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Dean Titsworth announces two major Scripps College student organization contests

Feb 4, 2014

Dean Titsworth announces two major Scripps College student organization contests

Organization of the Year applications, funding proposals due Feb. 28

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 4, 2014)—Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth has announced two major contests open to student organizations within the college. The Student Organization of the Year contest will award at least one $1,000 cash prize, while the funding contest will provide up to $3,000 per academic year to support extraordinary projects and activities within the student organizations. Applications and proposals are due by Friday, Feb. 28.

“Student organizations are vital learning opportunities in the Scripps College,” said Dean Titsworth. “With more than 25 student organizations affiliated with the college, students have multiple opportunities that go far beyond simple involvement. Indeed, these groups provide significant enhancement to traditional classroom learning opportunities because they provide avenues for practicing all aspects of communication. Both current and former students point to student organizations as a critical element of their experience in the Scripps College.”

Each year the Student Organization of the Year contest recognizes and rewards outstanding accomplishments within student organizations. In order to be eligible, the student group must be officially recognized by the Division of Student Affairs, must be directly affiliated with the Scripps College or one of the five academic units within the college, and must have an account number with the university.

At least one $1,000 award will be awarded, with the winning organization(s) to have a lead part in the college’s annual Celebration. This portion of the celebration may include live demonstrations, presentations or multimedia packages prepared by the winning organization(s).­

The 2012-2013 winner of the contest was PRSSA.­

New this year is a separate contest for funding extraordinary projects and activities of student organizations within the college. While all student organizations are responsible for securing resources for their own activities, Dean Titsworth has committed up to $3,000 for the next academic year to support extraordinary projects and activities. Funding for these activities is intended to support innovative ideas and special projects rather than ongoing expenses for the organization. ­

The winners of both contests will be determined with help from communication professionals on the Scripps College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Council, who members were instrumental in the formation of these opportunities for students.­

“The Scripps College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Council has consistently pointed to involvement in student organizations as a critical aspect of their college experience,” Dean Titsworth said. “Their stories, as well as the many stories of other alumni, led the college to recognize that our student organizations are much more than simple resume items—they are essential to the Scripps College experience. In light of that, we wanted to find ways to not only recognize the outstanding work of our student organizations, but to also provide support for innovation and creativity.”­

The winner of the Student Organization of the Year contest will be announced on or before March 10, 2014. At that time, student representatives from each of the winning organizations will work with members of the Scripps Dean’s Office to prepare programming for the Scripps Celebration, to be conducted March 26, 2014, on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens.­

Funding proposals will be evaluated in early March and awards will be announced as part of the Scripps College of Communication Celebration on March 26, 2014.

“I am very excited to have the involvement of the Dean’s Advisory Council in this initiative,” said Dean Titsworth. “Their involvement makes the process, both for the competition and for the call for proposals, very realistic because all submissions will be evaluated by seasoned communication professionals.

More information on the contests and instructions on how to apply follow:

- from staff reports