NEW YORK, May 28, 2008 -- Anne Tan, a junior in The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York (CCNY), is the winner of the first Art Stevens CCNY/PRSA-NY Public Relations Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is a gift from Art Stevens, a 1957 CCNY graduate and distinguished leader in the public relations profession and the PRSA-NY (Public Relations Society of America – New York Chapter). The award will be made annually during the Spring semester.
Ms. Tan, who is majoring in media and communication arts with a minor in English, was recognized for her academic excellence and strong desire to pursue a career in public relations. She has a 3.78 G.P.A.
“I chose to major in public relations because the communications field offers something very powerful – a voice which is not readily and overtly available in many other fields,” said Ms. Tan, a resident of Sunnyside, Queens. “The public relations profession offers the means to be successful in reaching out to many people and to ultimately inspire change.”
Professor Lynn Appelbaum, Director of CCNY’s Advertising and Public Relations Program, called Ms. Tan a top class student with all the skills to be a successful public relations practitioner. “Anne’s commitment to the field of public relations is evident through her outstanding performance in the classroom and in public service internships,” Professor Appelbaum said. “Anne’s talent and commitment to the PR profession is emblematic of what aspiring practitioners should strive to attain.”
In thanking Mr. Stevens, Professor Appelbaum said: “Art Stevens’ generous scholarship provides important support for and recognition of outstanding talent. Art is an esteemed City College alumnus and one of the most distinguished successes in public relations today. The MCA Department and, indeed, his alma mater, are proud and deeply appreciative of his generous support.”
About Art Stevens, ’57
A highly respected public relations professional, Art Stevens is currently managing partner of StevensGouldPincus, LLC, an organization that provides merger and management consulting to the communications industry. Before that he co-founded and ran LobsenzStevens, Inc., which was one of the top 20 independent U.S. public relations firms before it was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 1999.
A past president of PRSA-NY, Mr. Stevens is a recipient of both the John Hill Award and Philip Dorf Award for outstanding leadership in guiding and inspiring the careers of young public relations professionals. He is an accredited Fellow of PRSA as well as a former national Board member and officer and a SAGE Counselor of the PRSA Counselors Academy. At his alma mater, Mr. Stevens serves on the board of the Communications Alumni Group. He was elected to its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001 for lifetime achievement. An Emmy Award nominated TV humor commentator, Mr. Stevens authored “The Persuasion Explosion,” and is a humor columnist for the “Sanibel-Captiva Islander” newspaper in Florida.
About The City College of New York
For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.
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