Monthly Update

Aug. 8

In this issue ...

Keynote Announced for PRSSA National Conference 
National Conference Committee
Allison Melangton, senior vice president at Hulman Motorsports and former CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, will speak at the PRSSA 2016 National Conference on using engagement as a vehicle to drive change. Along with the keynote, many new session speakers have been confirmed. See the updated program here. Need help registering? See this step by step video and register today. The deadline to register is Sept. 16


Start the Semester on the Right Foot
National President Emma Finkbeiner
The semester is about to begin for most of us and now is the time to prepare for all of the upcoming PRSSA activities. If you are on the executive board, you may be preparing a fundraising or networking event. If you are a general member, you may be preparing to register for National Conference. Whatever your plans are, please remember the National Committee is here to serve you.

Scholarship Deadlines Fast Approaching
Vice President of Member Services John Kovach
Scholarship season is almost over. Don't miss your opportunity to apply for the last batch of scholarships due on September 9, 2016.
Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship — Award: $1,000
Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award —Award: $300 and a certificate
If your Chapter has a Nationally Affiliated Student-run Firm, consider applying for the Student-run Firm Awards. These awards honor the best campaign and best tactic.

Let’s Talk About Diversity
Vice President of Advocacy Andrew Cook
August is our annual Diversity Month. So jump-start your year by learning more about diversity and PRSSA Chapter resources. Participate in Twitter chats with PRSA  (Aug. 11) and PRSSA (Aug. 17), plus be on the lookout for the #HumansofPRSSA social media campaign.

Get Your Work Published Nationally
Publications Editor in Chief Krista Watson
The publication of the fall 2016 issue of FORUM is fast approaching. This issue will feature sneak peeks of the PRSSA 2016 National Conference in Indy, as well as resume and fundraising advice, articles from industry professionals and more. If you’re interested in writing for FORUM or Progressions, be sure to check out the writing guidelines and the PRSSA Style Guide and contact Krista Watson.

Host a Regional Conference
Vice President of Regional Conferences Nicole Price
Thinking about hosting a Regional Conference? Bids to host a Regional Conference are due Sept. 9.

Have a Question Only a New Pro Can Answer?
Immediate Past President Laura Daronatsy
PRSA New Pros are eager to help out students by answering any questions you may have about making it in the "real world." If you'd like to interact with this Section, you can start by asking a question here.

Looking Ahead
Vice President of Chapter Development Victoria Leigh Ward
Did you know that a National Committee member is personally assigned to your Chapter throughout the year to connect with you and support your members? The National Committee will begin making calls the last week of August, so make sure to complete the online Chapter Officer Form with updated contact information if you have not done so already.

Prepare Your Chapter for Upcoming Opportunities
Vice President of Professional Development Liz Skeele
Is your relationship with your sponsor PRSA Chapter at a bare minimum? The PRSA/PRSSA Relationship Manual is here to help. The new semester is almost here so now is the time to reach out to professionals in your region and plan your next networking event. Please feel free to connect with Liz Skeele if you have any questions.

Connect Your Employer with the Internship Center
Vice President of Career Services Sarah Dougherty
With summer internships wrapping up, it's a great time to connect your employer with the PRSSA Internship Center. This is an awesome (free) tool for them to use to list future internship opportunities. Help your internship provider make an employer account on the website to help keep PRSSA members at the top of their minds. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Dougherty with any questions or ideas.

Submit Chapter News
Vice President of Public Relations Joshua Lachica
Does your Chapter have something fun and/or exciting planned for the new semester? Participate in volunteer work? Or hold a successful event? If so, you should consider submitting Chapter News to share your Chapter’s story nationally. Chapter News must be submitted to in news release format.


Aug. 15 — Bimonthly Chapter mailing: Chapter Handbook, Dues information, Bateman information

Aug. 17Twitter chat: Diversity

Aug. 26 — Distribution of FORUM