Monthly Update

March 10

In this issue …


Register for Leadership Rally
Incoming Chapter presidents are invited to the annual PRSSA Leadership RallyMay 29–31 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Encourage your 2015–2016 president to register for this exciting event. Remember, registration and hotel costs are covered by PRSSA National.
Join the #PRSSANA Conversation
Even if you're not able to attend PRSSA 2015 National Assembly, you can still be part of the conversation. Follow the hashtag #PRSSNA for live tweets from leadership sessions and keynote speeches.


Spring Elections Preparation
National President Heather Harder
As your Chapter prepares for spring elections, please remember to fill out the PRSSA Officer Update Form and register your incoming president for PRSSA Leadership Rally. You may also visit the PRSSA website for leadership transition tips. Connect with Heather Harder if you have any questions.
Graduating Seniors, Apply for PRSA Membership
Immediate Past President Brian Price
Did you know graduating seniors can apply for PRSA membership up to six months before graduation? For just $60, you can become a PRSA Associate Member and continue your professional development. That's a savings of $200! Associate Members also receive a complimentary New Professionals Section membership with promo code AM15, an additional saving of $20. Join in March and get free membership to any PRSA Professional Interest Section!
Find Your Summer Internship
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Now is the time to apply for your summer internship. Take advantage of PRSSA's Internship Center and find employers who are looking for PRSSA members just like you! 
Recent opportunities include the following:

  • Public Relations Intern, Hornorcom - Harleysville, Pennsylvania. (paid) 
  • Social Media Intern, Taylor & Pond Communications - San Diego, California (paid)
  • Healthcare Public Relations Intern, TogoRun - Washington, D.C. (paid)

Connect with Jonathan Hill if you have any additional questions.
Win Complimentary National Conference Registration
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
In less time than it takes to pick the perfect Instagram filter, you can enter for the chance to win two complimentary registrations to the PRSSA 2015 National Conference. All your Chapter has to do is submit and execute a fundraising idea by March 31 to the FUNdraising Bowl. Each month, from February–April, a winning submission is picked and that submission continues on as a finalist until the grand prize winner is chosen in June. Read the guidelines and review past entries in the FUNdraising Playbook for more information. If you have any questions, contact Paige Weber.
Your Chapter is a Star
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
Has your Chapter completed 80 percent of the requirements to gain Star Chapter distinction? As you look toward the final months of the semester and the final meetings of the year, make sure to revisit the Star Chapter application and implement any last-minute programming you need to gain this distinction. Review the requirements before submitting.
Contact Jordan Paquet if you have any questions.
Bring More Diversity Into Your Chapter
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
If your Chapter is seeking new, diverse ideas for meetings and events, look no further than the updated Diversity Toolkit. This toolkit contains ideas for diverse programming, diversity research and recruitment of diverse members — all things that will help enhance your Chapter. If you have any questions connect with Eric Winkfield.
Gain Experience With a Student-run Firm  
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
Starting or participating in a student-run firm is a great way to build your resume and portfolio, apply what you’ve learned in class, and gain hands-on experience while you are still a student. Whether your firm is well established or just getting started, PRSSA offers many resources to help you succeed. The Student-Run Firm Handbook details much of what you need to know about a student-run firm, from gaining clients to billing. Though there are more than 100 student-run firms operated by PRSSA Chapters, only those among the upper echelons are Nationally Affiliated. Connect with Dea Penington if you have any questions.
Participate in March’s PRSSA National Social Media Competition
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
Do you want to win a Starbucks gift card? Participate in PRSSA National’s first-ever social media competition. Get points for commenting on Progressions posts, retweeting PRSSA National tweets, liking our Facebook page and more. New challenges will be added throughout the coming weeks. Get started today by visiting If you have a question about the competition, contact Ethan Parry.

Attend a Regional Conference
Vice President of Regional Conferences, David Lee Watta
With Regional Conferences in NashvilleChicagoStatesboro, Georgia; Des Moines; and Omaha, everyone is bound to find their best fit. Act fast; registration dates are approaching fast. Contact David Watta for more information on attending and hosting a Regional Conference

We Are Curious — What Do You Want to Know More About?
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
This month, we would love to know what types of content you would like to see more of in Progressions and FORUM. Want to know about how to find internships? Learn about the future of public relations? Where to get the best business casual clothing? Send your thoughts to Also, if you interested in writing connect with Laura Daronatsy.

February’s Pacesetter Chapter Recognition Winner
Congratulations to Otterbein University, the February 2015 Pacesetter Chapter Recognition winner! If you're interested in applying to be the March winner, please visit our website at


March 12–15 — PRSSA 2015 National Assembly
March 24Planning: The Gateway to Chapter Success Twitter Chat
March 27 — Bateman Case Study Competition entries due