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  • 28 Mar 2021 6:39 PM | Anonymous

    David L. Taton Scholarship Application 21

    If you are aiming for leadership positions in an organization’s human resources department, to serve as an essential link between the management and employees, scholarships for human resource management majors can go a long way towards guaranteeing your professional dreams become a reality.

    Since today’s increasingly complex and competitive global business marketplace is creating the need for more qualified human resources management, we are offering two scholarships to aspiring professionals seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in human resources.

    The scholarship fund for RI SHRM was started by the family of a very dedicated RI SHRM member who was committed to developing the human resource profession and this scholarship is in his name. Each year RI SHRM will award two students with a $1,500.00 David L. Taton scholarship award.


    • Current RI SHRM member (professional or student)

    • Enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program with at least one full semester remaining before graduation (see additional clarification below), OR accepted and ready to begin your studies within six months

    • University is a regionally accredited institution of higher learning

    • Degree program is HR-related (e.g. business, psychology, HR, org development, etc.)

    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

    How to Apply

    Online application including:

    • Contact information

    • Short answer questions about academic, volunteer and work experience, career aspirations, and financial need

    • Current resume

    • Transcripts from an accredited institution in the United States.  

    • One reference letter. *

    *Reference letters can be addressed to the ‘SHRM Foundation Scholarship Review Committee’ and should provide insight into applicant’s character, career and/or volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, values and need for the scholarship. Letters may be written by work or volunteer colleagues, coaches, professors, etc. but should not come from family members. 

    Selection Criteria

    • 35% Commitment to/passion for the HR profession

    • 25% Volunteer, leadership, and service activities (RI SHRM experience preferred, but not required)

    • 20% Academic achievement

    • 20% Financial need

    Scholarship Distribution

    If you are selected to receive the scholarship, you will be required to provide your course registration and college/university payment instructions. The RI SHRM Foundation will issue the funds directly to the institution for payment of tuition and course-related fees, up to $1,500. Your scholarship may be used for any academic session within 2021 or 2022 and must be claimed in time to distribute the funds to your institution no later than December 31, 2021.

    Scholarships are considered taxable income by the IRS. Therefore, recipients will be required to provide a Social Security Number or tax ID, and RI SHRM will issue a 1099 for the tax year in which the scholarship was distributed.

    Additional Information

    Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply on a yearly basis. Full-time, part-time, online and distance learning programs are acceptable. Scholarships are for college-degree programs only and may not be used to attend professional development seminars.

    By accepting a scholarship, you are consenting to allow the RI SHRM Foundation to use without limitation, and in any media, your name, city, state, photos, and captions (if uploaded), and verbiage for marketing and promotional purposes. 

    Employees or board members of RI SHRM and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for RI SHRM Foundation grants, awards, or scholarships.

    RI SHRM does not discriminate against individuals based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, or any other protected class in the administration of its scholarship programs. Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on merit. 


    Apply Here:
    David L. Taton Scholarship Application 21

  • 23 Feb 2021 9:13 AM | Amy Grenga (Administrator)

    Sean Fontes, Executive Counsel, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training will be teaching a course on Employment law at Roger Williams University beginning March 8, 2021 through May 17, 2021. Sean is a long-standing instructor at RWU, his expertise will be beneficial to any student studying law, and to those businesses looking to enhance their knowledge, especially as it pertains to new policies surrounding Covid-19. Sean was instrumental in drafting and advising the Rhode Island Governor's Office on new labor and employment policies and rules for Covid-19. 

    Please contact for more information or enrollment of this course.

  • 9 Dec 2020 4:49 PM | Alex Pastor (Administrator)

    Now is the time to earn your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential. Expand your HR knowledge and practical, real-life competencies to make an immediate impact on your job and excel in your career.

    Our course combines expert instructors with the official SHRM certification prep tool: the 2021 SHRM Learning System. We offer a comprehensive and proven way to prepare for success on your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam in our Virtual Instructor-Led Classroom setting.

    In this class, you will:

    1. Learn from experienced, SHRM-certified instructors. 
    2. Engage in discussions and learn from your classmates and peers. 
    3. Benefit from a structured environment to keep you on track. 
    4. Review funding options, such as tuition reimbursement. 

    SHRM Exam Prep at Bryant University’s Executive Development Center

    • Where: Virtual Instructor-Led via Zoom
    • When: February 25 – May 13, 2021 
    • Time: 6pm-9pm for 12 weeks 
    • Course Investment: $1,375 (includes SHRM Learning System)

    Click here to learn more and register!

  • 19 Nov 2020 11:00 AM | Alex Pastor (Administrator)

    As we get close to concluding one of the most contentious and unforgiving years in the modern era, now may be the time we Restore, Rebuild and Reconvene to assist our employees as they return to the brick and mortar workplace.  

