May 2005

Monthly Board Article
: GMA SHRM Receives Distinguished Award
By Laura Jaggi, GMA SHRM Co-President

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA has awarded the Superior Merit Chapter designation to the GMA SHRM chapter for its scope of work in perpetuating and supporting the mission of the organization in 2004!

"By achieving Superior Merit designation, your chapter has distinguished itself as an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the networking and professional development needs of your members and to the advancement of the human resources profession" noted Keith J. Greene, SPHR, Vice President for Member Relations for SHRM. The award recognizes professional chapters of SHRM for their exceptional ability in operations, the professional development of chapter members, promotion of the profession and support of SHRM in partnership.

GMA SHRM will receive a Certificate of Recognition, a specialized banner to display at our meetings and events, and will be recognized in SHRM's publications and at its conferences.


Media Relations…Back in Action

After a few dormant years, GMA SHRM Media Relations is revving up again, and we are looking for chapter spokespeople. Our goal is to compile a list of dependable chapter members who understand the demands of press turnaround time and are able to say things in unique and interesting, but concise, ways. Our chapter spokespeople should know the general business of human resource management, and/or can offer specialized knowledge in areas such as legal/compliance, outplacement, labor relations, training and development, and other topics related to HR. The time commitment is minimal - the key will be your desire to represent SHRM and advance the HR profession through a constructive interaction with our press contacts.

If you share your HR knowledge with fellow members through Local Net topics, acting as a chapter spokesperson may be a great way to also communicate with the general public. And if you are new to the role as a media spokesperson, SHRM offers excellent resources and support to prepare you for interviews and other contacts with the media.

Interested? Ready to sign up? Contact Marketing and Communications Committee member, Dave Furlan, at or at 280-2430.

2005 Greater Madison Area SHRM Compensation Survey

May 31, 2005 is the deadline to complete the 2005 Greater Madison Area SHRM Compensation Survey. This year’s prices will be the same as last year and include tax and shipping. They are:

$108.50 – CD ROM – Participant
$214.00 – CD ROM – GMA SHRM Member (non-participant)
$425.00 – CD ROM – Non GMA SHRM Member and Non-Participant

Click here to download the Survey Instructions & Guide (pdf document)
Click here to download the Survey (Excel document) Please note the Excel workbook has four separate worksheets. Please be certain to complete all four worksheets.

If you are not able to print out the questionnaire and instruction guide due to incompatibility of software and need a copy of the questionnaire and instruction guide in paper form, please contact: Colleen McCarthy at (608)663-4801 ext. 1343

Completed Surveys can be returned to Colleen McCarthy at QTI Consulting via e-mail ( or mail (QTI Consulting, Inc., 702 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703).

If you know of other organizations that would be interested in participating in the GMA SHRM Compensation Survey, please forward this message on. The survey is not limited to GMA SHRM members, however, participants do receive a discounted price when purchasing the survey.

Please let Colleen know if you have any questions on completing the survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this great survey!


GMA SHRM and QTI Consulting, Inc.


SHRM Foundation Scholarship - FINAL NOTICE!

The SHRM Foundation is generously funding the Scholarship Program again this year. They have dedicated $30,000 for academic and certification scholarships - with $6,000 earmarked for the North Central Region. The scholarships are open to SHRM members.

The deadline for application is May 15, 2005. More information about the program can be found on the Foundation web site -- visit Applications can be downloaded directly from the site.

If you should have any questions regarding the program for 2005, please contact Sandy L. Boost, SPHR, CAE Manager, North Central Region SHRM (toll free) 1.877.252.9636 or

Your Foundation at Work: The SHRM Information Center
By Rachel R. Steger, PHR

The SHRM Foundation supports the SHRM Information Center through a quarter million dollar grant. The Information Center, a free service to SHRM members, publishes the online White Papers series, maintains the Competitive Practices Database and answers more than 70,000 HR inquiries annually. The Foundation grant ensures that the Information Center has the latest technology and the most current resources to help HR practitioners get the answers they need quickly and easily. For an overview of the Foundation's work, visit the SHRM Foundation website.

The SHRM Foundation: Investing in Your Future as an HR Leader

HR InTouch Guidelines

Article Writing:
Do you have an interest in writing for the HR InTouch? We have an interest in learning more about your area of expertise!

Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) To share your knowledge and experiences to educate others. 2) To become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities. 3) To contribute towards the advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.

The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.

Article length:
Because the HR InTouch is now in an online format, the size is flexible. The article should be engaging and hold readers' attention. Include the core information in your article, and we will advise if it is too lengthy.

GMA SHRM conscious not to allow solicitation through the articles, in an effort to protect the interests of our partners and members. The nature of the article should be educational (i.e., what are the business advantages of having a product like yours) or informational. Otherwise, if you truly are interested in advertising through the HR InTouch, you can work with our Marketing Committee. As a rule of thumb for article writing, if the submission relates to a for-profit event, or specifically markets your company (vs. your industry), it is an advertisement, and should be purchased. If it is a not-for-profit event that your company is hosting, or an announcement (i.e., a SHRM member recently joined your company), it is an acceptable addition to the HR InTouch content. If you have any questions related to the appropriateness of your submission, please contact us.

If you have questions, or to submit an article, contact GMA SHRM at

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