Society for Human Resource Management

Chapter Officers


Julia Bontempo '17

Vice President:
Connor Barnes '17

Executive Director:
Ryan Hartzell '18

Chapter Advisor:
Professor Ken Bates

Student Chapter

The Society for Human Resource Management's Student Program was created to promote mutually beneficial interaction between Human Resource Management students and practitioners. Since the first chapter was chartered roughly 50 years ago, the student program has experienced tremendous growth. The program now includes over 450 affiliated student chapters and more than 15,000 student members.

Houghton's Student Chapter (#5563) opens opportunity for students from any major or discipline to:

  1. engage in the issues and
  2. discover opportunities to help people thrive in any organization.

For information on chapter activities this year contact Sarah Schwec.

Join SHRM as a Student

Regardless of your major, you might be surprised to find a significantly wide range of opportunities in the human resources management field.

What's in it for you?

Student membership FAQs

What's HR?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is a term used to describe the set of tasks aimed at effectively managing an organization’s employees or human resources. HRM professionals oversee the business of managing people in an organization including compensation, benefits, career development, training, hiring, and other functions. HR practitioners structure retention programs to recruit and retain the best employees by making the company an employer of choice.

HR is a key component of an organization’s management team. Though the human resources department is known for conducting interviews and explaining company benefits, the profession has a much larger role in business today. Human Resource professionals have evolved from the behind-the-scenes administrative role of the 20th century to active involvement in shaping corporate policy and creating a great place to work. Senior management recognizes the significant contributions of HR to their organizations’ bottom line and overall success.

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