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PRSSA Chapter Wins Solo Cup ‘Go Bare on Campus’ Challenge

Jan 21, 2011

Ohio Northern University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) received a $1,000 grant after finishing first in the Solo Cup Company’s “Go Bare on Campus” challenge.

The fall 2010 competition challenged PRSSA chapters to create educational campaigns that promoted environmental sustainability initiatives focused on composting and recycling options for single-use products on campus. More than 1,000 students across the country took the online pledge, promising to promote environmental responsibility on campus and make informed decisions about the containers they use to hold food and beverages.

To join the challenge, ONU’s PRSSA team submitted a unique campaign to drive students at ONU to “Go Bare on Campus.” The team promoted the benefits of recycling and composting on campus.

“ONU students have won most of the major awards and scholarships offered by PRSSA over the years, and I’ve always been proud of them,” said Dr. Steve Iseman, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor of communication arts and public relations at Ohio Northern. “The Solo Cup competition shows that ONU public relations students are as bright, capable and hard-working as any students anywhere in the country, and I’m delighted with the recognition they’ve earned with this award.”

ONU’s team was comprised of Kelsey Giesler, a junior communications major from Elmore, Ohio, Katie Hozan, a sophomore communications major from Homerville, Ohio, Joseph Sasak, a junior communications major from Broadview Heights, Ohio, Karlie Franco, a senior communications major from Cortland, Ohio, and Ellen Keough, a senior sports management major from Howell, Mich.

 “Education is the key to creating sustainable habits, and our nation’s college students are determined to learn and integrate sustainable practices into their daily lives. The enthusiasm that the participating schools and students showed during this competition has helped Solo spread the word about recycling and composting,” said Kim Frankovich, vice president of sustainability, Solo Cup Company. “We thank the PRSSA participating Chapters and students for their creative efforts, and congratulate Ohio Northern University for its exceptional campaign that went above and beyond in research, organization, implementation and results.”

PRSSA, headquartered in New York City, is the world’s pre-eminent, pre-professional public relations organization. Founded in 1968 by the Public Relations Society of America (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, awards, and internship, job and professional development opportunities.

Solo Cup Company is a $1.5 billion company exclusively focused on the manufacture of single-use products used to serve food and beverages for the consumer/retail, foodservice and international markets. Solo has broad product offerings available in paper, plastic, foam, post-consumer recycled content and annually renewable materials, and creates brand name products under the Solo®, Sweetheart®, Creative Carryouts® and Bare® by Solo® names. The company was established in 1936 and has a global presence with facilities in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Panama and the United States.

The public relations program at ONU is one of fewer than 20 nationwide to hold the Certified for Education in Public Relations (CEPR) credential from the Pubic Relations Society of America. In the past 14 years, ONU students have won every major national honor and award given to students in the field and have occupied eight seats on the Public Relations Student Society of America national committee.