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PRSSA recognizes Ohio Northern University at National Conference

Nov 20, 2013

Ohio Northern University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter received individual and chapter awards at the annual national PRSSA Conference in Philadelphia Oct. 25-29.

Ohio Northern University’s PRSSA chapter was awarded the Star Chapter Award and is one of only two schools to receive the award since its inception. The award was created to recognize PRSSA chapters that have outstanding programming and relationship-building opportunities for students.

Kelsi Rupersburg, the ONU PRSSA chapter president, said, “This award is a great honor for our chapter. We are excited to receive the award again this year in recognition of our hard work and presence on our campus. The award brings great national attention to both our chapter and the public relations program at Ohio Northern. We look forward to applying again next year.”

The Star Chapter Award recognizes a chapter that meets eight of 10 requirements set by PRSSA, which are: initiate and complete at least one community service project; strengthen your relationship with your PRSA sponsor chapter; give attention to ethics in at least one chapter meeting; confirm that at least one chapter member applies for an individual national PRSSA scholarship or award; confirm that your chapter applied for at least one national PRSSA award; implement at least one national initiative; confirm attendance by at least one chapter member at National Conference, National Assembly, a regional activity or leadership rally; gain positive attention for your chapter in at least one campus or community publication or media; extend an invitation to students/faculty from other disciplines to attend at least one chapter meeting; and confirm that at least 10 percent of your graduating seniors applied for PRSA associate membership.

Three 2013 ONU graduates, Katie Hozan, Jacob Schwerer and Lauren Tennent, received the National Gold Key award, an accolade that acknowledges outstanding PRSSA members. It is the highest individual honor bestowed upon members of PRSSA and recognizes students who display outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership qualities. Twenty-three members of the Ohio Northern University chapter of PRSSA have received the National Gold Key Award in the past six years.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is made up of more than 11,000 students and advisers organized into more than 300 chapters in the United States, Argentina and Columbia. PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications, seeking to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. PRSSA advocates rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession.

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