IUP Business Students Participate in International HR Competition

Posted on 3/16/2016 3:03:18 PM

IUP and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology were represented in Atlanta on March 4, 2016, in an international case competition sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

Business Students Participate in International HR CompetitionThe event, the 2016 Student Case Competition and Career Summit, is the premier student HR conference. Team members Heather Carlino, Brittany Davis, Stephanie Huwie, and John Rudzki, facilitated by Jack Kelly, competed against 28 teams, both undergraduate and master’s level, coming from as far as Hong Kong. Bob Buchanan joined the group as their advisor.

Junior Stephanie Huwie indicated that their team was given a case about a recreational facility. The facility lacked in many different areas of operations. It was the team’s job to implement some strategies that they felt were suitable to make the center run as smoothly as possible. They prepared a written recommendation (executive summary) with corresponding slides and then presented it before a panel of judges.

This experience was absolutely amazing, said Huwie. “Being in a room full of HR students from all over the world and current professionals was amazing. It was great to learn about each person’s story as to how they were able to join HR field and what made them pick that direction. Although we did not place this year, we know exactly what we must work on for next year. We were the only college that was first-time attendees, which really put IUP's name out there. IUP's HR program is definitely preparing us and guiding us in the right direction. SHRM is a wonderful organization that cares about its professionals and students on their way to becoming professionals.”

Rudzki participated as a member of the team and found that the trip was invaluable to his growth as a human resources major, saying, “The competition itself allowed us to practice HR principles and gave us a stage to practice putting what we learn in the classroom into real world use. The connections and the networking events allowed us to connect to professionals in our field that gave us much needed guidance and direction. Overall, this experience was fantastic, and I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the people who gave us the financial backing to participate. I know this experience has helped me grow tremendously as a student and as a soon to be young professional.”

The student’s partially funded the trip and are grateful for the sponsorship from the Indiana County Area SHRM, the School of Graduate Studies and Research: Undergraduate Student Professional Development Fund, and the Eberly College of Business and IT.