Chapter member Julie Armstrong, APR, a visiting assistant professor of communications at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, recently passed PRSA’s APR examination and is now an accredited member of the Society. She joins 22 other Pikes Peak Chapter members who have earned their APRs.
Julie, who resides in Colorado Springs, has been teaching at St. Edwards University for more than a year. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter there. During the 2017 Spring semester, she was selected as one of two faculty members to journey to Angers, France, to teach at the Université catholique de l’Quest for the St. Edwards Study Abroad Program. While there, she will teach Global Health Communication, Presentational Speaking and Introduction to Communications.
Prior to moving to Austin, Julie was a visiting assistant professor of mass communications for three years at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Before becoming a professor, she spent 25 years in healthcare marketing communications for hospital systems in Texas, Louisiana and Colorado. She served as director of marketing communications for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services here for the final 10 years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in communications from Trinity University, also in San Antonio.
Accreditation is the mark of distinction for public relations practitioners who have demonstrated their commitment to the profession and its ethical practice. It also certifies that Julie has demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to effectively practice PR in today’s competitive environment.
PRSA members interested in accreditation should contact the chapter accreditation chair, Fred Morgan, APR, Fellow PRSA, at 488-8352 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be offering a six-week APR workshop for serious candidates in March.