Student group once again recognized by leading human resource association

Contact: Molly Goaley
Logo that reads SHRM 2018-2019 superior merit award.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University Chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has once again been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its members.

The society has awarded a Superior Merit Award to WMU's SHRM student chapter in recognition of the valuable experiences it provides students interested in the human resource profession. This is the ninth time in 11 years the society has recognized WMU's chapter.


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

"SHRM is committed to engaging the future leaders of the human resource profession—HR and business students. As we work to shape better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together—we are energized by the work our student chapters are doing to encourage students to choose human resources as a career path," says Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and chief executive officer of SHRM. "Awarding this Superior Merit Award designation is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps the Western Michigan University student chapter has taken this past academic year."

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 took place from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

"The 2018-19 SEHR executive board officers were fantastic—their efforts have directly contributed to the significant growth of the organization both in members and in events," says Dr. Christina Stamper, professor of management and the WMU chapter advisor. "In addition to doubling the number of events held in the prior year, membership grew from 38 to 69 members. Because the events were so well-planned and considered the members’ interests, participation grew significantly over the same time period. I am proud to have worked with the students to build momentum for the future."

Students involved in the Society for Excellence in Human Resources at WMU participate in professional, social and service events designed to enhance career readiness. Membership in the society helps students gain valuable professional development and networking opportunities with local human resource professionals, among other benefits.


The Society for Human Resource Management is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With more than 300,000 human resource and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of over 115 million employees and families globally.

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