Centennial students participate in VOICES 2014

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Centennial students Justin Zimmerman, Nicholas Cahill, Antoinette Sarpong & Chhavi Disawar (photo by Evelyn Shaller-Auslander)

What exactly is a Toronto “State of Mind?”  That was the topic for speakers in the recent public speaking competition, VOICES 2014, organized by students from Seneca College’s Corporate Communications program.  Four students from Centennial’s Corporate Communications & Public Relations program were among the ten participants that included students from Seneca and George Brown College.

The event gave students the opportunity to share their passion for Toronto. Each participant gave a heartfelt speech on what makes the city so great.

The Centennial participants included Chhavi Disawar, Antoinette Sarpong, Nicholas Cahill and Justin Zimmerman.  Their talks ranged from Chhavi’s voyage of discovery from her home in Chandigarh, India to Toronto and Antoinette’s poignant discussion of her relationship with the city;  to Justin’s heartfelt conversation with the city by the lake (while sitting by the lake) and Nicholas challenge to the audience about what kind of Toronto they want to live in.

Congratulations to Seneca’s Meaghan Halloran who won top prize for VOICES 2014. Centennial’s Antoinette won Most Creative presentation.  Thanks to the team from Seneca for an amazing event and for including Centennial College.

To see photos from the VOICES 2014 event, visit their Facebook page gallery.

Student Event: Get Campy!

camp-ooch-picGet ready to get campy! Centennial College Corporate Communications & Public Relations students are hosting a fun and games fundraiser for Camp Oochigeas, Monday March 31, 2014 at the Fox and the Fiddle.

Camp Oochigeas runs specialized programs to boost spirits for childhood cancer patients in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children and at a one-of-a-kind recreational space in downtown Toronto. In 2013, the group marked its 30th anniversary.

Get Campy will feature more than $2,000 in prizes and raffle items including a signed Mats Sundin jersey and Blue Jays tickets. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Fox and Fiddle is located at 535 Danforth Ave. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

For more information follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Follow our event blog at http://getcampyevent.wordpress.com.

CPRS profiles Centennial grad Hannah Sunderani

One year after winning CPRS Toronto‘s prestigious Student of the Year award, Centennial Corporate Communications & Public Relations grad Hannah Sunderani is well on her way to a successful career in public relations. Hannah is currently working in the healthcare practice at Edelman Public Relations.

Click on the photo below to read a recent profile on CPRS Toronto’s blog.

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Student Event: Removing the Mask

A masquerade ball with a message

On Monday, March 24, a group of students from Centennial College’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations program will host an evening of masked mystery, jazz music and dancing at Removing the Mask – A Masquerade Ball with a Message.  The event will raise funds for the Act to End Violence Against Women organization.

removingthemask2Festivities will include a silent auction, raffle draw and keynote speech from Act to End Violence Against Women’s executive director, Penny Krowitz.  Food, beverages and masks will be available in-house for purchase.

Removing the Mask runs from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m on March 24 at Main Event Sports Bar & Grill, 2368 Yonge St.

You can follow the event on Twitter: @RemovingMask1

For more information, please send an email to removingthemask1@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1426170517622078

What a wonderful year it was!

Centennial CC&PR students kick off the Fall 2013 semester!

Centennial CC&PR students kick off the Fall 2013 semester!

It’s hard to believe another semester is almost over! The end of the fall semester also marks the end of the calendar year.  What a year 2013 has been for Centennial Corporate Communications & Public Relations!  We’re so proud of the achievements of our students, graduates and instructors this past year.  We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014!

As we celebrate our achievements in 2013 it’s time to reflect on some of our favourite Centennial PR moments for 2013 (in no particular order!)

Awards!Centennial CC&PR swept the student award category at this year’s Canadian Public Relations Society Toronto Chapter ACE Awards, winning a Gold and two Silvers.   Plus, CC&PR student Hannah Sunderani was named CPRS Toronto Student of the Year.  It was the second time in three years a Centennial student has won the honour.  And to add to our excitement, CC&PR grad Adrian Seeley was named Young PR Professional of the Year (again the second time in three years a Centennial won this award!).

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Program coordinator Barry Waite & instructor Holly Fraser with the “It’s Your Moment” team at the 2013 ACE Awards

The Big Race – Centennial is proud of its collaborative programming and The Big Race was the culmination of Project Fusion, a collaboration project across the School of Communications, Media & Design led by faculty member Donna Lindell.  Public relations students partnered with broadcasting & film students to create a eight part web series that wowed.  Supported by Metrolinx and Civic Action, it connected students to real life issues and provided real life learning!

