The University of Texas- El Paso (UTEP) chapter developed an HR Speaker Network as a 1996 Merit Award project, and it has paid huge dividends. The network was created to identify professionals willing to share their experiences with UTEP students. The chapter invited members of their sponsoring chapter, El Paso SHRM, to volunteer their services as speakers. Approximately 40 members responded to the invitation. During the past year, 16 professionals representing 14 different organizations in the El Paso business community have donated their time to HR-related activities on campus. Approximately 500 students have attended these events which include student chapter meetings, class discussions, and a resume and interviewing seminar. In addition to providing speakers, the network also helped UTEP to fill a temporary faculty position with a local HR practitioner. The network was recently expanded to include speakers in the areas of general management and marketing. Over 100 local professionals are now readily available to communicate directly with the UTEP student body.
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