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WMU team takes third in statewide HR competition

April 23, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A team of business students from Western Michigan University placed third and also won an award in a statewide competition designed to test students' knowledge of the human resources field.

The team's members are Amanda Manley of Lawrence, Mich., Melissa McQuigg of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jennifer Emrick of Brighton, Mich.

The students, enrolled in WMU's Haworth College of Business, actually outscored the competition in the HR Games held March 29 at Central Michigan University. In addition, the WMU team earned the Collegiality Award for professionalism and teamwork.

"The students achieved the highest overall points in the competition," says Dr. Jennifer Palthe, associate professor of management, who also served as the group's faculty advisor. "While these points didn't translate into an overall win, the students definitely made a positive impression at the games and served as great ambassadors for our college and program. Their team spirit and professionalism were outstanding."

The HR Games consist of a series of Jeopardy-style matches between teams of up to three competing students. Students are asked questions relating to all types of HR knowledge and must race to "chime in" and give their answers.

The competition is timed to help prepare students for the upcoming Professional in Human Resources certification tests.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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