CU Fine Art Students Win W.Va. PRSA Awards

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Fine arts students and alumni at Concord University took home five awards and two honorable mentions at the West Virginia Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Crystal Awards Gala. The ceremony was held in Charleston Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

Molly Bates-Farrell, Mark Borromeo and Cassandra Molchanoff, all public relations majors, competed in the competition. Cory Bishop, a graphic design major, and Jesse Stevens, a broadcast journalism major, also presented entries.

The awards were in relation to the “West Virginia Cares for Kids” campaign. The organization, launched this spring, raises awareness to the need for foster and adoptive parents around the state.    WV Cares for Kids won four PRSA Crystal Awards, including best integrated strategic campaign and best research. 

“We are very proud of their skills and the results of their talent and hard work,” Dr. Jennifer Robinette, an instructor at Concord, said in a press release. “[The university] looks forward to being a significant contender at all future Crystal Awards.”


Bates-Farrell, Borromeo and Molchanoff were chosen to plan the campaign in Fall 2014. They worked alongside Bishop and Kevin Bennington, a graphic arts faculty member, to develop the campaign’s award-winning website. Stevens was honored for a public service announcement he created for the campaign.

In addition, Molchanoff won an award for the “There is Help, There is Hope” internal campaign she developed to raise awareness for the Counseling Center at the university. 

The entries for the Crystal Awards were judged at the Houston, Texas, chapter of the PRSA.

You can find out more about the West Virginia Cares for Kids campaign by visiting their site.

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