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PRSSA

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest professional organization in the field of public relations. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is its affiliate pre-professional organization for college students interested in public relations. PRSA and PRSSA advocate for a greater understanding and adoption of public relations practices and services as well as for ethical principles of public relations, and promote professional development and diversity. The two organizations also keep professionals and students informed about the latest industry news, trends, and job opportunities.

The SIUE Chapter of PRSSA is sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and focuses on enhancing the education of members by creating opportunities for networking within the industry. Chapter members are involved in activities and projects which provide them with opportunities to advance and practice their public relations knowledge and skills and thus build their resume and increase their employability in the public relations professions. Activities and projects include: fundraisers; organizations of roundtables, guest speaker events, socials, and other special events; agency tours; participation in professional development opportunities offered by the St. Louis Chapter of PRSSA as well as by the national PRSSA organization.

Please, watch the SIUE PRSSA video on Facebook from January 2017: https://www.facebook.com/siueprssa/videos/1278972395479334/

Become a Member

Nationwide, there are more than 10,000 students in over 300 chapters taking advantage of the benefits of being a PRSSA member. In addition to advancing the field of public relations while building strong bonds with like-minded students, PRSSA members have access to a variety of opportunities for growth:

  • network with industry professionals
  • practicing leadership skills
  • being the first to hear about internship opportunities
  • gaining hands-on experience through workshops and the PRSSA blog

In addition to development opportunities during college, PRSSA membership also helps you get ahead after graduation in an industry that was recently listed among the 50 Best Careers by US News and World Reports.

Contact us or attend the next chapter meeting for more information on becoming a member.

Officers

The SIUE Chapter of PRSSA elects its officers in March of each year for the next academic year. The following are the 2017-2018 elected officers of the SIUE Chapter of PRSSA:

President: Hannah Miller hanmill@siue.edu
Secretary: Erica Winter ewinter@siue.edu
Treasurer: John Rybolt jrybolt@siue.edu
PR Director: Jamonique  (Jay) Johnson jamojoh@siue.edu


Advisers

The SIUE Chapter of PRSSA benefits from the experience of dedicated advisers. The chapter has two academic advisers and a professional adviser, as follows:

Academic Advisers

Dr. Sorin Nastasia, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Communication Studies, SIUE
snastas@siue.edu

Lacey Sonderegger, Instructor, Department of Applied Communication Studies, SIUE
lsonder@siue.edu

Professional Adviser

Ashley Chitwood, Specialist, Marketing and Communications, SIUE
achitwo@siue.edu

Meetings

The SIUE chapter of PRSSA meets twice a month during fall and spring semesters. 
Below is the chapter's Fall 2017 schedule of activities. All on campus meetings start at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and take place in the Morris University Center.

Fall Kickoff September 6 Missouri Room
Ethics in PR September 20 Missouri Room
Sports PR October 4 Missouri Room
Professional Round Tables October 18 Missouri Room
Fun Day November 1 TBA
Agency vs Non-profit vs Corporate PR November 15 Missouri Room
Resume and Cover Letter Workshop November 29 Missouri Room
Fall Social December 13 TBA


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