During 1998, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chapter restructured and set new goals. One of the main objectives identified is to provide balanced, meaningful programs which broaden members' understanding of the HRM field in the professional world. The chapter is also working to have all events planned a semester ahead. In accordance with their goal of hosting two vice-presidents of HR from major corporations, the chapter recently sponsored a wine and cheese reception featuring Ken Alvarez from Sun Microsystems. Mr. Alvarez spoke to the students on HR's role in high-tech industry. In conjunction with other campus organizations the chapter sponsored the Multicultural Fest with the theme Globalization: HR's Focus on the Future. At this event a panel of speakers discussed the issue of diversity. The panel included: Ron Sipiora, vice president of HR for Aon Consulting; Frank Campbell, past president of the Tri-County Urban League; and Serdar Demir, a master's student with experience in European business. Professor John Lawler facilitated the discussion. The chapter's new focus has helped the group increase membership by over 300% in the past year.
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