By Kristen Kaczynski
A group of four Loyola University Chicago students studying advertising and public relations won the Ebeling PR-ize award Monday evening at the 8th annual Advertising and Public Relations Reception in Kasbeer Hall, at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.
The winners included Julia Watts, Bridgid Danahy, Michelle Cammenga and Hector Gonzalez, all who worked on a project with Art Therapy Connection.
The Ebeling PR-ize award recipients were awarded a $2,000 scholarship split between the four students, as well as written recommendations by Chuck Ebeling.
This reception celebrated the hard work and dedication of talented Loyola students within the advertising and public relations major who were enrolled in the Public Service Communication course throughout the spring semester.
One of the event directors described the importance of the reception.
“This is a great event to celebrate all of our students who put a lot of time and effort in perfecting their projects, as well as honoring the best group collaboration which will be determined by a panel of judges,” said Alexis Zanfis, 22, a senior advertising and public relations major.
Associate Professor, Kay Felkins, Ph.D. introduced the event.
“All of the students here today should be proud of all the work they have done as they each have completed over 2,500 hours of community service by working on their campaign projects,” Felkins said.
A student described her experience working on her project over the course of the semester.
“My group did a project on Chicago Shares, which is a non-profit organization. It was a long and sometimes stressful process to complete, but it was also a very rewarding experience and I’m definitely proud of our finished product,” said Natalie Foster, 21, a junior advertising and public relations major.
Chuck Ebeling announced the winners and congratulated each of the students.
“People are watching and learning from everything you students do. All of you did great work, giving us hope for the future in all you have to offer. We appreciate your efforts and applaud your hard work,” Ebeling said.