The University of Memphis SHRM Student Chapter recently competed in the Central Division of the SHRM National Case Competition in Houston, Texas. Competing in the Division I category of 20 undergraduate colleges and universities, the UM Team won the competition with the first place ranking! A total of 30 teams participated in both the undergraduate and graduate categories.
Team members include Tyler Stegall, SHRM Student Chapter President, Tiyana Childres, SHRM Chapter Vice-President, and SHRM Student Chapter Board Members, Tori Hill, Alexis Smith, Patrick Crowder, and Kenneth Moment. All students are majoring in Management with a concentration in HR Management. Faculty advisors are Dr. Kathy Tuberville and Dr. Carol Danehower.
The competition preparation included approximately 70 hours of group work in preparing a real world case study including an Executive Summary, PowerPoint presentation, and 15-minute oral presentation. Once in Houston, the team presented in the preliminary round of presentations and then moved to one of two teams selected to present in the final round of presentations. During both presentations, judges (Houston HR practitioners) had 15 minutes to ask team questions. The team presented with eloquence and answered questions as if they were already HR managers!
“We are so pleased to have these talented students in our HR Concentration program—they set the bar high for other students,” states Dr. Charles Pierce, Management Department Chair. Dr. Carol Danehower adds, “this type of educational experience is so valuable to students and not many students get this type of opportunity”. This competition was collaborative effort with SHRM-Memphis as well. “We thank SHRM-Memphis for their financial support in their travel and competition activities—these are our future HR leaders in our community and we appreciate SHRM-Memphis recognizing their talent and potential, “states Dr. Kathy Tuberville.
For more information on the competition, please contact Dr. Kathy Tuberville, K.Tuberville@memphis.edu