The ODU chapter established a schedule of company tours in the fall of 1999 to give student members a chance to meet and interact with HR professionals throughout the community. One such memorable trip was to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Busch Gardens is a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Brewery Company designed to promote entertainment in the theme park industry. The HR department at Busch Gardens employs a staff of three HR professionals and numerous assistants. The small staff is responsible for conducting all aspects of human resources for a wide range of seasonal employees. The number of employees at Busch Gardens can range from about 1000 in the off season to around 7500 in the peak season. Mr. Robert Wozniak was the HR manager that spoke to our group of twelve members. He touched on all areas of human resources, especially recruitment and training for seasonal employees. At the conclusion of the discussion and tour, Mr. Wozniak presented the group of Old Dominion students with tickets for free admission into the theme park as a token of his appreciation that local students were focusing on the human resources field. SHRM company tours here at Old Dominion University promote a professional atmosphere in human resources and help the student members to gain a better knowledge of the field while having fun absorbing the information HR practitioners have to offer.
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