Ashland University Student Teams Compete in 2019 Ohio HR Games

Ashland University Student Teams Compete in 2019 Ohio HR Games

2/18/19 ASHLAND, OH — Ashland University human resource students had the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Ohio HR Games held at Ashland University. Seniors Dan Morell, Mitchell Ott and Audrey Saler from Ashland University won first place. AU’s second team was made up of junior Lindsey McPhern, senior Trevor Reese and junior Chance Rotsinger.

Students in university Human Resource Student Chapters from all over the state were invited to participate in the Jeopardy-style competition. This competition allowed human resources students to showcase their knowledge, meet and get to know students from other Universities, and network with human resources professionals who served as on-site judges and volunteers for the event.

A team from Baldwin Wallace University won second place in the event and a team from University of Akron won third place. Each university could send up to two teams to compete in the Ohio HR Games, and Ashland University was fortunate to have two teams compete.

The event is run and funded by the Ohio SHRM State Council. Ashland University faculty member, Joan Berry Kalamas, serves as the Ohio SHRM State Council College Relations Director and was responsible for the event as well as coaching the two teams who competed for AU. She has served on the Ohio SHRM State Council for 18 years and has served in this role for two years previously and three years currently. Kalamas also serves as the Ashland University Human Resources Student Chapter Advisor for the students who are interested in and want to learn more about human resources.

“I am so proud of all the students who participated in the 2019 Ohio HR Games,” Kalamas said. “They were quick, bright, articulate and displayed wonderful professionalism. The future of HR looks great when we realize these are the individuals who will be coming into our profession. I am also very proud that a team from Ashland University won first place.”

While Kalamas was responsible for the event, she expressed her gratitude at the help she was given along the way. “I would like to thank three individuals who served on the committee to plan this event, which was a huge undertaking: Dr. Steve Ash from University of Akron, Dr. Mary Pisnar from Baldwin Wallace University and Kelly Farver, who is a recent graduate from Ashland University and served as the HR Student Chapter President while a student. They were a great team to work with,” Kalamas said.

The Ohio SHRM State Council supports students who are interested in preparing for a career in human resource management by holding the Ohio HR Games competition each year, providing academic scholarships to students each year and providing student registrations to the Ohio HR Conference, among other things.

For more information, contact Joan Berry Kalamas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Professional Instructor of Business Management in the College of Business and Economics at Ashland University at or 419.289.5568.

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. ###