by Katie Johnson
It is hard to believe the fall semester is in full swing, especially for the Public Relations Student Society Association (PRSSA). What better way to mingle with other people who are in the same major, but have interests in different areas of the field, while having a slice of pizza? PRSSA decided to kick off the semester on the right foot by having its annual social at Fitter’s in downtown Warrensburg.
This was a great way for prospective public relations students to become acquainted with the program as well as welcome back public relations students already in the program. Not only was this an opportunity for students to socialize, but a chance to meet the instructors and get to know the PRSSA executive board.
President Sadie Hicks informed everyone that the general body meetings will be held every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Wood 205. Everyone was given a copy of the schedule so they’ll know of any special events that may be held during meetings.
Sadie also talked about the benefits to becoming a dues paying member. Dues paying members receive additional benefits such as having the opportunity to attend a tour of a public relation firm, attend AP style workshops, resume building workshops, and much more. It is a $60 fee to be able to participate in these extra activities.
The rest of the team
Along with Sadie, the rest of the executive board was introduced along with a giving little description about what they do. We got to meet Vice President Brooklyn Lutz, Secretary Jillian Berger, Treasure Katelyn Doyle, promotions chair Jeremy Noble, philanthropy chair Shelby Wells, historian De-Ann Warren, Intern and Career chair Cole Braun, fundraising chair Maria Schomer, and social media chair James Riddle.
Importance of internships
After brief introductions from the executive board, the internships and careers coordinator, Cole Braun, elaborated on his position. As many of the attendees at the social were majoring in public relations, which requires an internship before graduation, it was very helpful to know there is a specific position to assist students in what can be a very difficult search. Cole talked about how he would keep members informed about internships that would be available, how to look for an internship, and any other questions that people may have regarding the process.
It was a great turn out with a lot of beneficial information regarding the upcoming year. This was a great chance to hear about how each person can become more involved with public relations and the benefits of doing so.