MEET THE 2017-18 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
President: Tori Jackson
Vice President: Sydney Velez
Director of Digital Media & Treasurer: Alex Ehioba
PRi Director: Bobby Leahy
Secretary: Katie Helander
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pete Smudde
Professional Advisor: Lewis Pryor
Vision: To position ourselves as an elite pre-professional public relations organization on campus among ISU’s students, faculty and alumni.
Mission: To serve our members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities, allowing them to grow as public relations practitioners.
1/30: New member night
2/2: Deadline for Chicago agency tour
2/6: Chapter Triathlon #1
2/9: Chicago agency tour
2/12-2/14: PRSSA Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
2/13: Chapter Triathlon #2
Deadline for spring dues
2/17: Community Service Project
2/19: Deadline for Edelman Scholarship Award applications
2/20: Chapter Triathlon #3
3/2 - 3/3: PRSSA Regional Conference at DePaul University
3/8 - 3/11: National Assembly in Miami
If you paid your dues last semester, then you are good for the calendar year. If you are a new member or did not pay dues last semester, you must pay $80 for the calendar year. We will take cash or check, and all checks are to be made out to ISU PRSSA. Deadline is Feb. 13. Benefits of dues-paying members include: leadership positions, scholarships, internships, agency tours, conferences, and more! See the PRSSA website for more information. Questions? Ask Tori: firstname.lastname@example.org
COM 178 STUDENTS
Welcome to all 178 students! If you have questions about the Get Involved Project, please approach an Executive Board member after our next meeting. We will not be available for appointments outside of Chapter. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
If you have not done so already, please add Katie Helander on Facebook so that she can add you to the PRSSA Facebook Group. We will be using this much more frequently this semester for announcements, reminders, etc. so make sure you are a member of the group!
Need COM help? Alex Ewers is here to help! Alex has tutoring lab hours Tuesdays 11:30-3:15 and 5:00-6:15, Wednesdays 5:00-6:15, and Thursdays 11:30-2:00 and 5:00-6:15. Labs are by appointment only at least 1 hour in advance. Sign up at alexewers.setmore.com
PRSSA OPEN MEETINGS
Attention COM 111 students! Tori will be holding open PRSSA meetings on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 on the 6th floor of Milner Library in the northwest corner. These meetings will not have an agenda, but they are your chance to ask questions and catch up on what is going on in PRSSA this semester aside from the Meeting Minutes. Questions? Ask Tori: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who visited our booth at Winterfest! Also, congratulations to Brooklyn Von Bergen for winning our drawing for a $10 Target gift card!
It’s that time of year to start searching and applying to internships to gain real-world experience that will build your resume and expand on what you are learning in the classroom. As a dues-paying member, you have access to internship opportunities provided at the national level. We also provide our members with updated internship applications at our weekly meetings.
General Motors is looking for undergraduate students willing to relocate to Detroit for the summer for their internship program. Students who are still pursuing their degree and have not finished all of their major classes are preferred.
CityInternships offers internships for marketing and communications students across the nation and around the world. Students participate in lectures, workshops, and classes in addition to their internship. www.city-interships.com/apply
The Smithsonian Museum is looking for a digital media intern for Summer 2018. https://www.grantforward.com/grant/sample_grant?grant_id=216213
The YWCA is looking for an Events/Development Intern for both Spring and Summer terms! Visit ywcamclean.org for more information and check out the description at the end of this post!
Interested in joining the School of Communication Promotions and Development Team (SOCPD)? Apply here.
Hybrent, Inc. is a Bloomington start-up company looking for a part-time, paid spring intern! They will be at the Spring Internship Fair on Thursday, and the position is on Hire-A-Redbird. More information can be found here at the end of this post.
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is looking for a part-time public relations intern to start immediately. Check out the description at the end of this post.
*If you know of any internships that would be valuable to our members, please email email@example.com
These are some examples of individual scholarships for PRSSA dues-paying members. Pay attention to the deadlines and requirements listed online. There are currently 16 individual scholarships available and will be awarded at the 2018 National Conference in Austin, TX next fall.
DANIEL J. EDELMAN & PRSSA AWARD
Deadline: February 19, 2018
$1,500 cash award for the Daniel J. Edelman Award
3-month paid internship in one of Edelman’s U.S. offices for each award.
