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WMU HR society chapter wins national award

by Mark Schwerin

June 20, 2011 | WMU News

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. This is the fourth year in a row that the society has received the award.

"As a group, we are thrilled and absolutely honored to be recognized by the society in receiving this prestigious award," says Ashley Heckman, president of the society's WMU chapter and a senior majoring in human resource management at the Haworth College of Business. "Our team truly came together and members showed unsurpassed levels of dedication and commitment throughout the entire year, which contributed to the betterment of our student organization."

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.

"WMU's chapter is clearly one of the most active and distinguished of the society's student chapters in the United States," says Dr. Satish Deshpande, professor of management and faculty advisor to the WMU chapter.

"These chapters worked extremely hard this year," says Chuck Salvetti, the society's student and young professional programs manager. "Their efforts to provide networking and educational programming to human resources students and to increase their exposure to the field of HR are evidence of their desire to achieve."

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

For more information, contact Val Juergens, Haworth College of Business, at or (269) 387-5964.