Eight Belmont students were honored at Tuesday’s 22nd annual Parthenon Awards given by the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) held at B. B. King’s Club and Restaurant in downtown Nashville.
Hillary Bond received the $2,000 2008 PRSA Scholarship recognizing academic excellence, campus service and professionalism in the practice of public relations. She is vice president of the Belmont Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and currently serves in an internship at Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations in Nashville.
Recognized along with Bond were the other two finalists for the scholarship, Belmont students McCartney Boyd and Emily Telford, also officers in the Belmont chapter of PRSSA. “This is the first time in the history of the scholarship that three students from the same university were the finalists for the competitive scholarship,” said Steve Horton of PRSA in presenting the award. Public relations majors from Austin Peay University, Lipscomb University and Middle Tennessee State University are also eligible to apply.
A team of five Belmont students received the top award for student projects, a new category of awards in the professional chapter’s annual awards program. Honored were Belmont’s Cheryl Bak, Ashley Bearden, MacKenzie Fischer, Jess Reuter and Kari Woodard. The student projects award of merit was presented in recognition of the team’s public relations campaign, “A Safe Ride, Every Time,” which promoted seat belt safety among young teenagers. The campaign was developed as a service learning project in Dr. Bonnie Riechert’s Public Relations Strategy and Implementation (MDS 4180) class, and it also was entered into national competition in the 2008 PRSSA Bateman Case Competition.
Belmont was represented at the awards banquet by the eights students receiving honors and public relations faculty members Riechert and Pam Parry. “Our outstanding students and our public relations program were in the spotlight as Belmont swept all the student awards,” said Riechert. “Recognitions like these will help build our program’s reputation for ethics, excellence and service. Our students are well deserving of these accolades from the Nashville Chapter of PRSA.”