2012 Grad Credits SUU for Success in Tough Competition

Published: May 14, 2012 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Southern Utah University student, Jay Sorensen, won the ninth annual Public Relations Student of the Year contest, hosted by Richter7, an advertising and public relations agency based out of Salt Lake City, which recognizes one student each year who has shown superior communication and public relations skills, as well as professionalism, and a strong academic background.

Sorensen, a 2012 public relations and political science graduate from SUU, came out victorious after the pool had been narrowed to four finalists, two others from Brigham Young University and one student from the University of Utah. The students were given the assignment to create a hypothetical public relations campaign for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign.

Reflecting on the experience, Sorensen said, “I felt confident I could do well from all the help that I received from professors, peers, and administration.”

Sorensen received criticism and suggestions from classmates and professors several times before the competition.

Sorensen is proud that he won the Public Relations Student of the Year. Along with the award title, Sorensen received a $500 cash prize and an IPad.

During his time at Southern Utah University, Sorensen has been the student director for the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service and the marketing assistant for SUU's University Relations. Sorensen will continue his education at Southern Utah University next year while pursuing a master’s degree in communication.

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