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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!

3 reasons why you should attend Regional Conference

By: Andrea Mellendorf

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Image courtesy of EMU PRSSA on Facebook (EMU PRSSA at Regional Conference last year, hosted by Wayne State University).

Regional Conference is just around the corner! What is Regional Conference, you might be wondering? Regional Conference is an opportunity to hear from speakers and panelists from the public relations industry, network with your peers and professionals, and travel to a new place!

Regional Conferences take place all over the United States—you can check all of them out here. The Regional Conference closest to us this year is in April, hosted by Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University. Having a hard time deciding whether you should attend? Here are three reasons why attending a Regional Conference is a great idea:

  1. Networking

Regional Conferences are an awesome opportunity to start to get to know people in your field. Use this opportunity to strengthen your relationship with your fellow Chapter members, get to know public relations peers from around the country, and even network with professionals in the industry.

  1. Educational value.

Enhance your experience in the classroom by supplementing your coursework with a day at a professional conference. You will hear first-hand about some of the challenges, successes, failures and joys that professionals in the industry have experienced. Learn from their mistakes and what they wish they would have known, and apply that knowledge to your own PR journey!

  1. Travel

Regional Conferences are held all over the country, so attending one is your opportunity to see a new place! For example, the Generation Grand: PR in GR conference is held in Grand Rapids, Mich., which happens to be one of the greatest cities on Earth, and my hometown.

Overall, Regional Conferences are the perfect opportunity for you to continue to grow as a student and as a public relations professional. Be sure to check out all of the Regional Conference opportunities available to you, and pick one to attend!

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!

PRSSA Regional Conference in April! Learn more here!

There will be a PRSSA Regional Conference on April 7 through April 9 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University are hosting the conference, “Generation Grand: Experience PR in GR.” According to the event’s website, guests will hear about a variety of topics, including corporate responsibility, green thinking, place and space making, keeping talent in the Midwest, maintaining a creative community, and much more.

The conference’s schedule and registration details can be found here.

Why I’m excited for National Conference—and you should be too

By: Josie Bobeck

This October, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be holding the organization’s National Conference in Indianapolis, and I could not be more excited! The theme of the conference this year is “Crossroads of Public Relations,” which is appropriate since PR is so broad. Here are four reasons why I’m excited for this year’s conference.

 1. Traveling!

I’ve always heard so many wonderful things about Indy. I’m excited to get to experience a new city with a student organization I’m so passionate about with people that I love spending time with.

2. Conference sessions.

So many interesting presentations will be held by the best of the best in the industry, which could not be more beneficial. Sessions include nonprofit PR, the tourism industry, creating effective campaigns, entertainment PR in the Midwest, blogging, and event planning—just to name a handful!

3. Networking.

Between all of the PRSSA members and industry professionals, it’s almost impossible not to make connections with those who could be future employers or colleagues in the industry. If you don’t have business cards, now is a good time to make some!

4. Presenting!

This is the first time the EMU Eleanor Wright Chapter of PRSSA has ever presented at National Conference, and while I’m super nervous to be one of three executive board members presenting (shout out to Andrea and Nikki—we make a great team), it will be a wonderful experience. The goal is to inspire other Chapters, which will be easy breezy!

National Conference is going to be a great experience, and I could not be more fortunate to be able to attend! To learn more, visit http://prssa.prsa.org/events/Conference/.

Josie Bobeck is a junior majoring in public relations with a double minor in electronic media and film studies, and marketing, and serves as VP of Member Relations in PRSSA. She hopes to one day work in the entertainment/pop culture industry. Josie loves her dogs, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has freckles on her arm shaped like the little dipper. You can connect with her on Twitter at @JosieBobeckPR.

7 reasons to join PRSSA this fall

By: Andrea Mellendorf

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Connecting with PRSSA members from around the country at National Assembly in Austin, Texas in March 2016. Photo source: Facebook

A new year is upon us, which means another awesome year of PRSSA is about to begin! With our kick-off meeting right around the corner, it’s time to reflect on seven of the many reasons why joining PRSSA is the right choice for you.

