By: Marisa Fiore, @marisafiore1
The Ohio University, Hugh M. Culbertson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (Scripps PRSSA)’s on-campus student-run public relations firm, ImPRessions, won the PRSSA Dr. F.H. Teahan award for 2015 Chapter Firm of the Year at the 2015 PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
This is the most prestigious award a nationally affiliated student-run firm can win. Criteria for the award included performances and results achieved for clients, and the management and operation of the firm in providing strong business and professional experience for its staff.
Though there are more than 100 student-run firms around the country operated by PRSSA Chapters, only those among the upper echelons are PRSSA Nationally Affiliated. ImPRessions is part of this elite group of 29 firms who represent the most accomplished and successful student-run firms operated by PRSSA Chapters. Firms with this designation have successfully gone through an application process to ensure the firm is soundly based in three areas: a solid PRSSA/PRSA connection, a high level of professionalism and an effective structure.
“Last year’s Administration strived to improve and make a lasting impact for ImPRessions’ members,” said 2014—2015 ImPRessions Director, Melaina Lewis. “We focused our energies in providing professional development workshops, opportunities for leadership and firm-wide events. We had an outstanding support system in the Board of Directors, and the supervisors, executives and associates’ work ethic and commitment was undeniable. This couldn’t have been done without the members. I’m elated and proud of this firm.”
Sponsored by Champions for PRSSA, the Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter Awards Program recognizes the outstanding achievements of PRSSA Chapters in 12 categories each year. Hundreds of Chapters apply for the Teahan Awards in hopes to be nationally recognized at the National Conference in the fall.
“I learned so much from being a part of the 2014-2015 ImPRessions Administration and knew that we were leading an amazing group of students and budding PR professionals,” said 2015-2016 ImPRessions Director, Sarah Rachul. “This win just confirms all those thoughts. It also serves as an incentive to work even harder this year now that the bar has been set so high. I can’t wait to see how much all our incredible members accomplish in 2016. I couldn’t be more proud to serve as Executive Director of this year’s 2015 Firm of the Year.”
Scripps PRSSA was also named a 2015 Star Chapter. The Star Chapter Award, for which all Chapters are eligible annually, encourages Chapter leadership to provide programming and relationship building opportunities for students and rewards them for achieving these goals. Scripps PRSSA is one of 43 chapters to earn this achievement. This is the second year in a row Scripps PRSSA has been recognized as a Star Chapter.
The last time ImPRessions won Chapter Firm of the Year was 2007 and the last time Scripps PRSSA won a Teahan award was 2012. ImPRessions was awarded $400 and a plaque for its achievements. The plaque will be displayed in Schoonover Center to honor ImPRessions.
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