Bobcat chapter of PRSSA recognized for excellenceFirst-place awards given to public relations majors
The Bobcat chapter of PRSSA was recently named an outstanding chapter at the 2012 PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco this week.
The chapter received the Star Chapter Award for excellence in PR and academics. This year is the first year the Bobcat chapter has won the award.
“If you receive the Star Chapter Award, you are considered above average,” Alumni Relations Chair Maria Esposito said. “In the eyes of PRSSA, we are one of the best chapters in the country.”
The chapter also won first place for its 2012 NODAC campaign (National Organ Donor Awareness Competition).
Chapters competing in NODAC were required to host a day-long event promoting organ donor awareness and develop an accompanying campaign.
“I was thrilled we won the NODAC campaign. This is the second time in four years that donor awareness and develop an accompanying campaign.
“I was thrilled we won the NODAC campaign. This is the second time in four years that we’ve won the conference-specific national campaign,” PRSSA Faculty Adviser Ginger Carter Miller said.
Esposito was one of the four members of the Bobcat chapter that attended the conference this year. Chapter President Amanda Brodzik, Vice President Brina Potvin and Social Media Chair Lucine Colignon also attended.
At the conference, Brodzik was awarded with two individual scholarships, the Betsy Plank Scholarship, named for one of the founding members of PRSSA, and the Neumeir Family Leadership Award, given to outstanding PRSSA members residing in either Georgia or Florida. This year was the first year the Neumeir Scholarship was given.
“Everything I applied for, both personally and for the chapter, we won,” Brodzik said, “which was a really great achievement.”
The conference, which is held annually in October in a different city each year, featured a variety of sessions ranging from sports PR to crisis management with students, professors and PR professionals running them.
“I was so glad I was able to go to the conference this year,” Esposito said, “and I knew going would help me grow further.”
The Bobcat chapter of PRSSA was founded in February 2008 with Miller as adviser. On Oct. 24