MURRAY, Ky. — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2016-2017 Merit Award designation to the Murray State University SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members within the University’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.


Of the 327 student chapters from across the United States, Murray State was one of 49 earning the prestigious designation.


The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.


“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, east divisional director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s student programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.”


SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Murray State’s student SHRM chapter activities included national case competition involvement, successful fundraisers, conference attendance and participation and professional development opportunities.


“This award and recognition by SHRM wouldn’t be possible without amazing dedication and work by our student SHRM chapter members,” said Teri Ray, faculty member in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and faculty sponsor of the Murray State SHRM chapter. “Year after year, they strive to be the very best Murray State has to offer. It is an honor to work with these young professionals.”


SHRM also recently acknowledged that the college’s Bachelor of Science and Arts in Business with the management/human resource option has renewed its alignment with SHRM’s “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates” through 2023. Throughout the world, 449 programs in 339 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates” was developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, are part of SHRM’s academic initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.


The HR program success is also measured through the success of students passing the Associate Professional of Human Resources (aPHR), the professional certification exam offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) that is recognized as the gold standard in the industry. Murray State’s program has an 81% pass rate. Spring semester students who passed the exam include Erin Hancock, Emily Meinschein, Lauren Melton, Christine Seeger, Chason Stone and Ashley Couch.


The accomplishments as recognized by SHRM and HRCI provide evidence of the strong program Murray State faculty including Drs. Jan Super, Sandy Miles and Teri Ray have built through a curriculum design augmented by extracurricular activities.


“We are very privileged to have a dedicated group of faculty, including Dr. Jan Super and Ms. Teri Ray, and are very proud of our human resources students and their accomplishments,” said Dr. Sandy Miles, the Hutchens Distinguished Professor of Management in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.


“Here in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University, we’ve made a conscious effort the past few years to enhance some select areas in the business world, including logistics and supply chain management, financial areas involving the CFP and CFA certifications and human resource management. The faculty in charge of the human resource management area have done an exceptional job of educating students, growing students, developing students and ultimately placing students into jobs,” said Dr. Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. “Congratulations to the faculty and staff in leading these efforts, and congratulations to our students who are excelling in many ways.”


About the Society for Human Resource Management: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit to learn more.


About the HR Certification Institute: HR professionals with certifications from HR Certification Institute (HRCI) are leaders of a broad range of enterprises, including large multinational corporations, small businesses, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, publicly traded companies, government entities, universities, military branches and more. More than 500,000 HR professionals in over 100 countries have earned HRCI credentials as a mark of high distinction and honor in the human resource management field. The HRCI community of credentialed professionals also represents all levels of HR job experience and seniority.