On Wednesday, August 22nd, we welcomed 89 MHRIR students and one new PhD student to the School of Labor and Employment Relations. This year’s class is quite diverse, with 61 domestic students and 28 International students. Of all 89 students, 70 are female and 19 are male, with Psychology continuing to be the leading undergraduate degree (34 students). It’s exciting to welcome over half of the class to the University of Illinois, as 49 students completed their undergraduate degrees from institutions across the world.
Student Case Competitions
One of our networking opportunities offered, was a student CASE competition, featuring a gender parity case from a loyal corporate partner. Students were split into groups with 36-hours to research, strategize and present their priorities and solutions. After hearing nine wonderful presentations, three were selected to present to their peers and one group was awarded the coveted “LER First Day Case Competition Champion”.
Young Alumni Panel at Orientation
We were excited to welcome three young alumni back to campus to share their experiences during their time at LER, along with recommendations for making the most of their three semesters on campus. Thank you to Delight Deloney, Matt Sturgeon and Jenny Aleshire for coming back to Champaign to inspire our students.
- Delight Deloney, MHRIR 2015, Boeing
- Matt Sturgeon, MHRIR 2013, KPMG
- Jenny Aleshire, MHRIR 2014, PepsiCo
Eaton Sponsored Salt and Light Community Service Project
All new students wrapped up their orientation week with a community service project at Salt and Light Grocery and Thrift Store in Urbana. Our group assisted the organization by assisting staff with sorting donations, prepping space and stocking their food pantry shelves with recent donations. All that participated loved the team building and the opportunity to support their new community. This wonderful new addition to their orientation was sponsored by Eaton, and we were excited to welcome back our LER alumni: Marceau Merchat, MHRIR 2016; Steve Moll, MHRIR 2017; Victoria Woods, MHRIR 2018; and Paul Oh (Current Student, Online Program).