    The question is: what does the workforce look like as employees return from remote work to a workplace that they may not even find recognizable? It seems that an orientation to the “new normal” may be in order, focusing on the trauma of working from home with little privacy, to reimagining what the workday may look like and feel like to the employee returning from more than 6 months in home confinement in some instances.  As the Human Resources profession pivoted from the brick and mortar workforce to a remote workforce and back again, HR has been at the forefront in managing these evolving workforce paradigms.  

    Now, as the reopening phases begin, employees may be coming back to the office, factory, retail store, and other locations in large numbers.  How can HR lead this transition back to the workplace in a manner in which employees feel welcomed, unafraid, nor concerned about family left at home without childcare or family care, and can focus on the workload placed in front of them?

    To read more, click here

  • 1 May 2020 8:52 AM | Anonymous


    Today’s human resource professionals need to think of themselves as strategic partners, contributing to the development and accomplishments of the organization-wide business plan and objectives. Bryant’s Human Resources Management Certificate program provides an educational model aligned with the SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ designation of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

    Who Should Attend

    • Practitioners new to the HR role
    • Working HR professionals looking to fine-tune or learn new practices
    • Professionals or managers who oversee HR functions

    Program Course Listing

    NOTE: Successful completion of six courses is required to earn the certificate.
    You may take classes online, on-campus or a blended combination for your convenience.

    • Introduction to Human Resource Management*
    • Human Resource Management & the Law
    • Recruiting, Selection and Retention
    • Introduction to Benefits & Compensation
    • Performance Management
    • Employee and Labor Relations
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Design & Deliver Effective Training
    • Strategic Human Resource Management
    • Required for Certificate – Some waivers may apply.

    Course Benefits

    • Examine best practices and relevant, current HR topics
    • Interaction and networking with peers in the HR field
    • Instructors are experienced, practitioners offering real-world examples
    • Combine formal education with years of HR experience keeping you relevant, valuable and competitive


  • 2 Mar 2020 2:04 PM | Deleted user

    A message from Michael Raspallo, CLU, ChFC, AIF®

    President of Corner Office Financials.

    Please join us on March 30th in representation of your employer.  We really are focused on having folks from the business community who can possibly influence the adoption of some awareness within the work place.  So HR folks are great targets.  I was thinking of asking that it be promoted to our RI membership,  but was not sure if it an intended target list could be made,  We can accommodate no more than about 60 people and feed them as well.  So we are being a bit  selective, but certainly welcome all of you and any guest colleague your like to bring.

    For more information please click here.

    Please simply let me know if you can help.  If you’d like to Register at


  • 15 Jan 2020 12:58 PM | Deleted user

    The event will be on Wednesday, May 6 from 11am-2pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Providence. The Rhode Island LGBTQIA+ Job fair has three goals:

    1). Connect the LGBTQIA+ community with employers that have a demonstrated commitment to equitable and inclusive workplace policies.

    2). Showcase Rhode Island (and the employers within) as a state that values LGBTQIA+ employees.

    3). Collect demographic information specific to the LGBTQIA+ community to inform future job fairs and identify opportunities to reduce barriers to employment.In addition to employer booths, the job fair will feature workshops around employer-based healthcare, workplace legal protections, and record expungement, the opportunity for free professional head shots, and community resources related to housing, healthcare and legal services.

    Interested employers can register here by January 31:

    Contact Bret Jacob at for more information.

  • 23 Dec 2019 4:28 PM | Deleted user

    You are invited to a breakfast presentation highlighting the importance of resilience in the workplace.

    Presented by Linda Manning, Owner, Inner Clarity Consulting.

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    8:00- 8:30am - Breakfast and Networking

    8:30 - 9:30 am Presentation and Discussion

    Where: The University Club

    219 Benefit Street


    RSVP to Jamie Oriol

    For more information click here.

  • 28 Oct 2019 12:01 PM | Deleted user

    Know STEM grads with college debt working in Rhode Island? Please forward this email and suggest they consider applying for the Wavemaker Fellowship, which provides tax credits to repay college loans; they’ll find information and the application, due November 1, here.

    For additional information click here.

    October 28, 2019

  • 19 Oct 2019 12:59 PM | Deleted user

    RI SHRM Member:

    Hello! My name is Anthony Hunt and I’m a PhD student in the Human Resource Development (HRD) program at Texas A&M University. I’m currently conducting research for my dissertation about factors that relate to HR expertise, such as experience, exposure to various HR functional areas, personality, membership in professional associations, and decision-making styles. 

    I’m reaching out to HR professionals like yourself to request your assistance. I invite you to participate in my study by completing a survey, which can be found here.

    Participation is voluntary, confidential, and only takes about 15-20 minutes.  To show my appreciation for your valuable contribution, I’m even giving away four (4) $50 Amazon gift cards in a drawing for those who participate by November 30, 2019.

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me at (512) 922-1807 or at

    Thank you in advance for your time, consideration, and input!

    Most Sincerely,

    Anthony Hunt, PhD Student

    Texas A&M University

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