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Welcome Back, Fall Programming, and Meet the VUSHRM Officers!

Welcome Back #VillanovaHRD!

We are excited to start another academic year with Villanova HRD! This year marks the 43rd year of the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova University. Welcome back to our continuing students, our alumni and a big welcome to our newest students starting this week! In this post, check out some of our fall programming from HRD & VUSHRM, and meet our VUSHRM Officers. We hope to see you at many events this fall!


Villanova Fall Development Series 2023

This series will be co-hosted by the Villanova HRD program and VUSHRM. Hear from faculty & guest speakers on trending HR topics like AI, wellbeing, pay transparency, and more! 6 sessions this fall offered both in-person and virtually and open to all HRD students, alum, faculty, and guests. Invite your colleagues! 6 SHRM/HRCI recertification codes available for attending (one per session)! Learn more & register:


VUSHRM Fall Happy Hour - In Person

Join us in the HRD Office & Lounge space in St. Mary's for free food, socializing, and of course some talk about HR and VUSHRM! Register here!


VUSHRM Annual Kick-Off Meeting - Virtual

Learn about what being a VUSHRM member means! You will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in local SHRM chapters, meet other HRD students, and share suggestions for what events you want to see this year.


Meet Your VUSHRM Board Members

We want to welcome everyone back to what will be another great year at Villanova! Fall seems to arrive quicker every year, but, despite the dwindling of beach days and (soon to be) cooler weather, we have some fun upcoming fall events for everyone to partake in! In this post, we will give a brief overview of HRD Fall programming and introduce the Villanova HRD Graduate Assistants and the VUSHRM Board. In the future, there will be plenty of blog posts with interesting stories, posts from different faculty and professors, updates on our podcast, HR Tea, and more! We are so excited for this year!


Meet our VUSHRM Board Members and Villanova HRD Graduate Assistants: Marisa, Aisling, Diep, Maddie, Tyra. Here are their VillanovaHRD Stories, #VillanovaHRDStory!



Hi y'all, my name is Marisa!

I am originally from Southern California but moved to Austin, Texas five years ago for undergrad. I graduated from Southwestern University with a Business major and a minor in Spanish. I am a second year Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I am also looking forward to taking the SHRM-CP exam in December and receiving my Human Resources Business Partner certificate. Over the summer I interned with Sabre Systems, Inc. with their HR team as an HR intern. In this role, I dealt with Employee Relations issues, managed a project to create a new employee length of service gift program, and managed a project to create a virtual bulletin board for remote employees in different states. I am so excited to learn even more about HR in my last year.



Hey there! My name is Aisling and I'm from Columbus, OH. I'm currently a first year student and graduate assistant in the HRD program. I'm a Villanova alum from the Class of 2023 where I studied in Psychology. I'm so excited to learn more about the world of HR and build on my experiences so far! I look forward to joining in different parts of the graduate community and spending another year on Villanova's beautiful campus!



Hello everyone! I’m Diep Tran and I’m from Vietnam. I graduated from University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor in Business Administration (Management option) and a minor in Hospitality Management. Currently, I am a first-year graduate student at Villanova and a Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. Before coming to Villanova, I worked as a Training and Development specialist in the banking and hospitality industries. Through my work, I developed a strong interest in T&D and HR so I’m coming to Villanova with a great passion to learn more about different HR functions and aspects. I’m excited to build up my knowledge, experience, and network through the HRD program as well as VUSHRM.



Hi everyone, my name is Maddie! I’m from Exton, PA and I am currently a second-year graduate student and Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I’m a proud 2023 Villanova alumn where I studied Psychology and Peace and Justice in my undergrad. I have a strong background in HR operations and talent acquisition but am looking forward to expanding my scope of HR through my masters’ classes and office experience! I am excited to be rejoining the Villanova community through the HRD program and am eager to grow into this new position!



Hey, I'm Tyra! I am from Peoria, Illinois. I received my B.A in Human resource management and Communication rhetorical studies from Illinois College. I am currently a Graduate Assistant in the HRD program, pursuing my MS and certification in Inclusion & Diversity Strategy. I am excited to be part of the team and help anyone, so feel free to reach out.


We can't wait to connect with our students this semester! Be sure to follow us on social and check back on the blog each week for new HRD stories, stories, content, and events! Go Cats! #VillanovaHRD


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