MACOMB/Moline, IL – – Western Illinois University‘s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapters on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses both received a 2020-21 Superior Merit Award designation from the national chapter of SHRM for providing excellent growth and development opportunities to student chapter members.

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The SHRM student chapter merit award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

“The members of our SHRM student chapters represent the next generation of HR leaders, and it’s critical to highlight the instrumental role they play in SHRM’s success,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and CEO. “The hard work of the Western Illinois University chapters shows the future of the profession is, indeed, in good hands. I applaud their accomplishments and ability to foster innovative programming, development and interest in HR as we navigate changing workplaces.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, from May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021. The WIU SHRM student chapters had a busy year and invited a number of HR professionals to make presentations and discuss HR certifications, and many student members also held value-added HR internships.

For more information on the Macomb chapter, visit or contact Bruce Western at For more information on the QC chapter, visit or contact Susan Stewart at


Western Illinois University Human Resources Student Chapters Receive Prestigious Awards from SHRM
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