Student human resources organization wins national recognition for third straight year

August 2 2006

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When applying for internships or jobs, if your e-mail address is cutiegrrl or heavymtl, sign up for a new account before you attach your resume. This is one of the nuggets of real-life advice that students discover at monthly meetings of The Wabash Valley Collegiate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM.

A student organization with joint participation from Indiana State University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, The Wabash Valley chapter was awarded a Superior Merit Award for the third year in a row at the Society for Human Resource Management's International Conference in Washington, D.C., in June, and received a plaque for their efforts.

The Wabash Valley Collegiate SHRM chapter has 60 members from ISU and SMWC. The colleges take turns during the academic year hosting the monthly meetings, where members learn about the HR profession through shared experiences and guest speakers.

"We invite speakers who cover topical issues that matter to students," said Anita Gabbard, ISU senior human resources development major and chapter president. "Representatives from the corporate world, educators and alums have spoken to our chapter about interviewing skills, how to market yourself, how to do Internet job searches."

Students who are members have access to professional development opportunities, Gabbard says, such as leadership conferences, national scholarships, networking, the Society for Human Resource Management magazine and the members-only Web site which provides white papers for research.

Chapter members also are invited to the monthly meetings of the local Wabash Valley Human Resources Association, which sponsors the student chapter, where they can meet and talk with human resources professionals, be paired with an HR mentor and participate in job-shadowing.

"The students have benefited by meeting HR professionals who provide them opportunities which will impact their future careers," said Carole Yaw, ISU assistant professor of human resource development, and chapter advisor, along with Frank Whittle, SMWC assistant professor of business. "It provides the students opportunities to put their knowledge into practice."

The Superior Merit Award recognizes achievement in four areas: professional operation of the chapter, professional development of members, support of the HR profession, and partnership with SHRM. Criteria also include: community service, attending conferences, published articles, newsletters, visiting other chapters, and other endeavors to enhance the students? knowledge and future careers.

The Society for Human Resource Management is comprised of more than 210,000 members throughout the world and is a voice for the human resources profession, providing opportunities for students to network with the top HR professionals in the field. It is their goal to engage students in the human resources field through experiential learning opportunities.

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Wabash Valley Collegiate SHRM chapter award

Cutline: The Wabash Valley Collegiate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management advisors Frank Whittle (left), SMWC assistant professor of business, and Carole Yaw (right), ISU assistant professor of human resource development, present Anita Gabbard, ISU senior human resources development major and chapter president, with the Superior Merit Award plaque the chapter received at the Society's International Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. The chapter has joint participation from Indiana State University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Tony Campbell/ISU

Contact: Carole Yaw, assistant professor of human resource development, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2643 or dyaw@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Wabash Valley Collegiate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, with joint participation from Indiana State University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, received a Superior Merit Award from the Society for the third year in a row.

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