Students from CSUSB’s Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration (JHBC) showcased their human resources knowledge and problem-solving prowess at 2024 Cal SHRM, the state-wide Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) case competition for state and university students in California.

Three student teams, two graduate and one undergraduate, participated in the competition, which took place April 26-27 at Cal Poly Pomona.

Graduate team 2, composed of Olayinka Owoseni, Sonia Munoz, Rebeca Sanchez, Autumn Watkins, and Lucero Aguinga, clinched first-place position.

Graduate team 1, comprising Rochelle Reynoldson, Shardul Kulkarni, Susy Saavedra, and Cristina Ruiz, secured a second-place finish.

While they didn’t place, the undergraduate team, which included Alexander Gonzales, Jay Kim, and Braulio Luna, demonstrated commendable skill and determination throughout the competition.

The teams were led by JHBC SHRM advisors, Craig Seal, professor of management, and Patrick Flaherty, management lecturer.

During the Cal SHRM case competition, students are tested on their ability to analyze complex scenarios, devise innovative solutions and present them convincingly to a panel of judges. The competition demands not only theoretical knowledge but also practical acumen and the ability to think critically under pressure. CSUSB’s emphasis on experiential learning such as this competition ensures that students are equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to excel in real-world scenarios.