Student National Finalist for PR Honor!
Pictured above is ASU's Juana Blackwell.
ASU Undergrad is Finalist for PR News' Student of the Year National Award
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASUAn Alabama State University student has been selected as a finalist for PR News magazine's 2022 Social Impact Historically Black College or University (HBCU) Student of the Year Award. PR News is a nationwide industry standard in the field of public relations and communications. ASU's Juana Blackwell is in competition with students from both Morgan State and Howard University. The winner among the three national finalists will be named on April 20 at a ceremony held in-person at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, Va.
"It is a great honor to me personally to have made it to the finals of an award that is given in the profession which I have chosen to be my lifelong career," Blackwell said. "I am shocked, excited and proud that our University has a student selected to compete among the final three from HBCU students within the entire country."
PR MAGAZINE EXTOLS ASU FINALISTBlackwell, an ASU senior, majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations (PR), was named a finalist for the magazine's HBCU honor by a panel of industry experts, explained PR News' Jessica Dombrowski, associate director of Marketing.
"PR News has declared Blackwell's entry to be bold, innovative, and deserving of industry-wide recognition for helping to usher in a diverse, equitable future. Congratulations to her on this huge accomplishment," Dombrowski stated.
PROFESSOR BELIEVES BLACKWELL IS COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE
Blackwell's teacher and mentor, Dr. L. Simone Byrd, a professor of Public Relations in ASU's Department of Communications, is a staunch supporter of her student.
"I believe Juana was selected for her unwavering commitment to academic excellence and her leadership qualities. Furthermore, she has an outstanding record of community involvement at ASU, as well as lending her talents to volunteer and professional organizations while holding a high grade point average," Byrd said.
ASU'S ACADEMIC STRENGTH AND FOCUS HELPS UPLIFT STUDENTSByrd believes that Blackwell's honor reflects directly on the University’s mission of fostering academic excellence, as well as mentoring its students.
"I believe that Juana making it to the finals for this prestigious award highlights and promotes her, as well as the strength and legacy of ASU's Department of Communications," stated Byrd, herself a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.
STUDENT FINALIST GIVES ASU A 'SHOUT-OUT'ASU's Blackwell, a native of San Bernardino, Ca., believes that the University has prepared her for this award and her future career in PR, which begins after her graduation in May with a position awaiting her with Wells Fargo in Charlotte, N.C.
"Without a doubt, ASU has prepared me for my future due to its amazing Department of Communications with its many cutting-edge professors, which has as one of my personal favorites, Dr. Byrd," Blackwell said. "ASU has been very supportive of me and I cannot show it enough gratitude, just like I can't thank Dr. Byrd enough for recognizing and nurturing me as a scholar and as a person."
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.