7 Jun

WVU Tech’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter organization has been awarded the 2010-11 Superior Merit Award. The award recognizes student chapter achievements and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to its members and advancing the human resource management profession.

The award represents the chapter’s work from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011. The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to develop more effective student chapters, and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in four areas: basic student chapter requirements, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and partnership with SHRM.

“Our students planned 50 activities this year – 11 more than the minimum required for the award. They had several different fundraisers, hosted professional speakers, and offered workshops and seminars,” explained Angelia Russell, WVU Tech Associate Professor and SHRM Faculty Advisor.

The Golden Bear student organization has 15 active members, representing management, marketing, industrial relations, and printing management majors. The organization, however, is open to all WVU Tech students. Tech’s SHRM student chapter is affiliated with the professional chapter in Charleston, West Virginia.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2010-11 Superior Merit and Merit Student Chapters. These chapters worked extremely hard this year. 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,”said Chuck Salvetti, SHRM’s Student and Young Professional Programs Manager.

The WVU Tech student chapter will receive a specialized plaque to display at the university, and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for this student organization. We’re pleased to have such wonderful students representing our College,” stated Dr. Stephen Brown, Dean of the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences at WVU Tech.

As the professional chapter sponsoring the WVU Tech chapter, Charleston Chapter President Jim Wells and College Relations Director Matt McMillion were pleased with the students’ efforts, and are looking forward to continuing to be supportive of the future leaders of our Human Resource profession. Wells said, “the professional development within an academic setting of tomorrow’s HR leaders ensures that the core competencies are learned before entering the workplace, enhancing the delivery of services.”

Russell added, “I’m extremely proud of our students – they all worked really hard.”

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