The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications has again called on the Portland Metro PRSA and Greater Oregon PRSA chapters to select the 2014 recipient for the Jack Ewan Scholarship Award. The award recognizes both academic and extracurricular achievement as well as potential in a senior student.
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 twenty-plus years before, the award was created to honor his love of PR.
Seasoned PR pros and members of the Portland Metro PRSA chapter, including Kathy Hubbell, APR, Fellow PRSA of Adscripts; Timm Locke of Pipeline Marketing; Martha Richmond, APR, of the Port of the Portland; Pat McCormick of AM PM PR and Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA, of Publix Northwest PR- PA judged the scholarship applications and unanimously selected Callie Gisler, 2013-2014 president of UO’s PRSSA chapter.
The judges had several positive observations in their unanimous selection of Gisler, with one sharing “I think this is a well-rounded new professional who will go far in her chosen field.” Another judge noted, “She has taken very relevant course work and obtained good grades; she’s very clear on her contributions to PRSSA, which were significant; and she had an amazing internship and paid work experience through her college, even into post-graduation. She’s clearly a driven individual already well on the road to a great PR career!”
A third judge summed up Gisler’s go-forward attitude well, “She has done well academically. She’s been a leader in PRSSA, has had good pre-professional work, and did pro-bono work for the Cinema Studies program. And, she’s already got employment in the field upon graduation!”
Gisler 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 became heavily involved in the UO PRSSA chapter through leadership as Public Relations Director, having spearheaded production of UO PRSSA’s remodeled newsletter, ImPress, which garnered an award for its overall style and content, while managing the chapter’s digital presence.
During her UO PRSSA work, she found time for a full load of course work, four internships, and two professional positions, including work at a Eugene-based public relations agency. Her internships included work with an agency, a nonprofit, a retailer and a communications consultancy. She also served as an account supervisor at the UO J School’s in-house PR agency, Allen Hall Public Relations.
After graduation, Gisler has accepted a full-time internship with a Vancouver, Wash.-based PR agency. And she already has plans to join Portland’s PRSA chapter.
Both chapters annually contribute the financial resources to fund the scholarship award to foster new, emerging professionals and to help them succeed as they embark on new career plans. The Portland Metro PRSA chapter congratulates Callie and wishes her the best for her success.
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