Cameron University launches student chapter of Society of Human Resource Management

Society for Human Resource ManagementThe Cameron University School of Business has established a student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, an international organization devoted to human resource management. Officers were announced at a banquet last night featuring keynote speaker Billy Taylor, Plant Manager, Goodyear Lawton. Student officers for the organization are Amparo Pinzon Arce of Lawton, President; Paulette Smith of Lawton, Vice President; Rosalyn Cash of Lawton, Secretary; Kenona Southwell of Castries, St. Lucia, Treasurer; and Suzanne Baker of Lawton, Webmaster.

"It is an historic moment for Cameron University as we establish the first student chapter of SHRM in Cameron's history," says Dr. Ali Soylu, Assistant Professor. Soylu will serve as faculty advisor for the organization. Dr. Sylvia Burgess, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, will serve as co-advisor.

"We are committed to assisting our students by building networks and preparing them for real world experiences after they graduate," Soylu adds. "SHRM will play a critical role in helping our students with career development and will improve their knowledge of human resource management." 

With 575 affiliated chapters located all over the world, SHRM is a professional association which represents workers in the field of human resources. The organization works to promote the role of human resources as a profession and provides education, certification, and networking to its members while lobbying Congress on issues pertinent to personnel management and human resources. SHRM's Student Program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between HRM students and practitioners.

Chapters invite local business people to speak to the members about current developments in the business world and how they will impact future workers. Beyond the regular meetings, chapters organize a variety of activities including company tours, student conferences, resume-writing and interviewing workshops, fundraisers, internship programs, and social events. These activities allow students to learn more about human resource management while building relationships with local professionals and other students.

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April 24, 2009
 PR#09-118