December 2005


Call for Support: Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference
By Karol Buckingham

Despite the ADA and the concerted campaign of disability leaders, the number of people with disabilities who have jobs continues to drop. A recent report released by Cornell University's Employment & Disability Institute shows that the employment rate for people with disabilities has fallen from 40.8% in 2001 to 38.3% in 2004. There are a number of reasons for the decrease including outsourcing and an increase in low-paying service jobs that do not provide adequate health care benefits.

As President of the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association, I am requesting the assistance of GMA SHRM in making our annual conference a success.

Each year the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association works collaboratively with Rehabilitation for Wisconsin to sponsor an educational conference specifically designed to provide professionals in the rehabilitation field an educational and networking forum. Our conference will be held at the beautiful American Club in Kohler, WI, April 19 - 21, 2006.

Employment is often the final step in the rehabilitation process. Our employment track would benefit from the expertise and involvement of the professionals in GMA SHRM as conference speakers, sponsors, and members.

Please contact me at 608-327-9250 or 608-332-4563 for additional information or to participate in this important event.

Thinking About Becoming a Certified Professional?
By Donna Reed, SPHR, Certification Committee Chair

It’s never too soon to begin planning for your certification! And we have a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the process. Join us at the next certification orientation meeting on Wednesday, January 18, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Any GMA SHRM member can attend -- whether you are planning to complete the certification exam in May or June 2006 or are only interested in learning more about professional certification. We’ll meet at Capital Newspapers, 1901 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison. Sign up now for the orientation by contacting Debbie Reed at 608-252-6338 or

At the orientation you will learn more about the certification process, including which level of certification (PHR or SPHR) may be appropriate for you, application information, and preparation strategies. You’ll have the chance to network with fellow GMA SHRM members who plan to take the Spring 2006 exam. And you’ll meet with a representative from the UW-Madison School of Business, Small Business Development Center, who will be available to provide information about the 12-week SHRM Learning System Course that will be held at Grainger Hall beginning February 1. For more information about the course, see ww

Human Resource Certification is a symbol of professional achievement. The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), as part of the Society for Human Resource Management, maintains a set of nationally recognized standards and body of knowledge set by individuals working in the profession. The PHR or SPHR designation signifies that you have mastered this HR body of knowledge. Check out the HRCI website at for more information.

Join the other chapter members who have obtained their PHR or SPHR certification!

Housing for 2006 National SHRM Conference

Housing has opened for the 2006 Annual Conference, June 25 - 28, in Washington, DC. This year, the co-headquarters hotels are the Washington Renaissance and Washington Grand Hyatt. Most hotels are on the shuttle route, with the exception of the Washington Renaissance, Washington Grand Hyatt, Sheraton Four Points, Henley Park Hotel, Morrison-Clark Inn, Embassy Suites Convention Center, and Hampton Inn Convention Center which are within walking distance of the Washington Convention Center. Shuttle Service begins on Saturday and runs through Wednesday.

Attendees & Exhibitors may reserve housing in one of four ways :

Attendees/Exhibitors can visit  to reserve their housing.

Attendees/Exhibitors can call to reserve hotel rooms Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
Attendees (Domestic)             888-241-8396
Exhibitors (Domestic)             888-241-8401

Attendees/Exhibitors can download a reservation form from the web site at P lease note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download the form, which is also available on the website.

Fax the form to: 972-349-7715 (Domestic & International)

Attendees/Exhibitors can download a reservation form from the web site at
Please note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download the form, which is also available on the website.
Mail the form to:
SHRM 2006 Housing
c/o Wyndham Jade
PO Box 678192
Dallas , TX 75267

Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in September.

Michael J. Bauer

Vice President of Human Resources


Maggie Blake Kudick


Right Management Consultants

Jennifer L. Buckles


Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development

Deborah E. Colar, SPHR

Human Resources Manager

Miller Brewing Company

Patti K. Epstein

Vice President of Employee Services

Inacom Information Systems

Erin Freiberg

Associate Attorney

Boardman Law Firm

Chams M. Habib

HR Assistant


Kelly J. Hallmark

Office Manager

Jenkens Survey & Design

Darlene M. Helming


UW Medical Foundation

Jan R. Hoffman

HR Coordinator

Johnson Health Tech North America

Julie Hoppenjan

HR Assistant

Berbee Information Networks

Lori A. Krey

Human Resource Manager

Ball Corporation

Susan L. Meier

HR Administrator

Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin

Melinda M. Mixtacki

Human Resource Specialist

Esker Software

Jodi R. Powers

Business Development Specialist

Life Style Staffing

Carol L. Semenas

HR Manager

Clasen Quality Coatings

Lisa M. Smithback

Employment Specialist

UW Credit Union


Your Foundation at Work: HR Role Models

The SHRM Foundation has recently created a new DVD video entitled HR Role Models. Narrated by author and consultant Dr. Wayne Cascio, this highly acclaimed video features HR executives and their CEO's discussing what it means for HR to be a strategic leader in the "real world" of business. The video features interviews with top HR leaders including Michael Holmes of Edward Jones, Libby Sartain of Yahoo, Inc. and Joe Frick of Independence Blue Cross. Professor John Boudreau of Cornell says the video "enables HR educators and field professionals to experience firsthand some of the most innovative examples of cutting-edge human resource management." The DVD package includes four separate programs each running from 10-20 minutes in length, plus a 40-page discussion guide. Visit the SHRMStore to order your copy.

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

Community Events

National Association of Women Business Owners, Holiday Event, Silent Auction & Progressive Dinner. Network, dine, and shop. West Side Business Club, Junction Road at Mineral Point Road. Silent Auction: 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Dinner:  6:00 - 8:00 pm. Guests:  $25, Members:  $20. To register call 608-442-1924, or register online at Registration deadline:  Friday, December 2.

International Professionals Association, Lunch and Learn: How To Stay Slim In The Holiday Season. Tis the season to be healthy! Join Eric and Heather Foxman of Foxman Nutrition to help you plan healthy meals and prevent the holiday weight gain. Noon to 1pm at Invest in Yourself Books, 6661 University Avenue, Suite 105, Middleton. Healthy snacks will be served. RSVP to

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Business Card Exchange: Wingate Inn, 3510 Mill Pond Road, Madison. From 4:30-6:30 pm, enjoy the festive season and network with old and new Chamber friends while enjoying food, a great location, and prizes! See

Movin’ Up

Congratulations to Sallie Cunningham! On October 1, she was promoted from Human Resources Representative to Senior Human Resources Business Partner at TDS, Inc. Great job, Sallie!

Have you started with a new company? Has your organization recently promoted you to a new position? Or do you want to recognize a new person or promotion within your department? If so, we want to hear about it. Send us an e-mail, and we’ll publish your good news in the next HR InTouch!

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; and 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 is 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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