Monthly Update

Oct. 6

In this issue …


Prepare for the National Conference
National Conference Committee
The PRSSA 2014 National Conference is just a few days away. For those attending Conference, join the “Maximizing Your Conference Experience” Twitter chat Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. EDT. Also, don’t forget to review these reminders as you make your final preparations. Finally, stay up-to-date by 'liking' the PRSSA 2014 National Conference page on Facebook and following the event on Twitter at @PRSSANC.


Maximize Your Membership this October
National President Heather Harder
The month of October is packed with opportunities for PRSSA members. Make the most of your membership by networking with PRSA members during Relationship Monthsubmitting Chapter News to gain national coverage of your Chapter’s events; and following the National Conference conversation Oct. 10–14 with the #PRSSANC hashtag. Contact Heather on LinkedIn for more opportunities.
Stay Ethical Year-round
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Ethics Month activities. If you missed the PRSSA Ethics Twitter chat feel free to review the recap and the BEPS Google Hangout session. Remember to continue to practice ethics throughout the year and start getting ready for Diversity Month in November. Contact Eric via email if you have any questions.

Utilize the PRSSA Career Manual and Internship Center
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Keep yourself updated on industry standards and career information by reviewing the PRSSA Career Manual, especially for those who will be attending Conference. Help us grow the Internship Center this month by having your employers/connections send internship postings to or by logging in and uploading information onto the Internship Center. Contact Jonathan on LinkedIn to get more information on current or future internships.

Recent opportunities include the following: 

  • Communications Intern, Community Foundation of Lorain County – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Digital Communications Intern, Medicine Talk, LLC – Norman, Okla.
  • Public Relations and Advertising Intern, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry – New York, N.Y.

Participate in the Community Service Initiative
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Participate in the Community Service Initiative, held during Conference, whether your Chapter is attending or not! Donate miniature-sized toiletries — shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. — to make a difference for Access Housing Inc., an organization that serves homeless veterans in Washington, D.C. For a full list of accepted items, visit the website. All donations will be collected at or mailed to Conference. Reach out to Paige on LinkedIn for more information.
Award Submission Deadline Extended
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
The deadline for the Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award has been extended to Oct. 15! This $1,000 scholarship honors multicultural students entering their junior year of college and preparing for a career in public relations. The student must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a commitment to service and social responsibility. Follow Jordan on Twitter or LinkedIn for more scholarship opportunities.
PRSSA/PRSA Relationship Month
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
Don’t forget October is PRSA/PRSSA Relationship Month! Be sure to connect and schedule programming with your PRSA sponsor. Need ideas? Check out the Relationship Manual. Connect with Dea on LinkedIn if you have any questions.
Highlight Your Chapter’s Work
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
Does your Chapter want to be recognized on a national level? If the answer is yes, one way to make it happen is by submitting Chapter News. If you are proud of something your Chapter accomplished, and you believe that it could benefit another Chapter, send a press release to Be sure to reference the PRSSA Style Guide. If you have any questions connect with Ethan on LinkedIn or Twitter.

PRSSA 2015 Regional Conferences Announced
Vice President of Regional Conferences David Lee Watta
The PRSSA 2015 Regional Conferences have been selected! The race this year was highly competitive, as many Chapters fully embraced the location of their college campuses on their bids. Follow @PRSSANational to stay up-to-date with the latest information. To chat about Regional Conferences connect with David on Twitter.

Ready to Try Writing for PRSSA?
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
We’re currently screening volunteers to become live bloggers at the Conference. If interested in writing or photographing a session, please fill out this form. Not going to Conference but still want to write for PRSSA? Check out these options or connect with Laura on LinkedIn:


Oct. 7 — “Maximizing Your National Conference Experience” Twitter Chat
Oct. 10–14
 — PRSSA 2014 National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Oct. 15
Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award applications due
Oct. 27
— Bateman intent-to-enter forms due to Headquarters
Oct. 28
“Get Vocal with PRSA Local: Growing Your PRSSA/PRSA Relationship” Twitter Chat