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Otterbein senior Brian Hammel honored by national PR organization

Otterbein senior Brian Hammel honored by national PR organization


By Jude Burnside ’17 

The national Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) selected Otterbein public relations major Brian Hammel to serve on a national subcommittee that connects PRSSA chapters from across the region. Hammel has also won the Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award scholarship from the PRSA Foundation. Hammel is a senior public relations and communication studies major and serves as Otterbein PRSSA chapter president.

PRSSA is a nationally-recognized organization for students interested in public relations who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. The first-of-its-kind regional ambassador program includes 15 pre-professionals from across the country. Hammel is responsible for communication with the PRSSA Chapters in the extended Pennsylvania region.

“Being a regional ambassador means cultivating connections with chapter presidents I've never met and being a resource for them and their chapter,” Hammel says. “The position requires an in-depth knowledge of PRSSA and the ability to know who to connect a chapter president to when they are struggling.

The Altschul Champions for PRSSA Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate PRSSA student for outstanding academic achievement and success in a public relations internship.

“I’ve been fortunate to have some really robust internship experiences during my time at Otterbein that have shaped what I hope to pursue after graduation,” Hammel said. “It’s an honor to receive an award for an internship that shaped me as a pre-professional.”

Hammel is excited to grow PRSSA chapters by using his connections with the national organization to seek out exciting opportunities for chapters.

“I was really excited to see that national committee implemented this program,” he said. “I love to be able to empower fellow chapter leaders and help them overcome obstacles that are unique to their university.”

Hammel is one of 340 PRSSA chapter presidents across the country. He plans to continue to be involved in the parent Central Ohio Public Relations Society of America upon graduation in spring 2018.