Team brings Collegiality Award

March 7, 2008
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A team of business students from California State University Bakersfield's School of Business and Public Administration received the Collegiality Award from the California HR Games in San Jose. The games took place Feb. 29 and March 1.

This was the first time CSUB was represented at this collegiate competition. Team members Kristin Leal and Whitney Slaughter won the award, which recognizes a team's spirit of competition and gracious interaction with other teams.

The award was voted on by all of the participants, faculty, and supporting Human Resources professionals attending the competition. "Our students did very well for their first exposure to the competition," said Diane Decker, a CSUB marketing/management professor and team coach. "I am very proud of them."

Decker said the games are an academic event designed to foster friendly competition among university students throughout the state. They were designed to help students prepare for the professional in human resources, or PHR, certification exam.

The competition is based on a "Jeopardy" style format covering areas such as employment law, recruiting, staffing, compensation benefits and unions.

"The HR Games is a great way to gain from senior HR professionals' experience and have fun while learning valuable knowledge," Slaughter said.

Leal added, "I can't stop talking about it. It was a blast. I learned so much and met a lot of great and talented people."

Thirteen teams from seven CSU campuses participated. Universities represented were Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSUB, CSU Fresno, CSU Long Beach, CSU San Jose and CSU Stanislaus. The top scoring teams from the California competition move on to compete in the Regional HR Games.

For additional information, please contact Decker at (661) 654-2619.