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Flagler College wins two Florida Public Relations Association Golden Image Awards

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August 31, 2011

Flagler College's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and Flagler College Magazine both recently won in the Florida Public Relations Association Golden Image Awards. One of the awards recognized the school's 2011 Communication Week in a category for student public relations campaigns.

"We are extremely excited to win an Award of Distinction in the statewide Golden Image competition for the third consecutive year," said Assistant Professor of Communication Rosemary Tutt, APR, CPRC. "My congratulations goes to our PRSSA chapter who not only hosted an outstanding event, but took the reins to fulfill all the requirements for award submission."

Flagler College students Kayla Ward and Kayla Sullivan spearheaded the 2011 Communication Week award submission and attended the FPRA Awards Banquet on Aug. 9, 2011 to receive the award. Communication Week brings in speakers from the field of communication to classes and special talks.

"It was a really great networking opportunity for us to be around all of those public relations professionals," said Ward. "Kayla and I worked really hard to put together our application, so it is a real honor to have been able to accept it on behalf of the rest of PRSSA and Professor Tutt."

This is the third time PRSSA has won on the statewide level. They have also won several awards on the regional level.

Flagler College Magazine, the school's biannual alumni publication with a circulation of 20,500, also took an award of distinction in the magazine category. The magazine was the only publication in the state awarded in that category.

"A big part of the judging for these awards isn't just the look and the content, but also what your mission and goals are, and how well you accomplish them," said Brian Thompson, director of public information and the magazine's editor. "So it's rewarding that the judges feel we're not just an attractive publication, but that we're also achieving what we set out to do."

This is the first time the magazine has won on the statewide level.

The Golden Image Awards competition is conducted annually in Florida and its mission is to advance the development of public relations professionalism. It singles out exceptional public relations programs.