Ashland University Human Resources Student Chapter Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association

Ashland University Human Resources Student Chapter Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association

6/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2017-2018 Superior Merit Award designation to the Ashland University Human Resources Student Chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

“This is the highest level of the awards that a chapter can receive,” said Joan Berry Kalamas, professional instructor in business management in the Dauch College of Business and Economics and HR Student Chapter adviser. “Our students worked very hard this past year – they held many meetings, brought in guest speakers and did community service work. I am very proud of them for being awarded the Superior Merit Award.”

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.

“As we move together forward, young professionals like these being honored at distinguished student chapters play a vital role in SHRM’s success,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “I’m especially honored to thank this year’s award winners because they offer excellent evidence that SHRM’s future is indeed in good hands.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent one of which lasted from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

According to Kalamas, the AU HR Student Chapter members are very active with a variety of activities and projects.

“They visit local businesses to learn more about their HR strategies and practices and recently met with the Snyder’s-Lance Management Team in Ashland and toured their facility so they could see the production of Archway Cookies,” she said. “Also, they brought in international and local HR guest speakers to the Dauch College of Business and Economics; attended and networked with HR professionals at local SHRM affiliate chapter meetings; held fundraisers to go to meetings and HR competitions; assisted with the AU Career Fair; wrote and distributed thank you cards to veterans in a skilled nursing facility for Veterans Day; and provided education to increase awareness on HR legislation, disabilities, safety management, interviewing, wellness and a wide variety of other HR topics to members and guests.”

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 us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###