By: Josie Bobeck
2017 was a good year for the Eleanor Wright Chapter of PRSSA at Eastern Michigan University. We worked hard, stressed out a little bit, and laughed a lot. We held professional development events, went on agency tours, and traveled to Boston for National Conference.
They get it. PRSSA is unlike any organization I have ever belonged to. We function like a well-oiled machine – always having each other’s backs no matter what. Not only are they my colleagues, but some of my best friends. I mean, you really bond with people when you live together in a tiny apartment for five days.
They’re my network. A lot of us graduate at the same time, and we don’t know where life will take us. May we end up at an agency, a nonprofit, or graduate school, we always have people we can call when we need a reference or a favor, and that makes me feel a lot better about not knowing what I’m doing come April.
They are so smart. We are all so different in our talents, and we work so well together. I can’t imagine being in this organization without any one of them. We know when we need to ask for help and everyone is willing to step in, and the support is a truly amazing feeling.
I have made so many memories with these people. From figuring out the bus system in Boston to stressing out at E-Board meetings, I wouldn’t want to be doing this with anyone else. I’m so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful organization with the people who have helped me shape the person I am today.
Josie Bobeck is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in communication. She is currently the VP of Public Relations, previously serving as VP of Member Relations. Josie hopes to one day work in a creative environment in a big city. Connect with Josie on Twitter at @Josephine3laine or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Nikki Mikolon
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 email@example.com.
The Detroit chapter of PRSA will be holding a Student & Pro Mixer Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This event will be held at Punch Bowl Social in Detroit and is an opportunity to meet “Detroit PR professionals and fellow students over drinks and bowling at a Detroit hot spot” (source). Students interested in attending must RSVP.
For more information, including directions to Punch Bowl Social and how to RSVP, visit the event page here.
EMU PRSSA will host Speed Mentoring Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in SC 352.
Speed Mentoring is a valuable learning and networking opportunity for students. Students will be able to meet professionals and talk with them about their experiences in the field. Our mentors come from a variety of industries, allowing students to learn more about different career paths options. Students are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume, as well as any questions they may have about life after graduation.
Shelley Hehr, sales/marketing, Chelsea Wellness Center
Scott Greenlee, president, Greenlee Consulting
Linda Girard, founder, CEP, Pure Visibility
Andrea Bajaj, college recruiter, Quicken Loans
Geoff Larcom, media relations, EMU
Kelly LaVaute, EIC of SM, Chevy
Sam Plymale, development, City of Plymouth
Denise Murray, marketing, Briarwood Mall
Kevin Kennedy, Campbell Marketing
Jenni Placinta, SS Digital
Join EMU PRSSA as we host our first Talent Forum tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6 p.m. Performers for the Talent Forum includes, D. James, Ken Bowen, Jess Salisbury, Dancers of David and The Vade Experience. The Talent Forum will take place in McKinney Guild Hall.
Special thanks to our sponsors Franco Public Relations Group and Izea.
The EMU PRSSA Chapter is hosting its inaugural Talent Forum on March 26, 2015 in McKenny Guild Hall, sponsored by Franco Public Relations Group and IZEA. Performers from the Eastern community will be showcasing their many talents such as singing, dancing and instrumentals. The show is open to the public and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE.
– The Vade Experience
– D. James
– Ken Bowen
– Jess Salisbury
– Dancers of David
Visit our event Facebook page for more information & learn how to become involved.
VP of Special Events and PR