Monthly Update

Aug. 5

In this issue…


Register for the PRSSA 2015 National Conference
National Conference Committee
Don’t forget to register for the PRSSA 2015 National Conference once you get to campus, if you haven’t done so already. The National Conference is jam-packed with professional development opportunities that you do not want to miss. Atlanta is the place to be this Nov. 6–10; hurry, registration closes on Oct. 2. Contact the Conference Committee with any questions.


Get Ready for Your Best Year
National President Laura Daronatsy
This year is all set to be one to remember. As you kick off your Chapter meetings, don’t forget your two most-prized PRSSA resources: the Chapter Handbook and the National Committee members. Contact Laura Daronatsy on how she can serve you this year by connecting with her on LinkedIn.
PRSA Connections Await 
Immediate Past President Heather Harder
The start of a new school year is the perfect time to start a relationship with PRSA. Find a PRSA Chapter near you and search its website and social media pages for upcoming events. Make sure a member of your executive board is assigned to periodically reach out to your PRSA sponsor Chapter and invite its members to your events — and don’t forget to keep an eye out for PRSSA registration discounts on PRSA’s events.
Stay Connected With PRSSA During Diversity Month
Vice President of Public Relations Nolan Miles
Twitter chats are a great way for members to gain valuable information and insights from other Chapters. The first PRSSA Twitter chat of the year will be at 9 p.m. EDT on Aug. 25, as we celebrate Diversity Month. Stay up-to-date on the month’s events through our social media channels and be sure to use #PRDiversity when making a post. Ways to stay engaged with PRSSA include accessing the PRSSA social media channels and submitting Chapter News about upcoming Chapter events, recaps or accomplishments. Connect with Nolan Miles if you have additional questions.

Find a Fall Internship on the Internship Center
Vice President of Career Services Veronica Mingrone
The end of summer is the best time to start looking for a fall internship. Head over to the PRSSA Internship Center to find employers looking for PRSSA students to fill internship positions. Current openings include:

  • CarMax public affairs internship, Richmond, Virginia
  • Public relations internship, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Fall internship with Morningstar Communications, Overland Park, Kansas

Connect with Veronica Mingrone if you have additional questions.
FORUM to Hit Inboxes Everywhere in Late August
Publications Editor in Chief Emma Finkbeiner
The publication of the fall 2015 issue of FORUM is fast approaching and it’s going to be full of information about the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta. It also will include content related to Diversity Month, articles from industry professionals and more. If you’re interested in writing for FORUM or Progressions, be sure to check out the writing guidelines and the PRSSA Style Guide and contact Emma Finkbeiner at
Plan Your Bid to Host a 2016 Regional Conference
Vice President of Regional Conferences Jenn Shafer
Hosting a Regional Conference is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging commitments a Chapter can undertake. Not only do Chapters gain important event planning experience, but they also benefit from great networking opportunities, receive national recognition and can even use the event to raise money for their Chapter. Bid forms are due Sept. 21, but Chapters hoping to bid should begin planning now. The Regional Conference Handbook is a great place to start. For questions or more information, feel free to contact Jenn Shafer.
Start Your Fall Semester on Solid Ground
Vice President of Member Services Joshua Gordon
Fall semester is here. Propel your Chapter’s membership and diversity forward by utilizing our recruitment materials. Don’t forget to apply for scholarships with approaching deadlines. Connect with Josh Gordon if you have any questions.
Making Connections Is Key at the Start of the School Year
Vice President of Professional Development Sarah Johnson
Networking is easier to initiate at the beginning of the year. Some practical ways to promote interconnectedness in your Chapter or firm right away include reading the Relationship Manual and Student-Run Firm Handbook, joining the firm director Facebook group and initiating communication with your PRSA sponsor Chapter. Reach out to Sarah Johnson with any questions.
Chapter Development Sessions Selected
Vice President of Chapter Development Gary Bridgens
Congratulations to the Chapters selected to present a Chapter development session at the National Conference. The list of presenters and topics can be viewed on the National Conference program. Attention Chapter presidents: You may now join the Chapter presidents’ Google Group. This group will serve as a forum for leadership discussion and National announcements throughout the year.


Aug. 6 — PRSA Webinar – Write for Readability

Aug. 17 — Chapter mailing: Chapter Handbook, dues information and more

Aug. 24 — Distribution of FORUM

Aug. 25 — Twitter Chat – Diversity in the Profession