|(From left to right) Keith Aikens, president of BPRS/Atlanta presents Mark Taylor II, Beacon Award recipient and vice president of the FAMU Chapter of PRSSA, with a check.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mark Taylor II, vice president of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), was recently honored as the 2008 Beacon Award recipient during the Sixth Annual PR Summit hosted by the Black Public Relations Society of Atlanta (BPRS/Atlanta).
“Although I was confident in my accomplishments and what was submitted for the award, I was shocked when they announced me as the recipient,” said Taylor, a senior public relations student from Toledo, Ohio. “I had to work hard. I did my research, wrote and re-edited my submission using what I’ve learned from FAMU and work experience.”
Taylor’s press release on the recent academic achievements and social highlights at FAMU was a key component in his receiving the award. According to Taylor, he wrote the press release so that it would appeal to journalists.
“BPRS/Atlanta was pleased to award Mark the 2008 Beacon Award because of his quality work,” said Keith Aikens, president of BPRS/Atlanta.
According to the BPRS/Atlanta Web site, Taylor will also receive a scholarship that is given annually to an African-American undergraduate student who demonstrates leadership qualities and a commitment to achieving excellence as a future public relations professional. In fact, several panelists at the PR Summit lauded FAMU students for demonstrating professionalism and leadership.
“Mark is a very hard-working student who has a passion for public relations,” said Dr. LaRae Donnellan, professor and former PRSSA faculty advisor.
The BPRS/Atlanta PR Summit is an opportunity for students to network with several middle and senior-level PR professionals through panel discussions, breakout sessions and hands-on workshops. Students also discuss important issues with professionals from the black perspective, like how to make career choices and how to successfully transition from college into the workforce.
About Public Relations Student Society of America
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a national, student-run organization designed to provide professional development to students seeking to engage in public relations and other related careers. Since its establishment on November 9, 1979, the FAMU Chapter of PRSSA has earned an excellent reputation amongst more than 250 chapters across the United States. This reputation has been established through consistent national and local recognition, its dedication toward success, and activities in areas of professional development, community service, and campus events. Charged by its motto, “Upholding a legacy, striking forward, and soaring over new heights,” FAMU PRSSA members strive to be prestigious practitioners who excel in their collegiate and professional careers.
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