Top Human Resource Honor Presented to Recent Daemen Graduate

June 5, 2014

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HR Student of the YearPictured (left to right) are: Sharlene Buszka, faculty advisor for the Daemen student SHRM chapter and associate professor of business administration; Samantha Maiarana, HR Student of the Year; and Lauren Kersten, BNHRA college relations director.

AMHERST, N.Y. – Samantha Maiarana, a Daemen College Class of 2014 graduate, has been named Human Resource Student of the Year by the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association, making this the second consecutive year a Daemen student has received this honor. She was presented the award at the chapter’s professional event held May 21 in the Country Club of Buffalo.

Selection is based on academic achievement, and the recipient must be a major in human resource management or a related field and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management or BNHRA. As the 2014 HR Student of the Year, Maiarana will receive a scholarship and membership in local and national BHNRA chapters.

“Samantha has been a key leader in the Daemen student SHRM chapter. With her charismatic personality, high energy and strong work ethic, she has helped the chapter become one of the strongest profession-related student groups on campus,” said Sharlene Buszka, chapter faculty advisor and associate professor of business administration. “She’s worked hard to make sure there is a strong leadership group and membership to ensure the organization’s success continues now that she’s graduated from Daemen.”

Most recently, Maiarana received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in human resource management at Daemen’s May 17 commencement ceremony, where she was also presented the Charles Lumsden Award in recognition of having earned the highest GPA throughout her undergraduate years.

While attending Daemen, Maiarana, who was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honors Society, was a dean’s list student and achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA. As president and an active member of the college’s SHRM chapter, she helped organize the group’s fundraising and donation drives, and oversaw several retreats for chapter members. She also coordinated mock interview events for students, a human resource panel and a Twitter workshop.

Maiarana is an East Amherst resident.

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