Student Human Resource Team Wins State Competition

Four students representing the NDSU Human Resource Association earned first place in a statewide human resource management competition.

The North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management State Council hosted the North Dakota Human Resource Games at Richard H. Barry Hall Feb. 21-22.

The competition presented students with a 15-page case of a business facing issues such as conducting layoffs, handling sexual harassment claims and training management to communicate better. The students prepared an executive summary explaining how to best prioritize and address these issues.

Team members include Daniel Wagner, a senior majoring in management from Brandon, Minn.; Heidi Sayler, a senior majoring in management from Breckenridge, Minn.; Kasey Steckler, a senior majoring in management from Moorhead, Minn.; and Jack Burns, a senior majoring in construction management from Wabasha, Minn. They are advised by Charles Stevens, professor of human resource management.

It was the second year in a row an NDSU team has won the competition. “We have a great group of students who are prepared to work in the HR field,” Stevens said.

The team advances to the North Central Regional Student Conference April 25-26 in Milwaukee. The event represents North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie COmmission on Higher Education.