Monthly Update

Nov. 7

In this issue …

Mark Your Calendars
The PRSSA 2015 National Assembly will be in Portland, Ore., March 12–15. Each Chapter is encouraged to send an official delegate to vote.

Interested in running for National Committee? Connect with a current National Committee member to learn more.


Connect with the Plank Center
National President Heather Harder
If you have heard of Betsy Plank’s legacy or attended the Living Legends panel during National Conference, then you also heard of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.

The Plank Center is a valuable resource to public relations professionals and would like to hear from you. The Center is conducting a brief national student survey through Nov. 14. Take the survey, and connect with the Center for leadership tips, industry research and more. Feel free to contact Heather Harder if you have any questions.

November is Diversity Month
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
November marks PRSA and PRSSA's celebration of diversity within the profession. During this month, think of some ways that your Chapter can improve diversity. Ask yourselves, “Are we as diverse as we could be?” Be on the lookout for compelling content on Progressions and the PRSSA social media channels. Don’t forget to join the Diversity Month Twitter chat on Nov. 18. If you have any questions, connect with Eric Winkfield.
PRSSA Internships: A Team Effort
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Each member in this society plays a key role in the success of our Internship Center. It's understood that most Chapter presidents share internships internally; however, it's our hope that when an appropriate internship arises, members will share these with the rest of the society. Direct employers to the Internship Center website or simply email your information to We all want internships; therefore, consider how your contribution will help current and future members jump-start their professional experience. Contact Jonathan Hill to get more information on current or future internships.

Recent opportunities include some of the following: 

  • Public Relations Intern — Molina Healthcare Inc., Long Beach, Calif.
  • Corporate Communications Intern  — Marathon Oil Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Public Relations/Social Media Intern  — My College Timeline, virtual

Chapter Presidents’ Google Group
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Chapter presidents, have you joined the Chapter Presidents Google Group yet? Stay connected with the presidents you met at National Conference or other events through this simple system. All you have to do is email the group, and an entire community of Chapter presidents will be there to help answer your questions. Email Paige Weber if you have any questions.

Pacesetter Chapter Award
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
Apply for the Pacesetter Chapter Recognition this month! Pacesetter recognizes one Chapter's success each month from September through April in the areas of membership, national participation and/or Chapter development. Applications are due on the last day of each month. To download the application form or to read more about the criteria, click here. Contact Jordan Paquet for more information.
Consider Applying for National Affiliation
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
As one semester ends and another begins; consider planning to Nationally Affiliate your student-run firm with PRSSA. If your firm is already affiliated, be sure to check when your three-year term is ending to ensure you re-apply on time. Email Dea Pennington if you have any questions.

Champions for PRSSA Social Media Campaign
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
The Champions for PRSSA serve as mentors, scholarship contributors and more. Over the next few months, PRSSA National will be highlighting a Champion each week on our social media channels. I encourage you to connect with them for networking and career advice, or simply to thank them for their dedication to PRSSA. Connect with Ethan Parry on LinkedIn and/or send a tweet.

Regional Conferences Update
Vice President of Regional Conferences David Lee Watta
Reach out and congratulate the 11 Chapters who've been selected to host Regional Conferences this year. Stay connected; you won't want to miss these innovative events! Let's chat about Regional Conferences; tweet David Lee Watta

Are You Caught up on Your Public Relations Reading?
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
Stay updated on the latest public relations trends, read recaps from National Conference sessions you missed and more on PRSSA’s blog, Progressions. Be on the lookout for this month’s Progressions Writing Prompt” or connect with Laura Daronasty on LinkedIn for more opportunities.


Nov. 18 — Diversity Month Twitter Chat