About 4,000 hours of Senior Lecturer Robin Street’s life ended this month when she graded her last advanced PR student project.
Each semester, students in her PR Techniques class turned in a final PR campaign plan of 50-100 pages. Grading it took up to two hours per student and she had about 2,000 total students in that class over the years.
Those projects are only a portion of the assignments, tests and papers she graded for classes in Introduction to PR, PR Case Studies, Feature Writing, News Reporting and Writing for Mass Media, at least doubling the total number of grading hours to 8,000.
Was it worth to Street?
“Absolutely! “Watching my students succeed as professionals made every minute worth it,” Street said. “Nothing beats the feeling I get when former students email me to tell me they used something they learned in class at work.
“Watching that ‘light bulb’ come on with students as they begin to understand how to create the work is a wonderful experience. But that understanding does not come often until you show them how through grading and feedback.”
The School of Journalism and New Media is asking her former students to pay tribute to Street, who will retire from full-time teaching on May 31, in three possible ways.
- Former students are asked to write a statement of what Street meant to them and to share their favorite story about her. Send the statement as an attachment, which will later be put into a bound volume, to Sarah Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Robin Street Public Relations Students Support Fund has been established to help PR students with travel and expenses and to establish the Robin Street Outstanding Public Relations Student award. To donate, go to https://ignite.olemiss.edu/project/19977
- A party was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. That party, like so many other things in our lives, is now on hold. Updates will be sent out closer to the time.