a position in HR and may be contacted at Phil feels the HR newsletter is a fantastic idea and believes it is a great way to network. Charlene Lee is a 1999 graduate with a BS in Public Administration. She is the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity for two DOD agencies located in the Battle Creek, Michigan area. She may be contacted at Bula Dexter lives in West Michigan and is a retired RN. She recently married a wonderful man named Jack. -Bula, we wish you and Jack all the best!- Patricia Braggs is scheduled to graduate with an MSA degree this Spring. She writes, I am a current ACN Representative for Telecommunications and when other industries are downsizing, we are bringing more people on board. I am also a substitute teacher in the Wayne-Westland School District, near Detroit, Michigan. Teachers continue to be in demand. Pat may be reached at Just Wondering? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Quick Facts About CMU CMU is the fourth largest among Michigan s 15 public universities with 19,876 on-campus students and 7,892 off-campus students for the academic year 24% of CMU students are enrolled in graduate studies CMU offers over 200 programs at the bachelor s, master s, specialist s, and doctoral levels 63,110 of CMU s living graduates live outside the State of Michigan Congratulations to the CMU staff assigned to our Columbus, Ohio Education Center! Your quarterly newsletters keep area students informed and up-to-date. We hope Columbus area alumni stay just as in tune with Central Michigan University as they did when they were students!
6 Career NKC of America, Inc. Memphis, Tennessee has an opening for a payroll clerk. Contact Keiaire Tate at CMU Alumni may post jobs to other CMU grads for free on our Experience.com site at All you have to do is create a free account, then go in and post the position. If you have questions, please contact CMU s Karen Juday at CMU Career Services has assisted thousands of our students and graduates Career Services helps students find internships and part time jobs, and as graduation draws near, they conduct job fairs and arrange for on-campus interviews between HR representatives and students. Recently CMU Career Services added assistance for the more experienced Off- Campus Programs graduate. To learn about thier services, check out their Web site at Periodically, Central Michigan University has full time positions available in many career fields. If you are interested in working for your university, go online to and click on Jobs. As the manager for alumni relations for CMU Off-Campus Programs, I want to assist alumni in any way I can. On occasion, I speak with alumni who are looking for a career move or are facing unemployment. I do my best to network our alumni and ask that you let me know when various opportunities open in your organization. Please feel free to send me job opportunities, regardless of the degree qualifications. Alumni Ask: An alumna from the Memphis, Tennessee area asks an interesting question. How can people who hold non-hr degrees obtain jobs in the HR field? I have applied for several positions, but have been told I need to have HR experience. A graduate from Michigan writes he is very proud of the work he did to earn his degree, but none-the-less is currently unemployed. He has been told he has too much experience and too much education to land a job in HR. What might you suggest? your responses to and they will be published in the next HR Newsletter. CMU Makes It Possible! Increase your earning power by gaining additional certifications, a second master s degree, an MBA or perhaps a doctorate. Go to or speak to a very friendly staff member toll-free at (877) to meet your next educational goal at CMU. HR Communication Team Co-Leads: Demetrius Q. Russell, Class of 07 Dr. Lora J. Villareal, Class of 91 HR Newsletter Editor: David L. Nicholson, Class of 64 Central Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CMU is an AA/EO institution (see _1-1 2/09