FDU Students Make Finals in Postal Service Public Relations Contest

Five Students to Compete for Top Prize on May 15

Madison, NJ (May 1, 2006) – Five senior communication majors at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham are among the finalists in a contest to develop the best public relations campaign for the Postal Service’s “P.R. Professional Experience Contest.” Michael Sinatra of Newton, NJ; Kelly David of Howell, NJ; Sameer Khan of Allentown, NJ; Dina Deleasa of Denville, NJ; and Danielle Ferrante of Bernardsville, NJ, make up FDU’s team that succeeded in the preliminary rounds to participate in the contest finals on May 15, 2006, in New York City.

The FDU team will compete against teams from NYU, Montclair State University, SUNY New Paltz, Dowling and Quinnipiac University. Teams will present their campaigns to a panel of seasoned public relations professionals for a chance to win over $2,500 in prizes, including a trip to anywhere JetBlue Airways flies and a Microsoft Xbox 360. The Grand Prize-winning team will also get the chance to have their campaign featured in a future Postal Service public relations promotion.

The “P.R. Professional Experience Contest” gives college students an opportunity to gain real-world experience and develop work samples for their portfolios. Sponsored by the Postal Service, the contest is also a way to discover innovative ideas to promote the online products NetPost® (www.usps.com/ netpost), Click-N-Ship® (www.usps.com/clicknship) and Direct Mail (www.usps.com/directmail) to the 18-30 year-old demographic.

“The Postal Service is thrilled to have such prestigious schools participate in the P.R. Professional Experience,” says Monica Hand, manager of public affairs and communications for the Postal Service. “This challenge will really determine who the P.R. superstars of tomorrow are. We look forward to seeing all of the creative ideas that these teams present.”

For more information about the contest, visit www.usps.com/ communications/prpe.

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Mariellen Brown

Office of Public Relations
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