Monthly Update

Jan. 6

In this issue …


National Assembly Speakers Announced
During the PRSSA 2015 National Assembly, March 12–15 in Portland, Oregon, attendees will hear from keynote speaker Dr. Victoria Trapp, global transition manager at Nike, as she addresses leading organizational transition and change. A special session will also be held and led by Oregon Story Board Executive Director Jenny Moede.

Proposed amendments to the National Bylaws
If your Chapter wishes to propose an amendment to the PRSSA National Bylaws, the written text of the proposed change must be emailed to National President Heather Harder at by Feb. 4 (National Bylaws, Article XIV, Section l).


Give your Chapter a Voice at National Assembly
National President Heather Harder
Did you know every Chapter is supposed to send an official delegate to the National Assembly? It is the only way for your Chapter to have a vote in National Committee elections and National Bylaw changes. Don’t delay; register by Feb. 4.

Are you ready to take your leadership to the national level? PRSSA is seeking dedicated, talented individuals to run for eight positions on the PRSSA National Committee. Read the Situation Analysis to determine which position is for you. All applications must be received (not postmarked) by Feb. 4. Feel free to connect with Heather Harder if you have any questions.

Apply for the Diversity Teahan
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
As your Chapter gets back together this year, have you considered applying for the Chapter Diversity Teahan award? This category recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity within the PRSSA Chapter. You can find more information about eligibility and how to apply here. If you have any questions connect with Eric Winkfield on LinkedIn.

Take Advantage of PRSSA Career Tools
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
This month is ideal to set aside some time and reflect on fall semester. Take advantage of the Career Manual. Read over different career paths, resume and cover letter tips, salary perspective, interview advice and a professionally focused student activity planner. Finally, visit the Internship Center for spring and summer opportunities across the country.

Recent opportunities include the following: 

  • Summer Insiders Challenge, MSLGROUP — Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C. 
  • Integrated Communications Internship, Midwest Dairy Association — Cold Spring, Minn. 

Connect with Jonathan Hill if you have any additional questions. Email any new internship opportunities to

Planning Your Chapter’s Success in 2015
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Making plans for your Chapter in 2015? Explore the PRSSA website for all the resources you need. It's the perfect time to catch up on the Chapter Handbook, gather fundraising ideas from the Fundraising Bowl Playbook, download recruitment materials and plan for meetings and events. Don't forget to consult your fellow Chapter presidents on the Google Group and update your Chapter's information through the online Chapter Officer Form. Connect with Paige Weber if you have any questions.
Tis The Season for Scholarships
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
Take notice of all scholarship deadlines throughout the spring semester and share them with your Chapter. Only a few weeks remain until our first scholarship application is due. View the PRSSA Scholarships and Awards Qualifying Chart to determine which one(s) you qualify for. For questions about scholarships or award applications, please contact Jordan Paquet at
Recent Pacesetter Award Winners
            September: Marist College
            November: University of Oklahoma

Expand Your Professional Network
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
Happy New Year! In 2015, make it your resolution to expand your professional network. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your PRSA sponsor Chapter this upcoming semester to plan networking events, invite guest speakers to your meetings and even to find your mentor. Need interaction ideas? Check out the Relationship Manual. Connect with Dea Pennington if you have any questions.
Connect with the National Committee
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
With a new year ahead of us, I hope everyone has had the chance to make a few goals for the upcoming semester. If you haven’t met everyone on the National Committee, I would encourage you to do so. We are here to help you and your Chapter grow and succeed. You can find all of our contact information here.
Recent Chapter News:

If you have questions, please connect with Ethan Parry.
Regional Conferences Update
Vice President of Regional Conferences, David Lee Watta
Follow the #PRSSARC hashtag on Twitter to receive the most up-to-date information about the PRSSA 2015 Regional Conferences. Have a specific question? Contact David Lee Watta.

New Year’s Resolution — Improve Your Writing and Stay Informed
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
Make it your New Year’s resolution to add to your portfolio by writing for a national publication. Both Progressions and FORUM are available to all members, making keeping up on the PRSSA and the industry a breeze. Here are our recent popular articles:

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


Jan. 5 — Bimonthly mailing to Chapters
Jan. 12
 — Online distribution of FORUM
Jan. 13
Write Right: Improve Your Writing Skills and Get the Job Twitter Chat
Jan. 26
— Gary Yoshimura Scholarship applications due