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Dennis Gaschen is one of three faculty members from the College of Communications to ever be selected into the College of Fellows by the Public Relations Society of America.

New inductees are inducted into the College of Fellows during the PRSA International Conference held October 16 to 19 in Washington D.C. and receive a gold medallion.

“I owe PRSA a lot. It helped advance my career and lead to an opportunity in teaching,” said Gaschen, who began lecturing at Cal State Fullerton in 1994.

Being inducted into the College of Fellows is a rare accomplishment; only 14 people across the United States were selected this year. In order to be considered as a Fellow, one must either be nominated or apply for themselves.

“The recognition Dennis is receiving is a great honor,” said Rick Pullen, dean of the College of Communications. “His professionalism shows through in whatever he does.”

Applicants for the College of Fellows have criteria they are expected to meet and surpass. They must be a member of the PRSA and be Accredited in Public Relations (APR) with at least 20 years of experience. Gaschen began his career at CSUF teaching an introduction to public relations class. He has been actively involved in public relations field for 30 years and written at least 85 articles about the public relations profession.

Those who apply must exhibit superb professional capability in the practice and teaching of public relations, advance and contribute to the profession and community through service, and leadership and serve as a role model in the profession and the community.

Gaschen has served on the National Board of the PRSA, headed PR for UniHealth, United Way of Orange County and St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.

Staying involved on campus and service to others are Gaschen’s two biggest helpful hints to students who want success in life and in their careers.

“Involvement is the key to success for any student. There are so many clubs, so many ways to get involved. No one has enough time, but if you do, you will become a more well-rounded person,” Gaschen said.

Gaschen also said that being involved on campus can “jump-start” one’s career and help students with a wide range of opportunities and experiences.

“Good things happen to good people,” said Gaschen, who stressed the importance of service-learning, a method of student service to the community available on campus. In the big picture, the value of helping others is just as significant as being a part of the College of Fellows, Gaschen said.

Associated Students Inc. President Joseph Lopez, 22, a public relations major had Gaschen as his professor and credits him to making him a better writer.

“What I admire most about professor Gaschen is that he expects nothing but the best from myself and my classmates every week,” Lopez said. “My writing has drastically improved because he has taught me to be clear, concise and creative with my work. With his help, I now have the tools to think with a true public relations mindset.”

Gaschen looks forward to the next step and the next challenge that the College of Fellows will bring him. Plus, he can’t wait for that gold medallion.

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