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PRSSA Members, Chapter Honored

At the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) awards banquet in Washington D.C., Oct. 16-19, six Ohio Northern students and graduates received honors, the ONU chapter of PRSSA received two awards and an alumnus spoke.

Renee LeGendre, a senior in communications arts from Toledo, Ohio, received the Betsy Plank Scholarship, named in honor of the PRSA’s first female president. The award is made on the basis of academic achievement in public relations and overall studies, demonstrated leadership, practical experience, and commitment to public relations, particularly as expressed in the candidate's statement. It also honors the scholarship winners’ faculty and professional advisors.

Jamienne Scott, a senior in communication arts from Columbus Grove, Ohio, received the John D. Graham Scholarship, named in honor of the past president and chairman of Fleishman-Hilliard.  The award is based on academic achievement in public relations and overall studies, demonstrated leadership, practical experience, commitment to public relations, and writing skills.

National Gold Key awards were presented to Callie Crum, a senior in communication arts from Gahanna, Ohio, and 2010 graduates Tegan Ellis, Natalyn Giverson and Amanda McKelvey. The National Gold Key Award was acknowledges outstanding PRSSA members. It is the highest individual honor bestowed upon members of PRSSA and recognizes those students who display outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership qualities in PRSSA.

The ONU PRSSA Chapter received the Star Chapter Award and honorable mention in the national case study competition.

The Star Chapter Award recognizes chapter growth and development and encourages chapter leaders to provide program and leadership building for students. The award was initiated in 2009 and ONU is one of  the charter recipients of the recognition.

The ONU chapter also received honorable mention in the national case study competition, designed as an exercise in analytical thinking and mature judgement in public relations problem-solving. Dr. Alisa Agozzino served as advisor of ONU’s Bateman Case Study team.

At the conference, Kevin Saghy, BA ’07, 2006-07 national president of PRSSA, joined current PRSA National Chair Gary McCormick in a tribute to the late Betsy Plank, first female national president of PRSA and a founder of PRSSA. Saghy was appointed to the board of directors of the Plank Center for Leadership at the University of Alabama this fall and is also a  co-chair of the National Champions for PRSSA Program that funds the Betsy Plank Scholarships and Awards.