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EMU Society for Human Resource Management Students Partnering with Veterans

Published January 28, 2016

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Over the next five years, an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 veterans will leave the military and return to civilian life in Michigan. To help ease this transition, Eastern Michigan University’s Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is partnering with the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative (MVEI) to provide needed support and services.

“Many SHRM members have ties with veterans and we wanted to honor their presence and dedication by supporting the Initiative,” said SHRM Student Chapter Co-President Tracy Lindon. “Veterans bring great value to the university, the community and the business world through their leadership. We want them to know that they are well accepted and supported by Eastern.”

Toward that end, 10 SHRM students joined with MVEI volunteers to help host a “Stuff the Truck” event at the Canton Walmart on Nov. 6, 2015. For the event, students worked from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect donated items that that would be shipped to veterans and their dependents, local veteran programs and deployed troops.

“This experience helped us gain insight into what really matters to those serving in the military. Most of the items requested were simple things like school supplies, books and magazines,” said Lindon, adding that the event also provided networking opportunities for veterans and students.

In addition, SHRM students are participating in the Cell Phones for Soldiers initiative designed to connect members of our nation’s military with their loved ones back home. The non-profit initiative uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for service men and women, helping them connect with their families.

Eastern’s SHRM chapter has set up cell phone collection sites in the downstairs computer lab, the second floor entrance way table and Room 466 of the Gary Owen Building (COB). So far, the chapter has collected 17 cellphones, said Lindon.

The chapter also has donated several clothing items to the troops, including hats, gloves, scarves and jackets; mailed 83 Christmas cards to recovering soldiers; and invited a human resource professional to speak about his experiences as a veteran on Feb. 9.

“One of the benefits of SHRM is that it provides members with opportunities to network with various human resource professionals,” said Lindon, on track to receive her master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development in December 2016.

Eastern’s Student Chapter of SHRM is designed to educate students interested in the field of human resource management, keep students up-to-date on new developments in the field, and prepare students to become professional human resource managers for the future, among benefits, said Assistant Professor of Management Anushri Rawat, who serves as a faculty co-advisor for the chapter.

The chapter earned an Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the 2014-15 academic year—the highest recognition award, and was the only SHRM student chapter in Michigan to be honored, said Rawat, adding that the chapter also has won the Superior Merit award for the past 22 years and the top award 14 times since the award was created in 2014.

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