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2018-2019 NISHRM Scholarship Recipient

    Abbigail Roemer

    School: Northern Illinois University

    Major:   Business Management

    Degree working towards: Human Resources Emphasis

    Expected graduation date: 5/11/2019

    Honor’s Received:

    Through NIU, I have received the Centennial Scholarship 2015-2019, Lois V, Hobart Endowed Scholarship 2015, Nick & Olga Racus Memorial Scholarship in Management 2016, Crocker Scholar 2018, Mike Jaroch Management Excellence Award 2018, and the Joseph and Rose Costa Endowed Scholarship Fund 2018. In 2017, I was selected as a percipient of the Chicago Compensation Association Scholarship. Also, through NIU’s student chapter of SHRM I have been awarded with Platinum Member status from 2015 to present day.


    - HR Intern at Calamos Investments to be for the Summer of 2018. I am excited to gain exposure to more elements of HR such as compensation, benefits, payroll, and HRIS though this internship program.

    - HR Intern at Glanbia Performance Nutrition where I assisted in their companywide training & development program roll outs, made benefit communications, created a report on the Corporate Social Responsibility Program for senior leadership, and took part in an intern case study project on sustainability for the Summer of 2017.

    - HR & Project Management Intern at Northern Illinois University’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning in the Summer of 2016. Though this position I restructured their hiring orientation by implementing a new onboarding process and program, formatted and coordinated all office electronic data storing files, and promoted the office’s many programs and recruited students at orientations and fairs.

    Why did you select HR as your career choice?

    In high school, I was always involved but didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. Senior year, my class did a project called, “Occupational Study”. At that time, I was interested in Management due to my experience of being President in our student council. I had heard about Human Resources and decided to contact a family friend in the field to learn more and do a job shadow. I never really knew what HR was before I could see it and experience it for a day. I loved the fast pace and immensely diverse areas the role of a HR Generalist covered. After that project, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and that was to have a career as a Human Resource Professional. In selecting a college, I was drawn to NIU for the great programs at the College of Business. When learning they had the Management Emphasis of HR, I was set with my career choice and have been extremely happy from the opportunities it has given.

    What area of HR interests me the most:

    As a junior in college, most of my HR experience is related to Training & Development which I do highly enjoy at this point in my education. In my senior year classes and 2018 summer HR internship with Calamos Investments to come, I hope to get more exposure to the different areas of HR such as compensation, HRIS, employment law, and talent acquisition.

    Accomplishments I am most proud of:

    I am extremely proud of my educational and personal journey at Northern Illinois University. Students, staff, and especially faculty seemed to be very surprised that I was freshman who already decided on HR as a major when entering college. This almost worried me at first, but then I found the NIU student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. From talking to the student executive board and wonderful faculty advisor, my worries faded away and I knew I was in the right place with HR. I immediately got involved with the group and was extremely fortunate to run for a new board position of the Fundraising and Philanthropy Chair. My freshmen year, I began to take on responsibility and stepped out of my comfort zone to learn more about HR. My love for SHRM continued with being elected as the Merit Coordinator, then Vice President, and now currently serving as President for the chapter. These leadership roles have created wonderful opportunities, connections, and experience that I am truly grateful for and beyond proud of.