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PRSSA Chapter First In Nation

NODAC Campaign Claims Highest Honors

UNO’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) tied for first place in the 2008 National Organ Donor Competition (NODAC) sponsored by Rowan University.

From left: Kristen Martin, Kate Sypal, Keegan Niederdeppe, Meagan Phenix, Bre Gehrken, Mikaela Knipe.

The campaign, “Spring into Organ Donation,” featured two main events, a donor card check-in and sign-up on the Student Center Plaza and a speaker, Reg Green, an internationally known advocate for organ donation. Senior Keegan Niederdeppe coordinated the winning campaign. She is vice president of recruitment for the chapter and co-director of Maverick Solutions, our student-run PR firm.

Keegan will be honored at the National PRSSA Conference awards dinner, Oct. 27, in Detroit. She is also coordinating UNO’s chapter development session, “Pitching Like Pros: How to Score Clients for your PR Firm.”

“Another part of this good news is the cash award of $400 for the chapter to assist us in our efforts to send 10 students to the national conference, adviser Karen Weber said.

The April NODAC event attracted campus, community and media attention. The UNO chapters of PRSSA and Students for Organ Donation signed up about 100 people as potential organ donors. A key goal for the event was to remind each donor to inform family members of his or her decision to be an organ donor.

Organizers passed out goodie bags and informational material on organ and tissue donation. The group Indecision provided musical entertainment.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of Maverick Solutions and UNO's PRSSA chapter was held Sunday night on campus.