For the Northwest Florida Society for Human Resource Management Student chapter, the buck doesn’t stop at receiving the prestigious Merit Award. These amazing students reached for and achieved Superior Merit Status! Read on to see this amazing group of students’ strategies for going above and beyond their already amazing achievements.
In 2016, The National Society for Human Resource Management awarded Northwest Florida State College its first Merit Award. This was a major success for the NWF Society for Human Resource Management Student chapter. Upon receiving their award, members were eager to strive for greater success and reach beyond to achieve the Superior Merit Award. In the past, SHRM had been involved in local events that helped gain knowledge in networking and ways to give back to their community, such as the fire truck pull at Bluewater Bay’s Annual Oktoberfest, beach cleanups, canned food drives, and business tours. In order to set themselves up for success, members put their heads together to organize the next steps to achieve “superior” status in the annual planning meeting. This meeting concluded with ways to continue their Membership Acquisition and Retention plan, increase community involvement, along with fundraising activities.
The Membership Acquisition and Retention plan was to include meetings with collegiate high school students. The chapter organized additional opportunities for existing members to receive class credits from SHRM assignments and Technical certificates for SHRM-related lectures. The NWF SHRM students also joined forces with the University of West Florida’s SHRM student chapter. Participating in seminars explaining the laws regarding Social Media in the workplace. Additionally, the chapter participated in multiple Membership Registration Days. These consisted of board members hosting an informational booth in the Student Activities building to spread the name and purpose of SHRM through newsletters, pamphlets, and Q&A with interested students.
Fundraising activities included The Emerald Coast SHRM Silent Auction that was hosted by the local Emerald Coast Chapter SHRM members. The Student assembled gift baskets to be raffled during this networking auction. Students earned funds also working shifts at the college’s concession stands. Getting more community involved the students literally gave with their heart when they participated in a blood drives on multiple occasions along with the College’s own AHA heart walk.
As a result of hard work and perseverance the Northwest Florida State College’s SHRM students were nationally recognized and achieved the Superior Merit Status. We felt we had gained personal achievement, confidence in leadership, and networking skills through this merit program.
By Raymond (Lee) Bolton,
Emerald Coast Chapter Liaison to the student chapter at NWFSC