WMU student chapter receives superior merit award

Contact: Stacey Anderson
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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 student members.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and recognizes outstanding activities and projects. The award is based on chapter operations, programming, professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

"I am thrilled that the 2019-20 Society for Excellence in Human Resources officers have received this recognition for their hard work," says Dr. Christina Stamper, professor of management and faculty advisor for the organization. "Their dedication to offering the student members a variety of career-related, developmental opportunities during the year was unparalleled. I am so grateful that I had the chance to work with this amazing group of students and future HR leaders."

Stamper was recently named the recipient of the Student Chapter Advisor Impact Award from the SHRM Foundation, out of more than 200 chapter advisors nationwide.

The merit program

"Today's members of our student chapters are the HR leaders of tomorrow," says Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM president and CEO. "They are the movers and shakers of the future, and we cannot understate the vital role they play in SHRM's success. WMU's Society for Excellence in Human Resources is evidence that the future of HR is, indeed, in good hands. I applaud the students' accomplishments and ability to fiercely move forward during a time of such change and uncertainty in the workplace."

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn either a merit award or a superior merit award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent of which lasted from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.

SEHR President Riley Husted led a strong group of executive board members who worked with members of the Zhang Career Center and the Kalamazoo area Human Resource Management Association on innovative programming such as Resume Revamp, the SEHR Games and the first SEHR-KHRMA Networking Night. The success of these events, along with volunteer activities and social programming, resulted in a significant increase in active members.

About SHRM

The Society for Human Resource Management creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With more than  300,000 HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.

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