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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT RECEIVES 2004 CODISPOTI GRANT

October 19, 2004

NEW YORK (October 18, 2004) - The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSA) Technology Section is proud to announce that Alicia Pimental is the 2004 recipient of the PRSA Technology Section Codispoti Grant. A sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C., Alicia serves as the president of the AU Chapter of PRSSA, one of the youngest students ever to hold this position. She has also served as the Chapter webmaster since her freshman year. “The education and advancement of young public relations practitioners, particularly in undergraduate education, is imperative to the future enhancement of the profession,” said Heather D. Carle, chair of the PRSA Technology Section. “Our Codispoti Grant program helps contribute in this regard by rewarding those who excel in undergraduate education and who present a desire to impact the field of high technology public relations. As such, we are pleased to present this award to Alicia.” Alicia has become well known to the public communications faculty and professors throughout the AU School of Communication. Her many contributions include helping to develop a section of the school’s Web site to answer the questions of prospective students about the school and the majors offered. The grant, named in honor of Joseph Codispoti, awards the recipient a free registration to the PRSSA National Conference and an invitation to attend the Technology Section-sponsored professional development session at the PRSA International Conference. Codispoti, a long-time member of the PRSA Technology Section leadership, played a key role in starting the Section’s student grant program. The Codispoti Grant is open to PRSSA members who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in high-tech public relations. To be eligible, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation and an essay detailing their interest in high-tech public relations. More than 100 PRSSA students have been awarded the Codispoti Grant since its inception in 1993. The grant was renamed in honor of Mr. Codispoti in 1996. For more information on the PRSA Technology Section Codispoti Grant, visit www.tech.prsa.org. About the PRSA Technology Section PRSA’s Technology Section, established in 1985, serves communications specialists who have interests in a broad spectrum of activities, including promoting an understanding of technology and related issues, developing marketing communications for high-tech products and services, and using the Internet and multimedia tools and techniques as part of public relations strategies and tactics. Among the Section programs and activities are professional development seminars, sponsorship of the annual Excellence in Technology Journalism Awards, a comprehensive Web page and an electronic newsletter. About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) The Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org), based in New York City, is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The Society has more than 28,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into 116 Chapters nationwide, 18 Professional Interest Sections along with Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has 255 Chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States.