Twelve Times the Triumph: PRCC Marketing Team Celebrates 12 Awards of Excellence

May 23, 2024

Pearl River Community College’s Marketing & Recruitment Department took home top honors, including four first-place finishes, culminating in twelve total awards at the 2024 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) Conference in Bay St. Louis.  

Kari Eve Valence, Director of Marketing and Recruitment for PRCC, served as President of the CPRAM Board for 2023 –2024 and PRCC hosted the annual conference. 

“I am thrilled to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our team,” said Valence. “Leading such a talented group of creatives, who strive to ensure that the message and quality of what we are producing is of paramount importance, is a dream come true. 

“These accolades are a testament to the exceptional talent we have within this team, who work cohesively together to deliver Pearl River’s message. Their relentless hard work and dedication to excellence have established them as one of the premier marketing departments in Mississippi, and it is a true privilege to lead such a gifted group.” 

PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood served as the keynote speaker, sharing his experience as a first-generation college student up to his tenure in the presidency. Included in his presentation was the establishment and growth of a culture centered around the mindset that the students, faculty, and staff at PRCC purposefully live their lives the Wildcat Way  with Pride, Respect, Class, and Character.  

Five women stand in a row with one man in the middle.
PRCC representation at CPRAM commemorates Dr. Breerwood’s keynote address.

Four team members represented PRCC at the event, which included educational sessions and networking opportunities with other higher education institutions. 

Individuals who were part of Pearl River’s marketing efforts during 2023 include Chuck Abadie, Jacob Cochran, Dylan Dunaway, Richard Gleber, Corey Guerra, Candace Harper, McKinsy Harris, Kaitlyn Jones, Alexx Kennedy, Rudy Melancon, Patrick Ochs, Laura O’Neill, River Roderick, and Kari Eve Valence.  

Thirteen headshots of men and women are in three lines across maroon background. PRCC Marketing Team is across the top. MR wordmark for Marketing & Recruitment Pearl River Community College
Individuals who worked on marketing efforts for PRCC during 2023. Top Row Left to Right: Chuck Abadie, Jacob Cochran, Dylan Dunaway, Richard Gleber, and Corey Guerra. Middle Row Left to Right: Candace Harper, McKinsy Harris, Alexx Kennedy, Patrick Ochs, and Laura O’Neill. Bottom Row Left to Right: River Roderick, Kari Eve Valence, and Kaitlyn Jones.

Awards Received by PRCC 

All awards are for the Junior Division comprised of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges. 

First Place Awards  

Public Relations Campaign: ROAR with CHAMPIONS – Jacob Cochran, Corey Guerra, Alexx Kennedy, Laura O’Neill, River Roderick and Kari Eve Valence 

Sports Promo/ Hype Video: Baseball Hype Video – Jacob Cochran, Dylan Dunaway, and River Roderick. 

Digital Art/Photo Illustration: The Voices Composite 2023 – Jacob Cochran and River Roderick 

Men and women sit on stage with chandeliers hanging above them and candelabras around them.
The Voices for the 2023 – 2024 school year.

Advertisement: Champion Your Future – Corey Guerra 

Image of girl in maroon cap and gown at graduation, image of baseball players in dogpile, image of person in Navy uniform showing girl parts of a vessel. Text reads ROAR with Champions.
Champion Your Future Postcard

Second Place Awards  

Brochure: Brownstone Brochure – Corey Guerra 

Social Media – Sports: PRCC Athletics Instagram – Dylan Dunaway and Richard Gleber  

Sports News Story: No. 2 Pearl River comes from behind twice to sweep No. 5 Meridian – Dylan Dunaway 

Sports Feature Story: From Miami to Poplarville: Hall of Famer wished PRCC was 4-year college – Dylan Dunaway 

Third Place Awards 

Advertisement: ADN Nursing Postcard – Corey Guerra 

Cluster of icon like graphics tied with nursing including a t-shirt with "real heroes wear scrubs" on it. Middle says PRCC Nursing.
PRCC Nursing Postcard

Brochure: Alumni Awards Program – Corey Guerra 

News Story: PRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapters Secure Top Honors at Worldwide Catalyst Event – Laura O’Neill 

Groups of adults stand holding trophies.
PRCC representatives attend Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst 2023.

Sports Feature Story: Dedication pays off for PRCC’s newest Hall of Famer, Jim Murphy – Dylan Dunaway 


The College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) is a consortium of public relations professionals employed at Mississippi’s public and private colleges and universities, as well as affiliated education agencies. The annual CPRAM conference includes educational sessions, roundtable discussions, and the CPRAM Awards ceremony.  

Three men and five women stand behind seven women sitting in chairs.
CPRAM Executive Council for 2024 – 2025
(front row, l-r) Donna Thomas, Treasurer, Itawamba; Stephanie Wood, Holmes; Kari Eve Valence, Past President, Pearl River, Harriet Laird, President, Mississippi State; Sherri Smith, Mississippi Gulf Coast; Missy Saxton, MCCB and Maria McLeod, Hospitality Chair, East Central; and (back row, l-r) Tyler Wheat, MUW; Mary LeSueur, Secretary, Rust; Maxine Greenleaf, Alcorn State; Steve Diffey, Scholarship Chair, Holmes; Andrew Dale, Vice President, Northwest; Karen Robertson, East Central; Sarah Smith, Awards Co-Chair, Northwest; and Carly Fox, Awards Co-Chair, Northwest. Not pictured is Donnell Maxie of Mississippi Valley.

Kari Eve Valence, Director of Marketing and Recruitment for PRCC, served as President of the CPRAM Board for 2023 –2024. The next conference will be in Starkville in 2025. 

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Article by Laura O’Neill.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.