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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!  

   

Shippensburg University's SHRM student chapter has received the 2009-2010 Student Chapter Superior Merit Award!
Merit SHRM  This is the second year in a row our chapter has been recognized by SHRM national for outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to our student members.

 

Congratulations to our student officers,  Alisha Rohrbaugh, President; Erin Thompson, Vice President; James Badorf, Treasurer; Lauren Fritz, Vice President of Merit; Kelsey Wood, Newsletter Editor;  Henok Yohannes, Secretary; and Levi Crouse and Dawn Luczak, Chapter Administrative support. 

   

Shippensburg University’s SIFE Team Goes onto National Competition

Shippensburg, April 23, 2010- The Shippensburg University SIFE team has returned to campus as Regional Champions, for the seventh year in a row.   

Every spring, the SU SIFE team organizes a presentation that showcases the projects completed during the year. Projects presented are then judged based on seven different required criteria that need to be satisfied. This year, SU SIFE once again had the opportunity to represent their school and team at the regional competition, where schools in the region compete with each other. 

As stated by one judge, “It was the best presentation of the day in this league.”  

SIFE began many new projects this year, including Project JumpStart and GreenThumb Initiative. Project JumpStart allows SU SIFE to partner with South Central Services of Pennsylvania to allow individuals with physical and mental disabilities have a place where they can work for short amounts of time in a suitable environment. GreenThumb Initiative was created as a response to the Shippensburg University Greenhouse Gas Emission inventory. The goal of this project is to create a five-year plan to offset the carbon emission on Shippensburg’s campus as well as encourage the community to become environmentally responsible. 

President Tyler Schmidt states, “I'm very proud of SU SIFE's accomplishment's this year.  Our team's hard work, determination, and dedication have led our SIFE team to win at regional competition for the 7th year in a row.  I look forward to competing at nationals in Minneapolis in May.” 

Student in Free Enterprise, better known as SIFE, is an international non-profit organization operating in over 40 countries and has over 1,500 schools participating. Students are able to use their knowledge obtained in the classroom and put it to practice with different projects the team implements throughout the year. SIFE also makes it possible for students to grow as responsible, great leaders. Through business concepts, SIFE teams develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE’s leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent. 

In May, SU SIFE will once again be competing for the chance to be national champions in Minneapolis, MN. 

 

Beta Gamma Sigma named Premier Chapter
BGS

Shippensburg University’s Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter is one of 121 Premier Chapters for 2009-10, according to the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS).

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in BGS is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.  

Beta Gamma Sigma has 486 collegiate chapters in all 50 U.S. states and 19 countries and territories. Additionally, 24 alumni chapters serve the needs of alumni members in major metropolitan areas, including Hong Kong. 

To qualify, 85 percent of Shippensburg’s qualifying members at both the undergraduate and graduate level must accept the invitation to become lifetime members.  

Dr. April Bailey, assistant professor of accounting/MIS and chapter adviser, said “The Premier Chapter classification is testament to the chapter’s high value on scholarship.” 

According to Bailey, “Membership into BGS is based on merit. Junior and senior business students are eligible if they are in the top 10% of their class and graduate students in the MBA program are eligible if they are in the top 20 percent of their graduating class. The students have worked very hard to receive this honor and Dean (John) Kooti, Associate Dean (Anthony)Winter, and I are proud of their success.” 

The Shippensburg chapter has been active since 1983, and Bailey said 1,205 chapter members have been inducted into the honor society since then. 

The designation qualifies Shippensburg’s chapter to participate in and receive $500 in the BGS matching funds scholarship program next year. Under this program, each year one deserving student who is a member of BGS is awarded a $1,000 scholarship. 

The chapter also is eligible to nominate one of its BGS chapter advisers to be considered in the 2011 Outstanding Chapter competition, which offers additional scholarship dollars. In addition, the chapter may send one or two student members to a student leadership forum and may nominate someone for the 2011 Business Achievement or Medallion for Entrepreneurship Awards. 

