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ALYSSA C. BRADEN (832) 465 4240 - firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.- Expected graduation May 2013 Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, 3.2 GPA Concentration: Public Relations Minor: Business Administration EXPERIENCE Marketing & Communications Intern, Louisiana Economic Development, August 2012 - present • Writes internal newsletter, drafts various media material and corporate case studies in AP style. • Proofs and edits all internal and external marketing material and spreads of quarterly economic magazine, EQ. • Responsible for research on economic influencers and industries, manages and updates department KnowledgeBase and attends EQ content meetings. Writing Director, 360 Communications - student-run PR agency, spring 2013 • Planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive PR campaign for agency client. • Role includes writing and distributing press releases, research, proofing/editing all material, design of all visuals using Adobe software, event planning and social media management. Creative Participant, Ketchum Mindfire, January 2012 - March 2013 • Hosted by top communications agency Ketchum, Mindfire is an invitation-only web based portal where university students work on business challenges that Ketchum posts on behalf of their Fortune 500 clients. • Challenge Winner - Developed a winning PR and integrated marketing communications campaign idea for Ketchum client. Public Relations Intern, Sewa International - Houston Chapter, summer 2011 • Managed social media, wrote press releases and weekly blog updates, in charge of all flier, newsletter and brochure design. • Assisted in the planning and execution of a cultural art exhibition, annual gala and two free immunization clinics partnering with Texas Children’s Hospital. • Wrote and designed organization’s annual report, obtained media coverage, managed media lists and relations with organization’s donors and members. ACTIVITIES/HONORS • • • •
NW Houston Panhellenic Alumni scholarship recipient - spring 2012 LSU Academic Programs Abroad - summer 2012 Dean’s List - Fall 2011, spring 2010 PRSSA, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, PR Committee of Kappa Kappa Gamma 2009-present
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alyssa Braden 360 Communications 337-278-7984 Abrade1@lsu.edu
SmokingWords to Celebrate National Kick-Butts Day, Supporting a Smoke-Free LSU BATON ROUGE, La.--(March 20, 2013)-- SmokingWords, an organization supporting the move-
ment for a tobacco-free campus, will host a free crawfish boil this Wednesday on National Kick-Butts Day from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the LSU Parade Ground. The event will coincide with the LSU Health and Wellness Fair on the same day and is only open to students. To receive free tickets to the event, students must visit the SmokingWords booth any time from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at the fair in the Cotillion Ballroom and sign a petition in support of making LSU a smoke-free campus. The event will host students for free crawfish, music, giveaways and chances to win prizes while advocating for a smoke-free campus and educating students about tobacco-free living. New campus student organization Fresh Campus, a partner of SmokingWords, will also be recruiting its first members for the newly established group. Open positions for fall semester include president, vice president, treasurer and a public relations team.
About SmokingWords and Fresh Campus
SmokingWords was founded in 2000 by Dr. Judith Sylvester, an associate professor at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. The goal of SmokingWords is to make LSU a tobacco-free campus and educate the student body about the health risks of tobacco-use. SmokingWords has partnered with Fresh Campus in this venture. Fresh Campus is a student-led campaign whose goal is to empower college students to create change on their campuses by focusing on tobacco-free policies. For more information regarding Fresh Campus membership or initiatives contact Sonia Shah at Sonia116@gmail.com. For information about SmokingWords visit our website http://www.mysmokingwords.org.
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SMOKINGWORDS AND FRESH CAMPUS HOST LUNCHEON WITH ANDREW MUHL American Cancer Society Representative Speaks On La. Tobacco Legislation BATON ROUGE, La. -- Andrew Muhl spoke to a small group of students about soon-to-be introduced La. tobacco legislation on Tuesday, March 26. The event was coordinated by the LSU student organizations SmokingWords and Fresh Campus. Muhl, the government relations director for the American Cancer Society of Louisiana, discussed a proposed tax increase on tobacco products and how increased tax revenue could effect La. residents.
