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Grady alumna recognized as finalist for PR News’ PR Professional of the Year

Jenna Thomas, director of digital public relations and social media marketing at Nebo, was recently selected as a finalist in the Agency PR Professional of the Year category at the 2014 PR News PR People Awards. Other finalists include esteemed executive vice presidents, presidents and owners from top tier agencies across the nation.

Thomas graduated from UGA’s Grady College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in telecommunication arts. Since then, she has successfully spearheaded countless initiatives for locally based companies thanks in part to her passion and leadership.

Winners will be announced at the PR People Awards Luncheon on Dec. 9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The ceremony celebrates the individuals who set benchmarks of excellence in public relations, recognizing the top innovators and PR leaders from agencies, corporations and nonprofits. PR News hosts elite award programs throughout the year, but the PR People Awards is the time for industry individuals to stand out for their outstanding contributions in the last year.

Under Thomas’ leadership, Nebo’s Digital Public Relations and Social team has generated millions of impressions, thousands of earned placements and countless positive brand mentions. In Nebo’s Choose ATL campaign, Thomas helped form a taskforce of influencers from Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Turner Broadcasting as well as local politicians and more to provide donations of time, talent and resources. 

Grady grads among authors to be featured at UGA Alumni Night at the Bookstore

Several graduates of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication are among the list of UGA authors who will be available for photos and to sign their books at the 2014 Alumni Night at the Bookstore. The special event takes place Nov. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The following Grady College alumni authors are scheduled to attend:

  1. Bridgette Burton (AB '11, ABJ '11) - "The 365 Project: The Year of Getting Back to Me"
  2. Carrol Dadisman (ABJ '62) - "Dear Old U-G-A"
  3. Lakeshia Poole (AB '05, ABJ '05) - "Don't Let Me Fall"
  4. Loran Smith (ABJ '62) - "Spread Formation"

Grady College is proud to highlight its many alumni who have published work. To discover more Grady College alumni authors, visit our Alumni Authors Pinterest board. If you are an author and would like your book included on the board, email Diane Murray at murrayd@uga.edu.

Alumni Night at the Bookstore also will be a great time to take advantage of a 20 percent discount on purchases, including Grady College Centennial merchandise. T-shirts, mugs and ball caps with the Centennial logo will be available as well as sweatshirts with the new Grady College script logo.

The evening will also feature free food, beverages, music and visits from Hairy Dawg and Uga IX. Registration for the Alumni Night at the Bookstore is required.