EMU business students excel at Jeopardy-style 'HR Games'

by Pamela Young, Published February 19, 2009

YPSILANTI — “EMU College of Business student teams” “Alex, who is successful?”

Two teams of undergraduate students from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business Management Department finished second and fifth at the 2009 Society for Human Resource Management HR Games state competition in Mount Pleasant Feb. 15-16.

HR Games is a jeopardy-style competition where teams of three students compete against each other. The competition tests the students’ understanding of the basic body of knowledge for the Human Resources profession and helps students pursue professional certification.

Heather Kern of Ypsilanti captained EMU’s second-place team. Team members included Nicki Fury of Northville and Nick Pacific of Ypsilanti.

EMU’s fifth-place team also won the Collegiality Award for best team spirit and sportsmanship. Brian Garcia of Ypsilanti was team captain. Team members included Latisha Cunningham of Detroit, Chaunta Miller of Pontiac and Nikki Mersch of Ypsilanti.

Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SPHR, GPHR, was the coach for both teams and Peter Anthony of Northville, president of the EMU Student Chapter of SHRM, was the assistant coach.

All student team members are also members of EMU’s student chapter of SHRM, which has been designated as one of the top 10 student SHRM chapters in the country for the last seven years. Both teams will be competing at the Regional HR Games Competition in Minneapolis at the end of March, where student teams from 10 states will compete.

EMU’s College of Business has been ranked among the “Best Business Schools” five straight years, according to The Princeton Review. The college hosts the nation’s only Ethos Week each year in March and is also the first to create an “Ethos Statement” and “Ethos Honor Society.” Visit cob.emich.edu for more information.

Pamela Young

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