December 8, 2016
BOULDER, Colo. (Dec. 8, 2016) — The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) announced the formation of its first Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter. CU secured approval from the world's largest association of public relations professionals, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), that it met the stringent public relations curriculum requirements to have an official student Chapter. The expanded curriculum is the result of the landmark founding of a new College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015.
The founding executive board, comprised of nine highly motivated and enthusiastic public relations and advertising majors, held the Chapter’s first official meeting on Sept. 28. A record number of students attended the event due to their interest in the opportunity to be part of a national pre-professional organization.
“PRSSA has a long history of helping to prepare tomorrow's leaders of the PR profession," said Faculty Adviser Dawn Doty, APR. "Being part of the world's largest network of PR professionals is a benefit for students as they plan their post-graduation careers.”
Doty joined CU this fall as a professor of public relations. Previously, Doty was a partner and vice president with Denver-based Linhart Public Relations.
Student leaders began the process of getting students engaged with the public relations profession last fall.
"The goal of last fall's initiative was to attract like-minded students to become more actively involved in the growing public relations industry and form a network of individuals and organizations compatible with their post-graduate career goals," said CU's PRSSA President Scout Hill, a junior public relations major.
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About the University of Colorado Boulder PRSSA Chapter
The University of Colorado Boulder PRSSA Chapter was founded in 2016. The CU Chapter is part of the Public Relations Student Society of America (www.prssa.org), the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSSA includes more than 11,000 student members and advisers, and is active at more than 330 colleges and universities.