by Geoff Larcom, Published November 29, 2010
YPSILANTI - A group of Eastern Michigan University students have been selected by a national human resource society as one of its top ten student chapters in the country for the eighth consecutive year.
The Society for Human Resource Management honored EMU for the 2009-10 academic year as an "Outstanding Student Chapter," making Eastern the only chapter in the state of Michigan to win the honor.
The chapter received special recognition and a plaque at the national SHRM conference in San Diego.
"Being recognized in the top ten in the country eight consecutive years demonstrates the quality of students in our program and the level of activity in our chapter," said Fraya Wagner-Marsh, chapter co-advisor and head of EMU's management department in the College of Business. "They learn from professionals through internships, through mentoring, and by attending local professional meetings and workshops."
To qualify for the designation, the student group accumulated points in categories that include professional operation of the chapter, professional development of members, support of the profession, and partnership with local professional chapters such as the Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit and the Greater Ann Arbor chapter of SHRM.
The EMU chapter was chartered in 1995, in order to update students with the latest developments in human resources and to prepare them for a career in the field.
The national society recently approved two EMU programs, the Masters of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development, and the undergraduate HR Concentration in Management major, Bachelor of Business Administration, for affiliation with its Curriculum Guide for Universities.
The goal of the alignment is to provide colleges and universities with a resource for tracking human resources curriculum against a common skill set needed by employers who seek to fill professional positions.
SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. The society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 225,000 members in more than 125 countries and more than 575 affiliated chapters. Visit shrm.org for more information.