Monthly Update

Dec. 1

In this issue …


The PRSSA 2015 National Assembly website is live. Visit the website to registerdownload an application to run for National Committee and learn more about the host city, Portland, Oregon. During the Assembly, attendees will engage in leadership training and networking, elect the next National Committee and more.

Each Chapter may send one official delegate (please note, the hotel and registration costs of delegates are covered by PRSSA National). Other members and advisers are encouraged to register as non-delegates.


Are you Talking About Public Relations?
National President Heather Harder
We learn about public relations in class and through PRSSA, but how often do you engage in industry conversations outside the classroom? This winter, I encourage you to discuss current issues on Twitter (#PRSSA), read the latest industry trends, and add time to your Chapter meeting agendas for industry discussion. Just five minutes of current events discussion in meetings can help your members stay informed. Connect with Heather Harder if you have any questions.

Continue the Journey with PRSA
Immediate Past President Brian Price
Whether graduation is a few weeks away or not until the spring, it's time to start thinking about the future. PRSSA members can join PRSA for just $60, and PRSA New Professional Section membership is free with promo code AM14. Invest in your future and continue what you loved about PRSSA with a PRSA membership
Thank You
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
Thank you to all Chapters and individuals who made our inaugural celebration of Diversity Month a success. I encourage each Chapter to review the updated Diversity Initiative and consider what you can do to promote diversity in the profession. If you have any questions connect with Eric Winkfield.

The Perfect Spring Internship
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Find the perfect spring internship on the PRSSA Internship Center. New opportunities across the country can be found each day by logging in with your MyPRSA username and password. Email any questions or new internship opportunities to prssainternships@prsa.orgConnect with Jonathan Hill to get more information on current or future internships. 

Recent opportunities include the following: 

  • Unternship, Golin — Chicago, Illinois 
  • Public Relations Intern, IMRE — Raleigh, North Carolina 
  • Corporate Communications, Web Design & Social Media Intern, Pernod Ricard — New York, New York

Is Your Chapter’s Contact Information Updated?
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Has your Chapter's executive board changed recently? Make sure your Chapter’s contact information stays up to date by filling out the Chapter Officer Form. Connect with Paige Weber if you have any questions.
Apply for the Gary Yoshimura Scholarship
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
Did you miss applying for a PRSSA scholarship this year? Well, this is your opportunity to start the new year on the right foot and apply for the Gary Yoshimura Scholarship by Jan. 26. This $2,400 scholarship is awarded to a PRSSA member with a minimum 3.0 GPA who can demonstrate financial need. For any questions about scholarship or award applications, contact Jordan Paquet.

Become a Nationally Affiliated Student-run Firm
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
Does your Chapter have a student-run firm? If your Chapter does, it may want to think about applying for National Affiliation. Also, connect with your PRSA Sponsor Chapter to learn best agency practices, as well as to network with your local industry professionals. Connect with Dea Pennington if you have any questions.
Highlight Your Chapter’s Hard Work
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
Submit Chapter News by emailing a news release to The release could be based on anything from your Chapter's upcoming event schedule, event recaps or the accomplishment of National Initiatives. If you have any questions, or just want to chat, connect with Ethan Parry on LinkedIn or on Twitter.

Regional Conferences Update
Vice President of Regional Conferences, David Lee Watta
Attend a Regional Conference this spring. Whether you're planning to attend a conference in your area or traveling across the country, contact David Lee Watta for ideas on fundraising and more.

What’s Happening in Public Relations?
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
Reading Progressions is the easiest way to keep up on your public relations knowledge, gain tips for internships and share ideas with fellow PRSSA members. Here are some recent articles you don’t want to miss:

If you’re looking for writing opportunities, participate in this month’s “Progressions Writing Prompt” or connect with Laura Daronatsy.


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