The world’s largest human resources professional society has awarded Clemson University’s student chapter its Superior Merit Award for providing growth and development to its management students in the College of Business.

Kathy Clark, SHRM, Management, Superior Merit Award

Kathy Clark
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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) bestowed the organization’s highest award on the Clemson chapter, which is sponsored by the Greenville SHRM professional chapter, according to faculty adviser Kathy Clark.

“As a student-run organization, our chapter’s officers deserve credit for receiving this recognition,” Clark said. “Their commitment and energy were keys to the chapter meeting or exceeding the society’s requirements to receive the award.”

Officers for the 2017-18 academic year included, 2018 graduates Jordan Mixson, president and Chris Olguin, vice president; Morgan Reeves, communications officer and incoming president for 2018-19; and Rebecca Jenkins, secretary-treasurer and vice president for 2018-19.

Clark said the SHRM chapter introduces students to the human resources profession through a variety of networking and mentorship activities.

“In addition to bringing in speakers from the Greenville chapter, we have a shadowing program with a number of their businesses. The resulting relationship building and networking have led to internships and full-time jobs for our students,” Clark said.

The Department of Management program has approximately 100 management majors pursuing an emphasis in human resources and another 20 students in other majors pursuing a minor in human resources.

Student chapters earn the award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle. The Clemson chapter’s achievements were earned from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The SHRM student chapter merit award was created in 1972 to encourage excellence in chapter requirements, operations, programming and the professional development of its members.

SHRM has more than 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the society has been the leading provider of resources serving HR professionals’ needs and advancing the practice of human resource management in its 575 affiliated chapters.

The Clemson chapter was recognized for its achievement at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Ill., June 17-20.

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