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Allie Gellner

Allie Gellner, a senior public relations major, didn’t know what to expect when she applied to Ohio Northern. She thought she would do what was expected: go to class, get involved, graduate, and find a good job. What she didn’t foresee were all the unique opportunities Ohio Northern allowed her to have.

As a public relations major, you are expected to participate in the student-run firm, True North PR. True North PR allows students to gain real-world experience working for clients who are in need of a communication, marketing or public relations campaign.

Through True North PR, Allie was asked to participate in the EdVenture Peer to Peer: Challenging Violent Extremism campaign. Allie and her Peer to Peer teammates, Tiffany Kline, Sam Pontarolo and McKenzie Wilson, joined forces with the Muslim Student Union at Ohio Northern to combat Islamophobia on college campuses.

Through social media alone, the team reached more than 34,000 people, sparking the interest of the United States Department of Homeland Security, which selected the Ohio Northern Peer to Peer team to present its campaign in Washington, D.C.

“When I first joined the public relations program, I never imagined that I would be standing in the Hart Senate Office Building presenting to the Department of Homeland Security, members of Congress and other counterterrorism professionals, but that’s what makes ONU so special. ONU provides you with opportunities you can’t find anywhere else. Opportunities that have allowed me to find my passions and become a better professional.”

Allie promises that, as an Ohio Northern student, you’ll do more than just go to class, get involved, graduate and find a good job. You’ll gain real-world experience that enhances your experience as a student and as a future professional.