by Geoff Larcom, Published November 18, 2010
Pamela Young, a director of communications for Eastern Michigan University, has received the Public Relations Society of America's Detroit Hall of Fame Award for her longstanding contributions to the profession, the society and the community.
The award is the highest form of recognition the Detroit chapter bestows. Young was honored recently at the organization's annual meeting.
Young, who has worked at Eastern Michigan since 1997, came to the University from the Detroit Medical Center and Hutzel Hospital, where she served as public affairs coordinator for 15 years.
"You can't have a better cheerleader or representative than Pam," said Margaret Blohm, owner of Margaux & Associates, LLC, who presented the award. "She's an amazing lady, a true professional and a dear friend to so many of us here."
Young, a past president of PRSA-Detroit, serves with Blohm as co-chair of the Senior Council for the PRSA Detroit Chapter, and has mentored numerous public relations students at Eastern. Young's contributions to the metro Detroit community include service on Detroit Receiving Hospital's Community Advisory Board, and on the University of Detroit Mercy's Alumni Board for Arts & Education. Her many interests include quilting, skiing, fencing, Civil War reenacting and historical reading.
The Detroit PRSA chapter also posthumously honored Melissa Motschall, an Eastern Michigan professor of public relations who died in January after a long illness. Motschall received the Detroit Hall of Fame Award for her work on behalf of students and the public relations profession.
Like Young, Motschall had received the chapter's Robert Hefty Distinguished Service Award. She served on PRSA-Detroit's board of directors from 2001 to 2007 and as adviser to the Eleanor Wright Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at EMU.
The Detroit Chapter of PRSA was established in 1947 and is the premier organization for Southeast Michigan public relations professionals. The chapter provides educational and career opportunities for nearly 400 local members - from students to seasoned professionals - who represent business and industry, agencies, associations, non-profits and government entities.