I am ecstatic to announce that I have just recently started a new position as the Human Resources Intern at NELSON Worldwide Headquarters in Old City, Philadelphia. In just one week I have already touched on recruitment and job ads, phone screenings, resume review, new hire onboarding and paperwork, and I-9 verifications. I am already learning so much and I cannot wait to see where this internship takes me in the future. In such a short amount of time I am already seeing my everyday work connect with the content I have been working with in my HR classes. I work with a great team which consists of Elaina Shepherd – HR Manager, Amanda Dailey – HR Coordinator, and Lauren Stauffer – HR Coordinator. They have already done a wonderful job of making me feel like part of the team and allowing me to assist with a wide range of HR tasks.
Early into my junior year I was lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity to become the Business Office Intern for the Columbia North YMCA located just off of Temple University’s main campus. I work under the direct supervision of Rose Rivera, Business Manager and Chante Beverly, Administrative Assistant. Within this position I am responsible for a number of administrative tasks that have helped me to become acclimated to the office environment and to gain a valuable understanding of how a larger business operates. From an HR perspective, I worked hands-on in the on boarding process and learned how to create new employee and volunteer files. I became familiar working with standard business office documents including but not limited to W-4 and I-9 forms, background checks and drug tests, applications and direct deposit enrollments, offer letters and terminations. Through my time at the Columbia North YMCA so far I have not only gained an understanding of what my future career path entails but also had countless opportunities to meet wonderful people and create lasting memories.
For the past year, I served as the Satellite Captain on the Campus Engagement Committee for HootaThon, Temple University’s 12-hour dance marathon that supports the Child Life Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Campus Engagement Committee is responsible for getting Temple University students to register for and participate in HootaThon. We spent the year brainstorming creative ideas on ways to get students involved. We held informational meetings and tables, we had giveaways, we held events, we hung flyers. We even traveled to the Temple Ambler campus to spread the word about HootaThon. Our committee did everything we could all year long to get as many students involved as possible. In the end, we got over 1,000 students registered for the event and we were incredibly proud of that result. I am so happy that I decided to join this committee. I met so many amazing people and we were able to come together for an incredible cause.
I am so honored to announce that I have been offered the position of Public Relations and Member Engagement Coordinator for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Temple University chapter for the 2017-2018 school year. My objectives in this position for the upcoming year include getting more members to join our chapter of NSCS, as well as retaining existing members and increasing member involvement. I can’t wait to get started with the new executive team and to collaborate to make NSCS the best that it can be. NSCS has provided so many opportunities throughout my college career, and I am ecstatic to have been selected for a leadership position within this organization.
Pictured: My induction to NSCS, 2015
This year, through a volunteer opportunity with the Temple University Society for Human Resource Management, I had the opportunity to be a part of something truly amazing. On Monday, September 19th, I gathered with more than 1,350 other volunteers at the Liacorous Center to take part in PB&J day, a unique event where students make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless shelters across Philadelphia. What is particularly notable about this event is its sheer magnitude. In just one hour, we collectively made 49,100 sandwiches! This required 4,475 pounds of peanut butter, 3,800 pounds of jelly, and 1,875 loaves of bread.
Together, we set a Guinness World Record for most sandwiches made in one hour and crushed the previous record of 39,303 sandwiches. The atmosphere in the room was really energized and it was a lot of fun being a part of something that will have such a positive impact on hunger relief in Philadelphia. Throughout the event, we were periodically reminded to slow down and take the time to make sure that each sandwich was made with care. With a world record in mind, I think a lot of students needed to be reminded that we were making the sandwiches to help the community, and setting a record was just a bonus. Being a part of PB&J day was really eye opening in that it proved that there is power in numbers, and when we come together we can achieve great things.
Today I attended a Student Leadership Program entitled “Adulting 101.” The workshop offered some practical advice regarding financial stability and outlined the importance of starting your financial planning practices in college so that you can build upon your skills and hopefully be fully prepared to handle your own finances upon graduation. Some of the elements of finance that were outlined include living expenses, debts, savings, investments, and allowances for leisure and fun. While some of these categories clearly eat up my monthly allowances currently, I learned through this workshop that it is important that I am devoting money to all five of these categories each month—even savings and investments. The speaker provided excellent resources regarding student loans which can provide some vital information that many students lack, including the total amount owed in loans, interest rates, and projected payment due dates. Aside from finances, the workshop also touched on time-management tips, the importance of using a planner, and tactics to help balance good stress with bad stress in order to achieve more and reach your full potential.
