University of Memphis SHRM Student Chapter Receives Outstanding Chapter Award from SHRM

September 26, 2023

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) awarded the 2022-2023 Outstanding Chapter award designation to the University of Memphis SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.

The SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement."SHRM student chapter members embody the upcoming cohort of HR trailblazers, and it's vital to highlight their achievements.” Said Michael P. Aitken, SHRM chief membership officer. “The dedication displayed by the University of Memphis SHRM Student Chapter Award underscores that the future of the profession is in good hands. I commend their achievements and their adeptness in cultivating inventive initiatives, growth and enthusiasm for HR – especially as we steer through evolving work landscapes."

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent one of which lasted from May 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023.

The University of Memphis SHRM Student Chapter award is a very active chapter dedicated to helping students learn about the Human Resource Management profession. The student leaders worked to incorporate experiential learning opportunities co-led by employers such as HR Discovery Day in the spring semester where students spent the day in downtown Memphis visiting HR employers; co-sponsoring SHRM-Memphis learning events such as the Building Bridges Conference; and, participating in HR Academy in the fall semester where employers led cutting edge issues and engage with students in case study exercises. In addition, this student chapter has outreach to other campuses in the community to encourage other students to pursue HR such the Professional Engagement Night (PEN) so that students without a SHRM Student Chapter from other colleges and universities can benefit from the educational and engagement programs. 

The SHRM-Memphis Professional chapter is very supportive of the work and Dr. Deneen Lester, executive director of the Salvation Army, as she serves as the College Relations Chair. Working with the faculty advisor, Dr. Kathy Tuberville, the team passionately helps students understand the benefits and opportunities of the HRM profession. To learn more about the UofM SHRM Student Chapter, contact Dr. Tuberville at K.Tuberville@memphis.edu.