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PRSSA chapter, student honored at group’s 2012 national conference

WKU’s Kelly Thompson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) received Star Chapter status at the 2012 National Conference placing the chapter in an elite group of universities across the nation.

PRSSA Star Chapters must complete one or more community service projects, conduct a meeting on public relations ethics and implement at least one national initiative along with eight other annual benchmarks set by PRSSA’s national organization. Star Chapter designations are based on the work accomplished by the chapter during the previous academic year.

Chapter president Andrew “Drew” Mitchell of Bowling Green received a third-place honor in the Betsy Plank/PRSSA Scholarship competition. Presented at the conference by the international PRSA Chair-Elect Mickey Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, Mitchell’s recognition included a $1,000 scholarship.

“Betsy Plank was an inspiring leader in the field of public relations and a visionary in the establishment of PRSSA to encourage student success in the industry,” Mitchell said. “It is an honor to be recognized in this competitive process. PRSSA, at both the chapter and national levels, has provided me with many opportunities for professional development and relationship building. WKU is extremely supportive of students who seek this type of professional associations as we prepare to be leaders in the field.”

Plank Scholarship applicants are judged for their academic achievement, leadership, practical experience and commitment to public relations.

“This is an exciting time for WKU’s PRSSA chapter,” said Vicki Bagwell, APR, School of Journalism & Broadcasting associate professor and chapter advisor. “I am proud of the accomplishments of Drew, last year’s chapter president Megan Dunlevy and the many student members who helped to make this an award-winning chapter.”

About PRSSA: The Public Relations Student Society of America, headquartered in New York, is the world’s pre-eminent, pre-professional public relations organization. Founded in 1968 by PRSA, the organization has grown to more than 10,000 members at more than 300 chapters across the United States and one chapter in Argentina. PRSSA membership benefits include scholarships and awards; and internship, job and professional development opportunities. The WKU chapter of PRSSA encourages students across all disciplines on WKU’s campus to join the organization and engage in professional development. Opportunities include networking events with PRSA members and practitioners, professional panel discussions, and conference attendance.

Contact: Taylor Phillips, (270) 993-7925.

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