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SHRM Student Chapter Receives Honorable Mention Award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2013-2014 Honorable Mention Award designation to the Argosy University, Online Programs SHRM student chapter for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 19,000 student members in over 140 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2013-2014 Student Chapter Merit awards. We are very proud of what our student chapter members are able to accomplish while also involved in their studies and work,” said Laurie McIntosh, director of member engagement. “Their efforts to enhance their chapter, community, and the HR profession are to be commended.”

Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.

The Argosy University, Online Program SHRM student chapter will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

For information about our SHRM Chapter, visit our site on Connections or contact Dr. Catherine Gillies, Faculty Advisor for the chapter, at Chapter President, Rokaisha Pelham, and the rest of the board members have been hard at work this year preparing webinars and other events to help boost your professional skills. They are preparing for an even more active year and are seeking more interested students to join the chapter as SHRM members and as volunteers to serve in resume-building positions on the board. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit

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Volunteering: How you can attend conferences at no charge


by Dr. Maria LaFrance
Assistant Professor
College of Behavioral Sciences
Argosy University, Online Programs

I was in my senior year of my undergraduate degree, just about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in psychology, and the American Psychological Association (APA) annual convention was coming to Chicago- a mere 30 minute drive from school. The speakers and workshops were going to be excellent; there was something every day that I wanted to see, listen to, or learn about.

There was only one problem- I was broke, and student registration for the whole week was nearly $100. There was no way I could (monetarily) afford to go, but there was also no way that I could (educationally or professionally) afford not to go. That was when my mentor recommended volunteering.

Many professional conferences need volunteers (often students) to help run the conference. From being a page for a seminar room (getting water for speakers, finding batteries when the laser pointer dies, etc.) to helping the attendees with disabilities navigate the convention, to being a general question answerer with maps and information, there are a lot of different ways that students can help out during a conference.

During this particular APA convention, I volunteered in the Resources Room where convention attendees with disabilities came if they needed assistance. For one day, I was assigned as the assistant to a blind attendee, Phyllis. This was a HUGE responsibility, because in Chicago the convention was not held at one venue, but rather different events were held in the meeting rooms of hotels scattered across the downtown area. Not only did I have to help Phyllis get from room to room within the venues, but I also had to help her navigate the busy streets of Chicago to move from hotel to hotel, hitting all of the talks and events on her list. After my day in the Resources Room, I was then free to attend the rest of the conference at no charge, having paid my way by volunteering my time.

However, as I sit here over 10 years later reminiscing about that convention, a funny thing has occurred. I don’t remember a single talk, workshop, or event that I attended at that convention. I’m sure I heard lots of innovative research findings and met many important people, but none of that has stuck with me over the years.

What I do remember is my day with Phyllis. I remember when I first met her I was a bit uncomfortable and unsure of what to do or how to act. I tried (as many sighted people do) to take her arm to lead her, when instead it is the blind person who will take your arm. She taught me how to lead her, such as how and when to warn of steps or curbs. She was patient and kind and explained her needs to me. I watched her take notes in Braille, and noticed her find and avoid impediments and obstacles that I hadn’t noticed and wouldn’t have thought about.

My day of volunteering was an incredible experience - one that has stuck with me for many years. I may have volunteered solely for the purpose of getting to attend the conference for free, but I got so much more out of that experience than $100 of registration fees. I got an eye-opening experience that has influenced me for years since.

Many local and national conferences and conventions need the help of volunteers. Some limit volunteers to graduate students and others accept both graduate and undergraduate students. Before you pay attendance fees (or decide that you can’t attend because of the registration fees), see if the conference you want to attend has a volunteer program for students. Not only will you get to attend the conference for at no charge or a discounted rate, you might get a little more out of the experience than you first thought.

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Announcing the Journey Scholarship: Apply by 8/25/14!

New Argosy Scholarship

The Education Foundation, in conjunction with the Argosy University Scholarship Committee, is proud to announce the Journey Scholarship, exclusively available to fully online undergraduate and graduate students at Argosy University, Online Programs.

Winners of the Journey Scholarship will be awarded a scholarship equivalent to the cost of one class, with a maximum award of $3000. Three winners will be chosen—one each from our undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.


Recipients will be chosen by Argosy University’s Scholarship Committee and awardees will be forwarded to The Education Foundation for final approval. Recipients will be chosen from complete applications submitted by eligible students based on the following criteria:

a. Enrollment status - Applicants must be currently enrolled at Argosy University in a fully online program and must be in an active status.

b. Academic performance/potential – Students must have a minimum of 12 credits successfully completed at Argosy University and 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

c. Personal essay – (minimum 500-750 words) “Tell us about your student journey here at Argosy University.”

d. Faculty recommendation - Signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your academic area.

e. Financial need - defined as direct cost of attendance minus financial aid for which the student is eligible for the coming academic year.

How to Apply

To get started, download the scholarship application here. The application deadline is 8/25/2014. Complete applications must be submitted via fax to (412) 992-5928 or via email to


Please contact the Argosy University Scholarship Committee with any questions you may have at

About the Education Foundation

The Education Foundation was established in 1999 to offer scholarship support to students interested in continuing their education in one of the postsecondary, career-focused schools in the Education Management Corporation (EDMC) system. The number and amount of scholarship awards may vary depending on the amount raised during the previous year.

More Information

*This is a one time, non-renewable scholarship.
**The scholarship is awarded in the form of a tuition credit and is not redeemable for cash stipends.
***EDMC Voucher Students are not eligible to apply.

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