“Tobacco is the number one cause of all cancer death,” said Muhl, “So how can we reduce tobacco use? The number one way to reduce tobacco use is by making it more expensive. The second way to reduce tobacco use is through smoke-free air policies.” The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, enacted on Jan. 7, 2007, prohibits smoking in most public spaces and work places as well as restaurants in La. Muhl noted “Louisiana has a decent law in place, but we would like it to be stronger. It is a good start.” Muhl pointed out that Louisiana was near the bottom when it comes to taxing cigarettes. A 2012 National Conference of State Legislature report showed Louisiana having the third lowest tax on cigarettes in the country. Louisiana only enacts a 36-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes. “This legislative session, our big focus is increasing the price of cigarettes through a tobacco tax,” said Muhl. The American Cancer Society of Louisiana will support a cigarette tax bill authored by State Rep. Harold Richie, D-Bogalusa. Richie’s proposed legislation would increase the cigarette tax by more than a dollar. The revenue from Richie’s tax increase would go towards healthcare, specifically tobacco prevention and the treatment of tobacco related diseases. Muhl closed by encouraging participation at an upcoming rally in support of Richie’s tax increase proposal. The rally will be held April 17, 2013, on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol. Richie will hold a press conference to officially announce his tax proposal.
About SmokingWords and Fresh Campus
SmokingWords was founded in 2000 by Dr. Judith Sylvester, an associate professor at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. The goal of SmokingWords is to make LSU a tobacco-free campus and educate the student body about the health risks of tobacco-use. SmokingWords has partnered with Fresh Campus in this venture. Fresh Campus is a student-led campaign whose goal is to empower college students to create change on their campuses by focusing on tobacco-free policies.
April 10, 2013
MEDIA ADVISORY -- SMOKINGWORDS AND STUDENTS TO JOIN AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RALLY FOR TOBACCO TAX
WHAT: American Cancer Society Rally for increase in tobacco tax WHERE: Downtown Baton Rouge on Capitol steps WHEN: April 17, 12 noon -- 12:30 p.m.
LSUâ€™s SmokingWords with newly established student organization Fresh Campus will join the rally in support of an increase in tobacco tax. SmokingWords will represent LSU students among representatives from the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network and other anti-tobacco organizations and cancer societies. SmokingWords and LSU students will take part in the rally in an effort to encourage young people to share their voices and be heard among state government while joining in support of government policies that reduce risks of cancer. SmokingWords invites all interested students to take part in the rally to support the tobacco tax and to be a part of an LSU presence supporting tobacco-free living. For more information about SmokingWords or to schedule an interview, please contact founder and director Dr. Judith Sylvester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-2067 ###
Alyssa Braden, SmokingWords PR email@example.com; 832-465-4240
TigerTV coverage March 20, 2013
Daily Reveille article print and online March 20, 2013
NBC33 coverage of tobacco tax rally at Capitol April 17, 2013
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RESTAURANT PAPPY’S CAFE ANNOUNCES 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HOUSTON, Texas -- During the months of April and May customers will enjoy newly created anniversary specials such as Blackened Shrimp and Grits and Mahi-Mahi with Pico-Pineapple Chutney. Chicken and waffles will be offered during Sunday brunch. Pappy’s will also introduce a new anniversary drink: Strawberry-jalapeno margarita. Weekly drawings will be held for free appetizers, gift certificates and give-aways. One winner will receive a MEGA TEXAS Gift Basket. Check out Pappy’s Cafe on Facebook for contests and prizes. About Pappy’s Cafe: Established in 1983, Pappy’s Café, located at 9041 Katy Freeway, has enjoyed long-standing popularity due to its great home-made, Texas-style comfort food that has best been described as “dance in your belly.” Owners, Paul and Lydia Braden, take pride in that the humble little cafe has not only remained a local favorite, but that Pappy’s Cafe has become a well-known Houston institution. ###
Houston Chronicle April 3, 2013
SEWA INTERNATIONAL USA -‐ Houston Chapter
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Sewa International Free Immunization Drives for Children HOUSTON -‐-‐ For thousands oH f rosts efugees, Houston offers a second chance at life. Among them, hundreds belong to a group exiled from Bhutan. Arriving in the city, after spending 18 years in squalid Nepalese HOUSTON -‐-‐ Sewa International Houston, a local service-‐based nonprofit organization, collaborated with refugee camps, they carry with them the painful memories from the camps they left behind and the the mobile clinic of Texas Children’s Hospital to host two free immunization drives for children of low-‐ hope of a new beginning. It is not without unfounded hope that they embrace this optimistic spirit as income families. The first drive took place on Thursday, June 9, at St. Cloud apartment complex and the they have been greeted with the warmth and generosity of Houstonians. second on Monday, June 13, at