The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media honored 11 students, including one from Johnston, at its sixth annual Public Relations Excellence Award Ceremony on March 29.
Students were honored for their leadership, impact on the campus community and innovative thinking. Four students received awards for outstanding internships and one student was given special recognition for service and leadership in the URI Public Relations Student Society of America.
Johnston’s Olivia Ross was one of four winners in the Outstanding Internship category.
Ross is in her third year as an intern in URI’s Office of Communications and Marketing. Since her sophomore year, Ross has researched, written and edited a wide range of stories for the department and has served as an ambassador for new interns, showing them the ropes and helping them adapt to the position. In addition, Ross is also interning at Rhode Island Monthly magazine where she assists on social media and in the planning and execution of events.
"The PR Excellence Awards are truly a highlight of our academic year, as we recognize the profound impact our students make at URI and in our local community," said Regina Bell, senior lecturer of public relations.
The honorary chairperson and guest speaker for the ceremony was URI Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Dave Lavallee, a former journalist and ’79 URI journalism graduate, who is in his 25th year working in the communications department.
“I was honored to been chosen as honorary chair and guest speaker and was very impressed with this year’s recipients,” Lavallee said. “They have not only worked hard academically and professionally; they have also been dedicated to making URI a better place.”