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Public relations program reaches numerous milestones

Ohio Northern University’s public relations program captured the national spotlight several times this year. From students preparing award-winning environmental campaigns and being elected to national leadership positions to outstanding graduate recognition, Dr. Steve Iseman, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor of communication arts and public relations, has had a great story to tell for nearly 18 years. But this year also marks Iseman’s retirement. Here are just a few recent examples of the fine work and recognition that public relations students have received.

Solo Cup ‘Go Bare on Campus’ challenge

ONU’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 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.

“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,” said Kim Frankovich, vice president of sustainability, Solo Cup Company.


Student elected to national PRSSA position

Joseph Clarkson, a junior commu­nications major from Huntingdon, Pa., was elected to the PRSSA National Commit­tee as the national vice president for internships and job services. This position requires that Clarkson develop and promote national internship di­rectories, services and programs for members of PRSSA nationwide. This summer, Clarkson will intern with Hunter Public Relations in New York City.




LeGendre receives PRSA award

Renee LeGendre, a senior communications major from Toledo, Ohio, has been recognized as the outstanding graduate from the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The award recognizes one graduating student from the seven university and college public relations programs who demonstrates outstanding initiative in preparing for a career in public relations. LeGendre is the third ONU student in the past five years to receive the prestigious award.



Faculty Focus: Iseman fos­ters leadership and learning

Iseman has continually elevated the program, brought national attention to campus, and mentored countless students and alumni. He completes his career at ONU in June

ONU’s PRSSA chapter and its student members have thrived under Iseman’s guidance. Two past national PRSSA presidents and eight members of the national committee were ONU students. Several ONU alumni have received Outstanding Graduate Awards from the Central Ohio PRSA chapter, and ONU students have won every major national award in public relations. ONU public relations became one of only 19 programs in the world to hold the Certified for Education in Public Relations (CEPR) designation from PRSA.

In 2010, Iseman was elected to be director in the East Central District of PRSA. Iseman received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award at the PRSA 2009 International Conference in San Diego. This national honor recognizes one individual each year for significant contributions in advancing public relations education through college or university teaching.

Iseman was elected to the PRSA College of Fellows in September 2008. He now is one of only 445 Fellows among more than 22,000 members of PRSA. A CEPR program led by a PRSA Fellow is an unparalleled combination, and it is distinction of the public relations program at ONU.