Friday, June 3, 2011

WMU HR society chapter is recipient of national award

The Western Michigan University chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has won a Superior Merit Award from the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va.

The award recognizes the local chapter for an exceptional job in providing opportunities for growth and development of its student chapter members. This is the fourth year in a row that SEHR has received the award.

“As a group, we are thrilled and absolutely honored to be recognized by SHRM in receiving this prestigious award,” said Ashley Heckman, president of SEHR, and a senior majoring in human resource management at the Haworth College of Business. “Our team truly came together and members showed unsurpassed levels of dedication and commitment throughout the entire year which contributed to the betterment of our student organization.”

The society's student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, develops more effective student chapters and promotes outstanding activities and projects in four areas: basic student chapter requirements, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and partnership with the society.

“SEHR is clearly one of the most active and distinguished SHRM student chapters in the United States.,” said Dr. Satish Deshpande, professor of management and faculty advisor to the WMU chapter.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2010-11 Superior Merit and Merit Student Chapters,” said Chuck Salvetti, SHRM’s student and young professional programs manager. “These chapters worked extremely hard this year. Their efforts to provide networking and educational programming to human resources students and to increase their exposure to the field of HR are evidence of their desire to achieve.”

Representing more than 250,000 professional and student members in more than 140 countries, SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Founded in 1948, the society has more than 575 affiliated professional chapters and more than 450 student chapters within the United States as well as subsidiary offices in China and India.

The student chapter received a commemorative plaque to display at the University and will be recognized in SHRM's publications and at society conferences.