Beloved Hall Director Becomes HR Generalist

Tom Bertram found two jobs within the university that he loves and calls home.

Bertram, former Smith Hall director, is now the human resources generalist on campus.

Bertram has been working for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since 2008 and was hall director until March 2014.

“From the second semester of my freshman year of college, I knew that I wanted to be a hall director,” Bertram said.

Bertram graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in human resources. He went on to get his master’s degree before becoming a hall director and eventually a human resources generalist.

“It’s not often that someone gets to go from a job that they love, to another job that they love,” Bertram said. “HR was my undergrad degree, so I’ve always had an interest in it.”

Tom keeps in contact with old staff members while enjoying his new position as HR Generalist. Photo courtesy of Tom Bertram.

Tom keeps in contact with old staff members while enjoying his new position as HR Generalist. Photo courtesy of Tom Bertram.

As a hall director, Bertram interviewed, selected, trained and evaluated his staff. He also encouraged many of his residents to get involved in community service activities. Now, with his new position, his tasks have changed significantly.

“I work mostly with recruiting,” Bertram said. “It’s kind of making sure that things function appropriately to serve our employees.”

Bertram enjoys his new position, however, he misses some aspects of being a hall director, like interacting with staff and residents. He still keeps in touch with some old staff members.

As a hall director, Bertram tried get to know his residences as best as he could. There were about 270 residents in Smith Hall each year, and Bertram’s goal was to give them the best year of their life.

“College is what you make of it, and I wanted to make it something magical for these students,” Bertram said.

Adam Nicks, sophomore business administration major, was a Smith Hall resident. Nicks enjoyed his experience there.

“He cared about the resident’s well-being more so than getting them in trouble,” Nicks said.

Nicks remembers Bertram as laid back, and someone who advised and mentored his residents.

“I think Tom is the only hall director that was able to remember most, if not all, of his resident’s names,” Nicks said.

 

Caroline Chalk

Reporter

cchal845@uwsp.edu

 

About Anyon Rettinger

Anyon Rettinger
I am a senior at UW-Stevens Point studying communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in music performance. As the co-editor-in-chief, I write editorials occasionally but I primarily focus my energy into administratively managing the staff and driving content. Away from The Pointer, I am the PR Director of the UWSP chapter of PRSSA, a campus tour guide, work as a communication and marketing specialist and university blogger in University Communication and Marketing and a marketing consultant for CREATE Portage County. In my free time, I listen to a lot of music, sing and play piano, blog and work as a freelance publicist and designer. I travel as much as I can and like to think I am a decent photographer (check out my Instagram, @i.am.anyon). A few of my favorite things include Waitress The Musical, furniture, boneless wings, journals and mojitos. Follow my social media platforms to learn more about me and my work!

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