The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) recognized its affiliate at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business with an Outstanding Student Chapter Award.
This is the fourth year Haslam’s SHRM chapter has been recognized as outstanding by its parent organization. Haslam students share the accolade with only nine other chapters out of 600 member schools worldwide.
The award recognizes achievement during the 2014-15 school year. It is based on the activities and projects chapters undertake to encourage professional development and support the human resource industry.
Haslam’s chapter highlighted its LinkedIn photo booth as an exemplary project for the award. Advisor Debbie Mackey said the endeavor identified a common human resource problem and provided a simple solution.
“Students need a professional LinkedIn profile picture before applying for jobs,” Mackey said. “The chapter pilot tested [the booth] at an etiquette dinner and then took close to 300 pictures for free at a career fair, emailing them to students.”
Other activities conducted by the chapter included weekly speakers on human resource issues, a health care panel and an employment conference in the field of law.
Chapter officers Kenan Smith, Tyler Lampley, Brittney Parker, Carlee Pritchard and Lauren Troutman attended the national SHRM conference in Las Vegas, where they accepted the Outstanding Student Chapter Award in front of 18,000 human resource professionals. They also received the regional case competition award, which the chapter won in April.