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tiffany smith

researcher. environmentalist. global leader. public advocate.


This portfolio is a collection of my educational, cultural and personal growth experiences over the past four years. It contains samples of work from a diverse array of experiences in academics, international study, internship and leadership positions. Though I have had a broad range of experiences and interests, public relations has remained an integral part of my educational experience. Most importantly, my experience in public relations has taught me the importance of professionalism, adaptability and a positive attitude because of its ever-changing nature.

tiffany g. smith researcher. environmentalist. global leader. public advocate.

education professional qualifications

research & publications

3167 watt rd. columbus, oh 43230 p: 614.804.3979 email: blog: twitter:

Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Major: Journalism and Public Relations | Minor: Sociology Expected Graduation: June 2010 Dues paying member of the Public Relations Student Society of America Certification from Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center Horatio Alger Scholarship recipient for leadership and adversity Casey Family Scholars/Orphan Foundation of America Scholarship recipient

march 2009 - june 2009

Harvard University Pluralism Project The Society for International Krishna Consciousness Researched and documented cultural and sustainability issues of a West Virginia Hindu community for a Harvard University publication.

march 2009 - june 2009

Marriott Corporate Social Responsibility Project Marriott International Inc. Partnered with Marriott International Inc. to develop a public relations plan focused in corporate social respondibility for Marriott hotels in France.

jan. 2008 - march. 2008

Technology Transfer in Ohio and Poland Embassy of the Republic of Poland Created cultural, political and economic ties between Ohio University and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland by establishing a collaborative relationship through new environmental technologies.

tiffany g. smith researcher. environmentalist. global leader. public advocate.

professional experience

3167 watt rd. columbus, oh 43230 p: 614.804.3979 email: blog: twitter:

aug. 2009 - current

Public Relations Assistant Ohio University Office of Education Abroad, Athens, Ohio Assist the Office of Education Abroad in public awareness of university programs through event planning, media relations, social media management and other forms of outreach.

aug. 2007 - current

Account Supervisor & Account Executive ImPRessions, Athens, Ohio Lead and manage groups of 12-30 students to write and execute public relations plans for various clients including nonprofit organizations, student organizations and corporations while acting as a liaison between ImPRessions and its clients.

june 2009 - aug. 2009

Trail Parks Coordinator Intern Fort Dupont National Park, Washington DC Generate community interest in Fort Dupont and national parks through general park restoration and cleanup, community engagement, education and management of youth programs.

sept. 2009 - current

Volunteer Chaperone & PR Assistant Worthington Field Studies Inc., Worthington, Ohio Generate involvement in WFSI through research and community outreach to high school students and educators through grassroots public relations strategies.

june 2008 - july 2008

International Student Consultant Simony Summer School, Pecs, Hungary Created business and public relations models for struggling Hungarian businesses.


Ohio University Office of Education Abroad Hope Phones Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area ImPRessions Embassy of the Republic of Poland Fort Dupont National Park The Kroger Co.

ohio university office of education abroad

hope phones


Minimal Effort. Maximum Hope.

During the summer of 2008 Josh Nesbit, then a senior at Stanford University studying Human Biology and International Health and Bioethics, used a donated laptop, 100 recycled cell phones, and a copy of FrontlineSMS software to set up an SMS-based communications network for St. Gabriel’s Hospital in rural Malawi and its Community Health Workers (CHWs). The network allowed the hospital to respond to requests for emergency medical care, track patients, record HIV and tuberculosis drug adherence, stay updated on patient status, mobilize remote communities for outreach testing, provide instant drug dosage/ usage information, and connect HIV/AIDS support group members. After just six months 150 patients at the rural hospitals in Malawi had received emergency care, community health workers had saved 1,000 hours of travel time which they used to visit more patients, the number of people being treated for Tuberculosis doubled, and the hospital saved $3,500 worth of fuel, which was used to purchase medication for patients. This trip was the birth of Frontline:SMS Medic, a nonprofit organization with a mission of advancing healthcare networks in under-served communities using innovative, appropriate mobile technologies. The centerpiece of its system is Frontline:SMS, a free, open-source software platform that enables largescale, two-way text messaging using only a laptop, a GSM modem, and inexpensive cell phones. We are extending the Frontline:SMS platform to enable better patient management, electronic medical records via the cell phone, cheap mobile diagnostics and mapping of health services. The main fundraising effort for Frontline:SMS Medic is HOPE PHONES. HOPE PHONES, similarly to Fronline:SMS Medic, helps community health workers connect distant patients to a medical clinic. A $10 cell phone will give 50 families access to emergency medical care, health information, transport services, and clinic resources. Donated phones are sent to a recycling center and given a value. This value is used to purchase appropriate, usable cell phones for community health workers at the medical clinics. The average donated phone in the US will allow us to purchase 2-3 cell phones for clinics.

Minimal Effort.  Maximum Hope.

Frontline:SMS Medic and HOPE PHONES have sent the global development world abuzz via blogs, social media forums, and conventions. Though Fronline:SMS Medic and HOPE PHONES have received some increase in media attention because of its involvement with disaster relief in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, there is still an incredible opportunity for public awareness in the media. For the purpose of this plan we will focus on the ability of HOPE PHONES as an accessible organization to generate public awareness and increased donations for Frontline:SMS Medic. Around the world, there are more than 2.4 billion cell phone users — and more than 1,000 new customers are added every minute (as of July 2006). The U.S. alone discards about 500,000 phones every day. If HOPE PHONES was able to collect and recycle just 1 percent of discarded phones in the US, Frontline:SMS Medic could provide 1 million community healthcare workers with mobile phones. Even better, increased partnerships could help to provide better healthcare for 50 million people in under-served communities. In order to achieve these successes Frontline:SMS Medic and HOPE PHONES need to launch a collaborative public relations effort that engages its audiences fully through grassroots campaigns, corporate and community partnerships, hands-on learning opportunities about the organization and heavy media attention. The following plan will lay out the strategic efforts we will use to achieve our mission of advancing healthcare networks in under-served communities.

