University of Tennessee

Haslam SHRM Student Chapter Receives Merit Award

August 7, 2020

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2019-20 Outstanding Student Chapter designation to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s SHRM student chapter. The group has been recognized for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its members.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

“Today’s members of our student chapters are the HR leaders of tomorrow. They are the movers and shakers of the future, and we cannot understate the vital role they play in SHRM’s success,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and CEO. “The UT SHRM chapter is evidence that the future of HR is, indeed, in good hands. I applaud their accomplishments and ability to fiercely move forward during a time of such change and uncertainty in the workplace.”

Each year, SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent of which lasted from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.

The UT SHRM chapter is a growing organization within the Haslam College of Business. The officer team is currently making plans for the upcoming academic year, with goals of increasing overall membership, reaching a record level of member engagement and offering more resources to first-year students and sophomores.

“UT SHRM has been overseen by faculty director Debbie Mackey, and this gracious achievement would not have been possible without her guidance and contribution,” said the chapter’s president, Annika Fischer. “Here’s to another great year of learning about human resources and preparing students to be wise future leaders of the workforce.”

About SHRM

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.

Note: the above photo, provided by UT-SHRM, was taken before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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