West Virginia University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the winner of this year’s prestigious PRSSA Star Chapter award. WVU was one of only 27 chapters to win, chosen from among the 300 chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.

The award recognizes chapters that achieve at least eight of 10 items from a list of goals that includes completing a community service project, devoting a chapter meeting to a discussion of ethics and implementing a national initiative.

Several P.I. Reed School of Journalism students were on hand to receive the award at a ceremony during the recent National PRSSA Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

“Our Chapter is so proud to have been acknowledged for the hard work our members put in each year,” said PRSSA president Brittany Lavenski, a public relations senior from Fairmont, W.Va. “It’s an incredible feeling to be rewarded for being involved in an organization that we love so much.”

Lavenski said the WVU chapter was also one of eight chosen to lead a Chapter Development Session at the National Conference. She and fellow PR student Rebecca Mullin, a senior from Genesco, N.Y., led a workshop called “The Key to Captivating Community Service,” which received a Chapter Development Award.

Dr. Rita Colistra, an assistant professor at the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism, is the group’s faculty adviser. For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.prssa.org.



CONTACT: Kimberly Walker, School of Journalism
304.293.5726, Kimberly.Walker@mail.wvu.edu

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