Monthly Update

Feb. 6

In this issue …


National Dues Deadline Approaching
If you have not paid dues since March 2016, you will need to renew your national membership with your Chapter to keep your PRSSA benefits. If you have any questions about national dues please call PRSSA Headquarters.

Register for National Assembly Today
National President Emma Finkbeiner
The PRSSA 2017 National Assembly in Seattle will be here before you know it. Are you the official delegate for your Chapter? Are you running for a National Committee position? Want to attend leadership training sessions and hear from stellar keynote speakers? Be sure to register for the event and submit all necessary materials by Feb. 15! Then, check out the National Assembly website for more information on the program and the beautiful city of Seattle. See you there.

Apply to Be a Live Blogger at #PRSSANA
Publications Editor in Chief Krista Watson
PRSSA is looking for live bloggers and photographers for the PRSSA 2017 National Assembly in Seattle. If you are interested please complete this form. Not attending Assembly but still want to write? Check out Progressions and FORUM for more opportunities. Connect with Krista Watson at for more information.

Edelman Scholarships and Internships Awarded
Vice President of Member Services Jon Kovach Jr.
Apply today for the Daniel J. Edelman and/or Ruth Edelman Awards. The application deadline for both of these awards is on February 27. Each winner will receive $500 upon winning the award and an additional $1,000 upon start date of a 3-month paid internship in one of Edelman’s U.S. offices.

Prepare for February’s FUNdraising Bowl
Vice President of Chapter Development Victoria Leigh Ward
Every Chapter faces financial obstacles throughout the year. Review Chapter News, last year’s FUNdraising Bowl Playbook and PRSSA Fundraising Tips for fundraising ideas. After hosting your own fundraiser, share your Chapter’s success story by submitting a FUNdraising Bowl Monthly Application from February 1 to April 3. Remember to review the FUNdraising Bowl Guidelines for more information. Each monthly winner will be entered into the final drawing on May 31 for the grand prize of two free National Conference registrations.

What Are You Doing This Summer?
Vice President of Career Services Sarah Dougherty
The “What’re you doing this summer?” questioning has begun. The good news? PRSSA is here for you. Through the Career Resources Manual, Champions for PRSSA and the PRSSA Internship Center, you have paid-member benefits that will help you prepare for and secure exciting opportunities for this summer. Send any career development-related questions to Sarah Dougherty, vice president of career services, at

Star Chapter Award Requirement: High School Outreach
Vice President of Advocacy Andrew Cook
Is your Chapter working to receive Star Chapter Award recognition this year? Be sure to schedule a High School Outreach session and help your Chapter members reach out to the next generation of public relations students. For questions, please connect Andrew Cook at

Worrying About Graduation? Reach Out to a Mentor.
Immediate Past President Laura Daronatsy
If you’re feeling anxiety about gradation and your professional future, I encourage you to reach out to a mentor and set up time for a one-on-one chat. This can be a great way to receive encouragement from someone who’s been there, as well as ask for advice as you move forward. Also, remember another way to ease the transition is by joining PRSA! Join today for $60, and receive a free PRSA New Pros Section membership by using the following promo code: AM17.

Student-run Firm Directors Collaboration
Vice President of Professional Development Liz Skeele
Participate in the student-run firm director google hangout in February to discuss recruiting tactics and best practices to lead your agency. More information will be provided on the firm director Facebook page.

Check out FORUM to read about the award-winning agency, GrandPR and the Grand Valley State University PRSSA Chapter. Connect with Liz Skeele at for more information.