What surprised me about this session was the considerable amount of participation from the room—everyone was excited to share their own personal strategies for being frugal, managing stress, staying organized, and so on. It was fascinating to hear of their individual methodologies for handling common struggles because they are students just like myself dealing with many similar challenges, and if these approaches work for them than there’s a good chance they will work for me as well. For example, a woman in the room mentioned she uses her phone to set reminders to respond to late-night emails at an appropriate time the following day; it was nice to think that phones are no longer solely a distraction and can actually be used to increase my personal productivity. We also discussed as a group how some of our everyday experiences in college can help us later on, and some of the things we came up with were choosing our battles with roommates, learning not to overextend ourselves with activities, and dealing with some challenging leaders. Overall, I feel like I gained a lot of insight from attending the workshop and it was nice connecting with some of my peers over the similar challenges many of us face in college.
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This week I volunteered to attend a STARS Leadership Event on behalf of HootaThon. Each organization at Temple is given from 1 to 4 stars based on the organization’s overall involvement and achievement. HootaThon is proud to be a 4 star organization, and in order to maintain this ranking, a number of committee members must attend STARS Leadership Events. The event I attended was all about inclusion. The event began with an ice-breaker activity where the presenter would say “Stand up if you have a dog, stand up if you’re a sophomore, stand up if you identify as African American, etc.” Each round grew more and more personal, with questions like: “Stand up if you identify as overweight. Stand up if you don’t know who one of your parents is.” What was astonishing was the participation from the entire room. Everyone was participating in the activity, even when it became very personal. At the end of the activity, there was such a sense of connection to those around you; standing up with others meant you had something in common or you shared a similar experience. It was interesting to see what types of people I could connect with, and the feeling of unity in the room lingered throughout the presentation. The activity probably had the most impact on me, personally, out of every ice-breaker I’ve ever been involved with.
The actual presentation focused on the idea that inclusive behavior makes an organization more appealing to others and therefore improves the overall success of the org., and to me this makes sense. People want to feel like they belong and they are wanted, or they will have no interest in being a part of the organization. It’s important to make sure you openly value the input of every member of an organization, because being in a higher position does not mean your ideas or beliefs are any better than any other member of the organization. It is crucial to stay away from any indication of condescending behavior, and to focus on mutual respect. Being inclusive means understanding that everyone can make valuable contributions and everyone should be welcomed regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, origin, social class, religion, or any other factors. The presentation also outlines that some commonly used phrases can be very exclusive to some people. Some of the more obvious ones included, “That’s so gay” and “No homo,” and some that I’ve never thought about before include calling someone “crazy,” or an “illegal alien.” Overall, the presentation made me put a lot of thought into how some other people may feel excluded and under-appreciated because organizations don’t pay close enough attention to utilizing inclusive behaviors, and that in order to be truly successful these are things we need to be considering and implementing every day.
My Campus Engagement Committee Director Kelly Doyle has recently informed me that I have been promoted to Satellite Captain for HootaThon 2016! I am so ecstatic to think that I will now be in a position to make an even bigger difference for the children at CHOP. As the Satellite Captain, my personal responsibilities will now include increasing the involvement of satellite campus students in HootaThon. Temple Ambler is the nearby satellite campus that I will be focusing on; there is a huge opportunity for improvement there considering that just 7 Ambler students joined us at HootaThon last year. This low number doesn’t discourage me in the least, but rather motivates me to get the word out about HootaThon to Ambler students so we can drastically increase that number for 2016. Right now my main focus is on learning more about the Ambler campus and getting in touch with their Activity Director—this is just the start of my initiative to try and bridge the gap between Temple campuses to unite us all for the kids!
Hello! My name is Fallon Barr, and I am a Human Resource Management Major in the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Temple offers students this wonderful opportunity to keep an e-portfolio through the Fox School—this resource is an interactive and creative way for me to track my personal achievements throughout my college career. This is just one of many unexpected benefits that Temple University has provided for me thus far, and there is no doubt in my mind that Temple will continue to impress me with countless opportunities to inhibit my future professional success.