Michele Swift, SHRM-SCP, Student Chapter Advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Oregon State University (OSU), is the recipient of the 2022 Student Chapter Advisor Impact Award from the SHRM Foundation.
She received a plaque; a monetary award of $1,000; $1,000 for travel and accommodation expenses for the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2022 held in June in New Orleans; and free conference registration.
Swift is a Senior Instructor and Deputy Head of School for Management, Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain at OSU’s College of Business. She participates in curriculum development and design and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource management. As the Management Professional Development Coordinator, Swift serves as a liaison between the Management program and OSU’s College of Business to educate students about the management major and introduce them to potential career opportunities.
Swift has been the chapter’s education advisor since 2017. She sees her role, she said, as twofold: supporting the chapter’s leadership team by providing members and students with “a better understanding of the field of HR and of management”, and help the management team develop professional and leadership skills.
She is the Director of College Relations for the Northwest Human Resource Management Association, an affiliate of SHRM, where she oversees planning for the HR Leaders of Tomorrow student conference. She is also involved in college relations for the Lane County HR Association, an affiliate of SHRM in Eugene, Ore.
OSU graduate Kaitlin Goodman, SHRM-CP, a human resources specialist at Oregon Medical Group in Eugene, was one of many students who nominated Swift for the award. Goodman served as president and treasurer of the student chapter of OSU and credited Swift with boosting her confidence and leadership abilities.
“My love for HR was nurtured so intentionally by Michele,” Goodman wrote in the award nomination. “She helped students like me find community by learning about HR.”
Katharina Staudt was president and vice-president of the section. She completed Swift’s Human Resource Management course and is now a Masters candidate in Malmo University’s Leadership and Sustainability program in Malmo, Skane, Sweden. She spoke highly of Swift’s work with students.
“A large percentage of our club members graduate with a career in HR because of her dedication to student professional development and constant networking. Michele shares her vast HR network with so many other students to help them find jobs and internships based on their strengths and interests,” Staudt said.
Rachel Tweedy, customer relations associate at Vanguard in Scottsdale, Ariz., noted that Swift has been caring for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Going to college during the pandemic hasn’t been easy and Michele has been such an inspiration to me during this time,” said Tweedy, who served as chapter president in 2020. “She worked so hard to making sure we still got networking opportunities even though we couldn’t meet in person.”
Staudt pointed out that Swift increased SHRM membership and conference attendance among chapter members and helped seven students attend SHRM21 by successfully submitting a college funding proposal. Swift also invited HR professionals to speak at chapter meetings, hosted resume workshops, hosted a student conference, helped students network, and provided job leads and referrals.
“A great example”
Wendi Safstrom, president of the SHRM Foundation, praised Swift for her work with the students.
“She is a great example of the important role counselors play in supporting students throughout their college careers and beyond. Often, as the person closest to students, Chapter Advisors like Dr. Swift provide guidance and leadership to help ensure student success. »
Swift received her doctorate in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Oregon and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Irvine.
Prior to entering academia, Swift worked in HR consulting and HR systems for over 10 years. During this time, she managed HR self-service implementation projects, assisted in the development of business cases, advised managers on employee relations matters, provided recruitment services and job placement and managed payroll and workers’ compensation.
Swift said she was “astounded and humbled” to receive the award.
“I’ve been blessed to work with many amazing student chapter leaders and I truly believe that I couldn’t do what I do as a chapter counselor if it wasn’t for them,” he said. she declared.
Online nominations for the 2023 Student Section Advisor Impact Award open January 10; the deadline is March 8.