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Loyola University New Orleans 2002 Bateman team places third in national competition

Loyola press release - May 9, 2002

(New Orleans)—The 2002 Bateman team from Loyola University placed third in the national competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Loyola teams won the national competition in 1997 and 2000. This is the third consecutive year that Loyola has finished in the top three schools. Loyola has placed in the top five schools for the past six consecutive years.

The team presented its campaign last week in Hawaii to this year's client, Contiki Holidays, a worldwide travel company for 18- to 35-year olds, and to judges from the PRSSA and the Public Relations Society of America. The theme of the campaign was "Travelers Wanted." The Bateman contest is considered by many to be the most challenging and prestigious national competition for public relations students.

Seniors team members are Ashley Riley from Dallas, Texas, and Ana Gonzalez from El Paso, Texas. Other members are Amanda Padalewski from Kenner, La., and Vanessa Rodriguez from Miami, Fla. All the team members are communications majors. Cathy Rogers, associate professor of communications at Loyola, is the faculty advisor.

The University of South Carolina placed first and the University of Georgia took second place. Forty-eight schools submitted entries for the competition last fall.