College students needs business cards too

College is the perfect time to get your first business card. While in college, you are going to do a lot of networking. Professionals will hand you their contact information on a business card and you should want to do the same. Having a business card will give you a more professional, polished look. Being able to hand someone your business card will leave you feeling great.

Source: TiffanieKellog.com

Source: TiffanieKellog.com

Your business card should have your name, cell number, e-mail and major followed by student, i.e. PR student. Additional information such as your college, your blog link and social media handles can be included as well.

Keep your business card design simple and professional. But don’t be afraid to choose a template that showcase your personality. Be sure that your font, size, and color (black is best) is readable. A good place to create business cards is Vistaprint. However, there are many other online sites to design business cards on.

Daizchane Baker
Editor-in-Chief
EMU PRSSA

Study International Public Relations in London Summer 2015

From the tower of London to Westminster Abbey’s soaring arches, this London based seminar offers students the opportunity to live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities while interacting with and learning from international public relations practitioners.

The seminar will be held May 31-June 26, 2015 at Regent’s University in London. Dr. Ashli Q. Stokes, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and co-author of Global Public Relations: Spanning Borders, Spanning Cultures will lead this year’s seminar.

Students must apply online for the seminar.

Space is limited to 18 students and spots are already being filled. Past attendees have come from schools all over the nation. Don’t miss your chance to study PR in London!

For more information, please contact Dr. Ashli Stokes via email.

SDC 2014 speaker: Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine will be speaking at our upcoming Student Development Conference. His topic is Press Releases 3.0. 

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Kevin Devine

Devine has been director of Student Media at EMU since September 11, 2001.  He is the adviser to The Eastern Echo, Cellar Roots magazine and related student-produced publications, websites and multimedia. He serves as president of the board of the Michigan Collegiate Press Association.  Devine has previously worked as a newspaper reporter in Boston, a magazine writer and book editor.  He is also an award-winning songwriter and performer with numerous TV and film song credits. Devine also has performed numerous times at venues ranging from classrooms to concert halls all over the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Registration is required to attend SDC. Don’t miss out on a great conference, register online to save your seat.

Eric Wortman is joining EMU PRSSA on Oct. 28, 2014

Eric Wortman is an account lead on the General Motors account. He is a main point of contact for clients and manages the implementation and execution of paid search, organic search, and paid social campaigns.

Eric Wortman

Eric Wortman

Wortman works at iProspect a global digital performance marketing agency made up of over 2,000 employees across 65 offices in 48 countries. iP is a decorated agency with awards such as AdAge’s best places to work and iMedia’s best agency for performance marketing. The Detroit office, founded in 2012, provides all search and paid social marketing for General Motors. iP also works closely with sister agency Carat who provides all media buying for GM.

Wortman will be discussing marketing topics.

please join emu prssa and eric wortman on oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m in room 217 at Halle library.

We are pleased to announce the details of the 2014 Student Development Conference

The Student Development Workshop is an annual, day-long conference that is planned and implemented by members of the EMU PRSSA. We aim to help students in and around southeastern Michigan prepare for careers in public relations, journalism, marketing and other communications fields.

Attendants will gain knowledge from professionals in their field of study when hearing from our guest speakers, and through networking. The day will conclude with a resume-building workshop where you’ll receive feedback and tips on how to improve. This year’s Keynote speaker is Luke Capizzo, senior account executive at Identity PR.

Please join us on Friday, December 5, in the EMU Student Center from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit our eventbrite page.

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So you declared a PR major?

So you’ve just declared your major as public relations. Now what?

Well, you should come to a PRSSA meeting! I know, I know, I just gave you the cliché answer, but it’s true.

I came to Eastern and started my college career as a declared PR major. At Fajita Fest, during my first year orientation I came up to the PRSSA table and excitedly told everyone at the table about myself and how excited I was to join and how I had been reading the blog throughout my senior year of high school. It’s true, I did. What can I say? I was excited!

So all that happened and then guess what happened next? I didn’t come to a meeting until February of my first year.  What ended up being my biggest regret of my first year? Not coming to PRSSA until the year was practically done.

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So what am I saying here? I’m saying that you have nothing to lose. If you are interested in public relations, or studying public relations or a related communication or marketing field, come on down to PRSSA! We promise there is something to learn.

Being in PRSSA has given me an opportunity to learn beyond the classroom, apply the skills that I learn in class, and meet and network with people who share the same passion for the field as I do. I mean really, what’s better than a bunch of people who love public relations? Nothing.

Maybe you think the meetings sound intimidating. I promise they aren’t. Our Tuesday night meetings are educational, yes, but they are also always fun. You get to learn something, meet people, and advance your PR career. It’s a worthwhile use of time.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please do not hesitate to contact our e-board members or attend one of our Tuesday night meetings. Even if you aren’t a member, please consider joining us! You are always welcome.

Andrea Mellendorf
Chief Financial Officer
EMU PRSSA

Public relations courses prefix is now PURL instead of JRNL

Winter 2015 registration is coming up. If you are looking for your public relations course, you may not find them if your not looking them up under the new prefix PURL. Moving forward public relation courses will now have PURL before the course number and not JRNL. Journalism courses in the PR program will still be under the JRNL prefix.

If you have any questions regarding the change please contact Lolita or Gina.
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