Senior Lizzy Nephew has used her experiences as a public relations major in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to raise awareness of homelessness, stage a benefit concert for the Girls’ Rock non-profit and plan popular campus events such as Dawgs After Dark, Homecoming Week and concerts. She still manages to find time to attend plays, art shows and, of course, UGA football games. After graduation, she plans to use her public relations education on programs focused on educating and mentoring children, the leaders of the future.
ABJ in Public Relations, minor in English, New Media Certificate
University highlights, achievements and awards:
I began my career on campus working on the promotions committee for University Union, the student programming board that plans Dawgs After Dark, Homecoming Week, concerts and much more. Later, I joined the executive team, known as the board of governors, as the promotions director and managed the promotions of 41 events on campus. As the vice president of Union, I developed leadership training sessions for the new board of governors. I joined Leadership Resource Team (LRT), an organization devoted to improving the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County by fostering the development of student leaders, to help plan the Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference and to gain experience in public speaking. I am currently a Grady Ambassador who represents the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and interacts with guests and potential donors. As a Grady Ambassador, I collaborated with the fundraising and event chairs to plan the Rock it Out! benefit concert, which raised $1,200 for the Girls’ Rock non-profit organization. I was selected to be on the Social Media Team at the Connect Conference ’09, which focused on gathering innovative thinkers to discuss trends in public relations. At PR Workout 2010, I spoke on a panel that taught student organizations about integrating social media into online promotions and branding. I am currently the editor for the Public Relations Student Society of America’s newsletter, PRecedent. I manage the bi-monthly newsletters by designing layout, assigning articles, editing copy and contributing articles. To gain more experience in public relations, I have worked as the public relations intern for the University of Georgia department of geology, as a public relations intern for Brandware Public Relations and as a student staff worker in the University of Georgia’s Office of Special Events. As the leader of the host. nourish. sustain. student led group, I lead a team of students who are creating awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Athens community. Also, I am honored to be serving as the secretary for the Blue Key Honor Society and to have received the Candice M. Sherman Leadership Award, Center for Leadership and Services’ Student Spotlight Award and to have assisted the Leadership Resource Team in receiving the Student Organization Achievement Recognition for Outstanding Large Campus Event for its work on the Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference.
Brookwood High School
I chose to attend UGA because...
... the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offered every major I wanted to pursue. When it came time to finally choose between my passions, I knew I would be learning from the best professors in a top program. Not only did the academics attract me to UGA, but the option of more than 500 student organizations and the school spirit at UGA made me realize I would easily find my niche.
My favorite things to do on campus are...
... going to plays, art shows, University Union events and football games. I love taking advantage of the activities that Ramsey (the Ramsey Center for Student Activities) offers, such as dodge ball, flag football intramural teams and boxing classes. Walking around, reading and relaxing on campus is always a great break during the day. My favorite spots are North Campus, Founders Memorial Garden, Herty Field and Lake Herrick.
When I have free time, I like...
…to be extremely active and to try new things! I feel like every day should be an adventure, and Athens provides many different ways to expand your mind and body. The Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program provides fantastic trips such as whitewater rafting and caving. When I’m not outdoors trying something new, I love to read, take pottery classes and spend time with my friends.
The craziest thing I've done is...
…Within a three-day period while studying abroad in Australia, I went SCUBA diving and skydiving for the first time in my life. I stepped out of my comfort zone (and out of a plane), extending my body to two extremes. Oddly, SCUBA diving scared me more then skydiving. The craziest part? My tandem instructor’s name was Worm, and he had a peg foot! I still don’t know if he had a skydiving accident. Some things are better left unknown.
My favorite place to study is...
... the north tower in the Miller Learning Center. I always pick a chair by a window so I can study by sunlight and daydream on my breaks. This room is quiet and peaceful, but provides a picture frame that captures the campus’ energy. I’ve spent many days writing papers, reading literature and designing newsletters in this room.
My favorite professor is...
…Dr. Betty Jones, a graphic design professor in the Grady College and the faculty adviser for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She has had an outstanding effect on my college career. After taking an independent study with Dr. Jones, she encouraged me to apply for a position on the PRSSA executive board. With her encouragement and design training, I had the confidence to apply for PRecedent editor. This opportunity has opened many professional doors. Dr. Jones hasn’t just encouraged me in my professional career, but she has opened her home for movie nights and dinners. She has helped me find a family away from my home.
If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with...
... Lance Armstrong, a symbol of hope and encouragement. After his cancer diagnosis, the world was unsure Armstrong could again reach his potential as an athlete. Armstrong proved everyone wrong and has come back to win the Tour de France seven times. He has used his story to bring hope to others through partnering with Nike on the LIVESTRONG campaign, which focuses on taking control of your life and health. I’d love to spend the afternoon with Armstrong because of his motivation to overcome difficulties, live his life to the fullest and bring hope to others.
If I knew I could not fail, I would...
... attempt to eliminate illiteracy in the world. Communication is the basis of careers, education and relationships. Literacy increases quality of life by affecting the ability of people to participate in society.
The one UGA experience I will always remember will be...
...talking to Coach Mark Richt while handing him the mic at Tailgate with the Team, an event that allows students to meet the UGA football team. Not only did I get to meet Coach Richt and mascot Hairy Dawg, but I got over my fear of public speaking by co-hosting the event in front of more than 1,000 people. My heart still beats quickly when I think about it.