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March 30, 2005
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EMU students take top spots in state human resources competition

YPSILANTI - The games followed the lightening-fast pace of the TV quiz show "Jeopardy" with its style of providing an answer in the form of a question. "Acronyms" was the category, "FMLA," the answer, and "What is the Family Medical Leave Act?" the correct response.

That was the competitive atmosphere as two Eastern Michigan University student teams took first and third place during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Michigan HR Games State Competition March 19 at EMU's College of Business.

The first place team won a trophy, certificate and all expenses paid for the April 9 regional competition at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Both EMU teams will compete in the Illinois games.

The games pitted EMU and six student teams from colleges and universities throughout Michigan against one another on human resource topics.

"The competition is tough and shows that our students are knowledgeable about the discipline of human resources," said Fraya Wagner-Marsh, chapter adviser and head of EMU's Department of Management. "SHRM allows students to build on their knowledge of the human resource field while helping them develop valuable leadership and organizational skills."

EMU students Steven Ventura and Kate Aken, both of Ypsilanti, and Matthew Gillim, of Riverview, were the first-place team winners. Matthew LePage, of Allen Park, Eliot Geib, of Adrian, and Kevin Bosworth, of Plymouth, were the third-place winning team members.

"We want to win, but face stiff competition in the regionals," said Aken. "St. Norbert usually wins, so they're the team to beat."

The competing teams were from the University of Michigan - Flint, Michigan State University, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University (CMU), Western Michigan University (WMU) and Baker College-Auburn Hills. WMU took second place and CMU came in fourth.

The state games are sponsored by DaimlerChrysler, the Michigan Council of SHRM and two local professional SHRM chapters.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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