Two UofM Students Receive HR Excellence Award at Conference

December 6, 2016 - Tyler Stegall and Tiyana Childres, both honors students in the Management Human Resource concentration at the University of Memphis, received the James House Williamson HR Excellence Award at the recent Tennessee State Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference. This award recognizes students who have achieved excellence in the human resources (HR) field while pursuing their degree. The award is given by the Tennessee State SHRM Council.

Both students have held impressive HR internships. Stegall received an HR internship with the city of Memphis in fall 2015 and was quickly promoted to head all of the city's Urban Fellows internship programs. Childres, as a sophomore, received a summer HR compensation internship with AutoZone and was asked to remain for the fall semester.

In addition to their internships, they are student leaders in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, having both participated in the Complete Professional Program and the FCBE Helen Hardin Honors programs. They are both leaders of the SHRM student chapter; Stegall currently serves as president and Childres as vice-president. Both students were recognized at the Tennessee State SHRM Conference awards luncheon and received a $2,000 scholarship for their leadership in the Memphis HR student community.

"We are very proud of Tyler and Tiyana and know that they will be an inspiration to other Human Resource concentration students," said Dr. Chuck Pierce, chair of the Management Department. "These students are taking full advantage of the development and leadership opportunities offered at the Fogelman College, and their participation has helped them have a true competitive advantage in the workplace," said Dr. Kathy Tuberville, SHRM faculty co-advisor and director of the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center.

Thirteen Fogelman SHRM student chapter members attended the state conference with the support of Pierce and Tisch McDaniel, SHRM professional chapter president and director of pension and benefits for Verso Corp.

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey