Monthly Update

Jan. 12

In this issue ...

PRSSA 2016 National Assembly Keynote Speaker Selected
Register for the PRSSA 2016 National Assembly and get an opportunity to learn from from The Grossman Group Founder and CEO David Grossman, APR, ABC, Fellow PRSA.

Celebrate Career Development Month
Vice President of Career Services Veronica Mingrone
PRSSA’s first-ever Career Development Month will highlight all the National career development benefits available to members. From a “Launch Your Career” Twitter chat on January 12 at 9 p.m. EST, to an opportunity to tweet all your internship-related questions and have them answered in real time. We want to hear from you — chime into the conversation with #PRSSACDM all month long. Contact Veronica Mingrone with any questions.


Winter 2016 Issue of FORUM Available Now
Publications Editor in Chief Emma Finkbeiner
The winter 2016 issue of FORUM is now available on the PRSSA website. This issue contains articles spanning topics such as mentorship, PRSSA member benefits, graduate school, career fair tips and becoming a stronger writer. Enjoy a recap of the PRSSA 2015 National Conference and a preview of the nine 2016 Regional Conferences. Don’t miss articles from National Committee members, seasoned public relations professionals and fellow PRSSA members.

New Year, New Opportunities
Vice President of Public Relations Nolan Miles
Make submitting Chapter News your Chapters New Years resolution. The spring semester brings new opportunities for Chapter involvement on the national level. Take advantage of these opportunities and submit a Chapter News release about its success. Also, be sure to participate in the complimentary PRSA webinars listed below.

Connect with Nolan Miles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Resolve to Win Scholarships This Year
Vice President of Member Services Josh Gordon
Apply for the Gary Yoshimura Scholarship to directly fund your educational pursuits. $2,400 is at stake. To win this award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be pursuing a higher education in the public relations field.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a PRSSA member.

For any questions about scholarship and award applications, contact Josh Gordon.
Regional Conferences Start in January
Vice President of Regional Conferences Jenn Shafer
The time has finally arrived. The 11 Chapters selected to host the PRSSA 2016 Regional Conferences will be inviting members from across the country to expand their networks and attend various public relations sessions. The conferences are scheduled between January and April this spring semester. For a full list of conferences and to find the best fit for you, please visit the Regional Conference webpage. For more questions or information, feel free to contact Vice President of Regional Conferences Jenn Shafer.
Start Planning Your Spring Fundraiser
Vice President of Chapter Development Gary Bridgens
As we move into the new semester, it’s time to start thinking about how you can raise funds for your Chapter. Thanks to the PRSSA FUNdraising Bowl, the Chapter with the best spring fundraiser will win two registrations for the PRSSA 2016 National Conference. Check out the FUNdraising Bowl Playbook to learn what fundraisers other Chapters have completed and read the FUNdraising Bowl Guidelines for the contest rules. Reach out to Gary Bridgens with any questions.         
High School Outreach Materials Coming Soon
National President Laura Daronatsy
High School Outreach is crucial to helping your members build confidence as they grow the next generation of public relations professionals. Because of this, we’re working to bring you additional materials on how to successfully reach out to high school and community college students who may be interested in public relations. We will be adding more information to the website soon, but if you have any questions please reach out to Laura Daronatsy
Are You Ready for the New Pro Life?
Immediate Past President Heather Harder
Are you curious to know what it’s like to be a new professional in public relations? Follow the latest advice and updates from the PRSA New Pros section on Twitter or via the New Pros blog, The Edge. Graduating soon? Use the code AM16 when you register as a PRSA Associate Member to receive a free New Pros section membership.
Start the New Year With Connections
Vice President of Professional Development Sarah Johnson        
It’s the perfect time of year to set goals and expand your professional network. Whether your Chapter has a strong mentorship program or has yet to start one, reach out to your PRSA sponsor Chapter to discuss new initiatives. Use the Relationship Manual for guidance. Get involved in discussion with other student-run firm directors in the Facebook group, and be sure to connect with Sarah Johnson if you haven’t yet.


“Long Beach State PRSSA Joins Forces with Long Beach BLAST”
“Marist College Receives 2015 Star Chapter Award for the Second Consecutive Year”
“UD PRSSA Hosts Skype Session with National Vice President of Member Services”


Jan. 12 — Twitter Chat – "Launch Your Career" 9 p.m. EST; use the #PRSSACDM to chime into and follow the conversation all month long.

Jan 18–22 — Tweet your internship-related questions using #askPRSSACDM to the Vice President of Career Services, Veronica Mingrone (@veronica_min). Questions will be answered on Twitter in real time, and some themes will be covered in future installments of Intern Talk on Progressions.
Jan. 25Gary Yoshimura Scholarship applications due