November 2005


GMA SHRM Member Welcome and Orientation
By Marj Pieper, VP Membership

On October 13, 2005, thirty-seven new and long-standing members joined together for GMA SHRM’s fall Member Welcome & Orientation. Boardman Law Firm graciously hosted the event in their beautiful atrium overlooking the State Capitol. Framed with delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages and, of course, some great prizes, the event was a fun networking activity and an opportunity to meet other HR professionals.

In addition to the networking aspect of the evening a one-hour presentation outlined the benefits of membership. Board members, committee volunteers and our chapter administrator explained opportunities for new and senior members to enhance professional growth through GMA SHRM educational programming, PHR and SPHR certification, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, the presentation emphasized how various committees empower the chapter and how members can tap into resources via the GMA SHRM website.

The overwhelming response from participants was that it was a worthwhile evening of networking. As one member shared, “[b] eing a member for some months now, I still felt that I really learned a lot about how the organization operates…putting a face to the names on the board will really help in feeling more comfortable at future events.”

Mark your calendar for our next Member Welcome & Orientation on Thursday, April 6, 2006, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Whether you’re new to GMA SHRM or you want to learn more about the organization, it’s a great event!

If you have any questions about your membership before April please contact VP Membership, Marj Pieper at 257-0511 or or Membership Interaction Committee Chair, Kris Schmitt at 277-2653 or

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!

2006 Marketing Opportunities With Society for Human Resource Management

Is your organization looking for strategies to promote its products or service to Madison-area HR professionals?  Then consider the many new and improved opportunities available through GMA SHRM.

For 2006, our chapter is rolling out a variety of options for any size budget.  Some highlights include:

  • Annual opportunities including Corporate Partnerships and Membership Directory advertising for 2006.  Sign up available now through November 7.
  • Year-round opportunities available on a limited basis (first come, first-served), such as Web site advertising, e-blast sponsorship, displays at meetings, and meeting sponsorship.

The GMA SHRM chapter is one of the largest in the United States.  It is comprised of a diverse group of over 800 professionals representing more than 500 employers.  View our chapter's expanded marketing opportunities.

In addition, volunteer GMA SHRM members will be following up through October on our time-sensitive annual opportunities.  Members will contact past participants first, and we encourage anyone with interest to reply to this e-mail so that volunteers can prioritize your needs and contact you more promptly.

We appreciate your consideration of these opportunities and look forward to another successful year with our corporate partners and advertisers.

Welcome New Members!

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

Alicia K. Davis

HR Manager


Kathryn A. Hyland

HR Coordinator

The Wisconsin Cheeseman

Beth T. Long

Assistant Employment Specialist

QTI Group

Nancy W. Martin

Human Resources Rep

Sanford North America

Thomas D. McComb

HR Manager


Cathy Moore


Lakeland College

Karen A. Morrison

Corporate Accountant

Holt-Smith & Yates Advisors

Tracy L. Puntney

Staffing Specialist

American Family Insurance

Hilary E. Segura

Staffing Specialist

American Family Insurance

Matthew R. Shefchik


QTI Consulting, Inc

Kristen M. Suttle

HR Manager

Beacon Technologies Inc


Your Foundation at Work: Making Mergers Work

The SHRM Foundation book, Making Mergers Work, is making headlines! Based on a joint study with Towers Perrin on the role of human resources in mergers and acquisitions, the book clearly demonstrates that HR's early strategic involvement in the M&A process directly impacts its chances of success. If your organization is planning a merger, be sure to pick up your copy of Making Mergers Work, the Strategic Importance of People from the SHRMStore. The book provides detailed information on how HR can add value at every stage of the M&A process. A review in Soundview says "this book gives [HR] the tools necessary for creating careful planning and implementation, realistic expectations, and consistent, well-conceived communication with employees." Visit the SHRMStore to order your copy.

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

Community Events


The Business Forum, "'People Paper' Journalism", Networking at 11:30 am; Lunch & Program at 12:00 Noon, The Madison Club. Speaker: Ellen Foley, Editor, Wisconsin State Journal. Sponsor: M&I Bank. For more info:


Downtown Madison, Inc, “New Places, New Faces”, 5-7 pm, State Street Gallery, 109 State Street. A t State Street Gallery, the newest gallery in Madison, exclusive artists exhibit unique and original art in the 1857 maple-floored gallery with original pressed tin ceilings and great ambient lighting. Please reply with a courtesy RSVP by Tuesday, November 8th if possible. RSVP: John Cerniglia, Director of Programming, 443-1972 or Questions: Call or email Maria Milsted, 443-1975 or


The Madison Veterans Council, Veterans Day Ceremony, 11:00 am to Noon, first floor rotunda, State Capitol building. For further information contact Roger Boeker at (608) 267-7135.


Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, N ew Member Orientation , 7:30 - 9:00 am, Essen Haus, 514 East Wilson Street. Contact information: Sarah Breckenridge , 443.1954,


Second Harvest Foodbank/Share Your Holidays food drive, 10th Anniversary Kick-off Dinner, 5:30-8:30 pm, Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. Music by Jan Wheaton and the Dave Stoler Trio. Sponsored by UW Health. Reservations required by November 10.  Call 608-223-9121 for more information.

Movin’ Up

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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