Gonders Appointed to PRSA Educational Affairs Committee

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 25, 2008 — Dr. Susan Gonders, professor of mass communication at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed to a second term on the Educational Affairs Committee of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

She will serve with Judith Bogart of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985 PRSA national president, as global co-chair of Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR).

Appointments to the Educational Affairs Committee were recently announced by Jeff Julin, chief executive officer of PRSA and president of MGA Communications in Denver, Colo. PRSA is the world’s largest public relations organization with 109 professional chapters, 291 college chapters, and 32,000 professional and student members.

Dr. Judy VanSlyke Turk, director of the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University, chairs the 2008 Educational Affairs Committee, which includes six professional practitioners and eight university educators.

In addition to Bogart, practitioner members include two other past national presidents of PRSA – 1973 President Betsy Plank, Edelman Worldwide Public Relations (retired), Chicago, Ill., and 1989 President John Paluszek, Ketchum Public Relations senior counsel, New York and Washington, D.C. Also serving on the committee are Michelle Cometa, Information & Technology Services for the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology; Heather Cunningham, William Mills Agency, Atlanta, Ga.; and Travis Parman, Chevrolet Product Communications Manager for General Motors, Detroit, Mich.

In addition to VanSlyke Turk and Gonders, educator members are Barbara DeSanto, Washburn (Kan.) University; Steve Iseman, Ohio Northern University; Dean Kruckeberg, University of Northern Iowa; Diana Knott Martinelli, University of West Virginia; Robert “Pritch” Pritchard, Ball State (Ind.) University; and Laurie Wilson, Brigham Young (Utah) University.