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Future human resources professionals qualify for regional HR Games

February 18, 2010

For the second year consecutive year since starting to compete, a CSU team will advance to the Regional HR Games for the Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM.

Back row (left to right): Alex Matthews, CSU alumnus, state winner from last year; Peter Boyle, coach/advisor; Sarah Watt; center: Anne Matsumoto; Ryan Amaya; Ryan Tollis. Front row (left to right): Robin Scott, CSU alumna, coach, state winner from last year; Jennifer Stamps; Ashley Waymire; Lucinda Van Inwagen, advisor; and Sara Colorosa, former CSU chapter officer and current volunteer.

CSU was proud to have two teams competing in this year’s state games on Saturday, Feb. 13, hosted by University of Northern Colorado Society for Human Resources student chapter and sponsored by Northern Colorado Human Resource Association, or NCHRA, and the state Colorado Society for Human Resources, or COSHRM.

Regionals at Albuquerque in March

The state event brought together undergraduate students from Colorado State University, Mesa State University, and University of Northern Colorado to compete for the opportunity to advance to the regional contest in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 26 and 27. Each university sponsored two teams.

Gold Team

  • Ryan Tollis
  • Ashley Waymire
  • Anne Masumoto

Green Team

  • Jennifer Stamps
  • Sarah Watts
  • Ryan Amaya

These students are majoring in either Psychology or Business Administration/Management and share a common interest in Human Resources careers.

CSU Team Gold performed well but was eliminated in the finals. CSU Team Green was a top contender throughout the competition but lost the final match to Mesa State Team Maroon.

Tough, intense competition

“The HR Games competition has a Jeopardy-style format. Questions were tough and competition was intense," said Lucinda Van Inwagen, assistant director for Employer Relations in CSU’s Career Center.

"Both CSU teams were great competitors exhibiting professionalism, HR knowledge, and modeling great sportsmanship throughout the day. Team Gold took a few chances during the beginning of the competition that resulted in the loss of points, putting them behind and at a bit of a disadvantage. Team Green used game strategy early on resulting in accruing more points overall, driving them to the finals against Mesa State,” said Van Inwagen.

Edge in job market, professional certification

Liisa McPherson, director of College Relations for the Society for Human Resource Management, said, “We’re very proud of the students on both the CSU teams and appreciate their coaches and advisors Peter Boyle, Lucinda Van Inwagen, and Robin Scott, a recent CSU graduate and former winner of the state games last year.”

“There’s a large body of information to study to prepare for the HR Games. We know how hard our students work to memorize the HR body of knowledge, which included hundreds of HR definitions, laws and acronyms. We’re thrilled that CSU won second place in the state event and will compete in the Regional Games in March. This event helps students prepare to take the Professional Human Resources certification exam and to gain an edge when they’re looking jobs,” McPherson said.

Showcase challenging HR body of knowledge

“Having the opportunity to participate in the HR Games and compete against talented students from around the state was an exhilarating experience that our teams will never forget," said Peter Boyle, advisor and coach to the CSU SHRM chapter.

"The games are a perfect venue to showcase good sportsmanship, as well as the hard work necessary to study the challenging HR body of knowledge,” said Boyle.

“We all should be proud of our friends and colleagues on both CSU teams. Eveyone studied hard, competed fiercely while having fun, and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout the competitive matches,” added Van Inwagen.

Contact: Lucinda Van Inwagen
Phone: (970) 491-1955