PRSA NJ Spring Newsletter

New Jersey Universities Collaborate on Public Relations Education

Kathleen Rennie Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior Faculty Associate of Communication, Seton Hall University

Senior public relations students have a new way to stand out among the competition – a Certificate in Principles of Public Relations. Introduced by the University Accreditation Board in December 2013, the certificate can be pursued by public relations students within six months of graduation (before or after).

The ensure that New Jersey students were prepared for the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations test, faculty members from Monmouth and Seton Hall universities collaborated to prepare and present a five-week prep course for candidates (completion of which is a requirement for candidates), welcoming public relations students from all New Jersey universities with PRSSA chapters.

“The fact that 12 students from two universities are spending five Saturdays with us to prepare for this test shows their dedication to the profession and their diligence about preparing for their future,” said Kristine Simoes, APR, Specialist Professor of Public Relations and President of PRSA NJ. “It speaks volumes about the bright future of public relations in this state.”

“New Jersey is a great place to study and practice public relations,” said Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA. “The preparedness of these students and the collaboration among public relations educators and professionals from two universities is proof of this.”
In addition to Simoes and Rennie, New Jersey’s certificate class faculty include Mary Harris, Specialist Professor of Public Relations and PRSSA co-advisor at Monmouth University, and Angela Chitkara, Seton Hall Faculty Associate and Founder of US-India Corridor.

The students in the class from Seton Hall University are: Elicia Buonocore, Elisandra Colon, Jennifer Crowe, Ashley Duval, Jessica Fahy, Christopher Gracia, Gloryeanne Lindenmuth, Brecken Swanberg, and Angela Yee.  From Monmouth University:  Killian Ferdine, Jessica Rinaldi and Brittany Bogdan.

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