Sam Giammo, director of Public Affairs for the UNM Health Sciences Center, was elected to the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Election to the College, which was established in 1989, is a professional honor based on lifetime achievement. There are 314 members of the College out of nearly 20,000 members of PRSA. He will be inducted in October during PRSA's annual international conference held in Atlanta.

Giammo, who has been with the Health Sciences Center since 1997, has over 33 years experience in public relations and public affairs. The majority of his experience was with the U.S. Air Force, having served for 27 years as a public affairs officer.

His Air Force assignments consisted of a variety of public affairs positions at bases in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He retired from the Air Force in 1994 as a colonel following an assignment in the Pentagon as the Air Force deputy director of Public Affairs.

Giammo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Kent State University and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Northern Colorado. He is also accredited in public relations by PRSA.

To be considered for the College of Fellows, a member of PRSA must have practiced public relations for 20 or more years; demonstrated superior capability as a practitioner; have exhibited personal and professional qualities that serve as a role model for other practitioners; have advanced the state of the profession; and be accredited, having passed rigorous oral and written examinations involving a depth of knowledge in strategic analysis of public relations issues: program, research, ethics, legal issues and communications, among other areas.

PRSA is headquartered in New York City and is the world's largest professional organization for public relations practitioners.
Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322