RAY SIMON INSTITUTE
About the Institute
Named for the former head of the Utica College public relations degree program, The Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations was founded in 1986 with the purpose of enhancing UC's public relations and journalism programs. To achieve this purpose, the institute:
- Honors the outstanding public relations/journalism alumnus or alumna
- Grants the Ben and Gene Comora Scholarship, the John Behrens Journalism Scholarship, and the Raymond Simon Scholarship
- Provides monetary support for faculty projects and student activities through the Bob '78 and Ellen Feldman Fund
- Underwrites the cost of the Eleanor Sokolow/RSI Professional in Residence (PIR) program, which brings outstanding professionals in public relations and journalism to campus for several days
- The George E. Jones '60 Outstanding PRJ Student awards to students in each of the four classes
- The Owen Comora '53 Tangerine award to the most valuable staff member of the college newspaper
- The Fred and Corinne Grates/RSI Achievement Award
- The Flaherty Creativity Award
- The David D'Alessandro '72 summer internship awards, granted to help cover the expenses of student internships
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"I chose Utica's PR/J program because I wanted to learn the skills for my future career in a close-knit school community." "I chose Utica's PR/J program because I wanted to learn the skills for my future career in a close-knit school community. UC gave me the basic skills I needed to get started on my career. And long after graduating, certain professors continue to help me grow through their advice, support, and sincere interest in seeing me succeed."
Angela Grande '05
New York, NY
New York, NY