Sarab Kohhar and Harold Burson, founding Chairman of Burson-Marsteller.
Congratulations to UF public relations doctoral student Sarabdeep Kochhar for being named the recipient of the 2013 Public Relations Society of America Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations. She received the award at the PRSA Foundation dinner in New York City in April.
The scholarship was created to encourage graduate public relations students to pursue careers in corporate public relations, with the goal of making the public relations function more essential to the successful achievement of corporate goals consistent with the public interest, the precepts of sound business and the needs of key stakeholders.
“Sarab has been my teaching assistant, research assistant, and co-author in conference papers and publications,” said Interim Public Relations Department Chair Juan-Carlos Molleda. “She has been very successful and productive as a doctoral student and I am confident she will be a very attractive candidate for opportunities in the communications and higher education fields.”
The scholarship is named in honor of Chester Burger, one of the pre-eminent leaders in the public relations profession who helped shape the discipline of public relations counseling. He died in 2011.
Kochhar’s research focuses on international public relations, business strategy, and business diplomacy.
“I have presented my work at leading communication and public relations conferences nationally and internationally, written book chapters, and am now co-authoring a book with Public Relations Interim Chair Juan-Carlos Molleda,” said Kohhar. “After I graduate in Spring 2014, I would like to conduct research in the academia and industry.”
Congratulations to the University of Florida’s Bateman team for its honorable mention finish at the Public Relations Student Society of America’s 2013 Bateman Case Study competition.
The team included 2013 public relations graduates Evily Giannopoulos, Alex Curbelo, Kelsey Albina, Claire Miller, and Karla Cobreiro; Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey, APR, PRSA Fellow, faculty adviser; and Craig Dezern, Vice President of Global Communications, Walt Disney World Corporation, professional adviser.
The goals of the 2013 Bateman competition were to increase awareness among children, teens, parents and other key audiences of the serious short- and long-term consequences of youth bullying, and inform these audiences of the steps they can take to help prevent and report bullying.
There were 68 entries this year. Of these submissions, 15 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists.
UF’s entry, “Spot It . . . Stop It!” will continue in the Alachua County School System, Interface Youth Center and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.
UF’s teams have a long history of competing successfully in PRSSA’s Bateman Case Study competition, winning for the first time in 1983. UF also won in 1986, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2011. UF has won more competitions than any other university.
First established as the National Case Study in 1973, and later renamed to honor the late Carroll J. Bateman, APR, the competition challenges teams of students to research, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign.
Congratulations to Steven Gallo who has been selected to compete in the television news category in the 2013 Hearst Journalism Awards Program next month in San Francisco. Steven joins Alex Orlando who was informed earlier this month that he had qualified for the finals in the Hearst writing competition.
Finalists in five categories will gather in San Francisco June 3-7 to compete for additional scholarship awards ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. This is the second year in a row that our College has sent two students to the finals. Last year, Steven won the radio news competition and Jon Silman, JM 2012, took first place in the writing competition.
Steven will graduate this weekend and start in our graduate program this fall. Alex is currently an intern at the Tampa Bay Times.
As I complete my “first 100 days,” I am excited to invite you to a State of the College presentation and discussion on Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Gannett Auditorium. We reserved the larger space so that all faculty and staff, and any interested students, can attend. I will share a vision for the College that has been derived from my conversations with all of you. Although we still have a few more individual meetings to schedule, these conversations have been highly rewarding and serve as the basis for the observations and proposals I will share. I hope you will participate.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Sylvia Chan-Olmsted has been chosen to receive a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship award for the second time in her distinguished career.
Since her arrival at the University of Florida, Dr. Chan-Olmstead has developed an impressive record of distinction in research that is rivaled by few of her peers in the academic community nationally and internationally. Over the course of her career, her scholarship has produced 57 refereed publications, 12 book chapters, one written book, two edited books, and 104 refereed conference papers. Focusing on her scholarship since 2008, she has produced 15 refereed journal publications and 27 refereed conference papers. In addition, her work has appeared in several prominent journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, and the International Journal of Media Management.
The term of her professorship is from 2013-2015 and comes with a $5,000 salary supplement, as well as an allocation of $3,000 to support her research program. Please join us in congratulating Sylvia on this significant accomplishment!
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will hold a four-day Adobe Production Tools Workshop using Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Designed for educators, business professionals and students, the workshops will be held May 6- 9 in Weimer Hall on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.
The Nielsen Company’s Brian Fuhrer, SVP of Product Leadership, National and Cross Platform Television Audience Measurement, paid a visit to Weimer Hall on Monday, April 15. He spoke on the topic, “Video Everywhere: The Revolution is Being Televised, Streamed, and DVR’ed, and Downloaded (and of course it’s on demand).” He discussed the challenges of media measurement today, as well as the technological adaptations The Nielsen Company has made to keep up with the trend of multiplatform video consumption. Fuhrer was quoted in a Time magazine article on a related topic earlier this week: http://techland.time.com/2013/04/15/smile-for-the-camera-how-gadgets-can-better-measure-tv-ratings/ . He was hosted by Dr. Amy Jo Coffey’s graduate telecommunication management class.