PULLMAN – The WSU chapter of The Association for Women in Communications has been named the AWC Outstanding Chapter in the Nation for 2009 for substantially increasing its activities and membership.

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication chapter was selected for the recognition from more than 30 student chapters. It is the 11th national AWC award received by the WSU chapter in the past 10 years.

“Our AWC chapter, under the leadership of student president Stephanie Whorton, added 20 new members and raised more than $1,000 from two fundraisers, including a silent auction on Mom’s Weekend,” said Roberta Kelly, the chapter’s faculty adviser.

Members also produced a spiral-bound cookbook with recipes from student chapter members and Murrow College faculty, staff, and advisory board members.  The chapter sold more than 100 cookbooks in the first month.

AWC student members also made and sold candy roses for Valentine’s Day, hosted guest speakers, held a resume workshop, planned a job shadow, assisted at the Murrow Symposium, and donated t-shirts to the non-profit organization, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse.

By year’s end, the chapter had more than $2,400 in the bank and 34 members.  Whorton graduated in May and is pursuing a career in public relations.
 
“We’re hoping to use some of the money raised to send at least the officers to the AWC centennial celebration and convention,” Kelly said.  The AWC organization began at the University of Washington in 1909.

WSU’s chapter was in 1999 by then-student Heather Corvey, now CEO of Sierra Pacific Crafts in Wilsonville, Ore., who has continued to support the chapter, Kelly said.  The chapter won the Outstanding Chapter award that year also.

The other two student chapters to be recognized in October at the AWC convention are the Oklahoma State University chapter for its outstanding advisory and the Drury University chapter for an outstanding member.