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Human resources students win statewide competition

April 10, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Five human resources students at Western Michigan University took top honors at a recent statewide competition designed to test students' knowledge of the field.

The five teammates are members of the Haworth College of Business' Society for Excellence in Human Resources. The team is composed of team captain Stefanie Wilde, of Cedar Springs, Mich.; team members Emily Chalifoux and Natalie McBain, both of Plymouth, Mich.; and team alternates Nicole Cleven of Battle Creek, Mich.; and Karen Carr of Chicago.

In addition to testing students' knowledge, the competition, which this year was held March 11, also prepares students for the upcoming Professional In Human Resources certification tests.

"Our team did an outstanding job preparing themselves for the competition," says Dr. Daniel Farrell, WMU professor of management and the team's coach. "They displayed extraordinary knowledge and skill in playing the game. Their efforts have not only helped us improve the status of our HR organization here on campus, but have given us a reputation of excellence amongst all other programs in the state."

According to Wilde, the event is a way for students to interact with working professionals and students from other universities while preparing for the certification tests. The HR Games consist of a series of Jeopardy-style matches between teams of up to three competing students. Students are asked questions and must race to "chime in" and give their answers. The competition day consisted of five matches, with semi-final and final rounds, eventually pitting WMU against Davenport University.

The team now goes on to represent the state at the Regional HR Games April 20-21 at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind. If they are successful at regionals, the team will go on to the national games in Washington, D.C.

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

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