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My EMU PRSSA Goals For The New School Year

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By Hope Salyer

It’s that time of year, and a new E-board has been elected for EMU PRSSA. As the new Vice President of Professional Development and Special Events and Programming, I decided that I wanted to set out my goals for the new year, and provide an opportunity to hear the opinions of our entire chapter.

My goal for the 2017-2018 school year are to provide new experiences to our members to help them with networking, and learning more about public relations in every aspect. PR is a large field, and there are so many different options you can choose from. Often times, we go on Agency tours that focus on the same thing. We don’t always get the chance to experience what the corporate, nonprofit, entertainment and sports aspects of PR are like. Even those options don’t cover the entire PR spectrum. My goal as VP of Professional Development is to provide as many experiences and networking opportunities for those types of PR as possible. I want to include every part of PR that our members are interested in.

In talking with past and present members, corporate, entertainment and sports PR seem to be  topics many people are interested in. My plan is to start there, and learn more about what our future members want to see as well.

As your e-board member, my responsibility is to provide you with the best opportunities I can. I promise I will try my best to provide an opportunity for every one of our members to build their networks for after graduation and learn more about something he/she is interested in.

Please comment below or tweet me @hsalyer01 with any ideas or suggestions you have for the kinds of experiences you would like me to try to facilitate. I’m excited to see everything the new school year is going to bring, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you!

Hope Salyer is a senior public relations major and journalism and communication double minor. Hope is serving as the Vice President of Professional Development and Special Events and Programming of EMU PRSSA. This is Hope’s second year serving for the PRSSA E-Board. A Michigan native, she hopes to start her career working for an agency or local nonprofit in Michigan. Her dream is to become the public relations coordinator for the Detroit Tigers. Contact Hope on Twitter @hsalyer01 or by email hsalyer@emich.edu.
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E-Board elections tomorrow!

EMU PRSSA will be electing the new 2017-2018 executive board at our Tuesday, March 14 meeting. Elections will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. in SC 304.

To apply for any E-Board position, members must submit a letter of intent (a cover letter) that states why they would be a good fit for the position and why they want the position. Please submit a resume with your letter. The deadline to submit applications was Friday, March 10. If you missed this deadline, you can still run for a position. Please submit letters of intent to our VP of Member Relations Josie Bobeck.

E-BOARD MEMBERS MUST BE PAID EMU PRSSA MEMBERS, OR WILLING TO BECOME PAID MEMBERS IN THE FALL SEMESTERS.

Positions available include:

  1. President: Organize the general and executive board meetings in association with the Vice President of Member Relations and oversee the flow of the organization as a whole. Assist with special projects; act as a liaison to PRSA Detroit and official advisors, assist in the coordination in the fall Student Development Conference.
  2. Vice President of Professional Development: Assist in coordination of the Student Development Conference, assist with special projects. Help obtain portfolio opportunities for members, coordinate professional development efforts, continue to add internship contacts to the internship spreadsheet, work with the members to find internships, handle alumni information.
  3. Vice President of Member Relations: Manage the PRSSA Gmail account. Check account daily and forward emails where they need to go. Communicate with members to find out their idea of what they want out of membership in PRSSA, create surveys to assess interest in member topics, liaison between members and executive board, coordinate outreach to PR related classes to talk about PRSSA, contact all new members to make them feel welcome.
  4. Chief Financial Officer: Process requisitions and account transactions, act as principle advisor for fundraising, oversee fundraising committee, keep updated and accurate account records, keep executive knowledgeable of financial status including outstanding balances, etc.
  5. Vice President of Public Relations: Distribute flyers and other materials to potential members. Write and submit press releases to local media outlets when required, clip articles with PRSSA mentions in published materials, maintain and update bulletin boards throughout campus, manage blog.
  6. Director of Social Media: Maintain social media presence of EMU PRSSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  7. Vice President of Special Events and Programs: Plan the induction ceremony and spring gala, assist VP of Member Relations in planning social events for members, coordinate the Student Development Conference, assist in any other special projects as they come up.
  8. Vice President of External Relations: Coordinate chapter events and activities outside of regularly scheduled PRSSA functions or events. This includes at least one community outreach event each year and overseeing the logistics of the Bateman Competition.

To see a more detailed list of each position’s job responsibilities, click here: Executive Board Positions.

Things I gained from PRSSA E-Board

By: Andrea Mellendorf

The past four years have been a wild ride. Four years of college have been busy and filled with classes, jobs, homework, fun, and of course, PRSSA. Serving on the PRSSA E-Board for three years has given me countless opportunities to build my portfolio and resume, and network with students and professionals from around the world. With E-Board elections next week, I thought I would share a few things I’ve gained from serving on E-Board:

  1. Connections

Being on E-Board has connected me with student leaders on campus, as well as professionals from the area and from the public relations industry, and universities around the world. These connections have helped connect me to opportunities in the field and mentors who truly care about my professional growth and experiences.

  1. Leadership experience.

Yeah, it might be a cliche, but E-Board has taught me how to serve as a leader in a productive and respectable way. Working as a team for a common goal is a very valuable aspect of public relations, and something that I experienced and enhanced as a member of E-Board.

  1. Conference experience.

Being on E-Board has opened up opportunities to travel to conferences all over the country. From regional conferences here in the state to national events in Atlanta,  Austin, Texas and coming up in Seattle, becoming more involved with PRSSA has provided opportunities that I never thought were possible.

  1. Lifelong friends.

PRSSbAes, enough said.

