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PRSA President/CEO Visits Scripps-Howard Students

HAMPTON, Va. (March 26, 2018) – Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students met one of the leaders in their future industry -- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) President and CEO Dr. Joseph Truncale – during his visit here March 26.

Scripps Howard Dean DaVida Plummer was grateful to have one of the top professionals in the public relations field take the time to share his experiences with students.

“To have someone of his caliber visit us and spend time with our students is so meaningful,” Plummer said. “The insights and personal experiences he gave to us were invaluable.”

Truncale was given a tour of the campus as well as a look into the curriculum, classrooms, studios and student media labs at Scripps Howard, which has a student chapter of PRSA (PRSSA) as well. He was impressed with what he saw.

“Hampton University is a truly dynamic institution. The history is incredible, and the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is a major show piece,” Truncale said. “I was so very impressed with the facility, the faculty and staff, courses of study, and mostly with the PRSSA students (see photo, upper right) who participated in my tour. With Felicia Blow serving on our Board of Directors, I am 100 percent confident that PRSA and Hampton University will continue a long-lasting partner relationship.”

The visit, arranged by Hampton University Associate Vice President for Development Felicia Blow, gave students the opportunity to show off their school and learn from one of the leaders in the field.

“It means so much to have someone of Dr. Truncale’s caliber to visit our campus,” said Blow, who is Senior Counsel and National Board Liaison to PRSA’s National Board of Directors and a Hampton University alumna (’88). “The students learned a lot from him, and in return, they showed him that Scripps Howard is on the cutting edge of learning environments. As a member of the PRSA national Board of Directors and a graduate of Hampton, I was so incredibly proud of my ‘Home By the Sea’!”