Boston University Graduate Wins The Gerald Powers Public Relations Award

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(Boston) — Boston University announced today that College of Communication (COM) graduate Scott Wintner will receive the 2005 Gerald Powers Public Relations Award, given to a graduating senior who has done outstanding work in the field of public relations. The prize is granted each spring at the discretion of the dean and faculty.

The Gerald Powers Public Relations Award was established in 1999 as a tribute to Professor Emeritus Gerry Powers, a COM faculty member since 1964. Wintner will receive the award on May 19 at a special dinner hosted by Professor Powers and COM.

Wintner is also the winner of a 2005 COM Blue Chip Award, presented each year to outstanding seniors from each of the COM’s three departments. Students are chosen based on demonstrated leadership, academic excellence, and dedication to the College.

Wintner was president of the COM student assembly and coordinated the College’s summer institute in television, film, and audio production. Originally from Pepper Pike, Ohio, he currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

The public relations program at COM is the oldest in the United States. Students completing studies in public relations receive a bachelor of science in communication, which prepares them for careers in public relations and other communication-based organizations.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Boston University, with more than 29,000 students enrolled in its 17 schools and colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent university.