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Ursuline Professor Laura Hammel Wins PRSA Award for Exceptional Mentorship

March 21, 2013

Associate Professor and Public Relations and Marketing Program Director Laura Hammel, APR, Ph.D., is set to receive Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Great Cleveland Chapter’s Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentors at The Hill Lighthouse Young Awards luncheon Mar. 20.

The Davis Young Award is given to a professional who exceptionally mentors students and young professionals. Still an active PRSA member, Hammel is also the past president of the association. She was the youngest woman president at the time – the year 1995.

Hammel, a Lakewood resident, has taught public relations and marketing to Ursuline undergrad and graduate students since 2004.

“For me, the power of public relations is only as good as my students who pass it along and develop it. They have to approach each public relations activity with integrity. Ethics are woven into everything that I teach.” Hammel said.

“Hammel stands out among Greater Cleveland Chapter members due to her advocacy for students and young professionals in the classroom and beyond. In addition to revising the curriculum at Ursuline College based on business standards presented by local industry experts, Hammel exposes students to a variety of curricular and extra-curricular public relations experiences that guide and shape the way they advance in the profession far beyond the classroom,” Courtney L. Clarke, APR, Chair of the 2013 Hill, Lighthouse, Young Awards, said.

The Hill Lighthouse Young Awards luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Cleveland.

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