Rowan chapter honored for outstanding work, community service by PRSSA
Rowan University’s Anthony J. Fulginiti Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)—which has won more national awards that any other chapter in the United States—picked up two more honors at the PRSSA National Conference held last month in San Francisco.
PRaction, Rowan’s student-run public relations firm, won Outstanding Student Firm in the Nation. Additionally, PRSSA received the Best Chapter Award for Community Service from PRSSA.
PRaction President Mike Moeller, a senior public relations major from Vernon, accepted the Outstanding Student Firm Award for work completed by the firm during the 2011-12 academic year.
The firm served nine clients, providing media relations, research, collateral materials and special events planning. The work—which featured clients ranging from Rowan’s Student Government Association to Vineland’s Church of Nazarene to the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association to the Citizen Advocacy Program (also known as the Arc of New Jersey)—was all done pro bono.
Diana DiNapoli, vice president of diversity for the Rowan chapter and a junior public relations and communication studies major from Hazlet, accepted the Best Chapter Award for Community Service. The chapter’s annual Organ Donor Day, an event promoting organ donor awareness, raised $250 for the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia and resulted in more than 20 organ donor sign-ups.
In addition to receiving two national awards, Rowan PRSSA presented awards to four chapters for their participation in its annual National Organ Donor Awareness Competition.
The chapter also held a food drive and hosted a charity concert last year.
“It’s rewarding for us as a chapter to help our community,” says Rowan PRSSA President Alexa DiGaetano, a senior public relation and advertising major from Titusville.
“To receive these awards from PRSSA, you really have to stand out in terms of the quality of work that you do. Through PRaction, we’re doing real work for real clients.”
Rowan PRSSA, which boasts 100 members, has won more national awards than any of the other 300 chapters in the nation. It holds the distinction of being recognized as the nation’s outstanding PRSSA chapter a record eight times.
Darrah Foster of Glassboro, who graduated in May with degrees in public relations and journalism, served as president of Rowan PRSSA last year. PRaction was led last year by two 2012 public relations graduates: Tom Cristino of Franklinville, who was PRaction president; and Cheryl Resnick of Cherry Hill, who was vice president and authored the Community Service Award submission for PRSSA.