Monday, March 7, 2016

And The Winner Is...

Stop. Don’t read any further until you watch the video of the February 2016 Illinois State HR Games and Case Competition hosted by Illinois State University (@ISU-SHRM). 

After watching, you’re either thinking 1) my team and I had a great time networking and learning from others or 2) Why did I miss that?  If you didn’t catch us this time, there’s always next year.  The Illinois State Council of SHRM (ILSHRM) gives all student chapters the opportunity to host the event on their campus annually.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Teams from Illinois State University (ISU), Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) competed in two events; HR Games Jeopardy style, and a Case Competition solving a real HR Case. The day wasn’t only about the competition. The students also enjoyed the comedic style of the IMPROV Attacks entertainment group.  These geniuses made the #puppymonkeybaby Superbowl commercial (which I never understood in the first place) even funnier than the original.

Teams ISU 2 and 1 placed first and second in the Jeopardy competition, respectively.  Another ISU team won the Case Competition and team NIU 2 placed second.  Each member of the winning ISU Case Competition team received a complimentary registration for the Young Professionals workshop at the ILSHRM State Conference, which will take place on September 25, 2016.  Way to go team ISU!

So who was the big winner of the day, you ask? Kudos goes to all involved. The ISU-SHRM chapter planned a great event that brought together the talents of the Jeopardy team(s) and the Case Competition winner. Let’s not forget the chapter advisors, professors, and ILSHRM volunteers conference attendees.  The day couldn’t have happened without them. We’re seeing the next generation of HR leaders. The future is so bright.

Help us host the 2017 HR Games and Case Competition! #SHRMstudent
Nikki Bolden, PHR, SHRM-CP