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Students from UT’s Haslam College of Business have won the regional Society for Human Resource Management case competition for the third time in the past five years.

Twenty-two schools competed in the event, which was held last month in Cincinnati.

UT’s undergraduate team included McCall Beckler, Sarah Norris, Catherine Hawkins, Evan Corlew, and Shea Lowe—all human resource majors.

Debbie Mackey, the team’s advisor and a senior lecturer in the Department of Management, said the students spent weeks practicing in front of industry professionals.

“They did a fantastic job of answering difficult financial questions concerning the case,” Mackey said. “The judges said they were so polished they could have been a graduate team.”

The winning team received $2,500 and free registration to the 2015 National Society for Human Resource Management conference in Las Vegas, where they will be recognized in front of 18,000 human resource professionals. The society has recognized UT’s student chapter as the most outstanding worldwide four times, and Mackey as national adviser of the year in 2014.

UT students competed against teams from Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Indiana State University, Colorado State University, the University of South Dakota, and Olivet Nazarene University as part of the central region of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Although the competition was divided into regions, this was the final round. UT’s graduate team, including Christiana Goode, Kimberlee Lowe, Samantha Thiesen, Alycia White, and Casey Lilienthial, placed fourth in the region.


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