RUTH EDELMAN & PRSSA AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Deadline: February 19, 2018
$1,500 cash award for the Ruth Edelman Award
3-month paid internship in one of Edelman’s U.S. offices for each award.
How to access scholarships: http://prssa.prsa.org/ < Scholarships & Awards < Individual Scholarships
PRSSA dues-paying members have access to thousands of communication and public relations job openings across the world. The steps to get to the PRSA Jobcenter are in the meeting minutes.
http://prssa.prsa.org/ < PRSA Jobcenter
ATTENTION GRADUATING SENIORS
Dues-paying members have an amazing opportunity to transition from PRSSA to PRSA after graduating college. PRSA is the professional society and offers a lot of the same opportunities as PRSSA, such as networking, the PRSA Jobcenter, national conferences, and the chance to join a local Chapter. This offer is open five months before graduation and even up to two years after you graduate. The “New Professional Section” is a subgroup within PRSA that offers members the chance to get content and opportunities that are focused on your interests (such as agency, corporate or healthcare)
Dues: $60 ($200 in savings)
PROMO code “AM18” to join the “New Professional Section” for FREE for transitioning members
ACCREDITATION SLIDE FOR PR GRADUATES
The Certificate in Principles in Public Relations is a stepping stone towards receiving the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). Graduating seniors have the option to take the exam within one year of their graduation date (six months before or six months after). The exam is $150 and the recommended study course is an additional $50. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity please contact Dr. Smudde: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have reached capacity for our first agency tour of the semester, which will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 in Downtown Chicago! We will be visiting Weber Shandwick and Motion PR. Those who signed up should have received the itinerary from Sydney last night. If you have questions or would like to be put on a waitlist for the tour, please contact Sydney: email@example.com
Congratulations to Sydney Velez on being selected as a finalist for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. We are SO proud of you!
Did you start/receive a new internship, scholarship, award, job, etc? If so, we want to hear about it. Contact Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
We still have t-shirts available! Turn in $17 cash to Alex to get yours! Questions? Contact Alex: email@example.com
Please follow the PRSSA social media accounts to stay up to date on news and upcoming events!
Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ILSTUPRSSA/)
Follow us on Twitter (@ilstuprssa)
Follow us on Instagram (ilstuprssa)
Follow us on LinkedIn (ISUPRSSA)
Use our chapter hashtag: #RedbirdPR
The winter 2018 publication of FORUM is now available. It is PRSSA’s national newspaper and gives members the opportunity to read about the latest industry news and trends, get advice from professionals and learn about the Society. All dues-paying PRSSA members can write articles for FORUM to gain valuable writing experience and improve your resume by having your writing be published nationally. If you have questions about the publication or submitting articles, review the submission guidelines and contact the Publications Editor in Chief at FORUM@prsa.org.
Going PRo is going to a transformative opportunity for PR students hoping to find a career in sports. It is a two-day PRSSA Sports PR themed Regional Conference sponsored by DePaul University in Chicago. Members will be able to tour PR agencies, corporate companies and a variety of sports arenas or practice facilities in Chicago. There will also be breakout sessions to help you build your network with all-star contacts, and learn from the best in the business. There will be content on a variety of topics in sports PR like journalism, sponsorships and influencers. The link to register is in the meeting minutes.The conference will be March 2 and 3 and is $70 for dues-paying members to attend. Please sign up on the Google Doc by Feb. 17 if you are planning on attending! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-19 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Thinking about running for the 2018-19 executive board for our Chapter? Applications will not open until after spring break, but it is important to begin to think about what position you are interested in running for. These are the six positions that will be available, as well as management positions in our committees. We will have a session in March to ask the executive board questions and get to know more about what each position entails. Being in a leadership position is a great way to develop and enhance your own leadership and management skills, and to continue to build our Chapter in the years to come. It is also a GREAT resume builder. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to anyone on the executive board.
Director of Digital Media
PRogressive image (PRi): Student-run public relations firm that provides students with pre-professional experience by working with real world clients which include The Rock Restaurant, School of Communication and The Bloomington Edge.
Relations: This committee is here to help you improve your writing, editing and research skills.
Development: Helps plan and execute all Chapter socials and fundraising events.
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!
Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m. in Schroeder 138 for Part I of our Professional Development Triathlon: Social Media!
Jessica Grzesiak - President