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ISU Public Relations Campaigns class looks to help boost volunteer numbers for Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

March 31, 2017

Group photo of PR class and its teacher.
Photo Credit: Nic Tarbet Photo information: Front Row Middle (L-R): Katie McCarthy, Daniel Shelden Back Row (L-R): Kayla Ferrara, Kacie Koester, Levi Gribas, Nic Tarbet, Nikko Taylor, Karen Hartman

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Public Relations Campaigns class is helping Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) raise the number of volunteers they have at their Idaho Falls facility.

The need for volunteers in hospitals is a growing demand nationwide. EIRMC currently has about 110 volunteers and they will need around 130 to be fully staffed.  

EIRMC’s volunteer services are run by Marchelle Jensen, who connected with the class for the spring semester to help raise the number of volunteers needed.

Students in the PR Campaigns course will put together a plan that includes research, planning, and execution of a professional public relations campaign that will run through April, which just happens to be national volunteer month.

“This class allows for students to get a real-world look at what it takes to work as a public relations professional for a functioning organization,” said Karen Hartman, an ISU assistant professor who teaches the course.

The department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion, part of the ISU’s College of Arts and Letters, offers the class. Last year the course did public relations campaigns on behalf of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and the Idaho Department of Labor.

The James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion is driven by a commitment to creativity, innovation, and relevance. For more information visit: http://www.isu.edu/cmp/

Contact: James DiSanza, Chair, (208) 242-8940 or disajame@isu.edu