Business Students Make Impressive Showing at HR Games Competition

NEW PALTZ — The SUNY New Paltz student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Management Association, recently made an impressive showing at the annual HR Games competition in Buffalo, New York. The team earned the third-highest overall point total among the fourteen schools competing and accumulated 16,700 points in over five rounds of play. In head-to-head competition, the team defeated highly ranked colleges such as Penn State, the University of Buffalo, Niagara University, and Marist College. The undergraduate student participants included John Fragale, Danielle Glendenning and Jeff Katz. The team was coached by Nicole Giordano, MBA student and past HR Games participant.

The HR Games is one-day game show tournament between students of various SHRM chapters throughout the Northeast region. This academic competition tests students by using a Jeopardy style format to answer human resource questions. The questions for matches are complied into categories such as training and development, management practices, selection and recruitment, and employee/labor relations.

“Our team was well prepared and ready for the challenge of the HR Games this year. The HR Games are fun, exciting and give students the opportunity to compete against a variety of other schools. It is a great experience and well worth the effort,” said Kristin Backhaus, assistant professor of management and advisor of the management association.

Backhaus believes the benefits of participating in the HR Games include “students learning key HR terms and concepts and becoming conversant in HR terminology. It shows future employers that they have initiative and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter areas of HR.”

Management Association is a student association of the School of Business. For more information about Management Association please visit