With the world gripped by the H1N1 flu virus last spring, San Diego State was thrown into the middle of it when it was learned that a student had tested “probable” for the virus. Probable later turned to confirmed and it was up to the university’s media team to effectively communicate what was going on to its many audiences.
Last night at the Public Relations Society of America San Diego Chapter’s annual awards dinner, we were recognized for our work in “Crisis Communication” for our response to this issue. The dinner was attended by hundreds of public relations professionals, from the newest of pros to the “legends” of the industry. And as the chapter celebrated its 50th year in San Diego it was amazing to look around the venue and realize that a great majority of those in attendance had received their training right here at SDSU, including several members of the university’s media team being honored.
PRSA created a fascinating video, talking about the history of the industry in San Diego. Not surprising, SDSU has a prominent role in the video, with PR/SDSU legend Dr. Glenn Broom talking about SDSU’s contributions to the public relations industry in San Diego.
It was a great night and made me even more proud (as though that’s possible, right?) to be an Aztec!