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July 18, 2006
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EMU Society for Human Resource Management student program receives national honor

YPSILANTI - EMU’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student group recently received a Superior Merit Award that places them among the top 10 chapters nationwide. They are the only Michigan student chapter to be honored with this highest designation bestowed by the SHRM’s national organization.

            Some 123 student chapters vied for superior status and EMU’s chapter made the top 10 nationwide for the fourth year. The chapter received special recognition and a plaque at the national SHRM conference in Washington, D.C.

            “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 and workshops.”

            To qualify for the designation, the student group accumulated points in professional operation of the chapter, professional development of the members, support of the profession and partnership with SHRM.

            During the year, the EMU 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, updated a Web site and scheduled workshops on “How to Deal with Difficult People.”

            "I have enjoyed being in SHRM as it helped develop me from a student to becoming an HR professional.  Through SHRM, I was able to network and connect with other HR professionals in the field.  I learned a lot from these professionals through interactions in professional

development meetings whether it was a student chapter  meeting or a professional chapter meeting," said Adrian Ong, 2005-06 chapter president 2005-2006.

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

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