Superior Merit Award Completes Remarkable Year for Human Resources Organization


An exceptional year of achievement for the College of Business Administration’s Professionals in Human Resources Association continued with its latest recognition from the prestigious Society of Human Resources Management.

SHRM has awarded a 2015-2016 Superior Merit Chapter Award designation to the CBA’s PIHRA organization for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its chapter members.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of 206 academic institutions from across the United States with students that applied for the award. The CBA student club also won SHRM’s Western Region Case Competition in May.  

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, East Divisional Director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs says. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.” 

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: Student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resources profession and SHRM engagement.

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which lasted from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.

To learn more about student membership, please contact PIHRA at

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 285,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit