College of Business students take third in regional human resources case competition

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Graduate and undergraduate students competed at the 2nd Tri State Case Competition and Career Summit
Graduate and undergraduate students competed at the 2nd Tri State Case Competition and Career Summit on April 13. From left, Associated Professor Sean Rogers and students Katelyn Card ’19, Katie Hausherr ’20, Meghan Santry MS ’20, Theodore Bryant ’20, Rachel Manzi MS ’20, Quasia Logan ’20, and Joanna Gonzalez MS ’19. Photo courtesy of Sean Rogers

KINGSTON, R.I. – May 2, 2019 – Members of the University of Rhode Island Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management recently attended the 2nd Tri State Student Case Competition and Career Summit at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

The URI undergraduate and graduate teams each took third place in the Human Resources Case Competition, facing teams from Quinnipiac, Johnson & Wales University and Fisher College. Members of the graduate team were Joanna Gonzalez MS ’19, Rachel Manzi MS ’20, and Meghan Santry MS ’20. Members of the undergraduate team were Theodore Bryant ’20, Katelyn Card ’19, Katie Hausherr ’20, Quasia Logan ’20.

More than 50 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty advisers and HR professionals from colleges and universities throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts attended the conference. During the day, students participated in workshops on such topics as ally skill-building, career development and navigating the first day of a new job.

“We found the experience invaluable and enjoyed having the opportunity to meet other students and learn from industry professionals from around the region,” said Santry, a first-year graduate student in human resources at the URI Schmidt Labor Research Center.

The keynote speakers, Susan Post, Karen Eichstaedt, and Gary Convertino, shared their HR career journeys and engaged in a question-and-answer session with attendees. All of the speakers had interesting and varied career paths and provided helpful advice to the students.

URI’s Schmidt Labor Research Center is home to one of the foremost graduate programs in labor relations and human resources in the U.S. The center offers a master of science degree with a specialization in either labor relations or human resources. In addition to the MS program, the center offers graduate professional certificates in labor relations and human resources. In conjunction with the center, the URI College of Business has launched a management major with a specialization on human capital.

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