The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recently awarded Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter the 2020 “PRSSA Chapter of the Year” award for the fifth consecutive year.
“This is only the fifth year they have had the PRSSA Chapter of the Year Award. For us to win five out of five years is incredible,” said Adrian Barnhart, a senior business management major and president of Waynesburg’s PRSSA Chapter. “For me specifically, it just feels great to look back and be justified in our work. To be recognized by an organization of professionals is a true honor.”
This is only the fifth year they have had the PRSSA Chapter of the Year Award. For us to win five out of five years is incredible."
Waynesburg’s PRSSA Chapter was one of many public relations organizations recognized at the 2021 Renaissance Awards. The event is hosted every year by PRSA Pittsburgh to honor the work of local organizations, agencies, businesses and communicators in the field of public relations and marketing communications.
This year, the Renaissance Awards were hosted virtually. The event began with opening statements from Waynesburg alumnus and President of PRSA Pittsburgh, Jordan Mitrik, followed by the announcement of awards.
Through the “PRSSA Chapter of the Year Award,” Waynesburg’s PRSSA Chapter is recognized as upholding PRSSA’s three core values: enhancing member education, expanding their network and launching their careers.
“In our applications, we highlight how we achieve each pillar. By hosting professional development sessions, attending PRSSA national events, participating in service initiatives and staying connected with alumni and PRSA Pittsburgh, we offer our members opportunities to thrive and grow in the field of public relations as intended by PRSSA,” Barnhart said.
Barnhart attributes much of their success to the Chapter’s hard-working members.
“Our members don’t have the option to hide in the background and watch other people do the work,” Barnhart said. “We’re a hands-on organization that recognizes that everyone brings valuable skills and interests, and we find ways to incorporate those traits in our work.”