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Chapter Member Earns Top CSU-Pueblo Award

     A member of the Pikes Peak Chapter was honored with a top Colorado State University-Pueblo faculty award April 28. 

     Julie Armstrong, a visiting assistant professor of mass communications/ Center for New Media, received the 2013-14 Students’ Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. The award is presented annually for “outstanding service and transformative leadership to students of CSU-Pueblo.”  The award recognized her “…outstanding service, guidance, advocacy and leadership that has transformed the lives of numerous students at Colorado State University-Pueblo.”

     Julie teaches courses with an integrated communications emphasis, including public relations writing, public relations case problems, advertising writing, advertising strategy, integrated communications campaigns, introduction to integrated communications, healthcare communications and advertising sales lab.  She’s been teaching full time at CSU-Pueblo for the past two years.

     Prior to becoming a professor, Armstrong spent 25 years in healthcare marketing communications in hospital systems in Texas, Louisiana and Colorado. She served as director of marketing communications for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services here for the final10 years. She’s also a small business owner, having owned a Jenny Craig Weight Loss franchise for the past seven 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 in San Antonio.

     Julie says that she was totally surprised when she was announced as the award winner, having not been told in advance that she had been nominated by several students or was a finalist. “This award means the world to me – more than any other award I have received,” she said.

Submitted by Fred Morgan, APR, Fellow PRSA