Southeast Student Presented PRSSA Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award

GilsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 17, 2014 – Andrea Gils of Montevideo, Uruguay, a Southeast Missouri State University senior, was awarded the Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference White House Corresponding Awards Ceremony and Dinner Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.

The award, the largest presented by PRSSA, recognizes students for their dedication to the public relations industry, writing skills, demonstrated leadership, practical experience and academic achievement in public relations and overall studies. The award is a $5,000 scholarship presented by PRSSA and Public Relations Society of America Foundation. Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, a global public relations agency, also sponsors this scholarship.

“I hope other public relations students take advantage of joining PRSSA and enjoy their benefits to the fullest,” said Gils. “I am very proud to have brought this award and recognition to Southeast.

“It was an amazing conference experience,” she said, “that would have not been possible without the help of the Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean of Students, and the letters of support by my journalism adviser Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck and our PRSSA professional adviser and my mentor Tressa Robbins of BurrellesLuce.”

Gils said she also received Student Government funding to attend the conference.

“The networking opportunities for members at these conferences is incomparable and can literally be a pivotal turning point in one’s career,” said Gils.

Gils will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication, public relations option and a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, journalism option.

She is the newsletter editor of the St. Louis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), as well as a co-manager of its Twitter account, making her the first student to hold a position in this professional chapter. Gils is also the Office of International Education and Services Public Relations intern.

Last year, Gils served on the PRSSA National’s Diversity and Ethics Subcommittee and was awarded the PRSA Multicultural Diversity Scholarship. She served as The Arrow’s online managing editor last year and Riverfront PR’s firm director in 2012-2013.

“All the experiences I’ve had in this University and its offices are certainly reasons why I think I got this scholarship, so I am very grateful to every department and organization I’ve worked for and work with,” she said.