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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management was recently named one of the outstanding chapters worldwide, according to its parent organization.

The Society for Human Resource Management recognized only ten chapters out of 575 member schools around the world—eight from the United States and two from Puerto Rico.

Recognition is based on the chapter’s professional development of student members, student internships, community volunteer work, and contribution to the human resources management profession.

The accolade is the latest for the UT student organization. Earlier this year, a team of graduate human resource management students won the 2012 Southeast SHRM regional business plan competition and an award of $3,000.

“The Society for Human Resource Management provides amazing opportunities for our students to enhance their human resource management skills and network with human resources professionals,” said Debbie Mackey, faculty advisor for UT’s SHRM chapter. “The learning our members receive is priceless and something that will continue with them throughout their careers.”

The UT chapter, which consists of about fifty undergraduate and graduate students majoring in human resource management, also nominated Mackey for SHRM Advisor of the Year. She’s been the chapter’s faculty advisor since it was chartered in 2002.

“It’s such an honor just to be nominated and recognized by the students,” Mackey said.

To learn more about the Society for Human Resource Management, visit www.shrm.org.


Cindy Raines (865-974-4359, craines1@utk.edu)