Monthly Update

Oct. 1

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Prepare for the PRSSA 2015 National Conference

National Conference Committee
The PRSSA 2015 National Conference is right around the corner. If you havent done so already, the deadline to register for the Conference and to make your hotel reservation is tomorrow Oct. 2. Below are a few reminders to get you ready for the trip.

Hotel —The PRSSA hotel room block rate is $150 per room per night. A 16% tax will be added. Check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is at noon. All hotel guests will need to provide a debit or credit card upon arrival. Avoid using a debit card. Hotel room cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

Sessions — Review the Conference website to pick out the sessions and events you are most interested in attending. Plan to arrive early since sessions are first come, first served.

Dining — A light meal will be provided on Friday evening. A continental breakfast will be provided on Saturday and dinner will be provided on Monday evening. In addition, breakfast will be provided at Tuesday’s Farewell Breakfast. Chapter presidents are invited to a special “thank you” lunch on Saturday sponsored by General Motors. All other meals are on your own.

Don’t forget to join the Facebook event to connect with other attendees. Follow the PRSSA National Conference on Facebook and Twitter at @PRSSANC.


PRSSA/PRSA Relationship Month: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Vice President of Professional Development Sarah Johnson
October is PRSSA/PRSA Relationship Month, and this year the focus is on mentorship. To participate, connect with your PRSA sponsor Chapter and get fresh ideas from the Relationship Manual. Also, mark your calendars for the Relationship Month Twitter chat on October 13 and check Pinterest, LinkedIn and Progressions for Relationship Month content. Contact Sarah Johnson with any questions.
National Conference Live Bloggers and Photographers Wanted
Publications Editor in Chief Emma Finkbeiner
PRSSA National Publications is looking for live bloggers and photographers to help produce content for Progressions and FORUM at the National Conference this upcoming November. If chosen, you will help to recap specific sessions for those who are unable to attend the Conference or missed that session. This is a great opportunity to continue building your portfolio. If interested, email Publications Editor in Chief Emma Finkbeiner at
Participate in the 2015 Community Service Initiative
Vice President of Chapter Development Gary Bridgens
Participate in the 2015 Community Service Initiative (CSI) by simply bringing middle-to-high-school level books with you to National Conference in Atlanta. All donations will be used in the Ron Clark Academy library. If you cannot attend Conference but still wish to participate, you can send your donation items to PRSSA Headquarters between Oct. 12 and Oct. 23.
The Bids are in: Regional Conferences Announced Soon
Vice President of Regional Conferences Jenn Shafer
Universities from across the country have submitted their bids to host a 2015–2016 Regional Conference. The selected school will be announced once phone interviews have concluded. Keep an eye out for those announcements around mid-October. Regional Conferences occur between February and April each spring semester. Attending a Regional Conference is a great way to meet other PRSSA students and professionals in your region. Start this discussion in your Chapter now to plan to attend one this Spring. For more questions or information, feel free to contact Vice President of Regional Conferences Jenn Shafer.
Engage on Social Media for Relationship Month and PRSSANC
Vice President of Public Relations Nolan Miles
Connect with thousands of members on social media throughout October as we celebrate Relationship Month. Use the hashtag #PRSSARM and join our Twitter chat on October 13 at 9 p.m. EST. Also be on the lookout for Conference news and updates as we use the official #PRSSANC hashtag. For more information on how to participate in Twitter chats or how to stay connected on social media connect with Nolan on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

Set Your Sights on Star Chapter Recognition
Vice President of Member Services Josh Gordon
PRSSA meetings, events, networking and fun is in full swing. It’s time your Chapter was recognized for its exciting initiatives. The Star Chapter Award encourages all Chapters to participate in events and relationship building opportunities for students and rewards them for achieving these goals. Below are a few requirements you can meet in October:

  • Strengthen your relationship with your PRSA sponsor Chapter.
  • Gain positive attention for your Chapter in at least one campus or community publication or other media.
  • Extend an invitation to students/faculty from other disciplines to attend at least one Chapter meeting.

Fall Internship Positions Available on the Internship Center
Vice President of Career Services Veronica Mingrone
If you’re still looking for a fall internship, head over to the PRSSA Internship Center. With a variety of positions all over the country, you may just find the perfect opportunity that fits your location and interest. Do you have a question or know of an employer interested in posting a position on the Internship Center? Email Veronica Mingrone, vice president of career services, at

A Big Thank You
Vice President of Advocacy Victoria Lewis
Thank you to all of the members and Chapters who participated in both Diversity and Ethics Month. Your engagement in social media throughout August and September was greatly appreciated. The quality of dialogue on the Twitter chats was truly impressive. For more information about public relations diversity and ethics connect with Vice President of Advocacy Victoria Lewis on LinkedIn.


Oct. 13 — Relationship Month Twitter Chat