President’s Message | May 2018

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Help us celebrate as we recognize outstanding projects and campaigns at this year’s Crystal Awards Celebration! The collective hours of work by professionals, educators and students across the state is astounding and deserves to be honored – and I don’t just mean during the award entry process!
We have some amazing entries this year, and I can’t wait for our team to be able to share them with all of you.

In addition to the Crystal Awards and honorable mention certificates, we have several awards to recognize outstanding individuals in our field. We are introducing a new special award category this year, Outstanding Journalist, to honor a member of the media in West Virginia who provides outstanding coverage of news and issues. In honor of our former member, friend and colleague who recently passed, the board has resoundingly approved renaming this the Chris Stadelman Outstanding Journalist Award. Come to the event to find out who wins the inaugural award.

Brand new this year at the Crystal Awards Celebration will be a silent auction where all proceeds will benefit the John H. Womack memorial scholarship at Marshall University. Remember to bring your checkbook and help us fund this worthy cause!

In addition, this year we will be collecting items for the YWCA Charleston. Please help us support its programs and services by bringing an item (or two or three) to donate! Snacks, art supplies, and more are needed; a full list is available on our website, prsawv.org.

Join us June 13 to cheer one another’s successes at the Culture Center in Charleston. I hope to see you there!

 

CreateAthon@WVU | May 2018

WVU Professor Geah Pressgrove shared details on the energy, creativity and caffeine surrounding this year’s CreateAthon program at WVU’s Reed College of Media. The concept, originally developed at a public relations agency in another state, is now part of her capstone class.  As part of their class, students divide into teams and are assigned to one of the three nonprofit organizations selected for the semester.  She said students meet with clients to understand their issues, needs and desired outcomes, conduct research and generate strategic plans prior to the 24-hour CreateAthon event.  Pressgrove works to get donations of food and caffeine for the event. She showed examples of the outstanding work created by the teams during the intensive period of a day.  Teams created printed materials, web sites, videos and more from information learned and resources gathered throughout the semester.  The three organizations will be using the work created, and Morgantown Printing & Binding even donated in-kind services to the winning team. For help with financing check out online payday loans without credit check