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!).
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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