Public Relations


The public relations program is a collaborative, service learning-focused curriculum that equips students with both practical skills to get jobs as professional communicators, and the strategic theory necessary to turn those into thriving careers helping people and organizations find their voice. Graduates advocate on behalf of businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and public figures in entertainment, politics and sports.  OVERVIEW

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor (19 hours)
  • Program Coordinator: Keli Jacobi









Alma O. Corley Outstanding Student in Public Relations Award 

Dr. Alma O. Corley taught public relations at UCA for over 12 years. She came to UCA to help develop the public relations major. Corley worked in corporate public relations, advertising and marketing for over 20 years.

2022-23            Jordan Gray

2021-22            Riley Neil

2020-21            Jamaal Lockings

2019-20            Jacob Holland

2018-19            Rebecca Bailey

2017-18            Mary Kathryn Whitaker

2016-17            Emilia Barrick

2015-16            Maddie Spickard

2014-15            Winston O. Meyer

2013-14            Lauren A. Goines

2012-13           Marcela Montelongo Soto

Public Relations Student Society of America, University of Central Arkansas Chapter
Member of the Year

2022-23            Kyra Waller

2021-22            Hannah Phillips

2020-21            Shay Box

2019-20            Karen Orozco

2018-19            Lindsey Chaplin

2017-18            Ashlee Tapia

2016-17            Stephanie Higginbotham

2015-16            Rachel Moore

Client’s Choice Award for Best Intro to PR Plan 

2022               Courtney Starlard, Kamren Johnson, Natalie Brewer, Isabelle Horton

2021               Paitin Baker, Eliza Ball, Sarah Lunsford

PR Pro’s Choice Award for outstanding Mock News Conference

2022              Emily Roesch, Drew Koger, Jacey Howerton

2021               Dalton James, Grace Lee, C.J. Parrish, Jayce Burney

Client’s Choice Award for Best Capstone PR Plan 

2022               Morgan Trent

2021               Rylee Bolls, Emily Dye, Megan Franklin, Aurora King