PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

PRSA Announces 2012 Jack Ewan Award Winner


Jun 12


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Julie Yamamoto, APR/VP, Public Relations – PRSA-Portland Metro Chapter
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Jenna Cooper-Gross, APR/President – PRSA-Portland Metro Chapter
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PRSA Announces 2012 Jack Ewan Award Winner

University of Oregon senior unanimously selected as award recipient

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Metro chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), along with the Greater Oregon PRSA chapters and the University of Oregon announced Linda Lam, a University of Oregon senior, as this year’s recipient of the Jack Ewan Award.  Each year, these three organizations come together and select the winner of an award that recognizes both academic and extracurricular achievement as well as potential in a senior student.

This year again, established members of the Portland Metro PRSA chapter, including Tom Unger, APR, of Wells Fargo; Vicky Hastings, APR, of Maxwell PR; Kathy Hubbell, APR, Fellow PRSA of AdScripts; Martha Richmond, APR, of the Port of the Portland; Pat McCormick, APR, of AM:PM PR and Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, of Publix Northwest PR/PA judged the applications and unanimously selected Linda Lam, the 2011-2012 secretary of the UO PRSSA chapter.

Lam was chosen based on the criteria comprising strong academic standing, demonstrated and well-rounded pre-professional involvement, involvement with PRSSA, and her engagement and work toward success in the field of public relations. She managed the UO PRSSA chapter’s website and launched its blog and LinkedIn site, as well as the member email list serve.

In addition to her full-time course load of pursuing a major in journalism and three minors, Lam served as an account executive at the student-run PR agency called Allen Hall Public Relations as well as worked as an intern at Oregon Community Credit Union. After graduation, she plans to move to Seattle to begin an internship with, where, during her interview she pitched the idea of a corporate social responsibility plan with a focus on addressing world hunger.

One judge noted about Lam, “She overcame many obstacles to get to the UO and engendered herself with relevant coursework, good grades and excellent contributions to PRSSA.”

Jack Ewan was a beloved journalism and public relations associate professor at UO’s Allen Hall for more than two decades.  As a member of the faculty from 1964 until his retirement in 1985, Ewan has been credited with building the school’s public relations courses into an accredited major. He founded the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter (PRSSA) at the University of Oregon, the first in the Northwest district. He died in 2009, but created the award 20-plus years before to honor his love of PR.

This year, both chapter boards voted to increase the award. The Portland Metro PRSA chapter congratulates Linda and wishes her the best in her success.

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters located across the country. It serves more than 200 members from Oregon and Southwest Washington with the mission of offering public relations professionals a forum for idea sharing, professional development and networking.

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