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



About Anyon Rettinger

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I am a Junior at UW-Stevens Point studying Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. I'm the Online Editor of The Pointer. I write album reviews, listen to a lot of music, have a new found obsession with tea, and I like taking angsty pictures for my Instagram. I travel when I can and like to think I am a good photographer. Most times if you hear noise, its me singing down the hall. I'm an aspiring singer and artist. I am also a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America at UWSP as the Visual Promotions Chair. Follow my social media platforms to learn more about me and my work.

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