Public relations professionals from across the country will be featured at Utah Valley University Feb. 23-25 as it hosts the 2015 Public Relations Regional Conference for the Western United States. UVU was selected earlier this fall to host by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) to host the prestigious conference.
Conference speakers include professionals from CNN, Adobe, McDonald’s, Overstock.com, General Motors, and PR firms in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston.
Students who attend the conference, “PR Elevated: Aspiring to New Heights,” will have an opportunity to network, attend workshops and listen to public relations professionals with varied backgrounds. Public relations students from more than 30 universities in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon, are invited to attend. In addition, public relations professionals along the Wasatch Front and high school seniors from nearby high schools are also welcome to attend.
UVU was selected to host the regional conference through a competitive application and interview process, according to Stephen Whyte, assistant professor of communication. “Five years ago, a goal was set for UVU to host this conference,” Whyte said. “Through the combined talents and consistent work of faculty, students, PRSSA and the University administration, this national recognition is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Planned by UVU’s public relations students, Whyte said: “This once-in-a-lifetime student engaged-learning experience will further position the University, the Communication Department and the public relations program as national leaders.”
UVU’s PRSSA Chapter was created in 2009 and within its first five years has received local, state, national and international recognition. The chapter was named best in the nation in 2013 and has received numerous awards including Golden Spike Awards, and three Hermes Creative Awards during an international competition sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
To register for the conference visit www.prELEVATED.com
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