SIHRM club receives award from world’s largest HR association

The Mount Mercy University Students in Human Resource Management (SIHRM) club was awarded a 2016–2017 Merit Award by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

Of the 327 student chapters from across the United States, Mount Mercy was one of 149 winners.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence 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.

“The club has achieved an SHRM merit award every year but one since its inception in 2011 and was recognized by the Mount Mercy Student Government Association as Organization of the Year in 2013,” said co-advisor Tracy Tunwall about the club’s success. “This is of course attributed to good student leadership and a lot of planning during the summer to make sure we meet, and usually exceed, all of the objectives for the merit award.”

Mount Mercy’s SIHRM club focuses on networking within the community as well as developing management leadership skills that make students attractive to potential employers. The students have received over $2,000 in scholarship funding through their participation in the club.

SIHRM activities have included hosting the Iowa Senior Human Resource Association quarterly meeting on campus, participating in the Eastern Iowa Human Resource Association student meeting, and multiple employer site visits including Rockwell Collins, United Fire Group and GreatAmerica Financial Services. The club participates in fundraising activities each year and multiple service contributions in the community, and helped to coordinate and fund the Mount Mercy University Career Fair and career nights.

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, east divisional director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s student programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.” 

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.  

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