Members of The Big Race team with Civic Action President Mitzi Hunter

Members of The Big Race team with Civic Action President Mitzi Hunter

Centennial wins The Pitch! – In September Centennial grads faced off against Humber grads in Cision’s The Pitch - a social media competition that took place during Toronto’s Social Media Week.  Both teams had 45 minutes to develop a communications plan for a new product while spectators and judges looked on.   In the end, Centennial emerged on top, with each grad receving a year’s mentorship with one of the four judges.

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Team Centennial pitching!

Student Events – Students from our Story Arts Centre and Pickering campuses orchestrated 20 spectacular special events in the winter and fall semesters, raising more than $20,000 for local charities.  From a skating party in support of the You Can Play project to a Dessert Pawty in support of a local animal shelter and two Movember parties, the events showcased what are students can do.   Scroll through our blog to find out more about many of our events from the past year!

ideacity - We were thrilled to participate in the amazing ideacity conference in June.  More than 30 PR students were on site for the three day conference that brought together some of the smartest people from around the world to reflect on the impact of technology on society. We learned a lot!

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The CC&PR Team at ideacity!

New Bachelor’s Program – Big news for Centennial College and the School of Communications, Media & Design with the approval of our new Bachelor of Public Relations Management.  This four year college degree is the first for the school, and builds on our excellent track record of more than 30 years in public relations education.  What makes this program unique is our partnership with the School of Business; we’re focused on developing future PR professionals that are well prepared to meet the challenges of business and communications in the 21st century.

A world of colours – In September  70 students at our Story Arts Centre participated in an interactive workshop to find their true colours!  Led by Doug Bolger from iLearn2, the team building workshop allowed students to explore their various leadership styles and learn more about working with other “colours”.  It was a fascinating and fun experience to learn who were the oranges, greens, blues and golds!

Some of our Oranges!

Some of our Oranges!

We’ve got great teachers – This fall Centennial CC&PR instructor Holly Fraser won the Board of Governors Award for Distinguished Academic Employee!  Congratulations to Holly – who currently teaches at our Pickering Learning Site – on this prestigious honour from the college.  Plus, for the first time ever three teachers from one program (Centennial CC&PR) were nominated for the George Wicken Award celebrating excellence in teaching.  Teachers are nominated by their students for this award, and we were thrilled to have Donna Lindell, Vivienne McCuaig and Lisa Rebnord recognized for their outstanding work.

These are just some of what we achieved in 2013.  We are looking forward to big things for 2014 and look forward to welcoming new public relations students to our family.  On behalf of the faculty team here at Centennial, we want to wish all our students, graduates and industry partners a safe and happy holiday season.

Visit Centennial PR on Facebook for more news, photos and PR industry information.

Congratulations to our Wicken Award nominees!

Three teachers from Centennial’s Corporate Communications & Public Relations program were nominated for this year’s George Wicken Award for excellence in teaching. It’s the first time there has been three nominations from one program.  The teachers — Donna Lindell, Vivienne McCuaig and Lisa Rebnord — were nominated for the prestigous honour by their students.

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Wicken nominees Vivienne McCuaig, Donna Lindell and Lisa Rebnord.

Lindell, a full-time professor in the program, teaches a range of courses including Introduction to Corporate Communications, Business for Corporate Communicators and Communications Management.  McCuaig teaches PR Writing 1 & 2 along with Media Relations. Rebnord teaches in both the CC&PR and Graphic Design programs at the Story Arts Centre.

The Wicken Awards celebrate the memory and contributions of George Wicken, a Centennial College English professor who died far too young, at the age of 36, in 1984. George was revered for his tireless dedication to students and the teaching profession. The Wicken Awards Dinner has been held annually since 1985 to honour his memory.

Congratulations to our exceptional teachers on this great honour.

Student Event: ChromatiCITY

On Monday December 2, a group of students from Centennial College’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations will host a fun filled event called ChromatiCITY. Dance, drink and win awesome prizes as we raise money for MusiCounts and music education!
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The event will feature performances by MuchMusic sponsored artist JWALK, Big Otter Creek, and DJ Raedar.  There will be great  prizes including signed vinyl records and other merchandise from Grammy-nominated band Dream Theater’s lead singer, James LaBrie.

ChromaticCITY starts at 8 p.m. December 2 at The Hideout, 484 Queen St. West.


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