Student human resources group wins national award

September 9, 2022

The Student Human Resource Organization at Minnesota State Community and Technical College has received a 2021-2022 Superior Merit Award for its outstanding activities and programs.

The award is given by the national Society for Human Resource Management. Student chapters are recognized based on their operations, 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 human resources 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 M State’s student chapter 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 human resources as we navigate changing workplaces.”

M State’s Student Human Resource Organization, based on the Moorhead campus, has been affiliated with SHRM since 2006. The student group is advised by Human Resource faculty member Loren Haagenson. During the past academic year, its members brought in local employers virtually to speak directly and network with its members, raised and donated funds to support student scholarships and assisted with M State student life activities.

SHRM has over 300,000 members in 165 countries and impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at

As a member of the Minnesota State system, M State serves more than 7,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs online and at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. By partnering with communities, the college also provides workforce development services and other responsive training programs.