Friday, March 5, 2010

WMU to host Michigan HR Games – March 27

For the first time since its inception, the Haworth College of Business will play host to HR Games 2010, “Sharing Our Resources -- Benefitting Our Students,” a fast moving day of student competition and food, fun and prizes designed to test students’ knowledge of the human resources field. The event will be held on Saturday, March 27 in Schneider Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Invitations have been extended to over 15 colleges and universities in the state of Michigan to participate in the Jeopardy-style matches between teams where the students are tested in a number of different HR areas such as strategic management, total rewards, employee and labor relations, selection, leadership and risk management.

WMU is expected to have eight to ten teams compete in the event which is expected to draw student teams and family members from the participating schools along with faculty and HR professionals in the field.

“The HR Games are a win-win for our students and the Haworth College of Business,” says Dr. Satish Deshpande, professor of management. “The games are timed to help students prepare for the upcoming Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam and it furthers their career development. It also gives them an opportunity to network with HR professionals who are at the games volunteering in various capacities. Since the games attract a lot of outsiders like HR professionals and parents, it is a great way to showcase our campus and can be a great recruiting tool for future students.”

The Michigan HR Games are sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. The event brings community HR professionals and alumni to campus to serve as speakers, scorekeepers, judges, etc. Last year WMU business students placed third in the competition.

Student leaders from the WMU’s SHRM chapter are working hard to plan the event. In addition to the competition, students may attend a Friday evening reception at the Fetzer Center which will provide them with networking opportunities with human resource professionals from the community.

For further information about the competition or registration information, contact Dr. Dan Farrell, professor of management at 269.387.5850 or