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HR students place first in Texas, second regionally

By Wendy Frost
Director of Communications, College of Business

(May 16, 2007)--A team of senior human resource majors from the UTSA College of Business placed second regionally and first in Texas in the annual HR Games competition sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of human resources in a "Jeopardy"-style game show format and, ultimately, helps prepare them for the Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification exam. The questions cover topics from the PHR exam in areas such as strategic management, selection and recruitment, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations. The games began in 2000 as a vehicle to showcase the best HR students in the country through a series of state and regional competitions.

Two teams of UTSA students placed first and second at the Texas HR Games in Denton. The team of Marissa Garcia, Samantha Hernandez and Sara Roman finished first, followed closely by Jennifer Harris, Michelle Stampley and Sandra Summerville.

At the Southwest Central regional conference in Arizona, the team of Garcia, Hernandez and Roman finished second. Faculty member Steve Werling advises the SHRM student chapter and helped coach the students to compete in the games.

The college's human resource program is known for its strong academic programs and successful student programs. In the past several years, UTSA has led the nation in the number of students who pass the PHR certification exam, and the SHRM student organization regularly receives national honors for its student chapter.

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