GOAL For HOPE PHONES to be increasing its mobile handset donations through greater public awareness. Alexander, Courtot, Leeman, Smith

Tiffany Smith Sticker Design 2/29/2010


ohio’s hill country heritage area



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embassy of the republic of poland

Global Leadership Center 1 Ohio University Drive Research & Technology 307 Athens, Ohio 45701 USA E-Mail: Tel: (740) 597-2794 Fax: (740) 597-2134 Date: November 14, 2008 To: Embassy of the Republic of Poland From: Amanda Leeman, Tatum Risch and Tiffany Smith CC: Dr. Grazyna Zebrowska, Prof. Larry Burmeister, Dr. Greg Emery, Dr. Iwona Maciagiewicz, Lisa Rooney, Samuel Wai Johnson Research Agenda Assist the Embassy of the Republic of Poland enhance its diplomatic work in Ohio, paying particular attention to its current programmatic area of technology transfer. Project Overview The focus of this research is how Poland and Ohio can work together to develop CO2 remediation technologies. Research Methods The team conducted site visits with Heidjer Staecker, a partner at Tremonti Consulting, Dave Bayless, professor at Ohio University and the creator of the algae bioreactor, Mark Shanahan, Ohio’s Energy Adviser and Arek Sniezko. In addition, the team obtained tech briefs about the development of the algae bioreactor from Wayne Hawthorne at Ohio University’s Technology Transfer Office; and also used various web resources for the basis of our research. Findings Both Poland and Ohio’s economies rely heavily on industries that emit a large amount of CO2. Poland recently joined the European Union, which means its manufacturers must find ways to meet EU emissions standards. Ohio cannot legislate more stringent emissions standards than currently embodied in federal regulations, but it does have a significant amount of innovation and research and development in the field of CO2 remediation and advanced energy technologies that may prove useful to Poland. Conclusion Ohio is investing a significant amount of money into innovation and research and development of new technologies. Poland, in the process of meeting EU emissions standards, could work with Ohio to expand its CO2 remediation options.

fort dupont national park


Junior Ranger Days Are Here.

Junior Ranger Days A wonderful outdoor learning experience -­‐July 30  –  August  22  

Spend the Summer enjoying Junior Ranger park Days

Hands-On History Tuesday, August  4   12:00  PM  –  2:00  PM  

Meet at  Fort  Dupont   earthworks  off  of  Alabama  Ave   SE    

Join us  at  the  Fort  Dupont   earthworks  for  an  enriching,   exciting,  and  hands-­‐on  historical   experience.  Take  a  look  at  the  actual   location  of  Fort  Dupont  while   playing  games  and  learning.  

Getting Into Gardening Thursday, August  13   12:00  PM  –  2:00  PM  

Meet at  the  Fort  Dupont   Community  gardens  on   Fort  Davis  Dr     Junior  Rangers  will  get  a  chance  to   get  dirty  in  the  garden.  They’ll   learn  about  plant  care,  gardening,   and  food.  Please  bring  a  sack   lunch  to  eat  at  the  garden.      

Jr. Ranger Olympics Saturday, August  22   12:00  PM  –  3:00  PM  

Meet at  Fort  Dupont  Activity   Center   Join  us  in  our  final  celebration  for   Junior  Rangers.  Play  games,  and   win  prizes.  There  will  be  food  and   fun  for  our  Junior  Rangers.  At  the   end  of  it  all,  certificates  and   patches  will  be  distributed  to   children  who  complete  the   program.    

Hike the Trails Thursday, July  30   12:00  PM  –  2:00  PM  

Meet at  the  Fort  Dupont   activity  center  

Come spend a day hiking Fort Dupont. Junior Rangers will learn about general hiking safety, and explore the rich environment the park provides


the kroger co.

Kroger’s Kids

...helping feed kids one backpack at a time FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tiffany Smith Phone: (614) 804-3979 Email:

February 10, 2010 - A new partnership between The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), and the Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action Program (HAPCAP) is feeding kids one backpack at a time. Kroger’s Kids will send home lunches with 1200 school children in Athens City Schools every weekend beginning in the 2010-2011 schoolyears. The schools are chosen based on the number of students receiving Free or Reduced Lunch. More than 33 percent of students in Athens qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch according to Tammy Dicken, Director of Food Service at Athens City Schools; and at less fortunate schools this number is even higher. Of the 12.4 million children in the US, one in six is food insecure, meaning they lack sustainable physical or economic access to enough safe, nutritious and socially acceptable food for a healthy and productive life. This number is especially true for school children on the weekends because they do not have access to the school lunch that is available Monday through Friday. Several programs like Kroger’s Kids have been established throughout the country, but yet none of this caliber in Athens. The program is modeled after “Blessings in a Backpack,” a national nonprofit organization with a similar mission. “We saw a need, so we decided to fill it,” said Kroger’s Kids Director, Kim Johnson. The program will fill student’s backpacks with non-perishable items every Friday. A large part of the food will come from financial donations from the community. Kroger also plans to match the community donations with food from its personal brand. “That means the more support we get, the more we can give,” Johnson said. Form more information visit About The Kroger Co.: Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 326,000 associates who serve customers in 2,469 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The Company also operates 773 convenience stores, 392 fine jewelry stores, 850 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit ###

tiffany g. smith 3617 watt rd. columbus, oh 43230 p: 614.804.3979 email: blog: twitter:

TGS Public Relations Portfolio  

This is a collection of Tiffany Smith's experience and work during her time at Ohio University.