70 New Students Are Welcomed Into The MLER Program

New Cohort Comprises The Largest Incoming Class 

In fall 2013, 70 new students joined SMLR’s master’s degree program in labor and employment relations (MLER). The new scholars, eight of whom are from out of state, were introduced to the school’s faculty and staff, during the program’s orientation on September 4. This cohort comprises the largest incoming class, totaling 150 current students. 
SMLR Dean Susan Schurman greets the new MLER students. 
New students in the MLER program meet their peers during orientation.
Sattik Deb (farthest left) introduces students to LSER's career services. 
Jenna Hampton, a new MLER student, "wanted to attend this world-renowned program because of the caliber of its faculty and staff."
Professor Paula Voos (standing at right) explains the importance of labor and employment relations issues in current events.
Kevin Jones,  HRM '12, is a new MLER student, chose the program for its foundation in legal interpretation. 
In addition to meeting SMLR’s faculty, new MLER students received an overview of the program’s courses, library and career services as well as an introduction to the student group, RU POWER. Professor Paula Voos, MLER program director, highlighted the prevalence of labor and employment issues in current events to emphasize the importance of these studies. Similarly, a few students shared reasons for selecting to study in SMLR's MLER program. 
“I studied labor relations as a minor, while I was an undergraduate, and I knew that I wanted to attend this world-renowned program because of the caliber of its faculty and staff,” says Jenna Hampton, a new MLER student.
Like Hampton, Kevin Jones, a 2012 graduate of SMLR’s undergraduate program in human resource management, is also pursuing his master’s degree in labor and employment relations. 
He says, “I wanted to complement my undergraduate degree in human resources and criminal justice by studying labor relations. This program takes my undergraduate studies a step further, providing a foundation in legal interpretation. This degree will give me more options and the flexibility to pursue either an HR manager role, a position in labor relations, or even attend law school."