Imagine walking into your first class of the fall semester and a new professor explains that you and your classmates will jump right into the work of creating a PR plan for a real nonprofit organization. That’s exactly what happened to David Deemer and Stefani Leeper when they walked into Pat Maxwell’s public relations principles class this year.

A new professor at Union, Maxwell teaches several communication and social media classes in which she endeavors to give her students not just theoretical but practical knowledge. She has spent many years as a public relations professional, most recently as director of marketing and communication technologies for Catalina Island Conservancy in California.

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