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Dec. 14, 2005
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EMU professor receives Detroit public relations honor

YPSILANTI - - Eastern Michigan University’s Melissa Motschall, Ph.D., APR, was honored recently with the 2005 Robert Hefty Distinguished Service Award by the Detroit Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Motschall, of Grosse Pointe Farms, was cited for her outstanding work as an adviser, educator and trainer in the public relations field. The award, named after the late Robert Hefty, a long-time PRSA-Detroit board member and senior public relations executive, recognizes outstanding service to the chapter and excellence in public relations.

Currently a professor of public relations at Eastern Michigan, Motschall has taught EMU’s undergraduate and graduate level courses in public relations and professional writing since 1995.  She also works closely with young professionals and is the adviser to the Eleanor Wright Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at EMU. 

In addition to her work with students, Motschall assists corporate, small business and non-profit organizations with media communications and proposal development.

Prior to joining EMU, Motschall served as communications director for the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. She also worked for Northwestern University in Chicago and various other schools in metro Detroit, training members of their police program on media relations, public speaking and professional writing.

She has been a member of the PRSA Detroit board of directors since 2001 and has been instrumental in the advancement of such programs as Detroit’s annual student development conference, the Public Relations Student Association of America (PRSSA) Detroit Protégé Program and the Detroit Scholarship Committee.

Motschall earned her bachelor’s degree in 1983, a master’s degree in 1985 and her doctorate in communications in 1995, all from Wayne State University.  She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.


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