PR Chapter students to assist with awards

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WAYNESBURG – Waynesburg University’s public relations students will have an opportunity to help plan and execute a large-scale regional event.


On Jan. 24, many of the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter’s young members will travel to Pittsburgh to assist with the annual Renaissance Awards.


The Renaissance Awards, held in the Consol Energy Center Lexus Club, showcase top regional public relations talent and commend practitioners who have excelled in the field in 2012. Waynesburg University students have worked closely with the chairman of the Renaissance Awards to prepare for the notable event.


After meeting Dan Ayer, chairman of the Renaissance Awards Committee and senior account executive at Gatesman & Dave at a November 2012 chapter speaking engagement, Richard Krause, chairman of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to the Waynesburg University PRSSA, offered the skills of the chapter.


“I told him that we have great students who aspire to work in public relations and take advantage of any opportunities that come their way,” Krause said. “He quickly took advantage of the offer, and now our students have this wonderful opportunity.”


Ayer has worked closely with the students via email and meetings to delegate tasks and track progress. The chapter members have taken the lead on everything from editing program materials to managing registration to creating visual aids. Ayer is grateful for the help and applauds Waynesburg students for their volunteerism and eagerness to learn.


“I’ve had the opportunity to speak at a number of local colleges and universities across the area, but I have yet to come across a group of students more excited about public relations and positioning themselves for successful careers than the students who make up the PRSSA Chapter at Waynesburg University,” Ayer said. “The students jump at every opportunity to learn and have exceeded my expectations every time I have interacted with them.”


Students will arrive at the venue early to set up rooms, review schedules and materials and assist Ayer and his team with any public relations activities necessary. Molly Winters, a sophomore public relations major and the president of Waynesburg’s PRSSA Chapter, said that the chapter members are excited to be a part of such an elite event.


“We are so looking forward to the entire day of the awards. We were told to bring two sets of clothes – one to work in and another to be dressed up for the actual award ceremony, which is something that I really love about PR,” Winters said. “We get to wear so many different hats, and at the end of the day we can say that we were involved in many aspects of creating the event.”


The Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter, a pre-professional organization possessing national membership, recently entered its third chartered year and has, according to Krause, seen incredible progress in such a short time.


“It’s been exciting to see the growth that has occurred in just three years. These students and student leaders have been amazing,” Krause said. “The goals that I set for the long term have been reached in the short term and that’s very satisfying.”


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