The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has presented a national award to the Weber State University chapter for its efforts in organizing and hosting a student conference earlier this year.
The Dr. F.H. Teahan award for Outstanding Regional Activity was awarded to WSU’s PRSSA chapter Oct. 25 during the PRSSA’s annual national conference and awards banquet held in New York City.
The student group was honored for its outstanding effort in organizing the conference "Rebuilding from the Fall," held at WSU last February. The event offered students from Northern Utah and Idaho opportunities to learn from public relations professionals who have handled local crises and events.
"I am thrilled we received the award, especially considering how new we are to the PRSSA program," said Jason Carlton, chapter president and WSU communication student. "This award reflects all the time and energy that was put into making this conference a reality."
Planning for the conference began just one week after the chapter was organized last year. Once the national committee approved the proposal, planning went into execution.
"I was excited to be a part of organizing this event," said Carlton. "This was the first event of its kind hosted by Weber State."
The event featured speakers such as Chris Thomas of the Intrepid Group in Salt Lake City, who helped handle the media during the nine-month search for Elizabeth Smart, and Josh Ewing, former spokesperson for Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.
The conference also featured a competition among public relations students from area universities. Each team had four weeks to assemble a crisis management plan to help the city of Fallon, Nevada handle an unexplainable cluster of childhood leukemia. The Brigham Young University team took first in the competition.
The Teahan award for Outstanding Regional Activity was created to raise the PRSSA regional activities to a higher level of excellence. The event was judged on the overall benefit given to students, and was found to be superior in all areas.