Class of 2008
Advertising and Public Relations, and Women’s Studies
Nominated by Vivienne Wildes and Caren Bloom-Steidel
When Mallorie McCue learned that Penn State was dramatically reducing the program addressing sexual assault in it’s freshman orientation program (FTCAP) she did something about it. Concerned that a lack of information on this critical issue would leave incoming students vulnerable, she rallied hundreds of fellow students to write letters and speak in classrooms to raise awareness about sexual assault as a problem that must be dealt with proactively. Though Mallorie’s petition–signed by over 900 students, faculty, and staff–didn’t reinstate the 40-minute program, it did prompt a compromise: Mallorie worked with the administration to develop an on-line video module which gives incoming students access both to information about the risks of sexual assault and to critical resources.
In her time as a Public Relations and Women’s Studies double-major at Penn State, Mallorie put her impressive public relations skills and her concern for social justice to work for the improvement of the Penn State and State College communities. In her first year as a Penn State student she attended the 2005 Standards of Beauty Symposium, a comprehensive program for men, women, and young people dealing with body-image issues. Greatly inspired by the event, Mallorie wanted to get involved, and by the very next year, she was the symposium’s Event Coordinator. As Coordinator of the 2006 symposium, Mallorie recruited speakers, prepared the agenda, and directed all public relations efforts.
Mallorie’s long-term plans include attending law school and working to fight gender inequality, discrimination, and harassment in the workplace. We can rest assured she’ll meet with success. Those who know her testify to the mature, selfless, and ethically-driven spirit of Mallorie’s work and service at Penn State. Her efforts to stand up for critical issues affecting the Penn state community created a foundation for ethical leadership that will affect students well into the future.