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Nov. 18 , 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
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EMU student group gets top rating from national Society for Human Resource Management

YPSILANTIEMU’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student group recently received a Superior Merit Award that placed them in the top 10 chapters nationwide. They are the only Michigan student chapter honored with this highest of designations bestowed by SHRM’s national organization.

Some 124 student chapters vied for superior status and EMU’s chapter made the top 10 nationwide for the third year. The chapter received a plaque and monetary gift recently at the national SHRM conference in New Orleans.

“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 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 emotional intelligence and Myers-Briggs personality types.

“I think one of the most interesting chapter activities was the area games. It was a huge honor (to host the event at EMU),” said Michael Thomas, 2003-2004 SHRM student chapter president. Thomas, 25, is an EMU graduate student from Birmingham.

The chapter hosted a 10-state North Central Regional SHRM competition. This “Jeopardy–style” game, hosted by EMU, pitted schools against one another with categories like recruiting, training, job descriptions and benefits. Human resource professionals were the judges for the participating undergraduates who were preparing for their professional human resource certification.

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.

            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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