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Athens State Honorees Receive State Scholarship Recognition and Professional Appointment

November 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Human Resource Department and Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been honored and recognized twice recently. Student Rebecca Dubach won the “TVC-SHRM Capitol Hill Scholarship” to attend SHRM-sponsored HR advocacy meeting with elected representatives in Washington, D.C. and HR Department Chair and SHRM chapter advisor, Dr. Kim LaFevor was named to the 2014 Alabama SHRM State Council as the College Relations Director.

Dubach, daughter of Scott and Tina Dubach of Decatur, was selected to attend the Tennessee Valley chapter of SHRM’s (TV-SHRM) bi-annual trip to Washington D.C. as a result of winning an essay scholarship contest sponsored by the organization. Dubach, along with other HR professionals from across the state, had a chance to visit all nine members of Congress on September 13. The group met the legislators about immigration and tax issues related to employee benefits.

Dubach stated, "Winning the scholarship for the Capitol Hill Visit was an amazing opportunity. Being a part of the Human Resource Management team lobbying to add employment verification to immigration reform and for retirement security left a lasting impact."

Dubach will write another essay on her experience that will be published in Alabama SHRM State Council’s (ALSHRM) annual magazine HR Alabama Magazine. She recently spoke at the Alabama SHRM State Council on her experience and will present to her sponsoring SHRM Professional Chapter, TVC-SHRM at their November Legislative meeting.

As a separate distinction, the Athens State SHRM chapter advisor, Dr. Kim LaFevor, was appointed to the SHRM Alabama State Council as the College Relations Director for 2014. LaFevor will serve on the Council in addition to her duties as Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Management Department at Athens State.

The Alabama SHRM State Council is the communication link between members, chapters, and the SHRM organization. The Council provides leadership, communication, and supports thousands of human resource professionals who are either members of a SHRM chapter or members at-large in Alabama.

“I agreed to serve in this particular capacity as it will be a very good connection for our students as we build relationships with other Human Resources programs across the state,” stated LaFevor. “I hope to be able to help open doors for our students pursuing
graduate studies, as well as first-hand knowledge of available scholarships at an undergraduate and graduate level so we can make our students aware and encourage them to apply.”

Earlier this year, the Athens State chapter was awarded the Superior Merit Award from the national Society for Human Resource Management. During the previous academic year, the chapter has conducted several fundraisers to raise monies to sponsor the several conferences and two educational sessions in the job search process. The group has also hosted Human Resource Certification, FMLA, and interviewing skills programs for students and community members.

Nationally, SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to Human Resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters.

For more information on the Athens State chapter of SHRM visit www.athens.edu/SHRM.


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