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.
Meet Jared Meade, the host of our crisis communication workshop! The workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 in SC 304, and will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is a great chance to learn more about crisis communication from a public relations professional and to test your own crisis communication skills!
Jared Meade has been working in the field of public relations for the past twelve years with a focus on the healthcare and education sector. He is currently the manager of public and media relations for Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. Owens is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education serving the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Owens Community College Learning Center Maumee and the Owens Community College Learning Center Downtown Toledo.
Prior to Owens he served as media/communication specialist for ProMedica Health System an 11-hospital health system serving 27 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan located in Toledo, Ohio. At ProMedica he was responsible for media relations at three of the hospitals within the system, Bay Park Community Hospital, Flower Hospital, and Toledo Children’s Hospital and include all internal communications for Toledo Children’s Hospital, the second largest hospital within ProMedica.
He currently sits on the Eastern Michigan University Public Relations Advisory Board.
He is the founding member and former president of the public relations alumni chapter at Eastern Michigan University and was named the chapter’s Alumnus of the Year in 2009.
Meade earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Join EMU PRSSA on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for our Kick Off Meeting! This is a great chance to meet our e-board and learn more about PRSSA and what we’ll be doing this semester. We’ll also be playing a fun game!
The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in SC 304.
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.
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.
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Many newcomers say the one factor that held them back from attending an EMU PRSSA meeting is that they found them to be intimidating. EMU PRSSA meetings are far from intimidating.
So what happens in an EMU PRSSA meeting?
The meeting starts off with the members of the e-board presenting announcements and updates to PRSSA members and fellow meeting attendees.
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Then the speaker of the night gives their presentation. Every meeting there is a speaker who works in PR or a related field. During their presentation, the speakers touch on their career background and give a presentation on the area of PR they work in, such as social media, health care PR or nonprofit PR. Our guest speakers is what separates us from other student organizations. We are pre-professional organization meaning our goal is to prepare our members for their future careers in PR or a related field. Our guest speakers provides valuable career information and sometimes even have internship opportunities to announce. There is always time at the end of the presentation to ask questions.
What are you waiting for? Attend an EMU PRSSA meeting this fall to hear from a working PR professional.
Public relations is vital no matter what organization you’re in.
It creates a shield for the organization in times of crisis. It also serves as a reminder of your mission.
Taking advantage of the perks offered by PRSSA has been one of the best investments in my life because it offers me the networking opportunities I desire. When I go to a meeting like the one I attended on Oct. 15, those benefits come to life.
During the Oct. 15 meeting, we played a Family Feud like game – there was a theme of being aware of the history and benefits of public relations. The information that has been made for members of PRSSA is immense.
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The fact that we have become an entity of a bigger network is extremely important for our future careers. There are advisors, long-term members and tons of electronic means to receive advice as we advance through college and enter the real world.
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The game was fun, but the long standing tradition stands out as PRSSA’s best quality. This quality equates to a formula that simply works when it comes to maintaining professionalism, audience interest and ethics through some tough decisions. Going to the meetings, being attentive and networking works because it’s effort that is being put in by members who receive it back.
Our amazing game show host – Scott Mullin.
If you are on the fence about joining PRSSA, talk to one of the EMU PRSSA members and receive valuable advice about why you should join!
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Healthcare is one of the fastest growing and most important industries in the world today. Just like all the other industries, PR is an important part of healthcare.
EMU PRSSA is bringing in Derek Atkinson, the public affairs officer for the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Atkinson has been with the VA since late 2010.
Atkinson served his country as a Marine and he now handles the PR for a hospital that sees nearly 60,000 veterans a year across 15 counties in Michigan and northern Ohio. In the past, he has worked at the U.S. House of Representatives, the Hoekstra for Governor campaign and as a congressional intern.
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation on PR in healthcare. We’ll meet in SC 301!
See you there!