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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.

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.


The SIUE Chapter of PRSSA elects its officers in March of each year for the next academic year. The following are the 2016-2017 elected officers of the SIUE Chapter of PRSSA:

President: David Gallaher
Vice President: Desiree Bainbridge
Secretary: Hannah Miller
Treasurer: Lauren Boone
PR Director: Justin Hood
Historian: Lauren Toller
Director of Member Relations John Rybolt


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

Stacey Howard, Instructor, Department of Applied Communication Studies, SIUE

Dr. Sorin Nastasia, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Communication Studies, SIUE

Professional Adviser

Ashley Chitwood, Specialist, Marketing and Communications, SIUE


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

Spring Kickoff January 25 Maple-Dogwood Room
Fashion PR February 8 Maple-Dogwood Room
E-board Elections February 22 Illinois Room
Career Development Day February 24 Meridian Ballroom
Professional Roundtable March 22 Willow Room
National Assembly March 30-April 2 Seattle, WA
Non-profit PR April 5 Missouri Room
Entertainment PR April 19 Mississippi Room
End of Year Social May 3 TBA

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