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SHRM Student Chapter #5404 Indiana University-Purdue University – Indianapolis Receives Merit Award

May 23, 2014

Indianapolis, IN — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA, awarded the Merit Award designation to SHRM Student Chapter #5404  Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 19,000 student members in over 140 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2013-2014 Student Chapter Merit awards. We are very proud of what our student chapter members are able to accomplish while also involved in their studies and work,” said Laurie McIntosh, director of member engagement. “Their efforts to enhance their chapter, community and the HR profession are to be commended.”

Student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. Of the 173 SHRM-affiliated student chapters that received awards in the 2013-2014 Merit Award program, 21 chapters received an Outstanding Chapter Award designation, 28 chapters received a Superior Merit Award designation, 32 chapters achieved Merit Award status, and 41 chapters received the Honorable Mention designation.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

For achieving Merit Award status, SHRM Student Chapter #5404 Indiana University-Purdue University –Indianapolis receives a digital logo for use in electronic or print communications and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

SHRM Student Chapter #5404 put forth an exceptional effort in achieving the 2013-2014 Merit Award this year. The chapter worked with the Veteran Students in Engineering and Technology (VSET) chapter and completed a Federal Resume training session that allows the chapter to conduct VSET member resume reviews. The chapter also raised funds through Kiva to assist individuals and help alleviate poverty. Additionally, the chapter successfully recruited new members throughout the academic year. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the chapter is focused on a Leadership Development initiative to help chapter members find their strengths and grow professionally to prepare for life after college.

Chapter membership information is available from Student Chapter faculty advisor Robert Wolter, rmwolter@iupui.edu or Student Chapter president Lydia Chastain, lychasta@iupui.edu. For information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx.