Southern Miss Staff Members Win State Public Relations Awards

Southern Miss Staff Members Win State Public Relations Awards

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Several University of Southern Mississippi marketing and public relations professionals were honored for their work at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards in April in Tupelo. The awards program recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi. In all, Southern Miss picked up six awards in the competition.

Hanna Knowles and the University's College of Health won a PRism award for Knowles' news release, "Finding Harmony: Connecting College to Community," which highlighted the work of social workers with nursing home residents with dementia.

The Office of University Communications was honored with a pair of Awards of Excellence for its work on the choose.usm.edu website targeting prospective students and a series of YouTube videos featuring faculty and student research and scholarly activity. Catherine Lott and the DuBard School for Language Disorders also received an Award of Excellence for its fall fundraising event, the DuBard School Speakeasy.

Tara Burcham and the College of Science and Technology were recognized with an Award of Merit for Burcham's entry, "I Hate Bacon," while Jenny Boudreaux and the Southern Miss Alumni Association also received an Award of Merit for the alumni magazine, The Talon.

"These honors are further affirmation of the high-quality work being produced by public relations professionals across the University," said Jim Coll, Chief Communication Officer. "The range of awards in a number of categories demonstrates not only well-done professional work, but also points to the success of Southern Miss students, alumni, faculty and staff that create public relations opportunities."