Student Team Wins First Place

Third place at "HR Games" also goes to ILR
Friday, March 12, 2010

An ILR team placed first in the Northeast Regional Human Resources Competition.

The contest was held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., on Saturday.

It was sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest professional association devoted to human resource management.

Twenty-four teams competed.  Phoebe Yu '12, Soolean Choy '12, and Pitchaporn Liwjaroen '11 are members of the ILR team that defeated Shippensburg in the finals.

In the semifinals, Yu, Choy and Liwjaroen faced off against another ILR team, which took third place in the tournament.

Members of that team included Steven Crudele '10, Rachel Zheng '10 and Kathleen Soo Hoo '12.

The "HR Games" is a Jeopardy-style competition with human resources topics such as staffing, recruitment, and training and development.

Professor Brad Bell, adviser to the teams, said the breadth of the ILR curriculum helps Cornell be competitive.

"The HR Games covers many different areas, including not only HR, but also organizational behavior, labor relations and labor law.  Our students take classes in all of these areas, which gives them an edge in the games," Bell said.

Yu, Choy and Liwjaroen each received a $500 scholarship and a free trip to the Society for Human Resource Management's annual meeting in June in San Diego.