Gold Anvil, Atlas, Patrick Jackson, Outstanding Educator and Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Award Winners to be Recognized at PRSA 2010 International Conference
NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2010) — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) selected five senior public relations professionals as 2010 recipients of the Society’s prestigious national awards. The awards will be presented at the PRSA 2010 International Conference, Oct. 16-19 in Washington, D.C.
- Gold Anvil — Judith Phair, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, PhairAdvantage Communications. Considered to be the Society’s lifetime achievement award, the Gold Anvil is the Society’s highest individual award and is presented to a public relations practitioner whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession.
- Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations — John Paluszek, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior counsel, Ketchum. This award recognizes a public relations practitioner who has made extraordinary contributions to the practice and profession of public relations on a global scale over the span of his or her career.
- Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA — Ferne Bonomi, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal and owner, Bonomi & Co. Named in honor of the late Patrick Jackson, APR, Fellow PRSA, this award recognizes a PRSA member who has significantly contributed to advancing PRSA nationally and at the Chapter levels, as well as furthered the Society by inspiring fellow practitioners professionally and personally.
- Outstanding Educator — Kirk Hallahan, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, professor, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.This award honors a PRSA member who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public relations education through college or university teaching.
- Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize (sponsored by the PRSA Foundation) – John Felton, APR, Fellow PRSA, president and CEO Emeritus, Institute for Public Relations Research. This award recognizes individual behavioral science researchers whose scholarly work enhances the understanding of the concepts and theories that contribute to the effectiveness of public relations practice.
Award recipients will be recognized during the Conference general sessions. This year’s Conference theme, “Powering Progress,” recognizes public relations’ role as a driver of business outcomes central to organizational progress, as well as captures the essence of Washington, D.C., as the seat of power and progress for our nation and the world.