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Mass communication professor named Public Relations Educator of the Year

Loyola press release - March 25, 2015

Loyola University New Orleans Assistant Professor Valerie J. Andrews, M.J., was named the Public Relations Educator of the Year by the New Orleans chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) at an awards ceremony held March 10.

Andrews, who is also the director of the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications, will advance to the state competition to be held later this summer.

Andrews joined the Loyola staff in the fall of 2007 as a full-time extraordinary faculty member in public relations and advertising and was named director of the Donnelley Center in the fall of 2011. She also has taught at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga., where she was a tenured assistant professor of Mass Communication, and at LSU, the University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane. She has worked extensively in public relations and advertising for industries ranging from RVs and food service to printing and educational materials. She also has more than 30 years of nonprofit consulting and volunteer work experience. She has been a member of the PRAL since 2014 and also is a member of the Association of Professional Communication Consultants and Women in Public Relations.

"I was totally surprised and truly honored to be selected the PRAL Nola Educator of the Year," Andrews said. "I'm proud to be part of this organization and its mission to provide networking opportunities and professional development for members. I love working with today's PR students – tomorrow's PR professionals – especially in the nonprofit communications arena. And I'm proud to be part of Loyola's mission of educating men and women for others."

The New Orleans Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL Nola) is a professional association for public relations practitioners that provides networking opportunities and professional development for members and potential members. The organization established the annual Educator of the Year Award to recognize an educator who has taught public relations or a closely-related discipline and who has demonstrated a commitment to advance the profession of public relations.