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Newhouse PR students recognized for outstanding work outside classroom

May 08, 2012

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Public relations students in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications were recognized for their outstanding work outside of the classroom in the first annual Syracuse University Public Relations Awards.

prssaThe awards, sponsored by the SU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) William P. Ehling Chapter and Hill Communications, a student-run public relations firm, were held in the Schine Student Center.

“We wanted to recognize students for their hard work and dedication to professional development through extracurricular activities,” says David Lurie, SU PRSSA president. Tom Millas, director of Hill Communications, says that this year’s members contributed to the firm’s success.

“Our students work with real, paying clients and the results they’ve achieved this year have been extraordinary–our revenue has grown by 200 percent since last year,” Millas says.

The Account Team of the Year award was presented to the Operation Homefront Tri-State account team. The team helped promote Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families, through events at basketball and lacrosse games at the Carrier Dome and large-scale fundraisers throughout Central New York.

The Account Supervisor of the Year award was presented to senior public relations major Molly Tarsel. She led the Better Together account team, which helped promote SU’s participation in President Barack Obama’s “Interfaith and Community Service Challenge” for spring 2012. Both the client and her account team praised Tarsel’s leadership and management skills in overseeing a difficult yet successful project.

Awards were also given to students in PRSSA to recognize professional development. Three PRSSA awards were presented: the Kucharavy Rising Star award, named for longtime PRSSA and Hill Communications advisor and PR professor of practice Bob Kucharavy, was presented to freshman Carley Weinstein. Elana Bodow and James Walsh, who led the EDGE training program, shared the PRSSA Team Player of the Year award.

Erin Humphrey, senior vice president of global services at Text 100, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Humphrey shared her views on the industry along with career advice, and she emphasized the importance of storytelling and writing skills as invaluable PR tools today. “Beautiful, sharp writing will never go out of style,” Humphrey says.

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