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Andrea Mellendorf is a senior and serves as the Chapter President for EMU PRSSA. She previously has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Special Events and Programs for EMU PRSSA, and as an intern for the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Andrea currently is the Social Media Operator for The Honors College where she manages their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and for the College of Arts and Sciences, where she manages their Facebook and Twitter. Connect with Andrea on Twitter – @AndreaMell!

Reminder: E-Board elections are next week!

EMU PRSSA will be electing the new 2016-2017 executive board at our Tuesday, March 22 meeting. Elections will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. in SC 304.

To apply for any E-board position, members must submit a letter of intent (a cover letter) that states why they would be a good fit for the position and why they want the position. Please submit a resume with your letter.

E-BOARD MEMBERS MUST BE PAID EMU PRSSA MEMBERS, OR WILLING TO BECOME PAID MEMBERS IN THE FALL SEMESTERS.

Positions available include:

  1. President: Organize the general and executive board meetings in association with the Vice President of Member Relations and oversee the flow of the organization as a whole. Assist with special projects; act as a liaison to PRSA Detroit and official advisors, assist in the coordination in the fall Student Development Conference.
  2. Vice President of Professional Development: Assist in coordination of the Student Development Conference, assist with special projects. Help obtain portfolio opportunities for members, coordinate professional development efforts, continue to add internship contacts to the internship spreadsheet, work with the members to find internships, handle alumni information.
  3. Vice President of Member Relations: Manage the PRSSA Gmail account. Check account daily and forward emails where they need to go. Communicate with members to find out their idea of what they want out of membership in PRSSA, create surveys to assess interest in member topics, liaison between members and executive board, coordinate outreach to PR related classes to talk about PRSSA, contact all new members to make them feel welcome.
  4. Chief Financial Officer: Process requisitions and account transactions, act as principle advisor for fundraising, oversee fundraising committee, keep updated and accurate account records, keep executive knowledgeable of financial status including outstanding balances, etc.
  5. Vice President of Public Relations: Distribute flyers and other materials to potential members. Write and submit press releases to local media outlets when required, clip articles with PRSSA mentions in published materials, maintain and update bulletin boards throughout campus, manage blog.
  6. Director of Social Media: Maintain social media presence of EMU PRSSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  7. Vice President of Special Events and Programs: Plan the induction ceremony and spring gala, assist VP of Member Relations in planning social events for members, coordinate the Student Development Conference, assist in any other special projects as they come up.
  8. Vice President of External Relations: Coordinate chapter events and activities outside of regularly scheduled PRSSA functions or events. This includes at least one community outreach event each year and overseeing the logistics of the Bateman Competition.

To see a more detailed list of each position’s job responsibilities, click here: Executive Board Positions.

 

Congratulations to the new 2015-2016 EMU PRSSA’s e-board

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President: Leah Rodriguez
VP of Professional Development: Danita Tatum
VP of  Communications: Scott Mullen
VP of Member Relations: Rachel Dwornick
Editor-in-Chief: Katie Gerweck
VP of Special Events: Andrea Mellendorf
VP of Public Relations: Irene Pool
Chief Financial Officer: Natalie Burns

My day with a state representative

In October 2014, I was given the opportunity to share my life as an Eastern Michigan student with Representative David Rutledge from Michigan’s House of Representatives. This opportunity was presented to me by the Honors College here at EMU.

Representative Rutledge represents the Ypsilanti area in Lansing. He is an experienced politician who was brought to Michigan by an opportunity to attend law school at the University of Michigan. Through our conversations during the day, the two of us discovered that we actually had a lot in common about our college experiences, including that fact that we both served as resident advisors for our respective institutions.

Our day started with breakfast at Einstein’s, continued on to my German language class and then too lunch. After lunch we attended an American government course in Pray-Harrold before having to go to a meeting with my boss. Following the meeting we concluded the day at Starkweather where we debriefed about the day with other members from the Honors College.

Andrea Mellendorf and David Rutledge

Andrea Mellendorf and David Rutledge

Being able to represent the Honors College was a very enjoyable privilege. I had such a blast showcasing my life as an EMU student to someone who devotes part of their life advocating for funding for our institution.

Representative Rutledge was genuinely interested in what I do as a student, what I am hoping to do with my public relations degree one day, and the ways in which I was spending my time as an undergrad outside of the classroom.

At the conclusion of our day together on campus, Representative Rutledge extended an invite for me to come to Lansing for the day and shadow his daily life as a Representative for the Ypsilanti area. This is an offer that I will certainly be taking him up on! Being able to teach Representative Rutledge about my day as an Eastern student makes me very excited for the opportunity to learn about his day as a politician.

Andrea Mellendorf
Chief Financial Officer
EMU PRSSA

EMU PRSSA special election for Vice President of Community Relations

EMU PRSSA is holding a special election for the position of vice president of community relations. Vice president of community relations plans community outreach programs, builds relationships with the community and nonprofit organizations and assists with special projects as needed.

In order to be an e-board member you must be a paid prssa member. dues are $65 for new members and $60 for returning members. Dues are to be paid by oct. 15 to andrea mellendorf. 

To apply for the position, members must submit a letter of intent (a cover letter) that states why they would be a good fit for the position and why they want the position. Please submit a resume with your letter.

Letters and resumes are due to Ken via email or Gabrielle via email by Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. The election will be held on Oct. 21st at 5:30 during an e-board meeting. Candidates will be given the opportunity to give a speech and will be questioned by the e-board prior to the voting.