  1. Professional connections.

Through annual events, such as the Student Development Conference and Speed Mentoring, as well as off-campus visits to public relations agencies, your membership in PRSSA will help you gain valuable professional connections that could potentially help you as you search for jobs and internships or look to sharpen up your resume.

  1. Friendships

Join us for social events throughout the year and meet new friends who are studying similar majors as you! Your PRSSA friendships will not only be a support system to you throughout college, but will also serve as valuable connections when you eventually transition into the career field.

  1. Conferences

Every year EMU PRSSA hosts the annual Student Development Conference right here on campus, and some of our members even travel off campus throughout the year for national-level PRSSA events, such as National Conference, National Assembly or Regional Conference. These conference experiences provide an opportunity to meet PR students from around the country, gain insights from varying perspectives and make new connections.

  1. Scholarships

Scholarships are available to PRSSA members locally from our parent Chapter, PRSA Detroit, and nationally from the PRSSA headquarters. With tuition prices these days, need I say more?

  1. Monthly Workshops.

EMU PRSSA brings speakers to campus each month as part of our monthly workshop series. At these workshops you will have the opportunity to learn skills from professionals in the field and even try your hand at whatever the topic is. Previous workshop topics have included crisis communication and media relations.

  1. Internships

As a PRSSA member, you have access to the national internship database, which can be used to help you find your dream internship! Finding an internship doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and PRSSA is here to help you!

  1. Leadership opportunities.

Every year, EMU PRSSA holds elections for their next executive board. By getting involved with PRSSA you have the opportunity to gain resume-building experience as a leader on campus in our Chapter.

  1. Campaign experience.

EMU PRSSA members have an opportunity to potentially serve as a Bateman team member. The Bateman team is a group of PRSSA members who compete in a national campaign competition and complete work for a real client. If you are interested in getting hands on experience, Bateman is a unique and fulfilling opportunity for you!

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!

 

Scholarship alert! Betsy Plank/PRSSA scholarships

According to the scholarships’ webpage, “Betsy Plank, APR, Fellow PRSA, was the PRSA President in 1973, the first woman to lead the Society, and chair of the U.S. Section of International Public Relations Association (1980–1981). She was the first person to receive three of PRSA’s top honors for professionals — the Gold Anvil in 1977 as the outstanding U.S. Professional, the Paul Lund Award in 1989 for her exemplary civic and community work, and the first Jackson Award in 2001 for distinguished service to the Society” (source).

Betsy Plank/PRSSA scholarships “will be payable to the recipient’s university for the recipient’s use, and can only be used to fund educational pursuits.” The first honor receives $5,000, second honor receives $1,500, and third honor receives $1,000 (source). The deadline is May 27.

To learn more about the scholarship, including application materials and eligibility, visit here. You can learn more about Betsy Plan here.

Leadership Highlight: Betsy Plank

By: Natalie Burns

Back in the 1920s there was no such thing as a public relations major. However, it’s people like Betsy Plank that made public relations possible. Because of her efforts to advance PR education, we get to see the diversity, transparency, and growth the field has today. Plank expressed the importance of interpersonal communication, and she also put emphasis on the future of public relations and how it depends on research and education. In 1967, she helped create the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), where we all have learned skill sets, communication techniques, and networking tools.

Betsy Plank is considered the “Godmother of PRSSA” and her contributions to the industry have shown great leadership qualities and determination skills that are important virtues for students to learn as they grow stronger in the PR industry. Betsy Plank was the first woman elected president of PRSSA, and has helped shape the world of PR.

In dedication to her commitment as a PR professional, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations will honor her by hosting a national celebration, Betsy Day, on April 7.

If you want to learn more about the Betsy Day that will involve a national ongoing social media campaign, please visit this website.

Source: All information from http://plankcenter.ua.edu/betsyday/.

Natalie Burns is a senior pursuing her public relations major. She is the Chief Financial Officer of PRSSA. She has experience in both marketing and non-profit organizations. Connect with her via Twitter @burns_natalie and Instagram @natbsweetee. You can also check out her blog at natalierb.wordpress.com.