Veterans Organizations Speak Out in LU Public Relations Professionals Series

Lamar University

Public Relations practitioners representing two nonprofit veterans organizations will be featured in the second of the three-session Fourth Annual Spring Public Relations Professionals Series on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Paralyzed Veterans of America regional representative Franklynn Ellis and Lone Star Veterans Association Communications Director Brian Wilson will address returning vets’ issues and handling PR for their respective nonprofit organizations—two of the 48 organizations that serve veterans here in Texas. 

The award-winning Westbrook High School Color Guard will open the series event at 5:30 p.m. following an invocation by the Reverend Cheryl Black-Fitzpatrick.  All guests will then have the opportunity to join in a recitation of our pledge of allegiance. 

The series is free and open to the public.  Guests in the series will present from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 103 (the theater) of the Communication Building, across from the post office and police station on the Lamar University campus in Beaumont.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in what two Texas vet organizations’ public relations professionals do to meet the needs of veterans and inform the public about those needs,” according to Dr. Paul Hemenway, professor of Communication, and host of the series.  “Guests have the chance to learn about PR practitioners backgrounds, the demands they face, and the issues they confront daily, as well as the extraordinary needs of soldiers coming home.”

Dr. Hemenway began this series in 2006 as part of his COMM 2362—Introduction to Public Relations class.  The class is the first of five in a new Dept. of Communication sequence that provides undergraduate education in public relations.

For more information on the PR Pros Series or undergraduate studies in PR at LU, contact Dr. Hemenway at 409-880-7980 or paul [dot] hemenway [at] lamar [dot] edu