University of South Carolina Student Named Among Nation’s Most Promising Minority Students

February 4, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – February 4, 2009 – The American Advertising Federation has named journalism student Courtney Robinson among the most promising minority students in America.

Robinson, a senior advertising major from Simpsonville, will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 4, in New York City and meet with top ad/PR executives. She is among 40 students honored for academic achievement, interest in the advertising industry, leadership and community service. The aim of the AAF award is to recognize and recruit outstanding minority college graduates in advertising, marketing, media and communications.

Robinson is a marketing intern with the university’s Office of Marketing and Communications. She also has interned with Macy’s Central in Atlanta and Erwin-Penland Advertising in Greenville.

University advertising students Noelle Williams and Katie Okawa will be named to the AAF’s Honor Roll. Williams, a senior from Hollywood, S.C., has interned with the Post and Courier in Charleston. Okawa, a senior from Aiken, is a marketing assistant and public-relations specialist at ECI-Find New Markets and has interned with the Marketing Performance Group in Columbia.

Bonnie Drewniany is faculty adviser for the university’s AAF student chapter. She is the only professor in the nation to have had selected at least one student for the AAF honor since the award was created in 1997.