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WIU Student Groups Receive Prestigious Award from World's Largest HR Association

July 30, 2019

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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 Superior Merit Awards from the national chapter of SHRM for providing superior growth and development opportunities to student chapter members.

Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the WIU SHRM student chapters invited a number of human resources professionals to both campuses to make presentations and discuss HR certifications. The WIU-QC student chapter also hosted the HR Alumni Reunion and Student Networking event, which brought together alumni and current students to discuss HR internships and job opportunities and what being an HR professional entails. Many HR students have also held internships, participated in HR CASE competitions at Purdue University and Illinois State University and attended regional HR events.

"Being a student member in SHRM is an important way to begin a career in human resources, and the students at both campuses work hard to make the SHRM chapters a value-added experience for its members," said Susan Stewart, HR Management professor and faculty advisor for the WIU-QC SHRM student chapter.

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 HR profession and SHRM engagement.

"SHRM is committed to engaging the future leaders of the HR profession—HR and Business students. As we work to shape better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together—we are energized by the work our student chapters are doing to encourage students to choose HR as a career path," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. "Awarding this Superior Merit Award designation is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps the Western Illinois University SHRM student chapters have taken this past academic year."

For more information on the Macomb chapter, visit or contact Bruce Western at or (309) 298-1535. For more information on the QC chapter, visit or contact Stewart at at (309) 762-3999 ext. 62258.

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