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Student group wins HR Games state championship, advances to regionals

March 3, 2009

The Council of the Society of Human Resource Development is pleased to announce that Colorado State University won the state HR Games competition and is advancing to the Regional HR Games to be held in Denver, March 20-21.

Beat out other Colo. universities

The event brought together undergraduate students from Colorado State University, Mesa State University, University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado to compete for the opportunity to advance to the Society for Human Resource Management Regional HR Games event to be held in Denver, March 20-21.

The HR Games competition consists of a series of Jeopardy-style matches between undergraduate teams of three. The top two teams then earn a chance to compete at the regional competition.

HR knowledge experts

“We are very proud of Alex Mathews, Katelyn Eitzel, Nicole Helfrich and Robin Scott as well as their advisors - Peter Boyle, Lucinda Van Inwagen, Burt Deines and Sara Colorosa. It’s not easy to prepare for the HR Games and we know our students worked very hard to memorize the HR body of knowledge which included hundreds of HR definitions, laws and acronyms. We are thrilled that CSU won first place in this event especially since this was their first competition. This event helps students gain an edge whether they are looking for a job or preparing for their professional certification,” said Pam Nicholson, PHR, co-director of SHRM college relations.  

Edge when looking for job, preparing for professional certification

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

Learn more about the Regional HR Games.


For more information about the CSU Council of the Society of Human Resource Development, contact Lucinda Van Inwagen at The Career Center, (970) 491-5707 or

Contact: Summer Shaffer
Phone: (970) 491-0619