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 Welcome Students!

Are you interested in learning more about the field of Human Resources, receiving an internship in a Human Resource Department, networking with Human Resource Professionals, or competing in the regional and national HR Case Competition?  If so, you have come to the right place! The Capital Region Human Resource Association Student Committee has been hard at work helping you, the students, explore the Human Resource field by networking with HR professionals eager to assist you! Through the student chapter activities, you can learn about all aspects of the professional HR arena including HR management, compensation and benefits, recruitment, training, affirmative action, leadership and HRIS. To help you develop your career in HR, the Capital Region Multi-Campus Chapter was officially chartered on December 10, 2003. The Multi-Campus chapter is comprised of students from area colleges and universities.  Several events are held among the area colleges throughout the academic year, including bi-monthly student chapter meetings.  In addition, students are invited to attend CRHRA monthly meetings at a reduced rate. This is a great way to network with HR professionals in the Capital District. If you would like to become a member please go to 

Case Competition

The SHRM Case Competition consists of a one day event where teams of up to six undergraduate or graduate students from various colleges and universities compete in both oral and written presentations. The case is created specifically for the SHRM Case Competition and can focus on any number of HR issues (i.e., Management Practices; Selection & Recruitment; Training & Development; Compensation & Benefits; Employee/Labor Relations; and Health, Safety & Security or a combination). The teams have four hours to read, evaluate, and draft both the oral and written presentations.  After the four hour preparation period, the teams provide their written presentation to one set of judges for review and present their oral presentation to another set of judges.  The judges receive the scoring criteria which they use to evaluate both the written and oral presentations.  The teams have 15 minutes to present their oral presentation.  Due to the large size of the competitions, there may be two separate judging rooms – in this situation, the highest ranking team from each room will move on to present their oral presentation to a combined set of three judges in front of an audience.  The highest ranking team from this evaluation will be the winner.

There are many benefits to the SHRM Case Competition. The SHRM Case Competition is an event that offers the opportunity to bring professional HR professionals, students and student chapter advisors together in a meaningful way. The effort it takes to plan and conduct the SHRM Case Competition is worthwhile and beneficial to the professional members as well as the students. The professionals judging the cases get a fresh look at the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm of the HR students that are getting ready to graduate. The students receive an opportunity to network with other students and showcase their knowledge to HR practitioners.

If you are interested in joining the Student Chapter and/or participating in the case competition, please contact Kelly Conroy, PHR (

Participating Colleges/Universities Click Below for Additional Information on our Participating Student Chapter Area Colleges

Monthly Chapter Meetings Students from all area colleges are welcome to attend the monthly Capital Region Human Resource Association meetings at a significantly reduced student rate of $15.00. The cost includes meal, networking and a professional presentation. You can register online by visiting our meetings page. Also, please email Kelly Conroy at , to let us know you are coming so we can meet you and introduce you to other HR professionals.

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By Greg Cramer
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This was the first year I attended the annual conference and I had a great time making new friends and meeting the vendors. As part of the PR Committee I also had the opportunity to run the @CRHRA twitter feed during the day, and wanted to take a moment to spread word that we will be hosting conversations on our feeds at all of our upcoming events.  Read more...

Financial Report

Our Treasurer, Tom McKenna reports that income for the first 10 months totaled $111,184.45 and our expenses were $95,121.26 for a positive cash flow of $16,063.26. Based on the projections from Board members, it looks as if we will have another financially successful year.

If anyone wants more information, please contact Tom at 867-3500 x 11.

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