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WMU places second in statewide HR competition

April 26, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A team of business students from Western Michigan University recently finished second in a statewide competition designed to test their knowledge of human resources.

With the theme this year of "Sharing Our Resources--Benefitting Our Students," the HR Games were held at Schneider Hall, home of the WMU Haworth College of Business. The contest engaged students in a fast-moving day of competition, food, fun and prizes.

Competing for WMU were Justin Szostek of Allen Park, Mich., Jenna Breen of Allendale, Mich. and Alison Fettig of Battle Creek, Mich. A team from Eastern Michigan University took first place.

"Student leaders from the WMU Society of Human Resource Management chapter planned the event," says Dr. Satish Deshpande, professor of management and the team's advisor. "This is the first time for the competition to be held at WMU, and what a great way to showcase our campus."

Deshpande says nine teams competed, coming from around the state. Teams were accompanied by family members and friends.

"There were over 20 community HR professionals, including many WMU alumni, who spent their Saturday as volunteers serving as speakers, scorekeepers and judges," Deshpande adds. "We could not have run the event without their help."

The Michigan HR Games were developed by the SHRM and are open to all schools in Michigan. In addition to the Michigan Council of SHRM and the Haworth College of Business, sponsors included Domino's Pizza, Kalamazoo Human Resources Management Association, Kellogg's, Target, Walker Parking Consultants and Wal-Mart.

"The competition prepares the students for the upcoming Professional in Human Resources certification exam," Deshpande says. "It also provides them with the opportunity to network with HR professionals serving as volunteers."

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

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