Waynesburg’s PRSSA chapter recognized nationally; graduate presented with National Gold Key Award

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUPRSSA.jpgWaynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (WUPRSSA) was recently awarded the Star Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award was presented at the PRSSA 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Waynesburg’s chapter was one of 42 chapters granted star chapter status out of the more than 350 student chapters throughout the country. Chapters are selected based upon the completion of specific criteria, such as the completion of community service projects, high school outreach and association with regional and national Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) events, meetings and conferences.

“The recognition places us among the elite PRSSA chapters nationally,” said Richard Krause, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Communication Department. “It demonstrates how strong our academic program is here, and, as a result, it provides us with a great recruiting opportunity.”

Krause attended the conference with six chapter members:

  • Maura Fenske, junior public relations major from Wintersville, Ohio (Wood County Christian School)
  • Natalie Gloady, senior public relations major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Washington High School)
  • Cassidy Graham, senior public relations and digital design major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Zachary Sniadach, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  (Brentwood High School)
  • Amanda Troncone, sophomore public relations major from Tioga, Pennsylvania (Williamson High School)
  • Taylor White, senior public relations major and journalism minor from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)

According to Krause, students who attend the conference benefit from a variety of workshops and presentations. Students also have the opportunity to network with influential practitioners in the public relations field from across the country.

“The conference has also served to reinforce the work that we do here,” said Krause. “Students are discovering that we have something really special in place at Waynesburg University.”

In addition to the chapter award, 2016 Waynesburg public relations graduate, Jordan Mitrik, was presented with the PRSSA National Gold Key Award. The award, which is the highest individual honor bestowed upon PRSSA members, recognizes outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership in the PRSSA.

Mitrik submitted an application during his senior year at Waynesburg which highlighted his work and leadership positions with WUPRSSA, the student-run firm Red Brick Communications, and internships and other field-related experience.

“Winning this award is a reminder of the hard work and dedication I put in during the four years as a public relations student and member of WUPRSSA,” said Mitrik. “It truly is an honor that my efforts have been recognized, and it only pushes me to do bigger and better things in the industry now as a professional.”

Mitrik is currently employed at Brunner, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the board and blog coordinator for PRSA Pittsburgh.

“Few people understand how difficult it is to receive the Gold Key, and we have had students receive it in consecutive years,” said Krause.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu