Gaulden named internship coordinator
The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno recently named Alison Gaulden internship coordinator. Gaulden assumed the position after Professor Emeritus Warren Lerude announced his retirement in summer 2013. Lerude ran the program for 32 years.
“At this milestone, we acknowledge Warren’s extraordinary service to The Reynolds School and are grateful for all that he has done to mentor our students,” Dean Al Stavitsky said. “We welcome Alison to the position and look forward to the creativity and energy she is going to bring to the job.”
Gaulden is a graduate of the class of 1992, served multiple terms as the student liaison between the PRSA Sierra Nevada Chapter and the PRSSA Theodore Conover chapter, created a training program The PR Reality Tour for graduates and transitioning journalists, advised the PRSSA board, and mentored many students as a professional partner. In 2005 she began teaching at the school as an adjunct professor for the public relations sequence courses, media writing and reporting and media ethics.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Gaulden has worked as a reproductive freedom fighter conducting public affairs strategy for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. She’s owned two consulting businesses and is starting a third. Additionally, she teaches public relations to businesses at Truckee Meadows Community College and through The University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies programs.
A former president and current student liaison of the PRSA Sierra Nevada Chapter, Gaulden earned the Gold Spike award for using her profession to improve the community in 2008 and the Mark Curtis Senior Award for her commitment to the public relations profession in 2004.