UND human resources management students take first place at state, on their way to regionals

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Regional is set for this weekend in Covington, Ky.

University of North Dakota Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) students recently took first place at the North Dakota HR Games & Student Conference, which took place March 6-7 at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

The UND SHRM team is now off to vie for best in the region. The six-member team is preparing to compete in the Central Regional games in Covington, Ky., which is taking place Friday (April 24 ) and Saturday (April 25). UND will be up against 27 other teams. The trip is being funded, in part, by the North Dakota Society for Human Resources Management Council (ND SHRM). The UND SHRM chapter received a $500 scholarship for its state victory. The money will be applied to the cost of the trip to the regional conference.

The UND team comprises Megan Muscha, Jenna Dygert, Megan Milbrand, Courtney Thingstad, Nicole Houseal, and Mikayla Halone. All are human resource management majors at the UND College of Business and Public Administration.

Clare Francis, UND SHRM faculty advisor and an associate professor of management, indicated that the HR Games have just recently started in North Dakota, and it was the first time any UND SHRM members had attended such an event.

The Competitions provide a realistic preview for students of the types of issues and concerns that they may eventually encounter in the workplace. The case scenarios reviewed during the competitions can focus on a myriad Human Resources issues and requires strategic thinking, ethical decision-making, strong leadership and presentation skills.

ND SHRM State Council facilitates a state competition every spring, with the winners moving on to regional events throughout the United States.