Biweekly Update

May 5

In this issue …


NATIONAL EVENT UPDATE
 
PRSSA 2014 Leadership Rally
TheLeadership Rally helps lay the foundation of a Chapter’s successful term. Chapter Presidents who attend experience a weekend of leadership training, networking and fun at the Chaparral Suites Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Ron Culp and register by May 5. Remember, this event is exclusively for incoming Chapter Presidents.


NATIONAL COMMITTEE UPDATES
 
Continue PRSSA Growth over the Summer
National President Brian Price
Thank you all for a great year in PRSSA. Keep yourself and your Chapter active over the summer by reading and writing for Progressions, applying for scholarships and submitting awards. Chapter leaders can utilize the next few months to plan meetings and develop recruitment strategies for the fall. Enjoy your summer and whether you’re in PRSA or PRSSA, I’ll see you at National Conference in Washington, D.C.
 
Maintain Professional Development
Immediate Past President Lauren Gray
Congratulations to all the recent graduates and to those who will graduate in the next few days! Don’t forget to continue your professional development as you launch your career by joining PRSA as an associate member, seeking out a local PRSA Chapter and joining the New Professionals Section with free membership! I look forward to seeing you in PRSA and best of luck with the job hunt and summer internships. If you have any questions about PRSA contact Lauren. Curious about PRSA? Here are 10 ways to maximize your membership.
 
Remember to Help Your Professional Peers
Vice President of Career Services Ellie Boggs
There is nothing more gratifying than helping a friend, a peer or a colleague.  As you venture into the public relations workforce as a new graduate or intern, remember that your true character is shown through the ways that you help others—whether it be in large or small ways. Rock your summer gig by not forgetting to help your PRSSA peers and future colleagues.
 
Check out the opportunity below if you have not secured an internship or job yet.

 
Execute a Smooth Executive Board Transition
Vice President of Chapter Development Chris Bonelli
Congratulations to all of our outgoing executive board members. You have made a huge impact on your Chapter, our Society and even the profession as a whole. Though you may be leaving, your Chapter should continue to grow and excel. The absolute best thing you can do to achieve that is a smooth executive board transition. Begin the transition by filling out the PRSSA 2014–2015 Chapter Officer Form.
 
Showcase Your Chapter's Accomplishments
Vice President of Membership Services Heather Harder
Will you be a student in the fall? Apply for a scholarship. Just a few steps away from the Star Chapter Award? Plan to accomplish the final requirements by June. Don’t forget to check out all the awards your Chapter can apply for, most deadlines are in May or June. If you have questions about applications contact Heather.
 
Graduates—Join PRSA
Vice President of Professional Development Helma von Zadow
Transition was a key word these past few months and will remain truly important during the next few to come. Should you be graduating this year, I highly recommend joining PRSA and their Mentoring Program sponsored by the PRSA College of Fellows. It’s a great opportunity to get connected and receive guidance as you transition from student to professional.

Also, don't forget to tune into the Content Marketing Writing webinar this upcoming June 3, registration is complimentary for PRSSA members.
 
Stay Connected with PRSSA
Vice President of Public Relations Ben Butler
PRSSA has a variety of platforms to keep you connected over the summer including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Be sure to stay up to date with relevant PRSSA news, industry topics and network.
 
Bid to Host a PRSSA 2015 Regional Conferences
Vice President of Regional Conferences Erica Brown
The PRSSA 2014 Regional Conference season may be over but it is never too early to think about potentially bidding to host a Regional Conference next year. Check out the Regional Conference Web page as well as last year’s bid form to gain an idea of what we require. If you have any questions reach out to Erica.
 
Read the Spring 2014 Issue of FORUM
Publications Editor in Chief Mallory Richardson
Read articles written by fellow Chapter members, public relations professionals, and National Committee members in the spring 2014 issue of FORUMPRSSA National's tri-annual, online newspaper. This issue includes articles about successful Chapter collaboration, real-time marketing, ePortfolios and highlights from the PRSSA 2014 National Assembly. Don’t forget to share this issue with fellow Chapter members on social media using the hashtag, #PRSSA.
 


CHAPTER UPDATES

“University of Georgia Hosts Branding Bootcamp”
The University of Georgia's Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America welcomed students to a branding boot camp on Saturday, March 29. The event provided six unique workshops—taught by industry professionals and faculty members—for students to gain valuable skills to effectively brand themselves for future employers.
 
“Temple PRSSA Raises $1,500 for the Fight against Cancer”
The Temple University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America raised $1,500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which took place on Friday, April 4, at Temple’s McGonigle Hall.