Our programs and events help advance the ethical and effective practice of public relations. Whether you’re a student, an educator or a professional, The Plank Center offers opportunities to get involved.
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An important initiative in furthering our mission of helping bridge the gap between the practice and education is our Fellowship for Educators program that brings practitioners and educators together for two weeks each summer.
Betsy Plank Day is a day to celebrate the late First Lady of public relations. She served as the first female president of the Public Relations Society of America in 1973, and her legacy lives on through the Plank Center’s research and work in advancing the profession and public relations education.
Through this program, leading national public relations practitioners and scholars visit The University of Alabama for a day to meet with public relations students and faculty, teach classes and deliver a formal presentation on a significant issue in the field.
The Plank Center Summits provide a forum for practitioners, educators and students to come together to discuss crucial leadership issues in public relations today.
In support of its leadership mission, the Plank Center conducts a Public Relations Day for public relations students at The University of Alabama.