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The UW Oshkosh student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) achieved the 2010-11 Superior Merit Award designation and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for an exceptional job of providing opportunities for growth and development to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 professional and student members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated professional chapters and more than 450 student chapters within the United States, as well as subsidiary offices in China and India.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2010-2011 Superior Merit and Merit Student Chapters. These chapters worked extremely hard this year. Their efforts to provide networking and educational programming to human resources students and to increase their exposure to the field of HR are evidence of their desire to achieve,” said Chuck Salvetti, SHRM’s Student and Young Professional Programs Manager.

A record 138 SHRM-affiliated student chapters participated in this year’s national merit award program. Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. For the 2010-11 Merit Award period, 109 chapters received a Superior Merit Award designation, 17 chapters achieved Merit Award status and 12 chapters received the Honorable Mention designation.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to develop more effective student chapters, and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in four areas: basic student chapter requirements, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and partnership with SHRM.

The UW Oshkosh SHRM student chapter will receive a specialized plaque to display at the University, and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

The UW Oshkosh SHRM student chapter is also one of only ten winners of the 2010-11 Outstanding Student Chapter Awards, which recognizes SHRM student chapters whose programs, activities and levels of participation during the academic year distinguish them from other chapters.

All SHRM student chapters are eligible to apply for the award, provided that the chapter receives a Superior Merit Award for that current academic year. The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is given in recognition of significant activities within the following areas: promotion of certification, campus/community service, innovation/technology, programming/education and recruitment.

The UW Oshkosh SHRM chapter has 60 student members and in addition to networking and fostering young leaders, the organization has been readily increasing the expanse of their service projects over the past three years. In addition to this award, the chapter was also honored by UW Oshkosh as Volunteer Organization of the Year and the chapter vice president, Kyle Ackeret, was honored as the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year.

For more information about the UW Oshkosh SHRM student chapter, visit

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit

Amy Pinkston, Communications and Marketing Director of the College of Business, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.