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WMU to host statewide human resources competition

March 22, 2010

KALAMAZOO--For the first time since its inception, Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business will act as host of the HR Games, a stateside competition for human resources students taking place this year on Saturday, March 27, in Schneider Hall.

With the theme this year of "Sharing Our Resources--Benefitting Our Students," the annual event provides a fast-moving day of student competition and food, fun and prizes designed to test students' knowledge of the human resources field. A total of nine colleges and universities will compete, including WMU, Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University.

Teams of students will participate in the Jeopardy-style matches, testing their knowledge in such HR areas as strategic management, total rewards, employee and labor relations, selection, leadership and risk management.

WMU is expected to have eight to 10 teams compete in the event. In addition to student teams, the event traditionally draws family members from the participating schools along with faculty and HR professionals.

"The HR Games are a win-win for our students and the Haworth College of Business," says Dr. Satish Deshpande, professor of management. "The games are timed to help students prepare for the upcoming Professional in Human Resources certification exam, and it furthers their career development. It also gives them an opportunity to network with HR professionals. Since the games attract a lot of outsiders, like HR professionals and parents, it is a great way to showcase our campus and can be a great recruiting tool for future students."

The Michigan HR Games are sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. Community HR professionals and alumni serve in a variety of roles, including speakers, scorekeepers and judges. Last year, WMU business students placed third in the competition.

Student leaders from WMU's SHRM chapter have been planning the event. In addition to the competition, students may attend a Friday evening reception at the Fetzer Center, which will provide them with networking opportunities with human resource professionals from the community.

For more information about the competition or registration information, contact Dr. Dan Farrell, professor of management, at (269) 387-5850 or dan.farrell@wmich.edu.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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