The University of Central Oklahoma’s Human Resource Society Division I case team took first place and a $2,500 prize in the case competition at the 2017 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Case Competition and Career Summit – West in Portland, Oregon.

The annual competition gives students from around the country the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to realistic workplace human resources scenarios, or cases. It requires strategic thinking, ethical decision-making, and strong communication and presentation skills. Thirty teams, comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from schools across the United States, competed.

“This win wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the UCO human resources faculty, strong community partnerships and the knowledge and effort put forth by these exceptional students,” said Meagan Baskin, Ph.D., case team adviser and assistant professor of management at Central’s College of Business.

Central’s team, Hannah Mette, a junior human resource management major from Spring Creek, Nevada; Masala Thomas, a senior human resource management major from Bristow, Oklahoma; and Elizabeth Wooters, a senior human resource management major from Ponca City, Oklahoma, analyzed and resolved a business case and prepared a written executive summary and an oral presentation.

“Through my team’s hard work, my adviser’s dedication and the community of human resource professionals that helped us with our presentation skills, we were able to participate and win this unforgettable competition,” Mette said.