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2010.10.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO PRSSA Wins Two National Awards for PR Projects

Omaha - MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), earned two national awards for its annual organ donation campaign and university service.

Twelve student officers attended the PRSSA National Conference in Washington D.C., Oct. 15-19, where they were recognized for winning first-place in the 2010 National Organ Donor Awareness Campaign (NODAC) and the F.H. Teahan National Chapter Award for University Service.

Each year the chapter holds events to promote organ donor awareness during April, designated as Donate Life Month. This past April, a UNO team planned and executed a two-day event with the theme “Go Green: Donate Life” in partnership with Donate Life, Nebraska Organ Recovery System, the Chris Klug Foundation and Donor Dudes. The events registered 35 new donors and checked the drivers’ licenses of more than 200 registered donors. Seniors Jennifer Lane, Cartia Mazzoni and Jesse Wees coordinated the events.

Teams from UNO PRSSA have won first place in the NODAC competition, sponsored by the PRSSA chapter of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., in 2004, 2006 and 2008, and third place in 2007 and 2009.

The F.H.Teahan National Chapter Award for Outstanding University Service recognizes voluntary projects executed by a PRSSA chapter that directly benefit the chapter’s school. This is the first time UNO has been recognized for university service but earned national awards for community service in 2004. 2006 and 2008 and Outstanding National Chapter in 2009.

The efforts to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation among the campus community also factored into the national recognition for outstanding university service, said Karen Weber, faculty adviser. Other chapter efforts focused on other important issues facing students such as intimate partner violence, eating disorders and high-risk drinking.

In addition to the awards, UNO PRSSA was one of eight chapters selected to present a chapter development session to its peers on Oct. 15. Seniors Katie Kane, Cartia Mazzoni, Shannon Stawniak, Sarah Waller and Kristin Webb gave a presentation on the importance of networking in service, fundraising, professional development and internships and jobs, titled “Six Degrees of SePRSSAtion: Your link to success.”

For more information, contact Cartia Mazzoni, at cartia.mazzoni@gmail.com or visit www.maverickprssa.com.

MaverickPR UNO PRSSA
The UNO PRSSA chapter, sponsored by the School of Communication in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, prides itself on being a leader among student organizations on campus. Members demonstrate these leadership qualities through their commitment to academic excellence, professional development and service learning. The chapter earned the National PRSSA Teahan Chapter Award in 2009 for Outstanding Chapter among 310 chapters in the U.S. and Argentina.

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