HRAC Newsletter  -December 2015 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 12/12/15  General Body Meeting -1:00 pm @ Larchmont Library, Norfolk
  • 12/12/15  Ugly Sweater Party -3:00 pm @ Zach Grohler's House, Virginia Beach
  • Jan 2016  Anniversary Party -Time TBD @ Jody South's House, Suffolk

Quote of the Month

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."
-Walt Disney

Employment Opportunities

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Business Analyst
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HR Generalist
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Good Reads

By Amy Cuddy

How to Retire with Enough Money
By Teresa Ghilarducci



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General Body Meeting Saturday December 12

Our next general body meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, December 12 at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will take place at Larchmont Public Library 6525 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk.

Remember that all active members must attend two meetings per year in order to maintain their status.  Come learn about upcoming events and changes for the HRAC, share your thoughts, and help us get ready to ring in 2016!

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

The holidays are here!  Join us after the general body meeting this Saturday, January 12 for an ugly sweater holiday part at brother Zach Grohler's house in Virginia Beach.

We ask that those attending wear your ugliest holiday sweater and bring a dish to share for the afternoon gathering.  Beverages are also welcome.  Please plan to bring your own if you choose to partake.  

If you have questions or need directions to Zach's house, please contact us at  We look forward to seeing you and your ugly sweater!

T-Shirt Orders are In

If you pre-ordered one of the new HRAC t-shirts, they have arrived.  Please plan to attend the General Body Meeting on Saturday, December 12 to pick up your shirt(s).

If you did not order a shirt but are still interested, please be on the lookout for details coming soon as we have a few extras left in inventory.  Please note that we are no longer accepting pre-orders, so you will be limited to the sizes remaining in inventory.

Professional Fireside Chat 

The Professional Committee of the Iota Pi chapter held  a "Fireside Chat" on campus on Tuesday, December 1 in Freeman Hall.

The event began with a panel of alumni discussing their experiences with AKPsi as well as their careers and how the fraternity has helped them with their careers.  In addition to the six alumni that attended locally, a few alumni video-conferenced in from areas across the country.

After the panel, the group divided to network individually enjoy holiday treats.  The small group made for a cozy environment and allowed alumni to speak with all bothers present.  Overall, this was viewed as an excellent professional event.


8 Tips to Survive the Holiday
By Lisa Quast

With Christmas just around the corner, I can already feel people’s stress levels rising. To make this year’s festivities more enjoyable, try these tips for surviving the holiday season at work:
Negotiate time off with enough advance notice. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask your boss for vacation days. The holidays are a busy time for many businesses, so avoid putting your manager into the position of having to juggle several employees who are all requesting the same vacation dates.
Be respectful of the work environment. Avoid going overboard with holiday decorations. Leave the noisy dancing Santa at home, along with the scented candles and potpourri. The holidays can be a happy (and distracting) time, but don’t forget that your productivity must remain high. With performance evaluations right around the corner, this is not the time to slack off.
Don’t skip the holiday work party. You may dread attending, but this is one work event you should never skip. Because it’s a work function, show up on time, grin and bear it, and act professionally. Don’t forget to thank the hosts (senior management) before you leave.
Keep gift giving to a minimum. Most people would rather not exchange gifts with coworkers, so if you decide on giving any gifts, keep them small (low cost) or opt for doing something for the entire department, such as baking or purchasing a dessert that everyone can share. Note: Even if bosses give gifts to employees, employees should never be expected to give gifts upward.
Avoid setting out bowls of candy. You might think that you’re just trying to be nice and get in the holiday spirit by providing a bowl filled with green and red candy, but you may actually end up sabotaging your diet and the diets of your colleagues.
Further, with winter being the cold and flu season, the last thing you want to do is spread viruses through infected hands reaching into bowls of unwrapped candy. Reminder: Avoid unwrapped candy, wipe down your office with disinfectant wipes on a regular basis, and wash hands thoroughly multiple times during the day to keep germs away.
Try to exercise each day. The dreary days and lack of sunshine during December can take their toll on people’s energy levels. Get energized at the office by getting more exercise. Skip the elevator and use the stairs, park further away from the office, and bundle up and go for a walk outside each day before eating lunch.
Don’t skimp on your zzzs. December can become a hectic and stressful month between work and personal/family responsibilities. Try not to cut down too much on your hours of sleep. To keep energy high and your immune system healthy, target seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Express gratitude. Being grateful increases happiness and motivation. Take a few minutes each day to write down things that make you thankful.
Happy holidays!

Lisa Quast is a career coach, business consultant / organizational trainer and former Fortune 500 executive. Now, with more than 20 years of experience climbing the corporate ladder, she shares career advice others need to excel and standout in leadership profession.
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