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PR graduate is Student of the Year

Green, third from right, with PRSSA members.

Kristina Green can now add “Student of the Year” to her repertoire of awards and achievements from Grand Valley and the West Michigan community.

Green, who received her degree in advertising and public relations in spring of 2012, was named “Student of the Year” by the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America. The award is given to one student who represents the best in public relations and contributes to the profession on campus.  

Green was nominated for the award for her work with the Grand Valley Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, where she served as vice president of public relations and an account executive for the student-run public relations firm Grand PR. After graduation, Green began a social media internship at Quicken Loans in Detroit.

Adrienne Wallace, adjunct professor at Grand Valley, nominated Green for the award because of her hard work and innovation. “I’ve been watching Green for some time now,” she said. “She has set up a statewide Twitter chat for all Michigan public relations students, raised funds for the chapter, and helped with a PRSSA regional conference. She’s always conducted herself in a professional way.”

Green was the social media intern for Career Services at Grand Valley during her senior year, where she developed a successful social media plan that increased the office’s presence online. “We’ve been able to see Kristina grow professionally over the past few years while she’s worked in our office,” said Troy Farley, director of Career Services. “The social media initiatives she implemented brought a whole new customer base to our office.”

The opportunity to get involved on campus was Green's favorite part about her experience at Grand Valley. “Working with PRSSA and Career Services helped me find my passion and allowed me to grow into a young professional who’s ready to tackle the real world,” she said.

Green was named Top Account Associate at Grand PR in 2010 and 2012, was the recipient of Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Nonprofit Support awards from Grand PR, and was a recipient of an “I Am Grand Valley” award in 2010 and 2011. Green also served as Field Organizer for Jocelyn Bensen’s election campaign for Michigan Secretary of State.

by Leah Twilley

This story was filed with the tags: Awards, Careers, Communications, Student Organizations, Undergraduate Alumni