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WSC Students Compete in Regional SHRM Competition

Published: 6-1-2010 11:30 am

Wayne State College business student members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) competed in the North Central Regional SHRM games on the campus of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, on April 23 -24.  The Wayne State College teams were co-sponsored by the Siouxland (Sioux City metro area) and Norfolk (Nebraska) SHRM organizations.

There are five regional SHRM competitions each year, sponsored by the national SHRM organization.  The North Central Regional competition was the largest competition, hosting 39 colleges and universities from a 10-state area.  Students compete in Jeopardy-like quiz bowl competitions, answering questions related specifically to human resource management.  According to WSC SHRM co-sponsor Cynthia Hanson, "The purpose of the HR games is to encourage student comprehension of the vast body of knowledge needed by today's human resource professionals.  The game-show format evokes student competitiveness, which adds drive to their study resulting in additional discussion of topics covered in the classroom."

Wayne State College brought two three-person teams and one alternate to the event.  Competitors included Jessica Baxter, Sioux City, Iowa; Lindsay Carothers, Mapleton, Iowa; Katie Clements, Blair, Neb.; Tahnee Connealy, Decatur, Neb.; Tiffany Hansen, Wisner, Neb.; Kayla Neuhalfen, Laurel, Neb.; and Lukas Rix, Lyons, Neb.  One WSC team ranked 11th of 39 competing teams, with 7,797 total points and 108 wins, ranking ahead of 12th place University of Notre Dame.  The other WSC team ranked 30th, with 2,200 total points and 68 wins.  In the final elimination bouts, Indiana Technical University defeated Central Michigan University to capture first and second place honors.

"We are proud of the outstanding efforts of our two teams in competing against much larger colleges and universities," said Dr. Patricia Arneson, SHRM co-sponsor.  "Our students were excellent representatives of their respective communities, Wayne State College, our SHRM program, and the two sponsoring chapters.  Our thanks to the Sioux City and Norfolk SHRM chapters for their funding, which helped pay lodging and transportation costs for our 11-hour drive to/from Lafayette."

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently verified that the Human Resource Management Concentration curriculum at Wayne State College aligns with SHRM's guides for HR education.  Wayne State College is the first traditional "brick & mortar" program in Nebraska to receive such prestigious recognition.  There are currently 162 programs at 140 universities worldwide that are recognized by SHRM, the world's largest association devoted to human resource management.

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