Winter Quarter Recap

Now that finals are OVER, it’s time to recap and discuss some highlights of Winter Quarter 2011.

First of all, I really enjoyed my classes during winter quarter.  One of my favorite classes was MHR 846 Talent Management.  I learned a lot about the various talent management practices that are employed within organizations, including onboarding, succession planning, recruiting, performance management and developing employee’s strengths.  Additionally, we were given the opportunity to conduct a talent management assessment on a company/business of our choice.  By far, this was my favorite group project because it allowed our group to assess an entire function in relation to the organization.  Most of my projects to date have focused on either designing or developing a process, so this was a nice change of pace.  Next, I got a lot of worthwhile information from MHR 807 Organizational Change.  My most positive takeaways from this class was learning about having integrity and honoring your word, displaying personal accountability in change management efforts and finding out that, generally, people consistently act inconsistent.  This class certainly was challenging.  But I’m always up for a good challenge and, as a result, I definitely had a lot of positive takeaways.  Lastly, in MHR 852 HR II, I learned about two major themes that every HR professional needs to know:  Competencies and HR Scorecards.  As always, all I can say to this class is this:  I had F-U-N.

During this winter quarter I finally got to experience my first SNOW day!  I can tell you, there is nothing like getting a free day off from class due to inclement weather.  Even though this day off might have taken away from some of my learning, I’m not going to complain.  And neither would any other undergraduate and graduate student.  I hope that we get one AGAIN next winter quarter.

As always, I had a good time attending my share of round-tables and guest speakers that are posted on The Hub.  I am not going to lie, if I have a “foreknowledge” that Adriatico’s pizza will be served, you can be sure you will see my name on the sign-up list.  It’s by far the best pizza in Columbus, OH.

Lastly, even though I don’t have any “official” spring break trip planned, I am going to try to make the most of my 10 days off.  I definitely have a long list of “to-do” items to get done.  It’s amazing how many things you can get behind on when you are in the middle of taking classes.

All in all, I hope everyone had a great winter quarter and I am looking forward to spring quarter as well as heading off to my summer internship!

Back to Reality

After my completing my first FULL week of Winter quarter classes, its time to update the world on my thoughts and expectations for Winter Quarter 2011.  Even though I had to drink the reality kool-aid like every other returning student, I still think there are parts of me that are on winter break.

This quarter, I was fortunate to get a few of my required core classes waived.  Because of this, I have been able to take a couple of classes that suit what I like in class material.  One of the classes I am taking is BUS 846 Talent Management.  I am really excited to be in this class because I wanted to learn more about the important of managing and retaining your organization’s talent.  This is an area that I’ve found that I have become more passionate about the last couple of years and, as of now, I am very impressed with the course content and our classroom discussions.  I recommend taking this class if it fits in your schedule.  It is definitely worth it.

I am finding that I will be doing a lot more reading and group projects than I did last quarter.  Crazy enough, I do enjoy reading.  I have found that the majority of my books are intriguing reads and keep me captivated which is a good thing.  Hopefully, I can keep up with the reading material because it sure can seem overwhelming at times.  For group projects, I am excited to work with different students from other programs being offered at Fisher.  It will be great to branch out and meet other fellow grad students.

After the completion of my  first quarter with the MLHR program, I can say that my expectations have been more than met and exceeded.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my instructors and have learned a great deal from each of them.  As far as Winter quarter is concerned, I hoping for that same type of experience.  I realize that my experience depends a lot on my own participation and engagement and I am glad I made the most of that opportunity.

Lets make 2011 a great year!  Time to Read!