SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 19,000 student members in over 140 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
"This is a tremendous and well-deserved recognition for The University of Toledo, the College of Business and Innovation, our human resources program, and members of this organization," said Jenell Wittmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and co-faculty advisor to the UT SHRM group. She also adds, "Many thanks to all those who helped earn this award, especially Ashley Kaptur, whose leadership in SHRM and completing this submission was invaluable!"
Kaptur, who graduated in May, 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majored in human resource management. "During my last semester at UT, I was the Student Chapter President of UT SHRM. I would recruit HR Professionals in the Toledo area to come and speak to our group on current HR topics, their background in HR, interviewing techniques, etc. This really helped bring all of the classroom material and apply it to real world situations."
The Outstanding Student Chapter award was presented to a select number of SHRM student chapters whose programs and activities were at a level that distinguished them from other chapters. This award represents significant achievement in one of five categories: recruitment, programming/education, innovation/technology, campus/community service or promotion of assurance of learning assessment.
The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, encourages development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters 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.
Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. "The programs and events these student members have participated in are truly exceptional,” said Laurie McIntosh, director of member engagement. “They are all helping to shape the future of the HR profession through community service, technology, advocacy or another area.”
The UT SHRM chapter will be recognized during the 2014 Annual Student/Faculty Conference in Orlando in June, both in the student/faculty conference brochure and during the awards presentation.
The chapter president and advisor will be recognized during the opening general session and presented the chapter’s plaque. The award will also be listed on SHRM’s student member center website, and listed in the fall 2014 edition of SHRM StudentFocus magazine distributed electronically as a supplement to HR Magazine.
"This SHRM award is another reflection on the consistently high caliber of both our students and our faculty," stated Sonny Ariss, Ph.D., Chair of the UT COBI Department of Management. "We are confident that the excellence and leadership our students have already displayed through their involvement with SHRM will continue to be utilized throughout their professional careers, benefitting them, their employers and the community."