Monthly Update

May 3

In this issue ...

National Event Updates
Secure Your Spot for #PRSSANC
National Conference Committee
Register now for the PRSSA 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis for an opportunity to pre-register for the Fireside Chat, Career tours and Resume Critique.

The following speakers have been confirmed so far: Lauren Berger, Deirdre Breakenridge, Heather Whaling, Sabrina List, Ron Culp, Klint Briney, Jennifer Beaver and more. Stay up to date by visiting the Conference website, Twitter and Facebook. Registration closes Sept. 16.

National Committee Updates
Join PRSA at a Discounted Price
Immediate Past President Heather Harder
Recently graduated or graduating soon? Join PRSA as an Associate Member for just $60 and get a FREE New Pros section membership with the code AM16. Click this link to get started on your application. Also, don’t forget to join the #AskNewPros Twitter chat on May 11, 8–9 p.m. ET, for advice about becoming a new professional. Contact Heather Harder if you have any questions about joining.
Don’t Wait — Apply for PRSSA Scholarships Now!
Vice President of Member Services Josh Gordon
PRSSA offers 18 scholarships and awards that are due in May or June. This year you may submit the majority of the applications online. Encourage your members to apply. Contact Josh Gordon at if you have any questions.
Host a Regional Conference in 2017
Vice President of Regional Conferences Jenn Shafer
Thank you to all who hosted and attended a spring 2016 Regional Conference. Though the Regional Conference season has passed for this year, Chapters interested in hosting a conference for next year should start preparing. Not sure where to start? Check out the Regional Conference web page for more information. Feel free to contact Jenn Shafer with any questions.
Find a Summer Internship
Vice President of Career Services Veronica Mingrone
If you’re looking to gain some experience this summer, apply for this PRSSA Opportunity or head over to the PRSSA Internship Center. With a variety of positions all over the country, you just may find the perfect opportunity that fits your location and interest. Questions on how to login? Email Veronica Mingrone at
Make Your Student-run Firm Leadership Transition Easy
Vice President of Professional Development Sarah Johnson
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 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 Sarah Johnson to learn more.
Stay Sharp This Summer — Write for Progressions or FORUM
Publications Editor in Chief Emma Finkbeiner
After another long school year, I’m sure you’re all ready for a break. But don’t let your skills get dull just because you aren’t in class. Keep your writing skills sharp by pitching articles to Progressions and FORUM over the summer. Find writing guidelines for Progressions and FORUM on the PRSSA website, or reach out to Emma Finkbeiner directly at P.S. If you haven’t read the spring 2016 issue of FORUM yet, check it out now.
Apply for the Diversity Teahan Award Today
Vice President of Advocacy Victoria Lewis
Awards season is just around the corner, so apply for the Teahan Chapter Award for Diversity today. This category recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity within a PRSSA Chapter. Judging criteria will include activities performed to promote, generate awareness and encourage diversity within your Chapter. Connect with Victoria Lewis for more information.
Share Your Summer Chapter News
Vice President of Public Relations Nolan Miles
Just because classes are ending doesn’t mean there isn’t Chapter News to share with other schools. If you are hosting an end-of-year banquet, a summer retreat or a fundraising event over the summer, send us your Chapter News. Contact Nolan Miles directly at if you have any questions.
Another School Year in the Books
National President Laura Daronatsy
The school year is wrapping up, but don’t forget to spend your summer smartly by updating your resume, picking up a new skill, catching up on reading or simply making time to relax.
Thank you for letting me serve you as National President this year. Whether in PRSSA or PRSA, I hope to see you in Indianapolis in the fall at National Conference! If you have any questions about public relations, PRSSA, work, internships or just want to chat about life, feel free to reach out.