Student group recognized by world's largest HR association

Contact: Stacey Markin

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management for the eighth time in ten years.

The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded a 2017-18 Superior Merit Award to WMU'S SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its members.

The merit program

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

"Young professionals like those being honored at Western Michigan University play a vital role in SHRM's success," says Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and chief executive officer of SHRM. "I'm especially honored to thank this year's award winners because they offer excellent evidence that SHRM's future is indeed in good hands."

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent of which lasted from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

"The Superior Merit Award recognizes the most active and highest achieving Society for Human Resource Management student chapters in the nation," says Dr. Kyle Brink, associate professor of management and faculty advisor for WMU’s Society for Excellence in Human Resources chapter. "This award is a testament to the leadership and hard work of Jessica Childs, president of the chapter, the entire executive board, and all members."

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest human resource professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the organization has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of human resource professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. The Society for Human Resource Management has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

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