105A Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
Penn State’s Chapter was formed in September of 1997 to help all students, regardless of major, broaden their background and knowledge of public relations and the communications industry. Through hard work and dedication, the founding officers worked with the PRSSA National Committee to organize an official chapter. Penn State received its official charter on March 1, 1998. The Chapter''''s first induction ceremony of 35 members was held on April 15, 1998.
Within four years of receiving its charter, the diverse Lawrence G. Foster Penn State Chapter of PRSSA has grown to become the largest student-run organization within the largest College of Communications in the United States.
Penn State’s chapter is named to honor the chapter''''s professional advisor, Larry Foster, who was named by PR WEEK as one of the top five public relations professionals of the 20th century. Foster served as Vice President of Public Relations for 33 years at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. and is renowned for his pioneering efforts in handling the 1986 Tylenol crisis that has become a textbook example of excellence in crisis management. As a Penn State alumnus, Foster has offered invaluable support and advice to chapter members.
The club is proud to serve more than 280 members at Penn State.
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