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SDSU Chapter of SHRM Wins National Recognition

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SDSU SHRM incoming and outgoing officers with faculty and guests at the group's year-end dinner.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at San Diego State University has been recognized as one of the best student chapters in the U.S. by SHRM's national organization. The award will be given to Casie Martinez, the university's SHRM (SDSU SHRM) chapter president, at the national SHRM Annual Student/Faculty Conference on June 21, 2014 in Orlando.

Of the 450 student chapters nationwide, SDSU's was only one of 24 student organizations to earn an Outstanding Student Chapter award and one of only 12 to be recognized in the category of programming and education. SDSU SHRM, formed in the fall of 2011, has grown to 75 members in less than three years, making it one of the larger student chapters.

"The recognition from SHRM's national organization was incredibly meaningful for our chapter and our dedicated student members," said management professor and faculty advisor, Dr. Michelle Dean. "The SDSU SHRM students have consistently looked for new ways to reach out to grow the organization and provide our students with professional development opportunities to prepare them for their careers."

The SDSU SHRM students have consistently looked for new ways to reach out to grow the organization and provide our students with professional development opportunities to prepare them for their careers.
Dr. Michelle Dean

The Winning Application

Each chapter applying for recognition was asked to submit an application that outlined their achievements in the areas of promotion of assurance of learning assessment, campus and community service, innovation and technology, programming and education, and recruitment.

The SDSU SHRM chapter focused on their application in preparing their members for the SDSU College of Business Career Fair. The chapter used their resources and local contacts to have 24 members of the San Diego professional SHRM chapter (SD SHRM) meet with and offer guidance to the SDSU SHRM members on February 25, 2014. After the mentoring session, the student members reported they felt more prepared and confident when discussing career possibilities with recruiters at the Career Fair which was held two weeks later.

Community Support Made the Difference

Casie Martinez and Dr. Michelle Dean

SDSU SHRM president Casie Martinez (right) and Dr. Michelle Dean hold the plaque awarded to the group by SHRM's national organization.

The recruitment of SD SHRM members for the mentoring session proved so popular that there were more HR practitioners volunteering than could be accommodated; six students joined SDSU SHRM the day of the mentoring event just to participate; and one SDSU alumnus who is an HR professional donated $17,000 to support and grow the SDSU organization's SHRM chapter. Additionally, the strong partnership forged between the SDSU SHRM chapter and the SD SHRM chapter offers many benefits and opportunities for students.

"Our success and this award would not be possible if not for the commitment of our faculty advisor, Dr. Dean," said Casie Martinez, SDSU's SHRM chapter president. "Her vision and guidance helped us to become one of the top chapters in the nation within only three years of our founding."

Her vision and guidance helped us to become one of the top chapters in the nation within only three years of our founding.
Casie Martinez