IABC Atlantic awards student with portfolio prize

    HALIFAX, NS, April 25 /CNW/ - The International Association of Business
Communicators, Atlantic chapter has awarded a student with its annual
portfolio prize. Nova Scotia Community College public relations student Travis
Smith was presented with the award on April 19. The presentation was part of
the annual portfolio night, entitled For Immediate Release, where PR students
showcase their skills to industry and thank those who have mentored them
throughout the academic year.
    "IABC is very pleased to be a partner with the NSCC's PR program," said
Jeff Bishop, IABC Atlantic president and communications advisor with the
Mi'kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum. "The quality of the portfolios
our members judged this year was truly top-notch. So much so that our judges
really had a hard time narrowing it down to a winner," said Bishop, a graduate
of NSCC's PR program.
    "These students came well-prepared to demonstrate to judges, classmates
and prospective employers that they had developed the well-rounded expertise
needed to succeed as communications professionals," said Miriam Murray, senior
director of Communication Services with Communications Nova Scotia and IABC
judge. "Each portfolio and presentation was unique, and students used the
opportunity to highlight their individual strengths and career interests,"
said Murray.
    Smith's prize for winning the competition includes a membership to IABC
for one year as well as a cash award. "It's been a wonderful opportunity to be
able to present myself and my skills to such highly regarded industry
professionals," Smith said. "The PR students at NSCC, once again, clearly
demonstrated an unrivaled aptitude for showcasing their talents," said Peter
Murchland, public affairs manager at Aliant and IABC judge.
    "Employers in this market who are looking for public relations help won't
have to look far. The program at the NSCC is producing a great crop of
graduates," said fellow judge Len Preeper, president of Thinkwell Research.

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For further information:

For further information: Jeff Bishop, IABC Atlantic President, (902)
899-8890, jeff@cmmns.com

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