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Haslam Students Win Human Resource Competition a Third Time

April 30, 2015

Haslam College of Business students have won the regional Society for Human Resource Management case competition for the third time in the last five years. Twenty-two schools competed during the event, which was held April 23-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Haslam’s undergraduate team included McCall Beckler, Sarah Norris, Catherine Hawkins, Evan Corlew and Shea Lowe, all human resource majors.

Debbie Mackey, the team’s advisor and a senior lecturer in the Department of Management, said the students spent weeks practicing in front of industry professionals. “They did a fantastic job of answering difficult financial questions concerning the case,” Mackey said. “The judges said they were so polished they could have been a graduate team.”

The winning team received $2,500 and free registration to the national SHRM conference where they will be recognized in front of 18,000 human resource professionals. In previous years SHRM also has recognized Haslam’s student chapter as the most outstanding worldwide four times, and Mackey as national advisor of the year.

Haslam students competed against Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Indiana State University, Colorado State University, University of South Dakota and Olivet Nazarene University as part of the central region of the SHRM. Although the competition was divided into regions, this was the final round. Haslam’s graduate team including Christiana Goode, Kimberlee Lowe, Samantha Thiesen, Alycia White and Casey Lilienthial placed fourth in the region.

CONTACT: Katie Bahr (865-974-3589, katiebahr@utk.edu)