Smeal student organization earns top prize in regional case competition

May 19, 2014

The Penn State Smeal College of Business chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) took first place in a case competition held last month at the Northeast Regional Student Conference in Providence, R.I.

The grand prize included $2,500 and complimentary team registration to the 2014 annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

SHRM at Penn State, a group with about 50 active members, sent nine members to the two-day conference, six of whom participated in the case competition.

Organization members said they practiced for the competition for months leading up to the conference by analyzing sample cases and delivering presentations in front of professors and local human resources professionals.

“All the practice really helped us a lot,” said Malory Sanchez, one of the competing team members and the Web team coordinator for the organization. “We have such great professors to prepare us for things like this; they gave us great insight on things to watch out for.”

Organization president and senior management major Samantha Krone added, “I think it also gave the presenters an opportunity to practice working together as a team on a real life business problem.”

SHRM at Penn State draws its membership from both Smeal, which offers a concentration in human resource management within the management major, and the College of Liberal Arts, which offers a major in labor studies and employment relations.

The Smeal concentration in Human Resources Management, within the management major, was certified last year by the SHRM.

“Because Penn State doesn’t have a specific major in human resources, it’s nice to have this extra opportunity for us to come together, learn about the field and network with professionals,” Krone said.

SHRM at Penn State takes part in a number of professional development and philanthropic events over the course of the academic year, including monthly meetings with company representatives on a variety of topics. The group also has a mentoring program pairing students with local human resources professionals.

SHRM is the world’s largest association dedicated to human resource management and is dedicated to advancing the human resources industry and professional development.

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Last Updated May 20, 2014