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Human Resources chapter heading for Omaha summit

This article was originally posted on Mar 17, 2016, re-posted on Mar 15, 2016

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“Being involved with ONU-SHRM has given Olivet students a chance to explore current issues in HR while building a robust network of HR professionals." — Professor Andy Corbus

Olivet’s chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is preparing for the 2016 SHRM Central Division Student Case Competition and Career Summit in Omaha, Nebraska, April 1-2. The competition is the premier student HR conference in the United States, providing valuable opportunities for students to learn from and network with HR professionals.

In 2015, the Olivet chapter’s inaugural year, the team placed second out of 22 undergraduate university teams in the central division competition. Last month, chapter members participated in the Illinois State HR Games and Case Competition hosted by Illinois State University in Bloomington.

“Our SHRM chapter teams up with our Human Resource Management II course,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, dean of Olivet’s School of Business. “Having these mutually supportive programs in place is instrumental for the success of our students who are competing nationally in the case competition event and also preparing for their certification exams.”

Andy Corbus, assistant business professor in Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, is faculty sponsor of Olivet’s student chapter. Andrew Marcotte, a senior business major, is the first president.

“The Human Resource Management field is growing as the business community continues to view HR’s role as more strategic and vital to company success,” says Professor Corbus. “Being involved with ONU-SHRM has given Olivet students a chance to explore current issues in HR while building a robust network of HR professionals. SHRM is one of the most supportive student organizations that I have ever seen. Our students are benefiting from these opportunities.”

Founded in 1948, SHRM represents more than 275,000 members in more than 160 countries and is the world’s largest human resources membership organization devoted to HR management. SHRM’s student program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between students and practitioners. Since the first chapter was chartered, the student program has experienced tremendous growth. The program now includes more than 250 affiliated student chapters and more than 19,000 student members.

Information on Olivet's human resources curriculum and the School of Business is available through the Office of Admissions at www.olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.
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