 
S.U. SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition 2009

Shippensburg, 3 April 2009 - The Shippensburg University SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) team returned to Shippensburg as winners after participating in the New York City SIFE USA Regional Competition on April 3rd. The event was one of 16 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April. SU SIFE will now be competing at the SIFE USA National Competition which is taking place in Philadelphia from May 10th - 12th. 
This year 21 members of the Shippensburg University SIFE team competed and won against schools from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York, including Penn State University Park, Princeton, University, Bloomsburg University, and Siena College. SU SIFE began four and a half years ago, and this marks the fifth time in a row that SU SIFE has won a SIFE Regional Competition.
Katie McDade, the SU SIFE Chief Operating Officer, stated,  I'm really proud of each of our team members. Everyone voluntarily put a relentless effort forward. It's no wonder we've had such successful results.
Bob Stephens, the SU SIFE faculty advisor was also complementary of the team's efforts. The SIFE students have worked really hard and have really raised the bar with their presentation skills this year. This is an excellent group of students that have represented the College of Business and the University very well. They are a great example of what our students are capable of accomplishing, and we look forward to doing well again at the SIFE national competition in Philadelphia in May.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.
During this academic year, the Shippensburg University SIFE team organized 13 projects in the Shippensburg community, including working hard to raise money to donate 100 laptops to Anh Linhs Free School in Vietnam. To make donating easier, SU SIFE made door-to-door visits, provided pamphlets with donation information, and created a website (www.susifelaptop.webnode.com) asking for $5 or more.

S.U. SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition 2008

Shippensburg, 9 April 2008 - The Shippensburg University SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) team returned to Shippensburg as winners after participating in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania SIFE USA Regional Competition on April 8th. The event was one of 16 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April. 
This year 27 members of the Shippensburg University SIFE team competed and won against schools from Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. SU SIFE began three and a half years ago, and this marks the fourth time in a row that SU SIFE has won Regional Competition.
Sarah Dohmlo, the SU SIFE President, stated, I'm so proud of how far our team has come in the last three and a half years, and I’m so excited about all the future opportunities that SU SIFE has open to them.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.
During this academic year, the Shippensburg University SIFE team organized 17 projects in the Shippensburg community, including aiding 9 homeless persons by providing them with business attire, phone cards, along with other tools needed to succeed. SU SIFE also gave a comprehensive seminar designed to familiarize the homeless about the interview process.

2008 Northeast Regional HR Games

On March 28 and 29, 2008, two teams of Human Resource Management students from the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University participated in the Northeast Regional HR Games at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. A total of 25 teams representing 18 universities and colleges in the Northeastern United states took part in the two-day event designed to test students’ knowledge of the body of information relevant to Human Resource Management. It was an exciting, jeopardy-style competition and at one point we were in 3rd place, however, at the end of the event our teams finished in 5th and 8th place respectively. Not quite enough to make the finals, but a very respectable performance against some significant competitors such as Cornell University and Penn State.
Our attendance at the games was supported by Shippensburg University, the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), chapter fund raising, and, most significantly by our student senate. Our HR games team members: Brad Grenoble, Samantha Kramer, Lauren Liebel, Michelle Morrison, and Jordan Taglialatela (Team Captain) are to be commended for their hard work and performance in the 2008 HR Games competition!

S.U. SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition 2007

SIFE 2007Shippensburg, 2 April 2007 - The Shippensburg University SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Team returned to Shippensburg as winners after participating in the Philadelphia SIFE USA Regional Competition on March 30. The event was one of 17 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April. Teams from 37 different colleges and universities competed in the Philadelphia Regional Competition. Shippensburg University is one of 145 teams invited to the National Competition and will competing against teams from institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University-Bloomington, Pepperdine University, Syracuse University, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Alabama, the University of Miami, and others. Shippensburg University will be the only SIFE team from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education represented at the national competition.

 

SHRM places 2nd at Regional HR Games
SHRM 2nd place

Shippensburg University’s Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter members, Dave Wilderman, Amanda Wiler, Jason Sisock, and Jordan Taglialatela, traveled to Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ, to participate in the 2007 SHRM Northeast Regional HR Games on March 30th & 31st 2007. Shippensburg University placed second in a competition that attracted 20 student teams from 18 different colleges and universities.  This is an event designed to foster friendly competition between universities and provide a positive and exciting way to prepare students for the human resource profession and the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam conducted by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). The group was accompanied by their chapter advisor, Dr. Vicki Taylor.