LSU PRSSA receives six Love Purple Live Gold Awards



Baton Rouge, La.— Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at LSU has been awarded six Love Purple Live Gold Awards by LSU’s Campus Life in recognition of the organization’s positive contribution to student life at LSU. The awards were presented at the Love Purple Live Gold Awards ceremony in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Student Union on April 16, 2015.

PRSSA received Most Outstanding Student Organization, Most Outstanding Multicultural/Diversity Program, Most Outstanding Collaborative Program, Commitment to Community Award and two individual awards. This was the largest number of Love Purple Live Gold Awards the chapter has ever received.

“The PRSSA at LSU executive board and members have put so much effort and time into making this year a successful one,” said PRSSA at LSU president De’Andra Roberts. “It feels amazing to know that the hard work everyone put in did not go unnoticed. We’re looking forward to continuing to leave our mark on LSU’s campus.” 

The Most Outstanding Student Organization Award is the highest honor of the Love Purple Live Gold Awards. PRSSA received this honor for its dedication to helping more than 100 members advance and grow within the public relations field. This award recognizes PRSSA for its commitment to community, diversity, professional development and more.

PRSSA at LSU’s diversity committee is the recipient of the Most Outstanding Multicultural/Diversity Program. The committee addressed representation of Black History Month in the media by encouraging participants to share their opinions through a Twitter chat using the hashtag #BHMPRSSA.

The Most Collaborative Program Award was presented to the chapter for its recent Diversity Mixer. This was an event hosted by the diversity committee to encourage and celebrate collaboration among various organizations across campus. 

LSU’s Dean of Students K.C. White presents the Commitment to Community Award to an organization that excels in serving the LSU and Baton Rouge community. PRSSA completes two community service events per month. This year’s activities included collecting food for the Baton Rouge Area Food Bank, creating Halloween cards for children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, playing bingo with the residents of Southside Gardens and more.

“PRSSA at LSU is an energetic, innovative and collaborative group,” said Rob Brown, PRSSA’s faculty advisor. “Individually, each member exhibits a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and integrity — and as a team, they simply can’t be stopped. They can do anything! It’s been a real honor to work with them this year.”

In addition to the group awards, PRSSA at LSU received two individual awards. 

Manship School Ph.D. student Lindsay McClusky received the Graduate Student Leader of the Year award for her dedication to the chapter. “It is an honor to receive this award, and it is particularly meaningful to me because I was nominated by the members of PRSSA,” said McClusky. “I have enjoyed working with this very bright, talented and creative group of students this year and appreciate this recognition.”

Newly elected LSU PRSSA public relations director Darla Nguyen received the Emerging Leader Award. The current executive board nominated Nguyen for her active participation and commitment to the chapter. 

PRSSA at LSU received the Most Outstanding Collaborative Program Award in 2014 and the Most Outstanding Multicultural/Diversity Program in 2013. 

PRSSA at LSU is a pre-professional organization that allows members to network and gain insight from leading professionals around Louisiana. It is one of more than 300 chapters of PRSSA National. For more information about the organization, visit