Los Arcos apartment complex in southwest Houston. In total, 142 Several oreceived rganizations ave extended aa nd helping to these refugees. Among them, Sewa cIheck-‐ups. nternational, children free himmunizations many hoand f their family members received medical a non-‐profit organization dedicated to helping victims of disaster and empowering families in need, is The management of aSt. and Los for volunteers to fill out fthe providing education nd jCloud ob training, as wArcos ell as eprovided motional rooms support. Every summer, students rom patients’ various parts of the world are getting involved in Sewa’s ‘Get Inspired Houston’ internship. Ten bright young paperwork, conduct blood pressure tests, sugar tests and medical consultation for adults, along with adults volunteered this summer assisting the Bhutanese in overcoming the new challenges they face in space for clothing donations. The families who benefited from the drives are immigrants and refugees the United States. from countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Kenya, Somalia, Mexico and Colombia. Since June 2011, GIH interns organized two free immunization drives, a day trip with 27 refugees to see Suryansh the Houston Chapter coordinator of Sewa International, emphasized the need to reach the July 4Pthurwar, fireworks at Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sewa’s third annual art show: The Story of a Travelling out to low-‐income families in Houston, across ethnic and linguistic boundaries. “We believe that every Home. The event took place on Saturday, July 23 at Houston gallery Caroline Collective and featured artwork and shave tories access of the B hutanese refugee children. irrespective of nationality, gender, religion or child should to resources to live healthy, financial status. This is our second year of organizing an immunization drive for kids of low-‐income Another essential part of Sewa’s ‘Get Inspired Houston’ internship is the ‘Lead Houston’ lecture series. families. Hopefully our effort was able to improve the living conditions of some of these refugees,” All interns are invited to attend three lectures held by local leaders who not only hold successful careers Purwar said. but also actively support the Houston community and non-‐profit initiatives. The free Siewa mmunization drives were part of Sewa International’s work on a massive humanitarian support About International Sewa International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity with a to chapter in Houston, TX as as 37 operation, helping refugees from Bhutan become acclimated their new surroundings in well the United other chapters in 20 metros and for 21 high states in seniors the United States. In Houston, Sewa serves as States. Sewa International is looking school and college students who would like to volunteer a grass-‐root organization aspiring to spread the message of service, helping victims of disaster and spend time with refugee children, educating and mentoring them. If you want to get involved and help and empowering families in need. If you want to get involved and help people and communities people and communities in need within the greater Houston area, you can visit the Sewa International in need the greater Houston area, you can avisit the Sewa International website at website at within www.houston.sewausa.org or contact via email t Houston@sewausa.org. www.houston.sewausa.org or contact via email at Houston@sewausa.org. ‘ ### ### ###
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The first drive took place on Thursday, June 9, at St. Cloud apartment complex and the SEWA INTERNATIONAL HOLDS THIRD ANNUAL ART SHOW: “STORY OF A TRAVELING HOME” income families. The first drive took place on Thursday, June 9, at St. Cloud apartment complex and the second on Monday, June 13, at Los WArcos apartment complex in southwest Houston. In total, 142 FEATURING RT ND STORIES OF HOUSTON REFUGEES second on Monday, June 13, Aat Los ORKS Arcos Aapartment complex in southwest Houston. In total, 142 children received free immunizations and many of their family members received medical check-‐ups. children received free immunizations and many of their family members received medical check-‐ups. The management of St. Cloud and Los Arcos provided rooms for volunteers to fill out the patients’ The management of St. Cloud Sewa and International’s Los Arcos provided to Story fill out patients’ HOUSTON – (July 23, 2011)-‐-‐ Third rooms Annual for Art volunteers Show: “The of the a Traveling paperwork, conduct blood pressure tests, sugar tests and medical consultation for adults, along with paperwork, conduct blood pressure tests, sugar tests and medical consultation for adults, along with Home” took place on Saturday, July 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Houston gallery Caroline Collective and space for clothing donations. The families who benefited from the drives are immigrants and refugees space for clothing donations. The families who benefited from the drives are immigrants and refugees from countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Kenya, Somalia, Mexico and Colombia. attracted over 200 visitors. The exhibit featured the artwork and journey of Bhutanese refugee children from countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Kenya, Somalia, Mexico and Colombia. and celebrated Houston as the new home of more than 5,000 refugees. Suryansh Purwar, the Houston Chapter coordinator of Sewa International, emphasized the need to reach Suryansh Purwar, the Houston Chapter coordinator of Sewa International, emphasized the need to reach out to low-‐income families in Houston, across ethnic and linguistic boundaries. “We believe that every Luna Oliveira, Sewa intern coordinator, headed the event and was amazed by how the exhibit’s success out to low-‐income families in Houston, across ethnic and linguistic boundaries. “We believe that every child should have access to resources to live healthy, irrespective of nationality, gender, religion or child should access to resources to wlive irrespective of “nationality, gender, or exceeded her have expectations: “The art show as whealthy, onderful,” Oliveira said. 