Published 02/12/10

Bryant’s Society for Human Resource Management chapter one of best in country

February 12, 2010

As a junior, Matt Carrai ’10 (Hopkinton, MA) joined Bryant’s Society for Human Resource Management chapter to connect with movers and shakers in the HR field. By the end of his first year, he had listened to guest speakers and networked with professionals.

He also accompanied the two Bryant teams that competed in the Northeast Regional HR Games, an intercollegiate, Jeopardy-style competition that helps students prepare for their human resources certification exam.

After an active first year, Carrai took over as president of the chapter, and during a ceremony at the end of the fall semester, he announced some big news.

Bryant was one of 24 chapters – out of more than 450 throughout the United States –selected to receive a Merit Award from the SHRM national organization for its efforts promoting the HR profession on campus.

“Being selected for this honor rewards our chapter for providing our members opportunities for growth and professional development,” says Carrai.

A management concentrator, Carrai plans to pursue an advanced degree or begin a career in the HR field after graduating in May. He says his work with SHRM has provided him a strong foundation for success.

“In addition to introducing me to some great professional contacts, my involvement in SHRM was a great way for me to gain HR experience, meet key faculty members, and develop my leadership skills,” says Carrai.

Building a network

Nikole Such ’10 (Bordentown, NJ), Bryant SHRM’s Merit Award chair, agrees that the most beneficial aspect of SHRM is the opportunity to rub elbows with experts in the field.

Last semester former Bryant SHRM president, Lauren Poniatoski ’09 spoke about her experiences so far in the Human Resources Development Program at Travelers Insurance Later this semester, HR executives from Hanover Insurance and EMC will interact with students, and Erin Machtley ’06 MBA, the daughter of Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley and First Lady Kati Machtley, will talk about her work as a compensation and benefits analyst at Women and Infants Hospital.

“It has been great to have guest speakers talk about different areas of HR that we might be interested in, as well as share tips about making the transition from college to a full-time job,” says Such.

Preparing for a career

When Carolyn Husovsky ’10 (Nashua, NH) joined SHRM as a first-year student she didn’t know exactly what career path she wanted to pursue but she thought HR might be a good fit for her personality.

“I ended up learning a lot about the different career paths that are available in human resources and became really interested in it,” says Husovsky, SHRM’s vice president, who will begin working at EMC in their Human Resources Leadership Development Program after graduation.

 “I was able to get an internship through one of the connections that I made with a Bryant SHRM alumnus, which has led to many opportunities for me.”