Cal State San Bernardino Wins Two Polaris Awards by the PRSA Inland Empire Chapter

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Cal State San Bernardino Coyote Advertising team and a CSUSB student each won an award at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Inland Empire Chapter’s annual Polaris Awards held Nov. 9 at Center Stage in Fontana.

CSUSB Coyote Advertising and students from the university’s fall 2016 Communication Studies 243 were recognized in the student public relations category for their planning and execution of the fifth annual holiday public service announcement food drive benefiting the recently renamed Obershaw DEN Food Pantry. As a result, the food drive, which ran Nov. 18-30, 2016, generated more than 3,800 individual items weighing in at 1,814 pounds.

“To be recognized with a Polaris award is powerful evidence that CSUSB is home to some of the best and the brightest students in the inland region,” said Jacob Poore, manager of Coyote Advertising and CSUSB’s Communication Studies 243 instructor. “This honor also reflects an incredible commitment by our students to utilize the knowledge they are obtaining in the classroom to create positive change for our campus and the community. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved with the holiday PSA campaign.”

In addition, CSUSB student Andrea Stewart won the 2016-2017 Polaris Award in the student project category for her entry “SoCal Yard Transformation Digital Handbook Proposal.” The student project category, which is for undergraduate or graduate students, must include a fully developed public relations project, such as a press kit, campaign proposal and special event proposal.

PRSA Inland Empire Chapter Polaris Award entries are judged by members of a PRSA sister chapter and must receive an average score of 90 points or more. Polaris Awards represent the highest standards of performance in the public relations profession in the Inland Empire, and recognize the best public relations professionals and projects that have successfully incorporated sound research, planning, execution and evaluation.

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