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TVHRA Membership Survey

Our board strives to bring you the best service as a SHRM affiliate, so this year, we are collecting data about our members. The collected information will help us better understand our membership and what TVHRA offerings best meet your needs.

Please take a moment to complete the 2015 TVHRA Membership Survey. The survey should take no longer than five minutes.

You may access the survey either by the clicking the link received via an email invitation or by clicking here

Your participation and feedback is appreciated!

Wage & Benefit Survey Results NOW AVAILABLE!

The results from the 2015 - 2016 East Tennessee Salary, Wage & Benefits Survey from, with data reported for this year’s survey as of June 2015, are now available!

If you particpated in the survey, then you can receive the results FREE of charge.

If you did not participate, you can get a discount on the cost. 
Go to and use referral code 78-347 when ordering.

You can even take advantage of reduced prices on customized survey reports and statewide data. Just remember - Use TVHRA’s referral code of 78-347

The SalarySurveyOnline Team is standing to provide assistance. You can call toll-free at 800-513-7761 or email

We encourage all TVHRA members to take advantage of this valuable opportunity.

We are excited to share that SHRM has awarded TVHRA with the
2015 SHRM Learning System Champion Award!!

This award is granted for our efforts in supporting our members’ professional growth by encouraging you to obtain the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP professional certification.  

A key element of our support is demonstrated through TVHRAs Chapter Study Group – which is facilitated by the always fabulous and talented Curt Hall!

Thank you to each one of you that have supported our efforts by attending the Study Group and providing your feedback from your experience.

Curt, on behalf of SHRM and the members of TVHRA, we want to publicly acknowledge and thank you for your time and commitment to helping others grow professionally and to reach their goal of obtaining a professional HR Certification.  

Your commitment doesn’t end when the class ends, you continue to encourage folks throughout the process of testing and getting results. You are there to either encourage folks to try again or remind us to keep the learning going by obtaining the necessary CEUs to maintain the certification.

On a personal note, as the Communications Chair for TVHRA, I want to publicly share my appreciation for Curt and all of the time he has provided to me to encourage my professional growth.  Throughout many years, you've been there as a cheerleeader and mentor to me!  

Curt, from the study group, to obtaining my certifications, to being involved as a Volunteer leader, you've been there encouraging me to keep moving forward regardless of what crosses my path. So, Curt, thank you!  Your time and kindness has truly been a gift- it’s the kind of gift that you cannot buy, but multiplies each and every year.  
                                                                         Sharon Kaye Miller, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

TN's New Website!!

Have you heard?  TN’s new web site is now operational!
The TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development section is now at 

Congratulations to UT SHRM Student Chapter!

The UT SHRM Student Chapter has received another award! 
The students, under the excellent leadership and guidance of Dr. Debbie Mackey,
continue to achieve excellence! 
The Chapter was awarded the Outstanding Student Chapter Merit Award for its excellence and achievement during the 2014-2015 Award period.

A special thank you to the 2014-2015 SHRM officers
who wrote extensively to support the merit award documents.

Evan Corlew - SHRM President
Sarah Norris - VP
Shea Lowe - VP
Catherine Hawkins - VP

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.


The UT-SHRM undergraduate team rose to victory against twenty-one competitive undergraduate teams during the SHRM Central Division Conference & Business Case Competition.

The conference was held from April 23rd-25th in Cincinnati, OH and included both undergraduate and graduate teams that competed in their respective categories.

The SHRM Case Competition is an event that provides a realistic preview for students of the types of problems that they may encounter in the workplace. Students were given a business case three weeks in advance of the competition and allowed three days to prepare and virtually submit a fifteen minute presentation and an executive summary to SHRM. The SHRM judges were comprised of employers from various organizations across the Central Division. Students were allowed to use different resources to compile their presentation, but they could not request assistance from their academic advisors or employers.

The team orally presented their business case during the first round of the competition on Friday, April 24th. The following Saturday morning, the UT-SHRM Chapter was announced as one of the top two teams and were given forty-five minutes to regroup and present again in front of all conference attendees and new competition judges. The undergraduate team did a fantastic job of answering difficult financial questions concerning the case and was complimented by the judges as being as polished as the graduate teams.

These students received $2,500 dollars and paid registration to the National SHRM Conference in Las Vegas, NV where they will be recognized in front of 18,000 HR professionals this June.

Congratulations to:
McCall Beckler, Evan Corlew, Catherine Hawkins, Shea Lowe, and Sarah Norris
for a job well done!!!

