VOLUME 2 Issue 1
Chartered in 2010, the Waynesburg University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America strives to prepare members for their future profession through experience, opportunity and achievement.
Welcome back letter from the President
s the leaves start to change colors and a new season begins, we as Public Relations students need to have this same mindset. It is a new semester and with that it brings many opportunities to start fresh. There are several events happening this semester that our chapter will be involved with such as JacketFest during Homecoming and Harvest Fest at the end of October.
stay in place for many years to come. believe that this is going to be our We need every member’s help with best year ever. this goal! Every idea is valued and “Regardless of how you feel inside, will be taken into consideration. always try to look like a winner. Even I am pleased that eight members if you are behind, a sustained look of will be attending PRSSA’s National control and confidence can give you a Conference in Philadelphia Oct. 25 mental edge that results in victory.” to 29. Please be thinking of these – Arthur Ashe students as they prepare to gain Sincerely, insight to improve our chapter as a whole.
Our main focus this year is to We have many talented and increase fundraising. We want to passionate young professionals on create a solid fundraising plan able to our team and I whole-heartedly
This upcoming year we will be planning to continue with past events that have proven to be a benefit to our chapter while also adding new ones. Our next event is Harvest Fest, Oct. 31 in Johnson Commons. During our last meeting the chapter discussed possible food
and drink items to sell at the table, as well as our theme. A portion of our profit will be donated to a charity, while the rest goes towards our chapter’s funds. It is essential for PRSSA to participate in such events not only to increase our funds but to promote our chapter as well. Each event we hold is an opportunity to gain heightened campus interest in PRSSA and thus
Each client requires assistance in different areas of public relations.
Young Life and the Greene County Food Bank are focusing on social media this year as they are trying to reach out to their audiences in new ways. Grounds N’ Rounds, The Salvation Army, The Future Alumni Society and The American Cancer Society
potential members. If you are interested in special events, there is a constant need for assistance. I would appreciate and enjoy working with all of our members. As this is my first semester being the Special Events Coordinator, I am excited to continue planning events that will benefit our chapter and one another.
Firm update with Abby Pittinaro This semester has already been exciting for PRSSA’s student-run firm, Red Brick Communications. We are continuing relationships with two of our past clients, and acquired four new clients as well.
Special events with Kara Bemer PRSSA strives to create some of the most successful and memorable events on campus.
are focusing on special events and advertising using both social and traditional media. Red Brick Communications is eager to help clients and excited for all the opportunities that will come with each of them this academic year.
Organization Waynesburg University Office of University Relations After recently graduating from Waynesburg University in December 2012, Samantha McClintock finds herself back on campus in Miller Hall. With a bachelor’s degree in public relations and former President of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA chapter, McClintock is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of University Relations. She is in the process of writing her own publication about internships that current students and alumni have experienced. In addition, McClintock works for the University’s Integrated Marketing Team and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Her responsibilities include writing, editing used content, social media and event planning. Her favorite experience thus far is learning all the different aspects of University Relations, Institutional Advancement and Integrated Marketing as well as how they communicate with one another.
“My internship confirmed my love for PR”
Our chapter is priviledged to have members such as Fundraising Coordinator Mandy Ormsby who are dedicated to the mission of PRSSA and bettering themselves professionally.
Our Chapter operates on a point system to encourage involvement and accountability. Each member is required to accumulate 40 points each semester – it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Secretary Hope Frick record points and ensures that each member is making the most of their membership.
This summer, Ormsby, a senior public relations major, completed an internship at Mon-Valley Hospital in Monongahela, Pa. There she worked three days per week from May to August as a Communications Specialist Intern. “My duties were to write my beat for Healthy Directions, press
releases, website design and to build their entire mass media list” Ormsby said. She is most proud of the fact that one of her press releases was published. “I learned that if you can write well, there is very little that can hold you back” Ormsby said. The internship provided Ormsby with a professional yet comfortable environment where she was able to form relationships and further build her network.
Ormsby’s experience at MonValley Hospital “was the most beneficial to date.” She was able to apply Waynesburg University classes such as Public Relations Writing and Production as well as Public Relations Research in her everyday work. She concluded “I feel my confidence in my work has increased and that Waynesburg University’s diversity of professors in the Department of Communication prepares students for a career after college.”
You can earn points the following ways: • 5 points for attending each General meeting
Molly Winters Abby Pittinaro Hope Frick Jordan Mitrik Kyle Oland Megan Bayles
Paula Bittner Taylor Roebuck Danielle Schuyler Northe CampbellEscalante Mandy Ormsby
• 5 points for attending Chapter events
• 1 point for contributing to WUPRSSA’s social media accounts
brittany semco, Editor-In-Chief
• 1 point for contributing to newsletter
• 1 point for bringing food/drink to general meeting
• Other opportunities for points will be announced