Student Organization of the Year Award Winners
In spring 2009, three student organizations were honored as Student Organizations of the Year. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won first place, Panhellenic Council received second place, and Habitat for Humanity finished third.
The Campus Organizations Committee of Student Senate established the Student Organization of the Year Award in spring 2002. By creating the award, Student Senate hoped to inspire students to raise their organizations to new heights. It was named after Alice-Kay Hilderbrand, vice president for student affairs from 2004-08, for her passionate and devoted support to student organizations.
The Alice-Kay Hilderbrand Student Organization of the Year Award rewards outstanding student organizations at Ohio Northern University that have clearly defined their roles in the professional and social development of their members, value the ideals of leadership, collaborate and outreach with and to fellow student organizations, and dedicate themselves to serving their campus and surrounding communities.
Three organizations are recognized yearly for the award and are presented with framed certificates and cash prizes.
Public Relations Student Society Of America (PRSSA)
PRSSA is the pre-professional student version of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the largest professional public relations organization in the nation. ONU’s PRSSA chapter is devoted to the promotion and teaching of the public relations field. PRSSA provides students with the opportunity to acquire professional skills in a fun, upbeat environment. Two national presidents of PRSSA have been ONU students and ONU’s PRSSA chapter repeatedly garners national awards.
In addition to weekly speakers, PRSSA attends regional and annual conferences, hosts an etiquette dinner and a media relations workshop open to campus, attends PRSA luncheons, holds events with alumni, and participates in many social activities. PRSSA members produce a quarterly chapter newsletter, PRestige, which is sent to alumni and professionals. Also, PRSSA has its own student-run public relations firm, Vision Communications. Through the firm, students gain first-hand experience working with real clients and campaigns.
The group’s mission is to serve its members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities and to serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals. Membership is open to any student in any major, and meetings are held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in room 132 of the Performing Arts Center.
Panhellenic Council improves Greek spirit and image and enhances inter-fraternity relations at ONU by encouraging cooperation and communication between chapters. Its mission is to develop and maintain fraternity life and inter-fraternity relations, to promote superior scholarship, and to cooperate with member fraternities and the University in the maintenance of high social and moral standards.
Any woman who is a member of a Greek chapter in good standing of National Panhellenic Conference fraternities at ONU is automatically a regular member. Once a woman has been a member of the Greek community for one year, she is eligible to run for a position on the Panhellenic Council Executive Board.
Every year, Panhellenic Council plans formal sorority recruitment, hosts Greekapalooza, and participates in community service and philanthropic activities, including Adopt-A-Highway, Fill the Fireplace and an event known as the Watermelon Bash.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an organization based in service. It is one of the largest and most active student organizations on campus. There are meetings and service opportunities every week, and the amount of participation depends on the student. Membership is open to any student, and Habitat meetings take place Monday nights at 8 p.m. in the Chapel sanctuary.
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing both in the community and around the world by building decent, inexpensive, adequate homes for families who need them. Habitat for Humanity Intl. is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, and they work to show Christ’s love through service.
Habitat typically works on one or more homes in the Hardin County area during the school year. Each spring break, they take more than 100 students to three different locations in the southern U.S. to build houses. Other events include Work Week, Look Out for the Cook Out (LOFTCO), Date Auction/Spaghetti Dinner and Act! Speak! Build! Week.
Junior communication arts major from Columbus Grove, Ohio