BYU Students brought home multiple awards and scholarships at the PRSSA National Conference in Austin, Texas
BYU’s Public Relations faculty and students attended the 2018 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference in Texas and came home with two Teahan Awards, the highest award a PRSSA chapter can earn.
The Teahan Award honors chapters for accomplishments in 12 different categories. The BYU chapter, competing with over 300 other chapters, won the awards for Community Service and Website. Colin Wylie, a senior in the PR program, also took home four additional awards and scholarships.
This is the third yer in a row the BYU chapter of PRSSA has won at least one Teahan at the national conference, but PR professor Chris Wilson said, “I do not recall a time when one of our students received this many awards at a single conference.”
Wylie said, “I wanted to apply for the awards to reflect on BYU and show that people are doing great things here. There haven’t been very many BYU students applying for awards these past few years, and I think that should be a more regular thing.”
The PRSSA National Conference is an opportunity for students to network, receive scholarships and learn from the professionals in their field. “This is a great chance for students to network,” said professor Kenneth Plowman. “You know it is a good experience when students are so pumped after the conference that they then invite other students to come.”
Wylie has been involved in PRSSA since he started in the communications program and said, “PRSSA is an opportunity for students to build their network and career beyond the classroom. Through this experience I have made good friends and contacts in states across the country. These people could one day be my coworkers or bosses.”
To learn more about opportunities within PRSSA, check out the BYU chapter’s website.
Images courtesy of PRSSA.