This year, the SoACE Employer Relations Knowledge Group (ERKG) jumpstarted a year of professional development with a planning session during the annual SoACE conference in New Orleans last December. We leveraged the ideas from the group as a whole to set goals for the year. Professional development activities that are planned include in-person activities; social media interaction and virtual webinars.
In February, the SoACE ERKG 2015 hosted its first Tweet Chat on the topic of Employer Relations in Public vs. Private Universities and Colleges. In April, Courtney Edwards from Louisiana State University & Erica Lake from the University of South Carolina hosted a webinar on Creating an Employer Drive-In Conference. Over 50 SoACE members registered and 30 logged in to learn best practices about hosting these events for employers.
The next opportunity to connect with other professionals in the Employer Relations Knowledge Group will be on Wed., May 27th, 2015 at 12 pm EST/11 am CST during a Tweet Chat led by Denise Rudolph from James Madison University on the topic Challenges We Face in Employer Relations. To participate sign on at www.tweetchat.com using your Twitter account information, then join the conversation with #soaceerkg.
We are very excited to see the longtime idea of hosting an event to help employer relations professionals learn and grow come to fruition at the Inaugural Employer Relations Summit that will be held in conjunction with the SoACE Board this June. The event is an institute-style conference with longer sessions to allow participants to “dive deep” into topics. Keynote speaker, Myrna Hoover, Director of the Florida State University Career Center will share information from her book Employer Relations and Recruitment: An Essential Part of Postsecondary Career Services. Additionally, there will be round table topics that allow participants to discuss hot issues in Employer Relations.
We are so excited that the event has been welcomed with so much interest that registration has reached capacity. We look forward to the learning that will occur at this new event! Special thanks to the Conference Chair, V’Rhaniku Haynes from Florida State University and former SoACE board Director of Professional Development, Amy Diepenbrock from St. Mary’s University for all of their leadership in making this event a reality for our membership. Additionally, we also thank Emory University for hosting us on June 24 – 26 in Atlanta, GA!
We are excited about the remainder of the year and are thankful to our Employer Relations Knowledge Group leadership for all of their hard work this year!
Update submitted by Employer Relations Knowledge Group Chair, Erica Lake. Erica is the Associate Director for Employer Relations at the University of South Carolina Career Center.