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WMU HR society chapter wins national award

July 28, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has won a Superior Merit Award from the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va.

The award recognizes the local chapter for an exceptional job in providing opportunities for growth and development of its student chapter members. Among its many activities, the WMU chapter took on a large project this year, acting as hosts of the 2010 Michigan HR Games.

The student chapter received a commemorative plaque to display at the University and will be recognized in SHRM's publications and at society conferences.

"This is the third year in the row that SEHR has received the Superior Merit Award and has cemented its position as one of the most active student chapters in the United States," says Dr. Satish P. Deshpande, professor of management and faculty advisor to WMU's chapter. "We are all very proud of our student group."

The society's student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, develops more effective student chapters and promotes outstanding activities and projects in four areas: basic student chapter requirements, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and partnership with the society.

"The society is proud to recognize our Superior Merit and Merit Award-winning student chapters," says Chuck Salvetti, SHRM's student programs manager. "They have demonstrated leadership through their proven ability to serve the networking and educational needs of human resources students and the advancement of the human resources profession."

Representing more than 250,000 professional and student members in more than 140 countries, SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Founded in 1948, the society has more than 575 affiliated professional chapters and more than 450 student chapters within the United States as well as subsidiary offices in China and India.

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

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