Getting to know our new Human Resources Manager, Laura Schulman.

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L_SchulmanGetting to know our new Human Resources Manager, Laura Schulman.

 

What were you doing before you joined HAHU?  Most recently (since August) I was working for myself doing HR Consulting. Before that I was doing HR for a company in Plain City.

What is the best thing about working in HR? Connecting with employees.  I love that part of my job.

Where are you from originally? Chicago.  Born and bred there.  Moved here with my family 7 years ago.

What is your favorite food?  French Fries

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Photos: HA / HU Managers Luncheon, 3/7/13

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Getting to know our new HAHU Operations Manager, Cheryl Bean!

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383288_10150450764143468_1738922568_nGetting to know our new HAHU Operations Manager, Cheryl Bean!

 

Previous company: I was with T&R for five years as Property Manager and then as a Regional Manager.

Where are you from? I am originally from Zanesville.

Favorite movie: Favorite movie is a hard one…I like comedies so let’s go with 40-Year-Old-Virgin.

What do you like to do for fun? I love spending time with my family. We enjoy golfing, bowling, and hanging by the pool in the summer.

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Donna Grove and her Locks of Love.

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183 (2)University Village Maintenance Manager, Donna Grove, has donated more than 12 inches of her hair to Locks of Love for the 4th time.  This time it was 18 1/2 inches!
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Donna Said “I have a firm belief that when you give a part of yourself, not only do you grow as a person and soul, it will eventually come back to you in a way you never imagined.  You can give time to a child or lonely elder, money to someone in need when you have it, patience when someone really needs it, a smiley face at the end of an email or note, a quiet ear or shoulder when someone needs to vent, or simply hair that can help make a child with cancer feel less singled out.  And a smile with a nice comment to a stranger goes a long way (especially those strangers that you see every day and just walk past)!”
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Photos: Fair Housing Pancake Breakfast, 2/21/13

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Homestead U Gives University Village a Makeover

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–How OSU’s landmark apartment complex is upgrading the resident and leasing experience –

 Columbus, OH (February 8, 2013) University Village has undergone a major renovation of their office headquarters at 505 Harley Drive.  The leasing office, models, entryways and hallways, fitness center, computer lab and tanning room all have a fresh new look.

“We wanted something new and modern, to reflect the energetic, dynamic personalities of not only our onsite team, but of our residents as well,” says Laura Formica, Director of Marketing for Homestead U.  Today’s students are much more aesthetically inclined, and we wanted our décor to reflect that in a really fun, cool way.”
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Athens Messenger – Improvements scheduled at Athens apartment buildings

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Improvements scheduled at Athens apartment buildings

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:50 pm | Updated: 4:26 pm, Tue Jul 17, 2012.

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist

Tenants of two student apartment complexes will be able to swim up to the bar for a drink once upgrades planned by the new owner are complete.

As The Messenger reported Thursday, Columbus Pacific Properties of Santa Monica, Calif., has purchased the Riverpark Towers, River’s Edge and Athens Apartments for nearly $40 million. The primarily student housing properties will be managed by Homestead America of Columbus.

Laura Formica, spokeswoman for Homestead, said the plan is to treat Riverpark Towers and River’s Edge, which are adjacent to one another, as one complex and to make about $500,000 worth of improvements — including construction of a pool with a swim bar.

“It’s really going to be treated as one community,” she said.

Upgrades also will be made to the fitness center, corridors, leasing office, laundry facilities and computer center, giving the center a “coffee house feel,” said Formica, who is an Ohio University graduate.

“We recognize there is great potential for the property,” she said, adding that the goal is to create something “real cool and modern.”

No physical changes are planned for Athens Apartments.

Asked if rental rates will be increased, Formica said no immediate increase is planned. However, she said rates will be consistent with the market, which is seeing slight increases.

Homestead America also manages University Village — also owned by Columbus Pacific Properties — near the Ohio State University campus.

The Athens properties were sold by companies affiliated with Klingbeil Capital Management. Klingbeil built River’s Edge, but had purchased Riverpark Towers and Athens Apartments.

Klingbeil President James Callard said an investment fund was created for the Athens assets, with the money invested for a specific number of years. The life of the fund had come to an end, and a distribution was owed the investors, he said.

“It was just time,” Callard said when asked the reason for the sale.

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Columbus Business First | Homestead U expands student housing holdings with purchase in Tucson

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A Columbus-based owner and manager of off-campus student housing has acquired its second apartment complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Homestead U purchased the 336-apartment Reserve at Star Pass for its investment and management portfolio. The property is less than 6 miles from the University of Arizona, with an enrollment of about 40,000.

Homestead U and equity partner Columbus Pacific Properties of California paid seller Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:EDR) $25.5 million for the student housing complex. The 12-year-old property includes 1,020 beds for students but has a “distressed” occupancy level at 65 percent.

“It’s a beautiful property,” said Laura Formica, Homestead U’s national director of marketing. “It’s been well-maintained.”
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