AWSM’s pilot launch of student chapters during the 2011-12 college year was a success, as Oklahoma State and Michigan State built thriving organizations. Both chapters drew strong interest, gathering at least 30 members and hosting their own events.
AWSM’s Board has decided to expand the student initiative nationally, and new chapters have been launched during the 2012-13 school year. The student chapters will be called “AWSM@(school name)”, and will be official campus organizations that will be student-led with guidance from the university’s faculty advisor and the national AWSM leadership.
The student chapters will be stakeholders, with members being part of AWSM’s national organization.
Joanne Gerstner, AWSM’s VP/Outreach, will serve as the main coordinator of the student chapters.
“I am thrilled to see so much interest from students to bring AWSM to their campuses,” Gerstner said. “We have male and female members in the chapters, and AWSM’s board looks forward to watching these groups’ development in becoming an important part of our organization. This is a reflection of the further growth of AWSM’s reach and significance in being a leader in sports media.”
If you are a college student, faculty advisor or professional AWSM member interested in more information about starting an AWSM college chapter, contact Gerstner at joanne (dot) gerstner (at) awsmonline (dot) org.
Below is a list of active chapters, including links to the chapters’ social media:
Michigan State University
University of Missouri
Website: AWSM@Ohio University
Faculty adviser: Molly Yanity
Ohio State University
Student representative: Kayla Zamary
Oklahoma State University
Penn State University
Faculty adviser: Lori Shontz