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SHRM chapter receives merit award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has recently given a Student Chapter Merit Award to the Rollins College SHRM chapter for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“The Rollins SHRM Student Chapter is dedicated to helping students reach their professional HR Management goals through learning and networking,” said Amanda Brunson, president of Rollins’ student chapter of SHRM. “We do this by offering different insights to different areas within the HR field. We also do everything we can to remain in good standing with our National chapter, so we make sure we follow all of the guidelines that SHRM lays out for us.”

SHRM is the world’s largest organization devoted to human resource management, with over 20,000 student members worldwide. Their merit award cycle ran from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Student Chapter Merit Award winners. These chapters, led by an inspiring and dedicated group of student volunteers and chapter advisors, truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, Divisional Director, East and the lead for SHRM’s student programs, in a press release. “Their achievements, which go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, is commendable, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, the local community, and beyond. The future of HR shines bright knowing these students are among those leading the way.”

Rollins students in the Master of Human Resources Program reactivated the SHRM chapter this year. To be considered for merit awards, SHRM requires all active chapters to complete a planning workbook, which consists of 5 sections, each with 1-10 items to be completed.

During the year, several people who worked in HR throughout the community were invited to speak about their careers. Some of the Rollins SHRM members also took first place at the HR Florida Leadership Conference Student Games, and they continued on to compete in Baltimore.

The chapter will now be up for SHRM’s highest award, the Outstanding Student Chapter Award.

“SHRM will be looking for us to show significant achievements in broad categories like career development, campus/community service, innovation, membership acquisition, and more,” said Brunson.

The Rollins chapter of SHRM will be recognized at the organization’s conference in Las Vegas and on their website.

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