Based in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, the UT Dallas chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has earned its second successive Superior Merit Award, the highest designation available to a student chapter.
“SHRM is devoted to helping members develop into successful human-resource-management professionals, and getting the award “means our chapter is exceeding expectations,” said Savannah Austin, chapter president and a senior in human resource management in the Jindal School. “Our chapter is always going above and beyond to help its members and leaders learn as much as possible.”
The SHRM annually recognizes chapter achievements at three levels: Honorable Mention, Merit Award and Superior Merit Award. Superior Merit requires that a chapter be in good standing, demonstrate chapter leadership and sound operational practices, and plan and implement a total of nine to 12 activities or projects including chapter programming, career development, community-based activities, and SHRM affiliate support.
“To help meet the qualifications for Superior Merit, we specifically started to hold an event called HR Day,” Austin said. “We have a panel discussion and round tables with professionals from all functions of HR for words of wisdom and Q&A’s.”
In addition to HR Day, every semester the UT Dallas chapter holds two chapter meetings, three professional development events, four fundraisers and a handful of social and community service events — all intended to provide members with the experience and resources they need to succeed in their future career.
Activities and programs this past year included an HR Magazine discussion, going to the HR Southwest Conference and résumé and internship workshops. Social and networking events included mixers and dinners with alumni and professionals in the field, an annual social for the entire group to attend the State Fair of Texas and SHRM Study Days each semester during mid-terms and finals. Fundraisers vary semester to semester. Students fulfilled their community service obligations by volunteering at the Trinity Trash Bash and local food banks. Last spring r, they also helped at the Walk MS in Dallas.
Austin encourages all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program as well as those in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Concentration to join the organization.
“We open our organization to all students because it can be beneficial to any a future leader or manager in any field,” she said.
—Jimmie R. Markham