OU’s Young a winner

Nerissa Young and her SPJ students staged a well-run, high-impact regional conference in Athens, Ohio, in March 2015.

Nerissa Young and her SPJ students staged a well-run, high-impact regional conference in Athens, Ohio, in March 2015.

Region 4 continued to wrack up honors this week, as the SPJ national office released news of members who will be honored at EIJ15 in September.

The latest honoree: Nerissa Young, adviser to the SPJ chapter at Ohio University in Athens, as the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award recipient.

The award, launched in 1978, is presented annually to a campus adviser who “has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves.”

In her nomination letter, former OU chapter president Kate Hiller said Young is devoted to SPJ and is always available to help her students. For example, she drove six students to Nashville last year for Excellence in Journalism 2014, so they could participate in the annual convention. The Ohio University SPJ chapter holds the title of National Campus Chapter of the Year for 2014.

“Ms. Young is one of the most dedicated professionals I have ever met,” Hiller said. “She works hard every day to make our chapter, the students in her classes and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism the best it can be. She has been a very involved member of SPJ since 1991, and has led the chapters she has been involved with to win national awards for the organization.”

(Personal note: I’ve known Nerissa a good number of years now. She is endlessly devoted to her students, her institition, SPJ and her family. She is also the ultimate go-to girl. If Nerissa says she’ll get something done, she will — efficiently and expertly. Congrats, friend.)


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