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Impressive showing for Loyola at public relations awards

Loyola press release - November 16, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication students, faculty and alumni were showered with awards Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the annual Public Relations Society of America New Orleans chapter awards banquet at the W Hotel.

During the program, Loyola alumni, including Meg Courtney, ’01, Christine Albert, ’99, and PRSA New Orleans President and Loyola SMC visiting committee member John Deveney, ’88, won awards for various public relations and marketing campaigns. Chapter officials also announced that Deveney will become the first New Orleanian to serve as a PRSA fellow, an exclusive group of 11 who make policy for the national organization.

School of Mass Communication senior Lourdes Fulton received the Nia Robertson Memorial Scholarship. Robertson was an alumna of the SMC.

2009 graduates Janine Sheedy, Sarah Mackota, Ashley Sutton and Vicki Voelker and senior Heather Miranne were awarded the Silver Anvil Award in the external relations/nonprofit public relations campaign category. Their winning entry, “The Bling Starts Here,” was a full-scale public awareness campaign focused on showing high school students the correlation between college and earning potential. The Silver Anvil is the highest award given by the chapter for award entrants, and the team’s student work competed with that of seasoned public relations professionals. This team also won the national 2009 Bateman Case Study Competition last May for the same campaign.

A surprise award reserved for the end of the program was given to Cathy J. Rogers, Ph.D., Bateman team adviser and head of Loyola’s public relations sequence, for her “absolutely unprecedented” success in teaching and mentoring students. Rogers' students have placed first nationally in the Bateman competition in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and second in 2001, 2004 and 2006. For this work, PRSA honored her with the Preeminent Plate Spinner Award.

“Our awards ceremony is an annual celebration of talent, research, strategic thinking and creativity in the public relations profession,” Deveney said. “We give awards to the very best public relations practitioners in our market for their exemplary work. But in addition, we give a special award to an exemplary leader, a practitioner and leader who goes beyond just their work and makes a difference. Dr. Rogers received this award for her consistent leadership of her students and in the community.”

For more information on the School of Mass Communication in the College of Social Sciences, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.