RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2010) – For the fourth-straight year, a Peace College team has won the state championship in the "HR Games," a collegiate competition sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Peace’s "White Team" defeated a team from UNC-Wilmington in the championship round on Saturday to take the title. A Peace College team has won either first or second place in statewide "HR Games" competition in seven of the last eight years.
Eighteen teams from seven North Carolina universities and colleges took part in the annual competition held this year at N.C. State’s College of Management. The competition features questions selected from the national human resources certification examination posed in matches styled after the game show "Jeopardy!"
For the first time, Peace entered four teams into the competition. Peace’s White Team had to defeat Peace’s Green Team in the semifinals to go up against UNC-Wilmington for the championship.
"I’m very proud of our students and the way they performed," said Kathy Corley, the coach for Peace’s HR Games teams.
Corley said the annual competition offers human resources students an opportunity to bring students and HR professionals together.
"The students receive an invaluable opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals in the business community and showcase their knowledge to these business and HR practitioners," she said.
Peace’s White Team is made up of Lauren Rouse, a senior from Fayetteville majoring in psychology and business administration; Bianca Boles, a junior from Knightdale, N.C., and Angleton, Texas, majoring in human resources and leadership studies; and, Melissa Meek, a senior from Selma, N.C., majoring in business administration.
Peace’s winning team will compete against students from surrounding states in the Southeastern regional competition April 9-11 in Knoxville, Tenn. Winners of the regional competition will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the SHRM national convention in San Diego in June and a $500 scholarship. Peace last won the regional competition in 2007.
The state competition saw teams from Peace, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Meredith College, N.C. A&T University and Winston-Salem State University.
Peace’s Green Team is made up of Maureen Friece, a senior from Norwood, Mass., majoring in human resources; Glenna Thornton, a senior from Cary, N.C., triple majoring in human resources, psychology and leadership studies; and, Paulette Culp Williams of Cary, N.C., who graduated in December with a major in human resources.
Other Peace HR Games contestants were Valerie White of Raleigh, Kirsten Jarrell of Hope Mills, N.C., Jessica Jordan of Creedmoor, N.C., Grace Proctor of Mendham, N.J., Melissa Holt of Raleigh and Megan Langlois of Greensboro, N.C.
Peace College is a four-year baccalaureate arts and sciences college that offers a challenging program of study that provides women strong intellectual and personal foundations upon which to build successful and meaningful professional and academic careers. Peace’s educational program consistently earns the college rankings in the top 10 percent in several categories of the National Survey of Student Engagement.