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Student team wins human resources competition

March 27, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Four human resources students at Western Michigan University took top honors at a recent statewide competition designed to test students' knowledge of the field.

The four teammates are students in the WMU Department of Management in the Haworth College of Business and competed in the HR Games March 17 at Eastern Michigan University's Owen College of Business. A team from WMU also won last year's competition.

Members of the team are Nicole Cleven a senior from Delton, Mich., Natasha Gibbons, a senior from Ypsilanti, Mich., Ricky Robbins a junior from Otsego, Mich., and team alternate Jennifer Munsell, a junior from Swartz Creek, Mich. A second WMU team also competed.

"If the focus on higher education today is on assessment, this is a great place to look," says Dr. Daniel Farrell, a WMU professor of management and the team's coach.

Using a Jeopardy-style format, each team played five, 15-minute competitions followed by semi- and final-round competitions of 30 minutes each, making for a long day of oral performance testing, Farrell says. WMU's winning team led both in the number of wins and total points scored by a wide margin.

Farrell says the second WMU team played an important role as well, as it was the only team that beat a team from Central Michigan University in the round robin portion of the tournament. That victory set up the ideal draw for the semi- and final rounds for WMU's championship team.

"The games are really a fun way for students to prepare of the professional certification test offered by the Society of Human Resource Management," Ferrell says.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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