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McNeese SHRM named Top Ten Chapter

McNeese SHRM named Top Ten Chapter

Students Stand with Award
The McNeese student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management was recognized as one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for 2011-2012 at the recent national SHRM conference in Atlanta, Ga. McNeese SHRM chapter members with the award are from left: Manuel Fontenot, Klancy Shope, Nikki Sue Alston, Jessica Stutes High, Maina Bhagnani and Jared Langlois. 

(July 2, 2012)  For the second year in a row, the McNeese State University student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been named one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for 2011-2012.

McNeese chapter representatives accepted the award at the 64th Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. Those attending were: Jessica Stutes High, president, Lake Charles, Jared Langlois, vice president, Houston, Texas, Manuel Fontenot, director of programs, Lake Charles, Klancy Shope, secretary, Longville, Maina Bhagnani, treasurer, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Nikki Sue Alston, director of student relations, Baton Rouge.

This award recognizes SHRM student chapters whose programs, activities and levels of participation during the academic year distinguish them from more than 475 student chapters. Among the top 10 university chapters were the University of Tennessee and Rutgers University, as well as two other Louisiana chapters-Louisiana State University of Shreveport and Nicholls State University-the first time ever that three TOP 10 chapters have been from one state.

The chapter also received its second Superior Merit Award for excellence and achievement.

McNeese's SHRM chapter has 50 members and two faculty advisers-Mary Kaye Eason, instructor and coordinator of support services, and Dr. Susie Cox, assistant professor of management. The chapter is sponsored by the Imperial Calcasieu Human Resource Management Association.

The SHRM Outstanding Student Chapter Award is given in recognition of significant activities within specific areas. "Our student chapter activities fall into the categories of leadership, professional development, networking, job readiness and community service," said Eason. "We completed over 50 activities throughout the year."

Chapter activities included: the third annual Leadership Conference for 50 students across disciplines on campus; an etiquette luncheon; a College of Business Rush Hour - annual networking/recruiting event for students and College of Business student organizations; three resume workshops per semester with professional HR managers offering assistance and feedback; volunteering to assist with professional SHRM conferences; and several fundraising projects.

In addition to these activities, Eason said the student chapter made a 10-year commitment to fund a scholarship endowment through the McNeese Foundation. "The chapter's goal is to donate a minimum of $1,000 per year to the scholarship endowment fund, and it made the first $1,000 donation in April 2012." The name of the scholarship is the McNeese SHRM Student Chapter Scholarship for Human Resources.

Cox said this student chapter actively demonstrates the mission of SHRM by "providing opportunities for students to network with HR professionals, to develop professionalism and leadership skills and to educate others about HR issues." "It is a pleasure to work with this highly motivated group of students," she stated.

Eason agreed.  "Working with this group of energetic and highly motivated students is extremely rewarding. They begin brainstorming and come up with the best ideas supported by a 'can do' attitude," she said. "It is fun to watch them develop a vision and an action plan to support their organizational mission, and I enjoy watching them and learning from them as they grow into young professionals and enter the workforce as business graduates."