OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has received a Superior Merit Award designation from the national organization.
The chapter was recognized for an exceptional job of providing opportunities for growth and development to its student chapter members.
This past academic year, the WSU chapter held several events and activities, including a university-wide charitable drive that collected 350 pounds of food for the Utah Food Bank and a mock interview day for WSU students to practice job interview skills with local hiring managers. The chapter also shared job preparation skills with students at Ogden’s DaVinci Academy, helped sponsor the annual business etiquette luncheon and qualified for regional competition by placing third in the statewide SHRM games held in February.
WSU’s SHRM chapter is housed in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics. Senior Joseph Jones, who is pursuing a major in human resource management, served as president of the chapter during this past year.
“We took on more events and expanded existing activities as our membership grew,” Jones said, noting that the chapter grew from 13 members to nearly 30 during his tenure. “We set out to make our SHRM chapter more of an active, recognized resource on campus. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and hopefully we can continue to be successful next year.”
The Northern Utah Human Resource Association sponsors the student chapter at WSU.
“SHRM is proud to recognize our Superior Merit- and Merit Award-winning student chapters. They have demonstrated leadership through their proven ability to serve the networking and educational needs of human resources students and to the advancement of the human resources profession,” said Chuck Salvetti, SHRM’s Student Programs Manager.
More than 110 SHRM-affiliated student chapters participated in this year’s national merit award program. Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010. For the 2009-10 Merit Award period, 90 chapters received a Superior Merit Award designation, 20 chapters achieved Merit Award status, and two chapters received the Honorable Mention designation.
SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 professional and student members in over 140 countries, the society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated professional chapters and more than 450 student chapters within the United States as well as subsidiary offices in China and India.
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