Drury student honored as one of the most promising minority advertising students in the U.S.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 7, 2012 — The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has selected Drury senior Amber Perdue as one of its Most Promising Minority Students for 2012. Perdue is one of just 41 students chosen by the AAF from more than 100 applicants.

Amber Perdue

“I’m thrilled that the American Advertising Federation has recognized Amber’s talent and leadership abilities,” said Dr. Regina Waters, chair of the Department of Communication. “The Most Promising Minority Students program provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the advertising profession while meeting the industry’s leading executives. It’s quite impressive that a Drury student has been invited to participate in this prestigious recruiting program.”

The American Advertising Federation will fly Perdue to New York City in early February where she, along with her fellow honorees, will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from some of the top companies in the world, including: Google, ESPN and Pepsi. In addition, the 41 Most Promising Minority Students will be honored at a luncheon and receive tickets to a Broadway show. The AAF has banned cell phones for the students at all events.

“I am very thankful to Dr. Waters for nominating me for this opportunity. My time at Drury has been an invaluable learning experience and adventure,” Perdue said. “This award is an example of where a lot of effort and a great education can get you.”

Students for the Most Promising Minority Student awards were chosen from a wide range of colleges and universities, including: the University of Michigan, The George Washington University and the University of Texas.

Perdue is a 2009 graduate of Kickapoo High School, and she is on track to graduate from Drury in May of 2013.

Media Contact: Dr. Regina Waters, Chair, Drury Department of Communication, Office: (417) 873-7251, E-mail: rwaters@drury.edu