Published on October 9, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Hannah Jones, Hannah Hutson, Morgan Johnson, Abby Zajac, Elijah Zuspan, and Payton Walters received Samford PRSSA’s third consecutive Star Chapter award Oct. 7.

The Samford University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has earned that organization’s Star Chapter honors for the third consecutive year. Samford was the only chapter in Alabama to receive the honor for 2017.

Fewer than 10 percent of PRSSA chapters nationally qualify for the honor, which requires ethics education, community service, high school outreach and association with sponsoring PRSA chapters.

The 15 students representing the Samford PRSSA chapter received the honor Oct. 7 at the PRSSA 2017 National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

The students were joined in Boston by Samford PRSSA faculty advisor Betsy Emmons and staff advisor Philip Poole.

“I am proud of our student members who are maximizing the value of their involvement in PRSSA,” Emmons said. “The activities and opportunities they participate in each year through their work for PRSSA come back to them  with leadership experience, mentoring and educating others, networking, and creating chances to grow and learn.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance names Samford 34th among private universities for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.