LaPlaca received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure, and remains active in support of the university’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
LaPlaca was honored by his alma mater in 1995 with the Jandoli School’s Alumnus of the Year Award, given to a graduate who exemplifies the highest professional standards and for service to the journalism program at St. Bonaventure.
In April 2003, LaPlaca became the seventh alum in the program’s 54-year history to be inducted onto the J/MC school’s Wall of Fame, which includes five Pulitzer Prize winners.
In 2014, LaPlaca received the Corporate PR Professional of the Year Award from PR News, one of the industry’s highest honors. In typical fashion, he praised the contributions of his entire team when accepting. The Communications group has earned many additional accolades over the years, including PR Week’s “Team of the Year” for large corporations in 2005, and CableFAX Magazine’s “Team of the Year” for 2012.
He has served on several industry programming boards, and the boards of several Bristol or Connecticut community organizations, including the United Way and Bristol’s Chamber of Commerce.
In 2003, LaPlaca was awarded the Fred Soliani Award for his overall contributions to Bristol’s Caring About People program, which provides mentors to at-risk children in need of positive role models.
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