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WIU Student Chapter Receives Merit Award from SHRM

September 14, 2023

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) awarded a 2022-2023 Superior Merit Award designation to the Western Illinois University SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.

The SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

"SHRM student chapter members embody the upcoming cohort of HR trailblazers, and it's vital to highlight their achievements," said Michael P. Aitken, SHRM chief membership officer. "The dedication displayed by WIU's student chapter underscores that the future of the profession is in good hands. I commend their achievements and their adeptness in cultivating inventive initiatives, growth and enthusiasm for HR, especially as we steer through evolving work landscapes."

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent one of which lasted from May 1, 2022-April 30, 2023.

The SHRM student chapter at WIU is run by students who are either Human Resource Management majors or minors, or express an interest in the field of Human Resource Management. The student chapter aims to increase understanding of the field, facilitate interaction among students, and enhance students' social experiences at WIU.

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