Mark Your Calendars NOW for Wage & Benefit Survey
Participation in August

The 2015 - 2016 East Tennessee Salary, Wage & Benefits Survey
from is coming SOON!

Data reported for this year’s survey will be as of June 2015
and survey participation will open in August.

Produced for our Chapter, this survey provides straightforward, easy-to-find data on market trends for your specific area. This gives you the chance to join other area employers in collecting and sharing competitive wage data from our own geographic area. The survey also has an extensive benefits section!

As a TVHRA member you can participate in the upcoming survey and receive the results FREE of charge. Just complete and submit the online questionnaire anytime during the month of August and you will be able to access the online results beginning in
September 2015.

The 2015 - 2016 Survey has just been updated to make participation even faster and easier. Simply enter your data online - you can even save your work and come back as often as you like.

Just follow these three steps to access this year's survey questionnaire:

  1. New participants log-in at using the following
    (previous participants will be contacted separately):

    Login Name: TVHRA
    Password: 2015347

  2. Complete the questionnaire at your own pace.
    Data reported will be as of June 2015. Save or print at any time. Come back as often as necessary!

  3. Click Submit to send your work.

Complete your survey any time before August 31, 2015 (sorry, no late submissions) and you will receive FREE online access to the complete tabulated results for your area when released in September. Compare that with the hundreds of dollars some surveys charge!

You can even take advantage of reduced prices on customized survey reports and statewide data
(use TVHRA’s referral code of 78-347).

The SalarySurveyOnline Team is standing by if you ever have questions or need assistance. You can call
toll-free at 800-513-7761 or email

We encourage all TVHRA members to take advantage of this valuable opportunity.



All nominations are due to Rebecca Harmon by August 28, 2015.

1. HR Excellence
    Nominate an HR professional that has shows service to the TVHRA Chapter,
    Service to the HR Profession and Service to the Community.

2. James House Williamson Award
    Highest Award given to someone in HR in the state of TN.  
    Recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to HR Management.

Nominees do not have to be members of TVHRA.

Any questions, please see Rebecca.

TVHRA receives prestigious SHRM Award for
Advancing the HR Profession

The TVHRA Board of Directors is proud to announce the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) recently awarded TVHRA its prestigious EXCEL Gold Award for TVHRA's accomplishments in 2014.  This is the first time in over 10 years that TVHRA has received such an award. 
Just a few of the items that contributed to our receiving of this award include the overall increase in our membership, percentage of members who are National SHRM members,support of the SHRM Foundation, support of our student members and the number of our monthly meetings that are certified to receive HRCI credit. As members, your support of our efforts by attending the meetings, participating in our fund raising efforts for the SHRM Foundation and inviting others to join TVHRA are a vital and tangible part of this achievement.  Thank YOU! 
While those of us on the Board are very excited to receive this award, it is somewhat bittersweet as one of the goals that the late Jeff Ginsburg challenged the Board to achieve was the Excel Gold Award from SHRM.  While we wish that Jeff were here with us to see this goal ultimately achieved, we acknowledge this achievement in his honor. As many of you know, Jeff was an incredible motivator and always believed each of us individually and ultimately collectively could achieve whatever goal we put in front of us.  Jeff was an incredible HR professional, leader and friend and his presence continues to be missed at our Board Meetings, Monthly meetings and within our lives.   

A copy of the Press Release from SHRM is included below:



Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (TVHRA) Receives
restigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession

Knoxville, TN, April 13, 2015 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (TVHRA) its prestigious EXCEL Gold Award for TVHRA’s accomplishments in 2014.


The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils with SHRM’s goals. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

“At SHRM, advancing the human resources profession is our mission. The work of our chapters and councils are central to accomplishing that,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Receiving this award is testament to TVHRA’s commitment to advancing the HR profession through local networking and professional development activities.”

The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that have to be met. TVHRA will receive recognition in SHRM publications and conferences, a certificate of recognition, and special signage to display at its meetings and events.

TVHRA offers a variety of leadership activities, HR events, conferences, networking groups and meeting formats on a wide range leadership and human resource topics for our members and guests.

Our meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Rothchild's Catering and Conference Center.

Registration and networking begin 5:00 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 5:30pm.  Our program follows and most meetings end by 7:30pm.

Members can log in to the web site and update your own information. Remember, we do NOT keep your passwords. If you cannot recall your password, you have the option to reset your password.

TVHRA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

Whether you are new to the HR profession or have many years of experience, we invite you to join us for networking, information, and professional development.                                            

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