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2006.05.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO PRSSA Team Wins National Competition

Omaha - A group of public relations students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) won first place in a national competition to promote organ donor awareness.

The competition is sponsored annually by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter of Rowan University.  The UNO team of Erika Berg, Katie Curran, Sally Gutschow, Katie Kassebaum and Sarah Legg will receive the award and $400 for UNO's PRSSA chapter Nov. 13 at the national PRSSA conference in Salt Lake City.

"The team produced a very impressive campaign and plans to start a Students for Organ Donation chapter on UNO's campus to carry on their work," said Karen Weber, the group's adviser.

The team's campaign, titled "License to Give: We Card," featured a barbecue on the student plaza, an organ donor "Jeopardy" game and a presentation from Brian Holcomb, a 23-year-old liver transplant recipient and president of the Northern Utah chapter of Donor Dudes, a national organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness among college students. 

The weeklong events were attended by more than 750 students who showed their organ donor cards and 105 new registered donors.

"The UNO School of Communication is very proud of PRSSA and this national recognition," said Jeremy Lipschultz, the school's director.  "The team did amazing work on the organ donor awareness campaign, and they again demonstrated why the public relations/advertising program at UNO is so strong."

A team of UNO students also placed first in the 2004 national competition.

For more information about PRSSA at UNO, contact Weber at 402.554.2246 or kweber@mail.unomaha.edu.

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