Public relations students win statewide PRSA award

Mon, 2012-05-21 07:55 -- univcomm
May 21, 2012

Anderson University’s Fifth Street Communications recently won a Best of Show award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hoosier Chapter.

fifth-streetThe student-run public relations agency was honored with the 2012 Pinnacle Award Best of Show Student Awards during the PRSA’s awards ceremony on May 16 for its partnership with the Anderson University Office of University Communications. Since 2009, Fifth Street Communications has highlighted important events and activities on campus through news releases provided to the Office of University Communications. These releases are shared broadly through the Anderson University website and through AU social media, as well as local media outlets.

[Photo: AU communication arts students Jonathon Hosea and Eva McKnight were on hand to receive a Best of Show award during the PRSA’s 2012 Pinnacle Awards ceremony in Indianapolis on May 16, 2012. Hosea is an associate of Fifth Street Communications and McKnight was an account manager in 2011-12 and will be director of the student-run agency in 2012-13.]

"The partnership between University Communications and Fifth Street has been extraordinary,” said Chris Williams, director of university communications and community relations. “The work produced by the student associates extends the reach of my office and results in quality stories showcasing student and faculty examples of the university's five guiding values: responsibility, integrity, excellence, servant leadership, and generosity. This relationship has been beneficial and one that I look forward continuing into the foreseeable future.”

The Public Relations Society of America Hoosier Chapter represents public relations professionals throughout Indiana, including employees of associations, agencies, corporations, universities, nonprofits, government, and independent practitioners. With more than 400 members, it is one of the largest chapters in the United States. The Hoosier Chapter provides its members with various programs and events, along with accreditation training and news and information.

"The state chapter of PRSA is made up of professionals doing the kind of work our students hope to be doing when they graduate," said Rebecca Fuller Beeler, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication Arts. "To have the students' work recognized by this group of professionals is confirmation that our PR students are talented, and that the partnership with AU's communications office is something special."

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.