One of our bragging points is our co-curricular program, the center of which is our nationally-recognized chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, PRSSA. The Belmont Chapter of PRSA was chartered in July 2005 and received its first national award in 2006. Since that year we have attended each national PRSSA Conference and brought home national chapter and student awards in categories such as Chapter Development, Ethics Advocacy, and Star Chapter Award, based on 10 different criteria. This is impressive, considering we are competing against 300 or so other larger, more established chapters throughout the United States.
We sent one student to the PRSSA National Conference in Salt Lake City, in 2006
- Eight students to the National Conference in Philadelphia in 2007
- Two students to the National Conference in Detroit in 2008
- Two students to the National Conference in San Diego in 2009
- Four students to the National Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and
- 12 students to the National Conference in Orlando in 2011
In mid October 2012 Belmont will send 11 students to the PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco. We expect the chapter there to receive its fourth Star Chapter Award as well as the award for hosting the outstanding (out of 10) PRSSA Regional Conference in 2012. This award will recognize attendance by 125 students from 14 different chapters, and speakers from HGTV, Dallas Cowboys, Bonnaroo, IBM, Cracker Barrel, and Cision. Our public relations majors and minors continue the tradition of excellent student leadership evident in our program since its first establishment.