Eastern Michigan University human resources students capture first place in statewide competition

Jeopardy-style event at state HR conference helps students learn about profession

People shaking hands at a human resources event.

YPSILANTI – A group of human resources students from Eastern Michigan University recently took first place in a statewide HR games competition.

The students competed at this past fall’s Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management Conference, held in Traverse City.

The event is a three-day conference with professional HR attendees from around the state, and offers educational forums aimed at providing information to help HR representatives flourish in their career fields. Students network with future HR leaders, hear from speakers and engage with state professionals.

Included in the conference is the HR Games, a friendly competition allows students to test their comprehension skills in a Jeopardy-style game format. Teams participate in multiple rounds and the team with the most points wins.

Eastern’s student team included Banpreet Kaur, president of the EMU student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, Brian Eggenberger, vice president of social media for the group; and Hailey LaMay, vice president of communications.

"I had a great time at HR Games,” Eggenberger said. “It was an awesome opportunity to network with HR professionals and meet fellow students. I learned so much about the field and met some very helpful resources as I start my career."

Fraya Wagner-Marsh, a professor of management, serves as faculty advisor to the student group.

“HR Games is a fun way for students to increase their knowledge about the profession and have a chance to work with other EMU HR students as well as network with professionals across the state,” she said.

The EMU SHRM chapter was chartered in 1995 and currently has more than 60 student members. Faculty co-advisors include Dr. Wagner-Marsh, Dr. Anushri Rawat, and Dr. Lax Manroop.

 For information, visit the EMU student chapter of SHRM at EMUSHRM on Facebook.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit the society at the website, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

January 09, 2019

Written by:
Orion White

Geoff Larcom