Monthly Update

March 6

In this issue…

  • National Committee Updates
    • Participate in the 2017 FUNdraising Bowl
    • Spring Regional Conferences are in Full Swing
    • #Hired
    • Build Your Portfolio With Nationally Published Articles
    • Begin Your Leadership Transition Early
    • Hey Seniors — Ready to join PRSA?
    • Pacesetter Recognition and Recruitment
    • Star Chapter Award Requirement: High School Outreach
    • Get Closer to Your PRSA Sponsor Chapter
    • Follow us on Social Media

National Committee Updates

Participate in the 2017 FUNdraising Bowl

Vice President of Chapter Development Victoria Leigh Ward
Are you looking ahead to your Chapter’s programming calendar and wondering where in the world you will find the necessary funds? One word: fundraising! If you are hosting a fundraiser in March or April your Chapter should submit a FUNdraising Bowl Application. See previous submissions for an idea of what to submit. One Chapter’s fundraiser will be chosen each month (February, March, April) and all winners will be entered into a lottery to win two free Conference registrations. Read the FUNdraising Bowl Guidelines and or contact Victoria Leigh Ward for more information.

Spring Regional Conferences are in Full Swing

Vice President of Regional Conferences Nicole Price
First, congratulations to the Chapters at Penn State University, Boston University, the University of Oklahoma, and UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina A&T for hosting their Regional Conferences in February. This month, the Chapters at Utah Valley University, DePaul University, and Loyola University, New Orleans will host their conferences. Make sure to register for the conferences before it’s too late. Check out all the conference information and register today.


Vice President of Career Services Sarah Dougherty
Application season has arrived, and PRSSA has resources to help you make the best of it. The PRSSA Internship Center and PRSA Jobcenter are two member benefits that come in handy this time of year, just use your MyPRSA login information. You may also register (for free) to attend the PRSA Virtual Job Fair on March 30, 2017 from 1–4 EST.  Send any career development-related questions to Sarah Dougherty at

Build Your Portfolio With Nationally Published Articles

Publications Editor in Chief Krista Watson
The summer job hunt has begun so it is the perfect time to build your portfolio with articles published on Progressions and in FORUM. Topics range from industry-related news and professional advice to social media and more. Reach out to Krista Watson for more information on how to get started at

Begin Your Leadership Transition Early

National President Emma Finkbeiner
Can you believe it’s already March? The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and Chapters will be holding elections to welcome their future leaders soon. Starting the application, election and transition process early can help keep the momentum in your Chapter going. Be sure to refer to PRSSA’s leadership transition resources and don’t forget to fill out the Chapter Officer Form once the new leadership is elected to ensures continued communication with PRSSA National.

Hey Seniors — Ready to join PRSA?

Immediate Past President Laura Daronatsy
One way to ease the transition to postgrad life is by joining PRSA. Did you know you can join PRSA as an Associate Member five months prior to graduating? Join today for $60, and receive a free PRSA New Pros Section membership by using the following promo code: AM17

Pacesetter Recognition and Recruitment

Vice President of Member Services Jon Kovach Jr.
Is your Chapter setting the pace for growth and sustainability? The Pacesetter Chapter Recognition recognizes a Chapter’s success in the areas of membership, national participation and/or Chapter development. Apply today for recognition for you great milestones and achievements by sending your applications to Jessica Espinal.

Help your current Chapter members and potential Chapter members learn all of the benefits that a PRSSA membership offers by implementing some of the suggestions on the recruiting page. On this page you will find ideas for recruitment and ways to grow your membership. For additional ideas, brainstorming sessions or to schedule a consultation, email Jon Kovach Jr.

Star Chapter Award Requirement: High School Outreach

Vice President of Advocacy Andrew Cook
Is your Chapter working to achieve the Star Chapter award this year? Be sure to schedule a High School Outreach session and help your Chapter members reach out to the next generation of public relations students. For questions, connect with Andrew Cook at

Get Closer to Your PRSA Sponsor Chapter

Vice President of Professional Development Liz Skeele
Looking for mentors in your region? Develop a closer relationship with your PRSA sponsor Chapter by using the PRSA/PRSSA Relationship Manual. It features tips to grow the relationship and creative ideas for you to use. Don’t forget to invite your PRSA sponsor Chapter and Professional Adviser to speak in your meetings. For more professional development ideas, email Liz Skeele at

Follow us on Social Media

Vice President of Public Relations Joshua Lachica
Regional Conference season is officially in full swing. Want to get a sneak peak into the Regional Conferences taking place across the country? Follow us on Snapchat at ‘prssanational.’ National Assembly is only a few short weeks away. For preparedness tips, tune in to our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.