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Student Group Receives Human Resource Award


JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been awarded a 2015-16 merit award designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members. This prestigious award was presented by the world’s largest human resource management association in the world.

Arkansas State is one of 206 academic institutions from across the United States that applied for the award and is one of 163 winners.

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, East Divisional Director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.” 

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. 

Under the direction of Dr. Karen McDaniel, associate professor for management at A-State, and Emilee Hook, recruiter and human resources director at E.C. Barton & Company, the Arkansas State SHRM chapter has worked hard this year to advance students in career success.

“Ms. Hook brings a lot of professional experience to our student meetings,” said Dr. McDaniel. “She has been an invaluable asset for our students. It has been a privilege having her work with our students.”

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 285,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx. Also, contact Dr. Karen R. McDaniel of Arkansas State University College of Business at 870-972-3430 and kmcdaniel@astate.edu.

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest human resources membership organization devoted to human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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