Past Contributing Writers, Spring 2008 – Volume II, Issue II

Sandra Allen combines professional experience with her academic credentials as director of Public Relations Studies and full-time faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. As a businesswoman with more than 25 years of experience, Allen has held executive-level positions in the aviation, airline, financial services and electric utility industries.

Allen earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University in California. Allen is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, and is a Silver Anvil award winner. She has authored articles for national trade and communications publications, and academic journals. Read her article The Rigor of PR Writing, from Volume II, Issue II.

Melissa Csuhran, 2007–2008 national president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is a senior at Ohio Northern University. She will graduate with a B.A in public relations and B.S.B.A. in marketing. Csuhran was awarded the Norman S. Fenichel APR Scholarship, the Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award and the National President’s Citation in 2006. Professionally, Csuhran served as the 2007 summer intern at Fleishman-Hillard Cleveland, the external public affairs intern for Cleveland-based KeyCorp and intern with the United Way of Lake County.

At Ohio Northern University, Csuhran worked in Residence Life and the Alumni Office. She served as a resident assistant (RA), communications co-chair for ONU’s Student Senate and vice president of public relations for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She was awarded the Zeta Sigma Spirit Award and Jessica Few Award. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honorary. Csuhran received the 2006 DeBow Freed Award for Outstanding Leadership, given to one male and one female in each class. Read her article Advice from Past PRSSA Presidentsfrom Volume II, Issue II.

 Cecilia Hughes is presently in her fourth year at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is studying communications with a concentration in public relations and has minors in both business and English. Originally from Wilmington, N.C., Hughes transferred from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro last year and, since then, has come to embrace New England.

Currently the public relations intern at an advertising agency in New Haven, Hughes also freelances for a public relations firm and instructs Spinning and CPR at the YMCA of Southeastern Connecticut. Hughes is active in the Public Relations Student Society of America, both at her school and at the national level. She will serve on the 2008-2009 National Committee as the vice president of internships and job services. This summer, Cecilia will intern at Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Hughes enjoys coaching soccer, reading new books, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She can be reached at cecilia.hughes3@gmail.com. Read her article Educate. Mitigate. Communicate. from Volume II, Issue II.

  Aaron McKevitt just graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in public relations and a minor in speech communication. He has experience in media relations, internal communication, event planning and editing. He worked on the Edelman Digital Bootcamp publicity campaign while a student in Dr. Kaye Sweetser’s Public Relations Campaigns class. McKevitt can be reached atmckevitt@uga.edu. Read his article PR and Social Media Colliding in Volume II, Issue II.

  Sabrina McLaughlin, APR, is the director of decisions of Insight Marketing Communications Inc., a full service integrated marketing communications firm serving a wide variety of clients across the country. Her award-winning public relations program development, copywriting and creative direction skills have been recognized on local, regional and national levels. McLaughlin is also an instructor at the University of West Florida in the Communication Arts Department. Read her article PR Meet Advertising; Advertising Meet PR from Volume II, Issue II.

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