Human resource students from the UTSA College of Business placed first and second in the Texas HR Games competition sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management this spring. The students advanced to the Southwest Central regional competition in Salt Lake City last weekend and placed second and third. Other competitors were Arizona State, Mesa State University, University of New Mexico, Utah State University and Wichita State University.
UTSA Team one placed second in the regional and second in the state competition. The team was comprised of Danae Bennett, Andrea Gonzalez, Lorena Segovia and Gloria Callaway as the alternate. UTSA Team two placed first in the state competition and third in the regional competition. Team members were Brenda Briones, Sarah Gonzalez, Amanda Vela and Darcene Bower as the alternate. Mark Lengnick-Hall, professor of management, advises the SHRM student chapter. The team was coached by Steve Werling, a local human resource professional who teaches the human resource class that prepares students for the games as well as certification.
SHRM sponsors the HR Games every year to motivate students and to help prepare them for the Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification exam. The competition, formatted like the game show Jeopardy, showcases human resource knowledge. The questions are divided into categories similar to the PHR exam such as management practices, selection and recruitment and compensation and benefits.
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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