Pittsburg State University students are winners off the athletic field as well as on it. This was proven yet again as students from the Department of Communication made a strong showing at the PR Competition of the 84th Annual Oklahoma Speech Theater Communication Association (OSTCA) Conference in Oklahoma City, OK in September.
“This year the conference organizers changed the competition format, which made the event a bit more challenging,” said Alicia M. Mason (Asst. Prof., Dept of Comm). “Instead of sending “teams” of students to represent the university, upon arrival the students were divided into groups of 3-4 intercollegiate teams, who worked together on behalf of the client.”
Seven students from the Department of Communication competed in the 2nd Annual OSTCA sponsored PR Competition. They were joined by students from Rogers State University, Cameron University, Oklahoma Christian University, among others. The teams developed promotional campaign solutions for the client Big Truck Tacos, recently featured on the Food Network. Students were briefed on the client, and given just a few hours to construct and present their promotional campaign solutions and strategies.
“Going to Oklahoma was something I was really excited for because I was ready to see just where I stood against other students in my field of study,” said Nadia Marji, (Sr.- Comm). Pittsburg State swept the competition, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the PR Competition.
“We were well prepared and received multiple compliments on our presentation skills, and the ideas we presented to our peers and the judges,” said Kasey Hockman (Sr.- Comm). “Pitt should be proud of the communication department and the great success we had, no other school was represented in each of the top three spots.”
In addition to the PR Competition, PSU Department of Communication students Jason Manhke (Sr.- Comm), and Rodney Kimlin (Grad Student, MBA), took the top prize in the poster session, which featured the applied academic undergraduate research students engaged in last fall, related to resource and waste management within the City of Pittsburg.
“This competition was a chance for me not only to apply the skills I have been taught inside the classroom, but an opportunity to learn from others and gain firsthand experience,” Kimlin said.
The Pittsburg State students who represented PSU at the OSTCA competition include: Katie Casterline (Sr.- Comm), Daniel Kilby (Sr.- Comm), Thomas Gregory (Sr.- Comm), Nadia Marji, (1st place in PR), Kasey Hockman (2nd place in PR), Jason Mahnke (1st place poster presentation), and Rodney Kimlin (3rd place in the PR, and 1st place in the poster session).
The Department of Communication at Pittsburg State University offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees within a collaborative and collegial environment. Our top-ranked faculty are highly active in their professions and stress the importance of fusing theory with applied skill. Our majors number more than 250 spread across the seven emphasis areas of advertising, broadcasting, communication education, journalism, photojournalism, public relations, and theatre.
The department stresses an integrated and active approach to learning. The activities and programs uniquely available from the department reflect a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective commensurate with the goals of a liberal education for students. For more details on the degree programs in the Department of Communication at Pittsburg State University visit the website: http://www.pittstate.edu/department/communication or feel free to contact the department office at 620-235-4716, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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