First Student Chapter of JSAHR to Be Recognized at HR Meeting

Posted on September 6, 2012 By

Members of Monmouth University Student Chapter #5691 of JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources) will be officially recognized at the September 13, 2012, meeting of Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR), 8:00 to 10:30 a.m., Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

The Monmouth University Chapter is the first SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) student HR chapter in either Ocean or Monmouth counties, the result of a six-year effort of JSAHR members and its College Relations Chairwoman Liesl Gabeau, HR manager, Zebra Pen Corporation, Edison.

Students in the JSAHR Student Chapter will learn about human resources and related business topics, gain experience through networking opportunities, attend business-related workshops, have a chance to participate in the National SHRM Student Organization at which they can network with other students from all over the country, find out about potential internships, and receive coaching and mentoring from the JSAHR leadership student director and volunteers, among many other advantages.

Carolyn Broderick, president of JSAHR and member of the Diversity department at Prudential, said, “The human resources professional has a very complicated and complex position in today’s workforce.  We are delighted that Monmouth University has started a student chapter that focuses on human resources.  The involvement of students in JSAHR will certainly benefit them throughout their entire careers in business regardless of the industries they work in.”

The Monmouth University Student Chapter of JSAHR is an outgrowth of the Student Career Mentoring Program at Monmouth University, which provides an opportunity for students to network with and to obtain professional career advice from an expanding group of alumni and friends of Monmouth University.

In 2001, Karl Gordinier, SHRM, who had retired as VP of Human Resources at IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., New York), began serving as a consultant in Career Services at the behest of Paul Gaffney, the now retired president of Monmouth University.

Gordinier, an active alumnus and member of the Business Council, the Executive Advisory Group for the Leon Hess School of Business Administration, became chairman of the Student Career Mentoring Program, which eventually led to the first Monmouth University Student Chapter of JSAHR.

The members of the JSAHR Student Chapter are Erika Ortiz, president; Jonathan Porcello, vice president; Sandra Olszewski, secretary; Courtney Muller, treasurer; DeManuel Edmondson, public relations chairman; and Blair Ringgold, conference chairman.  Other members include Andrew Bachmann, Nicole Barry, graduate student, Monika Bartnik, Nicole Johnson, Jennifer Laauser, Kristina Lane, Michele Mann, Chris Occhiogrosso, Danielle Olszewski, Dara Palms, Elizabeth Roussos, Casey Smith, and Andrea Sodhi.

Jeff Mass, who was instrumental in the creation of the JSAHR Student Chapter, serves as its advisor. He is the career counselor/job developer for Career Services at Monmouth University.  ( 732 571 3597).

Besides the recognition of Monmouth University Student Chapter #5691 of JSAHR, the JSAHR business meeting will feature “A Day of HR Learning,” during which a panel of HR experts will lead an interactive, ‘speed’ learning workshop that focuses on the six key areas of HR knowledge essential for professional success.

The registration fee and a full buffet breakfast is $25.00 for JSAHR members; $40.00 for nonmembers; and an additional $5.00 for walk-ins. To register, call Kathi Evans, JSAHR administrator, at 732-270-5204 or email  JSAHR is a Superior Merit Award Chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), the largest industry group-related to HR in the world.