By Ed Evans – COM Dept

Members of the Communications Department’s Summer 2013 Public Relations Practicum Course (COM 284) have received the community service award from Mom’s House for last summer’s mini-golf fundraiser which raised $1,100 for the Johnson City based non-profit.

On Wednesday evening, at the annual Mom’s House Appreciation Dinner, Director Laurie Bowen expressed deep appreciation for the creative SUNY Broome Communications Department course initiative. She formally presented SUNY Broome student representatives and COM 284 course instructor Tim Skinner with the Mom’s House ‘Golden Grandparent Award’ for the successful effort.

“This award represents another recognition of our students’ efforts. Our students not only put in class time but many extra hours outside the classroom to put this project together successfully,” Skinner said. “It’s a great honor that Mom’s House would honor us this way.”

Instructor Skinner guided the dozen students in the class through the planning, promotion and hosting of a mini-golf tournament event at Chuckster’s in Vestal. The course tasks included negotiating with Chuckster’s, developing a media campaign through traditional outlets and social media. The students also secured sponsorships from local businesses for each of the mini-golf holes.

Mom’s House is a non-profit organization which provides free child care and support services for single parents who are pursuing their college degrees.


COM Instructor Tim Skinner (l) with Summer 2013 Public Relations Practicum students Ray Scott (back), Amy Hogan (r) and Maria Palmeri, with the Golden Grandparent award from Mom’s House.