Considered by her peers and professors to be “a shining star” in the communications department at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Allie Arp this week received the Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentoring at the national conference of PRSSA in San Francisco.
Allie recently completed her term as President of UNI’s PRSSA, and she led the chapter through a dramatic transformation that included a new constitution and bylaws. Calling Allie an especially effective mentor, Christopher R. Martin, Ph.D., professor and interim head of the Department of Communication Studies, said: “Allie is committed to public relations, and to the ethical practice of it.” He added, “As a junior, she led younger and older students through the chapter’s transformation.” And she did so while maintaining a high GPA, according to associate professor, Adrienne Lamberti, Ph.D.
Classmate Kelby Robb perhaps best sums up the logic of Allie being recognized for the mentorship award: “As President of UNI’s PRSSA chapter, she strived to reach out to every member and is eager to help them in any way she can. Students frequently seek her advice and support, and she gives it willingly. Allie is always there for them and countless students have shared with me their appreciation of her pleasant, encouraging attitude.”
Now in her senior year, Allie has has thrived in several internships over the past three years. She is president of the Golden Key Honor Society and volunteers for UNI Track & Field and the Herbert Hoover Library Association. She’s also quite an athlete, having been on the Buena Vista University Track Team where her speciality was weight and hammer throw.