UW-Platteville wins TRIHRA research paper competition

January 7, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville Human Resource Management students earned first place in the Tri-State Human Resource Association research paper and presentation competition.

UW-Platteville, Loras College, University of Dubuque and Clarke University each had two teams. Groups focused their research on different contemporary topics or aspects of human resource management and proceeded to write a research paper, conduct a video presentation and submit their findings to TRIHRA.

“Our topic was employee theft. I interviewed two human resource professionals for our paper, and John interviewed a police officer in Madison,” said Sarah Siglaff, junior business administration major from Hazel Green, Wis.

UW-Platteville’s winning group consisted of Ashley Jones, senior communications major from Lancaster, Wis.; John Egan, senior criminal justice major from Stoughton, Wis.; and Siglaff.

“I think winning this competition makes a huge statement about our human resources program,” said Maragret Karsten, human resource management professor at UW-Platteville. “We are competitive in the tri-state area, and we have students who are persistent in setting high goals and achieving them.”

Each student earned $150 for his or her first-place finish.

“We discussed the causes of employee theft, how to detect it and how to prevent it,” said Jones. “Quite a bit of money is lost to employees stealing.”

Ron Collins, human resource management professor at Loras College and chair of the college relations committee of TRIHRA said, “This was first year TRIHRA initially held this competition. We thought the research paper and presentation would be a great opportunity for higher education institutions in the area.”

The intent was to promote the human resources profession in a positive way by involving college human resources programs.

Second place finisher was a group from Loras College who discussed employee turnover. Third place was awarded to the group from Clarke University for its paper and presentation on health care reform. The group from the University of Dubuque received fourth place for their discussion of employee retention.

TRIHRA is located in Dubuque, Iowa, and represents the local affiliate of the national Society for Human Resources Management. The TRIHRA network is comprised of 450 professional chapters and 300 student chapters, one of them being at UW-Platteville.

“The first year went very well and we hope to do the competition again in the future,” said Krista Weber, a TRIHRA member who was also involved in the College Relations Committee and recent competition.

Contact: Margaret Karsten, UW-Platteville Business Administration, (608) 342-1749, karsten@uwplatt.edu, Ron Collins at ron.collins@loras.edu

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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