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Calvasina Named President Of CCHRA

Published: January 30, 2004 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Category: Community Outreach

Dr. Gerald E. Calvasina, associate professor of management at Southern Utah University’s School of Business, has been named the 2004 President of the Color Country Human Resource Association (CCHRA).

The CCHRA is a local chapter (Iron and Washington Counties) of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a national organization of Human Resource professionals with over 160,000 members nationwide. The chapter meets monthly both in Cedar City and St. George to keep those interested in effective management of human resources updated and informed on the profession.

This appointment only adds to the banner year Calvasina is already enjoying. Just a few months ago, it was announced that he has been invited to sit at the esteemed Oxford Round Table of the University of Oxford in England. Only 35 individuals from across the globe are chosen for this high honor each year.

The 2004 Round Table, commencing March 14-April 19, will be devoted to the contemplation of employment rights and duties of both the employer and the employee, including issues like affirmative action, health insurance, privacy in the workplace, paid family leave, discipline and dismissal, and, sexual harassment. Discussions will make specific references to American and European legislation and court decisions.

Calvasina, who has been teaching at SUU for the past four years, is an expert in human resources management. He will be presenting a paper at the Round Table, titled, “Title VII and Third Party Sexual Harassment: The Customer s Not Always Right," dealing with a newly-emerging subject—that is, liability for employers. “Litigation in this area is on the increase,” Calvasina states. “I try as much as possible to focus my research on issues that I can use in the classroom so that I can keep my students as current as possible on the issues.”

His appointment as a leader in CCHRA will certainly contribute to the timeliness of the info he presents in class. Dr. Calvasina takes over for the current CCHRA president, Mike Foster, from the Human Resources department of the City of St. George.

For further information on CCHRA meetings, contact Dr. Calvasina at 435-586-1976 or e-mail at

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