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The inside walls of both houses featured artwork The free immunization drives were part of Sewa International’s work on a massive humanitarian support operation, helping refugees from Bhutan become acclimated to their new surroundings in the United operation, helping refugees from Bhutan become acclimated to their new surroundings in the United made by the children, such as Batik printings, dream catchers and masks. This setup gave the viewer an States. Sewa International is looking for high school seniors and college students who would like to volunteer States. Sewa International is looking for high school seniors and college entirely, students while who would like to volunteer understanding of how the children, outside world of and refugees might change creativity and and spend time with refugee educating mentoring them. If you want to get their involved and help and spend time with refugee children, educating and mentoring them. If you want to get involved and help people and communities in need within the greater Houston area, you can visit the Sewa International imagination will always remain uniquely inspired by their own cultural identity and personal experiences. people and communities in need within the greater Houston area, you can visit the Sewa International website at www.houston.sewausa.org or contact via email at Houston@sewausa.org. website at www.houston.sewausa.org or contact via email at Houston@sewausa.org. ‘ "The art made by the kids is just amazing,” Sewa Houston Chapter Coordinator, Suryansh Purwar said. ‘ “These kids deserve more opportunities to showcase their talent. As an organization, Sewa International happy to have helped these kids." is ### ### ### ###
Indo American News Print and online June 24, 2011
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Houston South Asian society blog online August 5, 2011
FEATURE STORY ON LSU RUGBY TEAM - OCT. 10, 2012
The Makeup of an LSU Athlete: Blood, Sweat, Glory. Behind the sparkle and shine of LSU athletics lies the grit and the grime. LSU Rugby ranks high among the most brutal sports in the world and is withstood by the sport’s most dedicated players. While ESPN cameras roll on Saturday nights and the searing lights beam down on the sacrificial turf that is Death Valley, another killing field close by is just as vicious.
It’s an LSU Rugby match, and “BULAWAYO, BULAWAYO, BULAWAYO” can be heard chanted in unison from a distant huddle on the field. A passerby may not understand, but as the team huddles up for this pre-game ritual, each player knows that the Swahili word translates to “field of slaughter,” a nickname that could not fit any better.
“We say it before games, after every practice and after every game,” Senior Captain Allen Alongi said. “We say this because we hope to do exactly what the word means and crush our opponent. We also do it because it has been a tradition since the '70s.” And with ‘Bulawayo’ on the mind, metaphorically slaughtering an opponent is usually the end result of most matches. But for people who have never seen a rugby match, many may not understand the raw brutality of the sport, or even understand what it is.
So picture LSU football - take away the helmets, take away the pounds of padding, helmets and gear, but keep the aggression, strength and gritty determination. Torn biceps and pectorals, broken legs, backs, noses, fingers and collarbones are entirely too common in this game, and it’s wise to say that a rugby match is not for the faint-hearted, as the odds of seeing blood at some point during a game is highly probable.
But it’s not only the ferocity of the sport itself; it’s the inconceivable ability of the athletes that choose to endure it. Pro ruggers are frighteningly savage individuals. They have the titanic builds of NFL defensive linemen yet they move like wide receivers running at full sprints for 80 straight lung- torching minutes. It’s an unforgiving mixture of football fused with the swiftness and endurance of soccer, yet topped off with the aggression of an ice hockey game. “The sport is one of the roughest in the world,” Alongi said.
But for the select few who choose to play this massacre of a game, only one thing makes the pain and the broken bones worth it: coming home with a trophy. Former All Black prop Kees Meeuws said it best when addressing the team and wishing them good luck in their match against Arkansas two weeks ago, he said, “Trophies are forever; pain is only temporary.” And with the tradition of ‘Bulawayo’ resonating across the team’s own personal slaughter field at every match like it has for the past 30 years, Meeuws’ words define the ferocity of the LSU Rugby team and the spirit of the sport itself. They are words that illustrate the guts and glory of the game, and above all, the loyalty these thick-skinned athletes hold to a sport that pays back with a physical beat down like no other.
