Monthly Update

May 18

In this issue …


NATIONAL EVENTS UPDATE
 
Pre-register for Special PRSSANC Events
Make sure to register for PRSSA 2015 National Conference as soon as possible to reserve a spot on the agency tours and the Fireside Chat with former PRSA National Chairs. These opportunities are first come, first serve.

Learn About National Conference Speakers
The following speakers are confirmed for Conference: David Haan, Nikki Barjon, Peter Macias, Evan Nierman, Devon Wijesinghe and Brian Easter. The list of the speakers will just keep growing, follow PRSSANC on Twitter and Facebook for live updates.


NATIONAL COMMITTEE UPDATES

Successful Leadership Transitions
National President Heather Harder
As the semester wraps up, please be sure to connect your outgoing Chapter leaders with the new ones. Here are five helpful tips as you transition, and don't forget to ask your president to share notes form the PRSSA 2015 Leadership Rally in Arizona scheduled for May 29–31. If you’re attending, join the Facebook event to make connections with fellow attendees in advance. Connect with Heather Harder if you have any questions.
 
Graduates, Apply for PRSA Membership
Immediate Past President Brian Price
For just $60, PRSSA graduates can become PRSA Associate Members and continue their professional development. Associate Members also receive a complimentary New Professionals Section membership with promo code AM15, an additional saving of $20.

Find a Summer Internship 
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
With summer just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to find a summer internship. Employers continue to post positions to the PRSSA Internship Center with deadlines approaching. Take advantage of the Internship Center and reach out to your local PRSA Chapter to help you find internship opportunities. 

Recent opportunities include the following:

  • Public Affairs Intern, National Trust for Historic Preservation — Washington, D.C.  
  • Marketing Intern, Development Counsellors International — Denver, Colo.
  • Community Relations/Public Relations Intern, City of Torrance — Torrance, Calif. 

Connect with Jonathan Hill if you have any additional questions.

Share Your Summer Chapter News
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
PRSSA still accepts Chapters News submissions over the summer. Whether it’s an end-of-year banquet, a summer planning meeting or a meet and greet among members from various Chapters, send us your news this summer. Connect with Ethan Parry if you have any questions.
 
Start the Summer Right by Writing for Progressions
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
The school year’s over, but your portfolio is a constant work in progress. Make sure your portfolio receives some much-needed TLC this month by writing for PRSSA’s blog, Progressions.  And be sure to read the recently published spring issue of FORUM. Connect with Laura Daronatsy for more opportunities.
 
Host a Regional Conference
Vice President of Regional Conferences David Lee Watta
Chapters large and small can benefit from hosting a Regional Conference. It's a great way to offer programing for your Chapter year-round and also can be a major source of funding. If your are interested in hosting a conference in spring 2016 submit an Intent to Bid before July 1. Contact David Watta with any questions.

Strengthen Your Chapter Programing
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
As you plan for the next semester, think of creative, engaging ethics and diversity programming for your Chapters. Use the resources provided on the PRSSA website such as the Diversity Toolkit and Code of  Ethics to help assist in developing your programming.
 
Attend PRSSANC or PRSA ICON for Free
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
Apply for a PRSSA 2015 National Conference Grant. This grant will cover the registration cost for up to five members to attend the PRSSA 2015 National Conference. The recipients must demonstrate superior writing skills in both the press release and the original essay required in the submission. Just graduated? We have grants for PRSA 2015 International Conference also. Contact Jordan Paquet with any questions.

Update Your Student-run Firm’s Contact Information
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
Does your student-run firm have a new director? Let PRSSA National know about your firm’s transition by adding your new director to the Student-Run Firm Leader Facebook Group and completing the Chapter Officer Form. Also, don’t forget to thank your local PRSA Sponsor for providing networking, career mentoring and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Contact Dea Pennington for questions.
 
Get Ready for the Chapter Development Sessions at PRSSANC
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Thank you to all the Chapters that applied to host Chapter Development Sessions at the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. National Committee is in the process of making selections, and will make an announcement soon. As you prepare for the summer, consider fundraising to attend the PRSSA National Conference in November and participate in these Chapter Development Sessions. Connect with Paige Weber if you have any questions.

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 22PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship applications due

May 29 – 31PRSSA 2015 Leadership Rally