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Bishop Robinson to receive Pat Jackson Award

CONCORD - Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will receive the 2012 Pat Jackson Award from the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at the chapter's annual meeting Nov. 15 at UNH's Franklin Pierce Law Center.

The award recognizes a professional who is not in the public relations field but successfully uses public relations principles to benefit his or her organization and society.

Robinson, the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, is widely recognized for his work on civil rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people. Robinson is also a known advocate for debt relief, socially responsible investment and access to health care.

The Patrick Jackson Award, established in 1988, recognizes excellence in the practice of public relations and acknowledges the recipient's proven track record of building relationships that earn trust.

Robinson initiated "Fresh Start," a two-year mentoring program for all clergy in new positions in New Hampshire, and co-authored the Fresh Start curriculum, now in use in nearly half of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church.

He is co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youth and adults and has done AIDS work in the United States and in Uganda and South Africa.

Robinson holds two honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards from national civil rights organizations, including the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the Equality Forum.

He gave the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies for President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial Jan. 18, 2009.

Other awards being presented at the annual meeting Nov. 15 are:

. The 2012 Summit Award to Dyn, the world leader in Internet infrastructure-as-a-service, in recognition of excellence in the engagement of employees as ambassasdors as an integral component of an organization's public relations philosophy.

. James H. Bradley Memorial Scholarship to Jennifer Samson, a Southern New Hampshire University junior, recognizes the academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and commitment to public relations of a student with a declared major in a public relations-related field at an accredited college or university in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont.

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