CASE STUDY FOR LOUSIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - FEB. 28, 2013
Benteler Steel - Shreveport, Louisiana Louisiana’s workforce training programs seal the deal for steel company’s first-ever North American expansion When the steel/tube division of the 135-year-old European company, Benteler Group, began seeking out its first-ever North American production facility, the company faced many uncertainties and more than 100 possible options for its strategic search for the perfect location. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and state officials put out the welcome mat and offered Benteler an impressive incentive package opportunity that made way for the largest capital investment in the company’s history. Challenge Already exporting 25 percent of steel tube production to the U.S., Benteler knew that expanding operations into North America and building their first U.S. hot-rolling tube mill would be a strategic decision that would not be made lightly. On the search for the perfect location, Benteler’s selection process began with a list of more than 100 potential sites in 13 states, all offering particular unique benefits. However, Benteler sought out a complete package, hoping to identify a location with ideal infrastructure, a capable workforce and a positive reception. Benteler hoped to satisfy all their concerns when they began communications with LED and other regional economic alliances in August 2011. While in close competition with a few neighboring Southern states, Benteler began examining La. more and more closely after months of studying and comparing the many alternatives. For Benteler, and many companies alike, Louisiana offered strategic proximity to their largest market. The state also offered a strong, capable workforce experienced in manufacturing and the oil and gas industry. Solution On top of Louisiana’s already impressive list of attractive features, LED offered a custom-fit incentive package that included a brand new workforce training center at Bossier Parish Community College (BPSS). The tailored incentives like the Training Center helped Benteler Steel/Tube make the decision to build a $900 million facility in Shreveport- the largest capital investment in the history of the Benteler Group and one of the largest manufacturing and job-creation investments in Northwest Louisiana. “By removing obstacles, reducing bureaucracy, providing meaningful support and eliminating roadblocks, Louisiana officials at all levels convinced us that this state is the ideal location for our production facility,” said Benteler CEO, Matthias Jaeger. “Those officials were willing to work closely with us to create an environment and a set of initiatives that made our decision an easy one.” Benteler also credits its decision to invest in Louisiana to essential key factors that addressed the company’s concerns: technical feasibility, proximity to its largest markets, logistics, infrastructure, experienced workforce availability, and the state’s welcoming atmosphere. What really gave Louisiana the edge over the competition however, was the new workforce Training Center included in the incentive package offered by LED, accompanied with the support of LED FastStart’s impressive training programs.
Fliers designed for client SmokingWords to promote an event and for secondhand smoke awareness on campus.
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Designs used for restaurant ads and on social media sites to promote anniversary celebration and Facebook contests.
Invitations sent out to organizationâ€™s donors, volunteers and community supporters for Sewaâ€™s annual fundraising gala and art exhibition.
social media samples
Proficient knowledge and experience with: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Tumblr, Hootsuite, QR Codes, Pinterest, Google Analytics, Wordpress, Foursquare and Flickr
Developed a social media marketing plan for restaurant’s 30th anniversary celebration focusing on customer engagement. Utilized Hootsuite to schedule weekly contests and to promote daily specials throughout the months of April and May. Mid-evaluation of social media plan saw an increase of 103 Facebook “likes” on the restaurant’s page.
Created an online petition for students to sign in support of a smoke-free LSU campus which was shared on social media. A QR code linked to petition was also created and placed on SmokingWords fliers and educational material.
SEWA INTERNATIONAL USA -‐ Houston Chapter Tax-‐Exempt Nonprofit Organization (EID: 20-‐0638718) Houston Office: 3908 Westhollow Pkwy, Houston TX 77082 Website: www.sewahouston.org Email: email@example.com Date : Feburary 20th , 2012 To Whom It May Concern: It gives me immense pleasure to write in recommendation of Alyssa Braden. I have known Alyssa for a year now, and was her mentor during her interning months at Sewa Houston. Alyssa exhibited effective leadership skills during her three-‐month stint. She is hardworking, energetic and curious and a great team player. I have no doubt that she will succeed in her future academic endeavors. She demonstrated our organizations values and goals with passion and determination and made an incredible impact on the refugee community we work with. Alyssa very diligently worked on projects like our organization’s Annual Report, press releases, newsletters, and creative material among many other things. She was instrumental in creating the Annual Report of the organization; her work was timely and well-‐formatted and successfully attained media coverage for our events. I have no doubt that Alyssa will make a tremendous impact on the world at large, and I am positive she will make outstanding contributions to any organizations. For any questions you may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Regards, Arushi Garg Public Relations Chair Sewa International – Houston Chapter