Student HR organization garners national recognition

The Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., has bestowed the Superior Merit Award designation on SUNY Oswego’s student chapter for an exceptional job of providing opportunities for growth and development to its members, the society has announced.

There are 450 SHRM-affiliated student chapters nationwide. For the 2008-09 merit award year, 96 chapters received a Superior Merit Award designation, and 24 achieved Merit Award status.

Five consecutive awards
This is the fifth consecutive year that Oswego’s chapter has received recognition, said Dr. Barry A. Friedman, professor of management and adviser to the group, who added that it is the chapter’s second “superior” designation.

A total of 123 student chapters participated in this year’s award program. Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle.

Oswego’s chapter members networked with their parent chapter, the Central New York Society for Human Resource Management, and learned from those professionals about diversity and strategic planning, said chapter officer Heather Marsh.

They also attended career and recruitment fairs, toured a business and attended the regional student conference in New Jersey.

‘Most professional’
At the conference, Marsh said, “We had two teams compete in the HR Games. One of our teams placed eighth, ahead of Cornell and Clarkson, and our school won the collegiality award for being the most professional school attending.”

Oswego’s chapter will receive a specialized plaque to display on campus and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

“These chapters represent the best of our more than 450 affiliated student chapters and demonstrate this through their ability to provide innovative networking and educational opportunities to their members. These opportunities are extremely valuable to students preparing to enter the field of human resources,” said Chuck Salvetti, SHRM’s student programs manager. “All of our award-winning chapters should be proud of their accomplishments.”

National program
The nearly 4-decade-old SHRM student chapter merit award program 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.

The Society for Human Resource Management is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.

For more information about the SHRM national merit award program, see http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx .

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(Posted: Jun 24, 2009)

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