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June 24, 2008
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EMU Society for Human Resource Management student program awarded national honors for sixth straight year

YPSILANTI — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student group at Eastern Michigan University recently was awarded the 2007-08 Superior Merit Award that places them among the top 10 chapters nationwide.

This is the sixth straight year the EMU chapter was honored.  Approximately 112 entries, from more than 400 student chapters, vied for superior status. The chapter will receive special recognition and a plaque at the June national SHRM conference.

“SHRM allows students to build their knowledge of the human resource field while helping them develop valuable leadership and organizational skills,” said Fraya Wagner-Marsh, chapter adviser and head of EMU’s management department. “Students learn from professionals through internships, mentoring, job shadowing and attending local professional meetings an workshops.”

To qualify for the designation, the student group accumulated points in professional operation of the chapter, professional development of members, support of the profession, and partnership with local professional chapters of SHRM such as the Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit and the Greater Ann Arbor chapter of SHRM.

During the year, the students also collected books for the Gift of Reading program; produced a resume book; coordinated a mentoring program; set up company tours; published a newsletter, and sponsored professional speaker meetings and workshops.

“It was a pleasure to work with everyone involved in the group. Our wonderful faculty advisers, Dr. Wagner-Marsh and Toni Knechtges, made this experience an enjoyable one,” said Rebecca Clark de Castillo, chapter president.

The EMU SHRM chapter was chartered in 1995 with the latest developments in human resources and to prepare them for a career in the field.


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