On March 5th and 6th, 2010, Shippensburg University hosted the 2010 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Northeast Regional Student Conference and HR Games competition. Seventeen universities from the Northeast region sent a total of 21 teams to participate in this year's HR Games event including two teams from Shippensburg University. In addition, to the HR Games competition, graduate and undergraduate students from throughout the Northeast region attended career and networking workshops conducted by human resource management professionals from SHRM National and Cumberland Valley SHRM. Over 150 students, faculty advisors and human resource professionals made the trip to Shippensburg University to attend the conference and participate in the HR Games competition.

Shippensburg University team members Alisha Rohrbaugh, Lauren Fritz, and James Badorf entered the semi-final round of the competition in 4th position behind 1st place team Penn State and two teams from Cornell University. After stomping Penn State in the semi-finals, Shippensburg University finished in second place behind Cornell University. Dean Dr. Tony Winter and SHRM Chapter Advisor, Dr. Vicki Taylor were on hand to congratulate both Shippensburg University teams for an excellent performance in the games and for their work as Shippensburg University ambassadors. SHRM President and HR Games team member Alisha Rohrbaugh commented on the experience, "Words can't describe how I felt during the finals competition. I was still so excited that we made it to the semi finals that it hadn't set in yet that we were competing to win the whole thing!"

SHRM Chapter Advisor, Vicki Taylor added, "Both teams are to be commended for their hard work in hosting the SHRM student conference and for preparing for the HR Games competition. "Ship happened" this past weekend because a group of dedicated students committed themselves to be part of an important educational enhancing event. I could not have been prouder of our teams and of Shippensburg University!"

"This was truly a wonderful weekend, and a showcase not only for the Shipp HR Club members, but the university as a whole," said Dave Elliott, Vice President of Human Resources for The Herald-Mail Company, and also the club's SHRM chapter liaison. "In addition to the great work done by club members and Dr. Taylor in preparing for the weekend, I'd also like to thank all members of the Cumberland Valley SHRM who volunteered their time on Saturday. They helped the Games run smoothly, and also presented some very helpful and constructive breakout sessions. All in all, a great weekend!"

In addition to the second place team, juniors Erin Thompson, Andrew Miller, and Levi Crouse, and senior, Allison Foster participated in the HR Games competition which is designed to foster friendly competition between universities and provide a positive and exciting way to prepare students for the human resource management profession and the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam.

Shippensburg University received a second place plaque which will be on display in the Department of Management and Marketing in the John L. Grove College of Business along with plaque honoring the University for hosting the event.

The Shippensburg University SHRM student chapter would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's SHRM Northeast Regional Student Conference and HRGames competition a success!

Information for this release was supplied by Shippensburg student Erin Thompson and Dr. Vicki Fairbanks Taylor.