Eastern Michigan University’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management awarded top honors for outstanding efforts

– Eastern Michigan University’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has once again earned an Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the national organization for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is the highest recognition award and EMU was the only SHRM student chapter in Michigan to win the award. Only thirteen schools won the top award. SHRM’s program has over 450 affiliated student chapters with more than 15,000 student members. Over 200 schools applied for the awards.

To qualify for the top Outstanding Student Chapter Award, a student group must accumulate points in categories that include professional operation of the chapter, professional development for members, support for the HR profession, and community service. Also partnering with local professional chapters such as the Greater Ann Arbor chapter of SHRM and Detroit SHRM are important activities taken into consideration.

Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, head of EMU’s management department in the College of Business and Dr. Anushri Rawat, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, are co-advisors for the group.

“A chapter of our size has to complete 50 or more activities to receive the top Award,” said Wagner-Marsh. “The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is given to Superior Merit Chapters that submit an outstanding project and our project last year was focused on awareness of HR issues related to military families, veterans, and active duty service members.”

Some of the activities and programs developed by the group include”

  • Hosted seven guest speaker meetings with local HR professionals.
  • Offered a workshop on “Ace the Interview,” hosted an alumni panel of HR Professionals, and organized a company tour of Menlo Innovations.
  • Coordinated a job-shadowing event on Ground Hog Day where over a dozen EMU students spent the day at various HR offices.
  • Organized a mentoring program where an HR professional from one of the local sponsoring SHRM chapters mentors EMU students for a year.
  • The chapter also participated in several community projects including walking in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer event.
  • For the group’s veterans’ awareness project the students participated in the following activities: they produced and distributed a brochure for students that included facts and resources on veterans and active duty service members, created a website on military and veterans’ HR issues with many related links and resources, they signed and mailed Thank You Holiday Cards for Recovering Soldiers, sang holiday carols at the VA Hospital, collected hats/gloves/scarves for military servicemen and families, collected recycled cell phone for Minutes to Call Home, and collected goods for a Stuff the Truck event sponsored by the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative where the items were distributed to various military service members.

“I am extremely proud of the officers and members of the EMU student chapter of SHRM for winning the Outstanding Student Chapter Award,” said Wagner-Marsh. “Our chapter has won the Superior Merit award for the past 23 years and has won the top award 15 times since the award was created in 2000. This record is impressive and an indication of the hard work and dedication of the EMU students.”

The Outstanding Student Chapter Awards were announced this month and winners will be recognized at the national SHRM conference in Washington, D. C. in late June.

The EMU chapter was chartered in 1995 and currently has over 100 student members. For information, go to the EMU student chapter of SHRM website at www.emushrm.com or EMUSHRM on Facebook.