UVU PR Student Society Awarded Best Chapter In The Nation
November 6, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
The Utah Valley University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has been awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year, an honor presented annually to only one of more than 300 PRSSA chapters. The award was presented to chapter members last week at the PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia.
“Obtaining this national award is a historic achievement,” said Stephen L. Whyte, assistant professor and UVU PRSSA faculty adviser. “Receiving the nation’s highest award from the foremost organization in the country validates the first-class education UVU PR students receive, and it exemplifies the talent, excellence and engagement of our incredible students. Within only four years of being created, the UVU PRSSA chapter is now competing head-to-head with the nation’s most established and reputable PR programs.”
The UVU chapter was recognized for its outstanding performance in many areas:
-Leadership on a national level.
-Strong working relationships with the Public Relations Society of America — the professional equivalent of PRSSA.
-The chapter’s student-run firm.
-Student internship placement.
“It’s incredible to see how far our chapter has come in the past four years,” said Ashley Jewell, UVU chapter president. “It is a great honor to win Outstanding Chapter of the Year — the biggest PR award in the nation — and it makes me really happy seeing all our hard work be recognized.”
In addition to the chapter award, two UVU students were nationally recognized for their individual achievements. Henry Cevera received the National President’s Citation and the Golden Key Award. Henry was one of only 17 students in the nation to receive the Golden Key Award, the highest individual honor given to a student. Emily Nicoline was chosen as one of the official conference bloggers. Her writing is featured on the national PRSSA website at progressions.prssa.org.
PRSSA is made up of more than 11,000 students and advisers organized into more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and around the world.
This win is the second time UVU’s chapter has been nationally recognized by PRSSA. Last year, Whyte received the National Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award. Since its inception, the chapter has also received the annual Star Chapter Award. Six student teams have also received national honorable mentions in the Bateman Case Study Competition, PRSSA’s annual premier national case study competition.
For more information and a complete list of winners, visit prssa.org.