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WIU Society for Human Resource Management Macomb chapter executive board for the 2017-18 academic year.
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WIU Society for Human Resource Management Quad Cities chapter officers from the Spring 2017 semester with their graduation cords.
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WIU Society for Human Resource Management Quad Cities chapter officers from the Fall 2016 semester.
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WIU Student Groups Receive Prestigious Award from World's Largest HR Association

June 13, 2017

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - Western Illinois University's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapters on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses both received 2016-17 awards from the national chapter of SHRM for providing superior growth and development opportunities to student chapter members.

The Macomb chapter received the Merit Award, and the QC chapter received the Superior Merit Award.

"WIU's Macomb chapter hosted multiple guest speakers and engaged in fundraising activities designed to support chapter goals," said Bruce Western, management and marketing instructor and SHRM advisor. "The field of human resource management is growing, and the goal of our SHRM chapter is to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in the field. A well-rounded exposure to the areas of staffing, employment law, compensation and collective bargaining ensure our students will have solid career opportunities."

"WIU'S Quad Cities chapter held many meetings over the course of the year and hosted two large events," said Susan Stewart, management and marketing professor and Quad Cities campus SHRM advisor. "The first was called the HR Career CAFE where HR professionals, including WIU alumni, came to recruit HR interns, network, offer advice, give presentations and more. The second was called the HR Alumni Reunion and Student Networking event. This event gave alumni an opportunity to reconnect with their fellow classmates as well as to network with current students to discuss opportunities in the HR field. Overall, the chapter worked hard and is very deserving of this recognition from SHRM."

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members and support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

"These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession," said Susan Prost, SHRM-senior certified professional (SCP), East Divisional director and lead for SHRM's student programs. "Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, local communities and beyond."

WIU's human resource management faculty members were also recently notified that the human resource management curriculum aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, which results in the WIU HRM alignment renewal being valid through January 2023.

"This recognition demonstrates a solid commitment from the faculty to deliver their knowledge of best practices to students in the major," said Craig Conrad, management and marketing department chair.

For more information on the Macomb chapter, visit or contact Western at or (309) 298-1535. For more information on the QC chapter, visit or contact Stewart at at (309) 762-3999.

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