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PRCA/PRSSA at UAB Receives Awards for Community Service, Website, Chapter Campaigns and Chapter Diversity – News

These prestigious awards were extremely competitive: the UAB chapter competed with all universities in the state for these awards, which were announced by the Alabama PRSA at its April meeting.

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PRCA/PRSSA among UAB members with their advisor, Jacque Shaia, PhD., and instructor, Philip Poole.The University of Alabama at Birmingham chapter of the Alabama Public Relations Council/Public Relations Student Society of America has won four awards from the Alabama Public Relations Society of America.

The UAB Chapter received the Chapter Campaign, Chapter Diversity, Chapter Website and Community Service awards. This is the first time that the UAB Chapter has been recognized for its website, the diversity of its Chapters and its community service.

“Students in this program work extremely hard to acquire and hone the skills they need to practice successfully in this field,” said Jacquelyn S. Shaia, JD, Ph.D., educational consultant and director of the public relations program at the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “These awards recognize and celebrate that hard work, focus, commitment and desire to make a difference on the court and in our community.”

The Chapter Campaign and Community Service Awards recognize comprehensive strategic campaigns with tactics backed by research and results. Chapter members have also represented and implemented these campaigns for six local nonprofits in the Birmingham area: Cornerstone Ranch, Fellowship House Inc., Magic City Poetry Festival, Quest Kids Club and Family Center, Magic City Poetry Festival and Vinegar. The Chapter Diversity Award is given to student chapters who are dedicated to embracing a diverse membership base and making an active effort to include people from all walks of life. The Chapter Website Award honors the creativity, design, content and overall appearance of the website. The Community Service Award recognizes the work done and the time and talent invested by students for the benefit of their community as a whole.

Submission efforts were led by the organization’s board members: Dylan Baggiano, Kenia Hernandez, Keona Jenkins and Ann Marie Stephens.

Additionally, Sam Adams, a junior in the program, received the PR Strategist Award, which recognizes excellence in the ability to write and develop public relations communications.

Sam and 2 teachers insideAlabama PRSA public relations strategist Sam Adams with his advisor and instructor. “I am absolutely honored to receive this recognition from public relations professionals in Alabama,” Adams said. “This is a huge achievement for me, and I’m beyond grateful to be part of a program that supports my growth as a writer, professional, and leader.”

PRSA and PRSSA are made up of nearly 30,000 professionals and students who are organized into more than 300 chapters in the United States.

These prestigious awards were extremely competitive: the UAB Chapter competed with all universities in the state for these awards. The judges for these awards were long-time professionals and members of the Alabama PRSA.

“I’m very proud of every single student in this chapter,” Shaia said. “Public relations requires individuals to excel in strategic thinking, communication and writing skills to be able to build relationships that not only benefit the client, but also our community. I am especially proud of the efforts and contributions of each of these students to ensure that this chapter embraces and welcomes a diverse membership and climate for all. Undoubtedly, the students of this organization have already made a positive difference representing these nonprofits and will continue to do so after graduation.