Manship School and Ogden Honors College senior receives three awards at PRSSA National Conference 2015


LSU Manship School and Ogden Honors College senior JoLena Broussard received three awards at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 6 to Nov. 10. The awards included the $5,000 Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award, the $1,500 Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship and the National Gold Key Award.

“I’m very excited for JoLena to have received all of those awards,” Faculty Adviser of ImPRint Communications Hyojung Park said. “It came as no surprise to me. I’ve known her for years, and she has impressed me in many different ways. JoLena is truly passionate about public relations and has excellent communication and leadership skills. She is one of the most dedicated and hardworking students I’ve ever met, and I think she definitely deserves the awards! I’m so proud of her!”  

The $5,000 Silverman Award is for a minority student in their senior year with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who has demonstrated leadership on or off campus and displayed commitment to public relations. The $1,500 Pisinski Memorial Scholarship is for a PRSSA member in their junior or senior year with a minimum 3.3 grade point average. The National Gold Key Award honors the individual’s outstanding leadership and academic achievement in the field of public relations.  

Broussard has maintained an overall 4.0 grade point average throughout her college career. She is a member of the PRSSA at LSU executive board as the director of ImPRint Communications, LSU’s Nationally Affiliated student-run public relations firm. She is also a Manship School of Mass Communication Ambassador, an Association of Black Communicators Member, the 2015-2016 Kickoff LSU Student Recruitment Speaker, and the account service and new business intern at BBR Creative. Broussard also served as one of the three female LSU 2015 Senior Homecoming Court Representatives. “I had no idea I was going to win three national awards,” Broussard exclaimed. “I was so surprised! I felt so honored and humbled to be the recipient of such prestigious awards. Winning the awards assured me I am on the right track to success, and I feel confident I will succeed in the field of public relations. I am just so proud and so thankful to represent LSU, the Manship School and the Ogden Honors College. It was truly a phenomenal experience.”  

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

Broussard attended the PRSSA National Conference with the PRSSA at LSU Chapter that received nine awards, including hers. National conference is a professional development and networking event for students in the public relations field. Over 1,000 students attended from universities nationwide. Of these students, 12 attended LSU.  

Broussard is a native of New Iberia, La. She will graduate in spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and a minor in business administration.