State public relations association recognizes local chapter for work with college students

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The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recognized its Volusia/Flagler chapter last week for outstanding accomplishments at its annual conference in Orlando.

Left to right: Chris Gent, Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) president; Stefany Strong, FPRA Volusia-Flagler Chapter president; and Tyler Stover, FPRA Volusia-Flagler Chapter president-elect. (JOE GALLAGHER/GERLINDE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Left to right: Chris Gent, Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) president; Stefany Strong, FPRA Volusia-Flagler Chapter president; and Tyler Stover, FPRA Volusia-Flagler Chapter president-elect.
(JOE GALLAGHER/GERLINDE PHOTOGRAPHY)

The local chapter received the President’s Award for Student Development, recognizing its creative internship program for college students majoring in public relations.

Students from Bethune-Cookman University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Massachusetts have successfully participated in the   program hosted by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County.

Hands-on learning
Strong, who also serves as the FPRA Volusia/Flagler chapter president, said the internship program is comprehensive, with students learning how to craft news releases, produce video scripts, conduct media interviews and plan special events while promoting the value of public health in the local community.

“Along with learning public health communications, students have the opportunity to work directly with our chapter members who represent the top public relations professionals in Volusia County,” Strong said.

Volusia/Flagler chapter’s student liaison Tangela Boyd coordinated an effort that raised nearly $1,000 to be used toward college student development. She also is working directly with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to create a student chapter on campus.

Currently, the only institution of higher learning with an FPRA student chapter in Volusia County is Bethune-Cookman.

FPRA’s Volusia/Flagler Chapter gears it monthly programs toward professional development for students and has enhanced its member directory to include a special section called PR Tips for College Students.

For more information, visit www.fpravf.org or www.facebook.com/fpravolusiaflagler.

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