Student Spotlight

Human resources society student chapter info session Saturday

February 16, 2016

Current Brandman students in the School of Business and Professional Studies are eligible to be charter members of the university’s new student chapter for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Brandman University faculty member Dr. Kath Bates.

Brandman University faculty member Dr. Kath Bates.

Dr. Kath Bates is organizing the chapter, which allows students to be part of the world’s largest HR professional association. Students will have a chance to network, build HR and leadership skills and experience the “real world” of human resources by meeting those already in the profession.

The information session will be held via Adobe Connect from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. (See box for details.)

“The SHRM field services director said what we’re doing bringing 23 separate campuses together for one student chapter is unique,” said Bates. The Brandman University SHRM Student Chapter will hold blended meetings four times a year. Each meeting will be hosted by one of the campuses and webcast to the broader chapter audience, matching Brandman’s blended approach to education.

Between meetings, Bates envisions student members and advisors finding ways to develop cross-campus connections as well as develop ideas for community service and networking activities.

SHRMBates was motivated to start the chapter in anticipation of a relaunch of the Master of Science in human resources program (M.S.-HR) this fall. “We’re committed wholeheartedly to aligning with SHRM’s vision of a more strategic business role for human resources professionals.”

Among those who will co-advise the new student chapter is current Brandman M.S.-HR student Tara Fournier, who volunteers as the social media director and

Learn more
Adobe Connect Meeting Saturday, February 20, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Call in: 1 866 526 3019 Conference code: 781 793 6221
Additional information is available from Dr. Kath Bates at or 760-583-9339.
College Relations Committee member for the California Society for Human Resources Management (CalSHRM) and once worked as the manager of member engagement for SHRM Student and Young Professionals Programs, a paid staff position in Alexandria, Virginia. Fournier is now director of human resources for Revana Digital.

Tara Fournier

Tara Fournier

“SHRM students, when they are in a chapter that’s connected with a professional chapter, have opportunities for internships, can find a mentor, learn, participate in volunteer opportunities and advance the profession,” she said. There are also opportunities for scholarships through the SHRM Foundation for undergraduate, graduate and for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certifications.

Best of all, she said, “You work with your peers. You develop a camaraderie with fellow students.”

Also eager to coordinate with the new student chapter is Katy Curameng, director of Career Planning and Development for Brandman University.

“My office is always interested in developing networking opportunities, launching internships and mentorships – things that connect students to their ultimate career choice. This student chapter will create so many more links for students to be able to do that,” she said.

Bates said people working in human resources roles typically get there without HR-specific degrees. Continuing their professional education through Brandman’s programs and practicing what they know through a student chapter of SHRM, is an excellent opportunity for them to advance their careers, while working or while in transition.

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