CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Saturday, Feb. 7 – Faith in Action event
Sunday, Feb. 8 – Mentor-Mentee social
Tuesday, Feb. 10 – Agency test workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Career Triathlon closing ceremony
Deadline for dues
Friday, Feb. 27 – Social Media Forum
Saturday, Feb. 28 – Men’s Leadership Symposium
Saturday, March 21 – Regional Conference
• Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI)
o Local nonprofit animal shelter finding forever homes for cats, dogs, small furry animals, and even horses.
o Animals never “run out of time” to find a home
o Runs solely on donations and volunteer help
o Student living realty company
• Baby Fold
o Baby adoption, foster care, special needs agency located in Normal, Ill.
o Nonprofit organization
o Internship and volunteering opportunities!
Practice your job search skills before the real race begins with the chance to win professional headshots, a phone car charger, padfolio, and more. The Triathlon is broken up into three phases, which each last one week. Phase One was the LinkedIn Workshop. Phase Two was the mock application. Phase Three is the mock interview. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 17. Member will receive ten MIPs for completion of the first phase and five per phase after that.
1. Create a LinkedIn profile (if you already have one, you’ve completed this requirement) (deadline: Jan. 27)
2. Apply for a mock job application through the Career Center website (deadline: Feb. 3)
a. Go to: careercenter.IllinoisState.edu
b. Click “Hire-a-Redbird” (first tab on the top left of home page)
c. Under “Current Students,” click “Student Login.”
d. In the Search box at the top of the page, type “Triathlon.”
e. There are two “positions” you can apply for: Corporate Job or Weber Shandwick Agency Internship
f. Select one, and submit your resume and cover letter (note: you must upload these in one file to your profile in the Hire-a-Redbird database)
3. Complete a mock job interview through Interview Stream (deadline: Feb. 10)
a. From the Career Center homepage, click “Students” (second tab from the left on the top of the page)
b. Click “Interviewing”
c. In the pink box on the top right of the page, click “InterviewStream”
d. If this is your first time using the service, you will need to create a profile.
e. Once signed in, click “Conduct an Interview.”
f. Choose the “Take Premade Interview” option.
g. Find the “Career Triathlon” interview (bottom of page).
Get Involved Interviews
Executive board members will only be available before Chapter at 7:30 p.m. on the following days: Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3, and March 17 for the COM 178 Get Involved project. Executive board members will not be available during other times unless special accommodations are made in advance.
COM Week 2015
COM Week 2015 is April 6–9 with 15 panels and six keynotes. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Innovation.” The Career Institute is from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 9 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.
Agency Test Workshop
Faculty Adviser Dr. Pete Smudde is presenting on tests used in the hiring process at agencies next Chapter Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Gift of Hope
Congratulations to our Gift of Hope team members: Andrea Casali, Alex Danko, Melaina Chromy, and Miranda Puskar.
Congratulations to Kimi Sanden for being chosen as our National Delegate to represent the Chapter at National Assembly.
The Loop Chicago: DIVERGENT is Saturday, March 21 in Chicago and hosted by Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. The cost is $30 and the deadline to register is March 9. For more information, visit theloopchicago.com.
The first mentor-mentee social of the semester is a Grammy watching party at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at the 1010 Loft apartments lounge.
The deadline for dues is Tuesday, Feb. 17. It is only $80 for the calendar year and includes opportunities such as National Conference, agency tours, PRSA dinners, leadership positions, and networking events. Former PRSSA members within two years of graduation may pay a reduced fee of $60 for PRSA membership. Learn more at prsa.org/joinus.
Member of the Week
Congratulations to Chloe Kasper for being member of the week for writing for PRecisely PR, volunteering at WinterFest, sharing on social media, and consistent meeting attendance.
Duck Hunt Challenge
The School of Communication Academic Advisement Center is hosting a duck hunt Feb. 16 – 27. Summer session ducks will be hidden around Fell Hall and contain prizes. They will also be sharing duck location hints on social media using #DucksoftheDay. Bring all ducks to the Advisement Center in Fell 450.
Applications are available for the Daniel J. Edelman & Ruth Edelman PRSSA Awards. Recipients will receive a $1,500 award and a 3 month paid internship at one of Edelman’s U.S. offices. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, Feb. 23. For more information, visit edelman.com/news.
Forever Redbirds is offering an internship for 2015-2016. To submit an application with a resume and cover letter or for more information, email Beth Keegan at bnsnyde@IllinoisState.edu.
The Lewis and Mills Endowed Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that supports students with a major within the College of Business or College of Arts and Science. The application is posted at alumni.illinoisstate.edu/students/
scholarships and must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 13.
There are multiples scholarship available through PRSSA National and the School of Communication. For more information, please visit: prssa.org/scholarships_competitions and communication.illinoisstate.edu/undergrad/
Graduate School Series
The Career Center is hosting a graduate school series is being held to share admissions secrets at the following times:
• Feb. 4 - Introduction to the GRE, 4 to 5 p.m. in 110P Student Services Building
• Feb. 11 - Graduate Student Panel, 4 to 5 p.m. in 110P Student Services Building
• Feb. 18 - Applying to Graduate School & Personal Statements, 4 to 5 p.m. in 110P Student Services Building
• Feb. 28 - Kaplan's Free GRE Practice Test 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in SCH 138
Men’s Leadership Symposium
Leadership and Community Connections is hosting a Men’s Leadership Symposium for men looking to grow into a stronger leader. The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Transportation is provided if needed.
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Write for the relations committee! It is a great way to build your portfolio and earn MIPs. If you are interested, please contact Dillon Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulation to Alex Danko for winning the $25 Firehouse gift card.
Katie Helander - President