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Spartan Jaimie Hutchison discusses her love for advising and empowering others to reach their goals.
Jaimie Hutchison is a leader in the education industry, focusing on program management, counseling, academic advising, career exploration, and college access. Her specialty is strengthening connections. She serves as School Counselor for Webberville Middle and High School.
Jaimie’s diverse work experiences have prepared her for focusing on the wide array of needs that high school and college students have. Prior to joining Webberville, Jaimie worked for several educational, government, and non-profit organizations in California, Montana, Colorado and Michigan.Jaimie chose to return to Michigan to put her skills to work in her home state. Jaimie is an active volunteer in her community and is involved with the Girl Scouts, Junior League of Lansing and the Lansing Jaycees.
Jaimie enjoys travel, cultural events, photography, and empowering others to reach their goals. Jaimie and her family are proud Spartans and enjoy all of the diverse events and activities that Michigan State University and the Greater Lansing Area has to offer.
Specialties: Higher Education Administration, Academic Advising, Career Exploration, Program Administration, Training, Talent Enhancement, Personnel Management, Career Guidance, Veterans, Employer Relations, Alumni Relations, Public Speaking, Communications, Pre-law Advising, Empowerment, Networking, Graduate/Professional School Preparation, Event Planning, Professionalism in the Workplace, Resume Writing, Interviewing, Career Search Strategies, Counseling, and Professional Identity.
Spartan Calvin McDaniel shares his experience working in the HR field.
Calvin graduated from Michigan State University’s Master of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations program in 2013. He currently works as an HR Manager for Wayne Water Systems in Harrison, Ohio. Wayne assembles water removal systems, including basement, well, and utility pumps. He also provides HR support for a sister Berkshire Hathaway company, Powerex, that assembles medical and industrial air compressor systems. Prior to his current role, Calvin worked as an Alumni Career Advisor at Michigan State as well as an HR Manager for General Mills.
As a student, he spent two summers interning in different states- one in Wisconsin and the other in Minneapolis. He says these experiences contributed to both his professional success and helped shaped who he is today. Additionally, Calvin spent 2 weeks in South Africa studying HR and Labor Relations and the socioeconomic aspects of culture in the workplace. He spent the first week in Cape Town engaging with the local culture and the following week studying at the Nelson Mandela University. He says this experience enabled him to see a wide variety of labor relations and HR practices in another country and provided him a global perspective of the workplace. Most importantly, Calvin was able to take what he learned from his time in South Africa and put it into practice in his current role.
Calvin says he knew the HR field was for him when he first took a Diversity & Inclusion course through the Broad Business College, and later as he developed a passion for talent management because it enables him to help people maximize their skills and abilities. For those who share his passions and/or who are looking into HR, Calvin offers a couple pieces of advice. First, he says to be aware of the administrative duties required while working in the field, such as record keeping. Secondly, he emphasizes the importance of having integrity and strong value systems to guide everything you do.
Spartan Ray Bates shares his experiences within the HR field.
Ray Bates joined Croda International, a boutique chemical manufacturer, in March of 2016 and is currently a Human Resources Manager in the Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area. In his current role, he is responsible for all of the strategic and tactical HR requirements and oversees two locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania. With one location being a unionized environment, and his other site a non-union environment; Ray and his team experience a wide-ranging spectrum of challenges and opportunities on a daily basis. Ray is currently in a transitional period as he will soon be leaving Croda and has accepted an opportunity to work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Sr. HR Business Partner.
Prior to joining Croda, Ray was the Lead HR Business Partner for The Boeing Company at their Ridley Park, Pennsylvania location. While at Boeing, Ray began as an intern and went on to hold a variety of positions that extended from unionized manufacturing settings to international HR support in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
Prior to his career in Human Resources, Ray served in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years, and prior to that, he spent 4 years in the Army Reserves. After his career in the military, Ray went on to earn his Bachelors and a Masters Degrees from Michigan State University in Human Resource Management (Eli Broad College of Business) and Human Resources & Labor Relations (MHRLR) respectively. As an undergraduate he studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, studying International Business and Labor Management. Ray has since then earned a Master of Business Administration, specializing in International Business, from Washington State University. He is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.
Ray is a native of Durand, Michigan and currently lives just west of Philadelphia.
Spartan Richard Stankiewicz discusses both his role as an IT executive and how he has seen the field change over time.
Richard is currently working as a Senior Manager for the State of Michigan with an IT focus, spending a lot of his time conversing about IT projects with customers both at the executive and business level. More specifically, he is representing three state agencies on the implementation of the new statewide financial system, along with working on two other large projects.
When Richard began his career, after receiving a computer science degree from Saginaw Valley State, he says the IT field did not exist. Professionals in the IT field were required to jump in and find solutions, unlike today where people have specific roles and responsibilities. Additionally, he mentions how the field has become more accessible through the internet and use of mobile devices as well as through specialized University programs. Richard also received a degree in Parks and Administration from Michigan State and is working towards earning an MBA from Texas State University.
For those of you who are thinking about going into the I.T. field, Richard offers some great advice you may not have already thought about. For example, before entering the field, individuals should know what sector of business they want to be in, with options ranging from healthcare to business management. He also says in order to be successful in IT, professionals require flexibility and communication skills. Most importantly though, Richard says it is imperative to find a mentor early and utilize him/her often so as to offer sound guidance and advice.