The Belmont Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) received two national chapter awards and two national student awards at the recent 2009 PRSSA National Conference in San Diego. Belmont’s chapter was one of six chapters nationally to receive a Star Chapter Award. The new award recognizes chapter performance in 10 categories including ethics advocacy.
The chapter also received a national Ethics Advocacy Award. The chapter tied for third place, bringing home its third award in four years in this category. Sarah Norton, president of the Belmont Chapter of PRSSA, received the Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award, which includes a $300 scholarship. The award recognizes extraordinary success in a public relations internship. MacKenzie Fischer, a May 2009 public relations graduate, received a PRSSA Presidential Citation for her leadership in Tower Creative Consultants, the Belmont student-run public relations firm.
The ethics advocacy award received by the chapter includes $500 to the chapter and $100 to the faculty advisor, Bonnie Riechert. Representing Belmont at the conference were chapter officers Norton and Bethany Nelson, as well as Riechert and Susan Barnes, faculty members. One of 284 chapters nationally, the Belmont Chapter of PRSSA was chartered in 2005 and has received previous national awards for Ethics Advocacy, Chapter Development and Outstanding Relationship with its sponsoring professional chapter.