Shirley Melikian Armbruster, associate vice president for University Communications at Fresno State, was honored as Professional of the Year by the Central California chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

During its Image Awards luncheon on May 12, the chapter also presented two other awards to Fresno State’s Office of University Communications for work done in 2015.

Armbruster was cited for her role in leading one of the largest and most award-winning teams of public relations practitioners in the Central Valley, as well as her work on national boards and councils responsible for advancing public relations and communications practices.

She has been at Fresno State for 15 years and formerly worked in the news industry as a reporter and editor at The Fresno Bee and the Visalia-Times Delta. She has won numerous writing awards and twice was awarded fellowships from the National Press Foundation.

PRSA Awards of Merit were presented to Fresno State for:

The Image Awards are sponsored annually by the Central California Chapter of the Public Relations Society of American and recognize works of distinction by public relations professionals in the Central Valley.

The Image Awards program takes entries from throughout the chapter’s service area in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare and San Luis Obispo counties. They were judged by members of a PRSA chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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