West Virginia Universitys Department of Human Resources is now taking registrations for Human Resources Conference 2003. Titled”The Role of HR in a Strong Regional Workforce,”the conference will be held Oct. 16-17 at the new Radisson Hotel at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.

By hosting the conference in Morgantown, Myrtho Blanchard, vice president of WVU s Department of Human Resources, hopes to provide regional HR practitioners the opportunity to examine HR possibilities with other practitioners and discuss innovative approaches toward current and emerging issues in their everyday work situations.

A diverse regional audience will be in attendance representing higher education, corporations, small businesses and the governmental sector. Blanchard hopes that the experiences of all the groups represented will give the attending practitioners a broad range of new ideas and processes to use in their own work environments.

Paul Steven Miller, commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will serve as the keynote speaker. As a member of the commission, Miller co-chaired a commission-wide task force to develop an alternative dispute resolution policy and program for EEOC , and he chaired a commission-wide task force that evaluated and proposed changes to strengthen the agencys litigation program. Prior to his appointment, Miller served as deputy director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs and the White House liaison to the disability community.

The conference will include presentations on current, key issues of interest to all levels of HR practitioners. Some of the presentations will include recruitment strategies, workforce development, human resources outsourcing, integrating emerging technology, valuing employees, developing a learning organization, exploring the changing role of HR, hiring people with disabilities, non-monetary rewards and employee retention, aging of the workforce and workmens compensation, in addition to other topics.

The deadline for conference registration is July 15. Further information, including panel topics and registration forms, can be found athttp://www.wvu.edu/~humanres/. E-mail Conference Coordinator Mary Thomas at mary.thomas@mail.wvu.edu for additional information.