UT Human Resources Student Organization Recognized as Industry Best

KNOXVILLE — The student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration has been named the most outstanding chapter worldwide, according to its parent organization.

: (from left) Tara Fournier, SHRM college relations; Adam Rowland, human resource management undergraduate; Debbie Mackey, faculty advisor; Kathryn Bradley, human resource management undergraduate; Courtney Bowditch, undergraduate; Allison Stirling, human resource management graduate level; and Laurie McIntosh, SHRM member relations

This is the second consecutive year that the chapter has been recognized as an outstanding chapter.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recognized only 10 chapters out of 575 member schools around the world—eight from the United States and two from Puerto Rico. Recognition is based on the chapter’s professional development of student members, student internships, community volunteer work and contribution to the human resources management profession.

In addition to earning the accolade, each student in the chapter received a $200 scholarship to take the Assurance of Learning Exam, a certification exam certifying their knowledge of human resource management.

“The Society for Human Resource Management provides amazing opportunities for our students to enhance their human resource management skills and network with human resources professionals,” said Debbie Mackey, faculty advisor for UT’s SHRM chapter. “The learning our members receive is priceless and something that will continue with them throughout their careers.”

The honor is just the latest for the UT student organization. A team of undergraduate human resource management students won the 2013 Southeast SHRM Regional Business Plan Competition and an award of $2,500.

“We are honored by this prestigious, international recognition,” said Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate programs and student affairs for the business college. “This honor affirms the academic preparation and professional development quality that our students receive. Congratulations to faculty advisor Debbie Mackey and to all the students, faculty, and staff who are associated with our programs.”

The UT chapter consists of about 50 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in human resource management.

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