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  • 03/14/2019 12:01 PM | Deleted user

    I am writing to you today to ask for your involvement in a workgroup to complete our 2019 Excel Award initiatives. This year, we are planning to apply for, and receive, the Platinum Award. To be considered for a Platinum Award requires four initiatives that fall into three different categories. Since we are taking on four initiatives, we want to include you! 

    Participation in a workgroup could include; taking a leadership role, planning, documentation, or simply providing ideas and feedback. Each workgroup would be responsible for assigning an award category, setting an official goal/objective, outlining the work towards accomplishing that goal, and documenting the outcome/result of the initiative. I plan to participate in each workgroup and provide guidance towards the successful completion of these four initiatives. You can review the 2019 SHRM Excel Awards Brochure if you would like more information.

    Our Human Resources Management Network board members submitted seven great ideas for initiatives, and the following are the top four votes:

    • Student SHRM Chapter Initiative: Support the KSU Student SHRM chapter by creating alliances between the HRMN and student chapter officers and members. Increase HRMN presence and attendance at their meetings and events, and increase student attendance to HRMN meetings.
    • HRMN Networking Event at State Conference: Create a HRMN sponsored networking event for members that attend the Annual State SHRM Conference, providing additional opportunities to interact and talk about HR topics and build stronger work-relationships.
    • HR Professional of the Year Award Revamp: Revamp and update the HRMN HR Professional of the Year Award and use the new criteria to select the 2019 recipient.
    • HRMN Gives Back: Implement a philanthropy program where HRMN will donate money or items to select organizations. This initiative would increase HRMN’s participation with other organizations in the area, promote the group, and increase awareness in the community.

    In case you are not sure why we want to take on four initiatives, or why we want to include all of our HRMN members, here’s why: The Excel Award goals and initiatives allow us to increase our group visibility and effectiveness, as well as expand impact within the HR community. In short, we want to support our chapter members as well as our surrounding communities!

    So, if you would like to be more involved with HRMN, want to share your great ideas, or have a passion for any of the four ideas chosen – please let me know! I would like to have at least 2-3 members in each workgroup, and you can be in as many as you want. Please let me know by Friday, March 22, 2019 which group you would like to participate in.

    Thank you,

    Sara Wildin, SHRM-CP
    VP, Human Resource Management Network

  • 01/07/2019 4:41 PM | Deleted user

    Employers can use the free K-State job board/career services platform – Handshake – to connect with K-State grads/alumni/students. Handshake is administered by the on-campus K-State Career Center and the K-State Alumni Association partners with the K-State Career Center with these services.

    Employers can use K-State’s Handshake to post jobs of all kinds – full time, internships, seasonal, part time - and identify qualified candidates for their open positions. Employers can also use Handshake to register for K-State career fairs and manage on-campus recruitment activities. In turn, students and alumni can use Handshake to easily connect with employers, search for jobs and internships, review career fair/event information, and manage on-campus interviewing.

    K-State Handshake job board information is provided at this link:

  • 05/07/2018 4:09 PM | Deleted user

    On May 2, Graduating Seniors and Local Businesses/Employers gathered for the Apprenticeship Career Fair in the Rezac Auditorium and Main Corridors of Manhattan High.  

    Apprenticeship programs through Department of Commerce-KANSASWORKS were presented to the participating employers by; Jo Brunner, Chastity Troxel and Joseph Comfort.  Topics covered the advantages to employers of; the Workforce Innovations Fund, Kansas Health Professional Opportunities Program, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and Opportunities to grow your workforce through Apprenticeships.

    25 employers participated in the event and approximately 40 students attended.  Students were able to walk to all tables to visit with the employers on their employment opportunities.

    HRMN employers that participated included:  Midwest Concrete Materials, GTM/Champion Sports Wear, Advanced Property Management, Bayer Construction, Blueville Nursery, Kansas State University Human Capital Services, Riley County and Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Pottawatomie County Economic Development, Wamego Chamber of Commerce and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. 

    Coordination of the event was provided by; Jo Brunner, KANSASWORKS Supervisor and HRMN Member, Craig Poe, Midwest Concrete Materials Director of HR and HRMN Program Chair, and Jack Allston, Director of Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corp and HRMN Professional Development Chair.

    This event is part of the HRMN EXCEL initiative program that focuses in the area of Advancing the HR Profession Category.  “Initiatives advancing the HR profession by creating awareness with or supporting key constituents including workplace, government and regulatory representatives, employers, schools, media and the community at large.  Activities may be outreach and awareness programs, government or public affairs, raising funds and supporting the SHRM Foundation’s annual initiative to build inclusive organizations, or focus on key issues such as inclusion, diversity, or workforce readiness.”

  • 04/20/2018 4:01 PM | Deleted user

    On April 11, Jo Brunner, KansasWorks Workforce Services Supervisor, and Craig Poe, Midwest Concrete Materials, Inc, Director of Human Resources provided an introduction to the May 2 Apprenticeship Career Fair. 

    Jo and Craig talked with the seniors who have indicated they will be going into the work force after they graduate from high school. 

    Areas they highlighted were: 

    • How to prepare for an interview

    • Application and Resume Preparation

    • Professional Appearance and first impressions

    • Employability Skills (reliability, attitude, expectations from employers)

    Approximately 50 students attended this briefing and heard more details of the upcoming Career Fair Day.

  • 04/02/2018 1:52 PM | Deleted user
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  • 03/27/2018 5:32 AM | Deleted user
    We are gauging interest in a study group for SHRM or HRCI credit.  You can help!!

    Please fill out our quick survey for interest and time options.

    Thank you for your responses - we look forward to learning more about your interest!

    If you have questions, please direct them to:

    Robyn Harris, MSM, SHRM-CP

  • 03/14/2018 5:12 PM | Deleted user

    The IRS has updated the W-4 form for 2018.  Access the updated version here:

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