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Thursday, October 27, 2011

New student business organization offers leadership opportunities

UNC Pembroke’s new student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) was chartered on September 21. The chapter got off to a fast start with two scholarships awarded and a community service project announced at the event.

From left: Garrett Dial, Courtney Stoker, Brandon Edwards, Ericka A. Jones, Hannah Brumfield, Tina Rodgers

From left: Garrett Dial, Courtney Stoker, Brandon Edwards, Ericka A. Jones, Hannah Brumfield, Tina Rodgers

The chartering ceremony launched the only SHRM student organization in the region.

Ericka A. Jones, a professor in the School of Business, recruited students and leads the organization as faculty advisor. Several students assisted in launching the chapter, most notably Rodney McRae. Dr. Charles Harrington, also a business professor, helped establish the chapter.

Dr. Ramin Maysami, acting dean of the School of Business, welcomed guests, including Dr. Ken Kitts, provost and vice chancellor of the Office of Academic Affairs, who provided encouragement.

“SHRM serves as an excellent compliment to our traditional classroom efforts,” Dr. Kitts said. He said the new chapter would expand student career options and give them the opportunity to network with HR professionals.

Also in attendance were executive officers of the sponsoring Fayetteville SHRM chapter, including Dr. Audwin Lindsay, president; Kelly Rex, vice president and Myron Jones, chair of the Education Committee.

During the ceremony student executive officers Garrett Dial, president; Hannah Brumfield, vice president; Brandon Edwards, treasurer, and Tina Rodgers, secretary, were sworn in by Jones, a human resources professional at Fayetteville State University. Dr. Lindsay recognized the officers and members of UNCP’s student chapter of the SHRM for their efforts to raise scholarship funds during the summer.

He charged the officers to continue their community service and sustain the organization. “Success is a quest achieved and sustained through hard work and perseverance,” Jones said. “Always be prepared for the unexpected journey. This is where the learning begins.”

Another highlight of the event was the award of two $1,000 scholarships to Brumfield and Edwards. The award was based on their grade point averages and essays on human resources.

Dr. Ericka Jones delivered the closing remarks. “UNCP’s chapter has evolved into a wonderful opportunity for School of Business students,” she said. “The current executive officers and founding members have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the past year to make this day happen. I salute them!”

The chapter is open to business students. Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m., in Room 113 of the Business Administration Building.

SHRM adopted a community service project to collect funds and other donations for their “Give2TheTroops” campaign. Participants are asked to supply toiletries and non-perishable food items. Items can be dropped off at the upcoming “Pembroke’s Got Talent” showcase on Friday, October 21, in the University Center Annex at 7:30 p.m. and in collection boxes located near the School of Business entrances until Friday, November 18. All monetary donations can be delivered or mailed to Professor Jones at P.O. Box 1510, Room 232, Pembroke, N.C., 28372, or scheduled for pick up by contacting secretary Tina Rodgers at ‎ checks payable to Give2TheTroops.

Contact: Ericka A. Jones at: 910.775.4030 or  Ericka A. Jones, Tina Rodgers and Hannah Brumfield contributed this article.

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