Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter Receives Superior Merit Award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 20, 2005 — The Southeast Missouri State University student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently received the Superior Merit Award from the National SHRM Organization. 

Just 98 of 430 active student chapters nationwide received this designation, placing Southeast’s chapter among the top 25 percent of students chapters in the nation. The local chapter is sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Human Resource Association’s (SEMO HRA) SHRM chapter.

Dr. Kevin Dickson, faculty advisor to the chapter, said many students in the local chapter worked to make the achievement possible. Sarah Jo Glueck of Paragould, Ark., and Suzi Mack of Benton, Mo., both SHRM presidents during the 2004-2005 academic year, organized activities and encouraged chapter members to participate in them to bring this recognition to Southeast. Amanda Barton of Jackson, Mo., also was instrumental, serving as vice president of Merit Award and compiling a record of the chapter’s activities which was sent to the review board at the national level.

To receive this award, the chapter was required to participate in a variety of activities. During the past year, the local chapter sponsored guest speakers on campus, compiled and distributed a résumé book of chapter members, participated in community service projects, awarded a scholarship to a student chapter member, joined and attended meetings of the Cape Area Personnel Association (CAPA) and the Southeast Missouri Human Resource Association (SEMO HRA), met with Chartwells as part of an etiquette dinner and wrote to elected representatives about issues affecting human resource practices.

Assisting Dickson as faculty advisors to SHRM is Steven Byrd of the Department of Management and Marketing in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business.