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Issue 3, November/December


A monthly publication of Illinois State University’s PRSSA Chapter.

Planning the PRSSA holiday party By Alyssa Joseph

volunteered to decorate the party room or clean up postparty, bake and package goodie bags or organize the games to be played. All development volunteers got to work on their projects and collectively created the holiday atmosphere we wanted the Chapter to enjoy. The day of the party, members arrived at the Bone early to assemble the Members participating in the ugly sweater contest. decorations as well as set up music, speakers and chairs. As the variety of music played, including the more recent The end of the semester is team thought that a new Justin Bieber holiday singles, always a stressful time for atmosphere would be an fellow PRSSA members arrived students. Many of us are enjoyable change from the usual and immediately joined in on frantically trying to prepare for meeting spot in Schroeder 138 on the night’s festivities. The finals and complete tedious last Tuesday nights. Once secured, holiday party was quickly seen minute assignments for class. To we began a brainstorming as an outstanding success ease these tensions, the process of fun ideas to include at when laughter was heard development committee hosted the party. throughout the room and its annual holiday party at the Many members thought of everybody got their picture Bone Student Center on entertaining games like the taken with Santa. December 6. always hysterical, “White The holiday party was Director Allyson Corona and Elephant” present exchange, as another fun event for the all of our dedicated members of well as food ideas and gift development committee to the development committee giveaways. execute and we hope to joined forces to create a night After all of the ideas were continue this tradition for years devoted to fun, laughter and heard and considered, the to come. We thank all of the friends. The planning of this committee broke into a subset of hard work that went into this event quickly took off once we three smaller groups that were night and hope that all PRSSA reserved the Old Main room as assigned specific duties to launch members had as much fun, as our venue. The development a successful event. Members we did planning it.

Check out these pictures from the PRSSA holiday party!

Members show off their ugly holiday sweaters as prizes were awarded for tackiest, most festive and most creative.

Emma Newman’s homemade light up Christmas sweater was a hit! 2

Members socialize before the “White Elephant” gift game!

Santa stopped by to help PRSSA members celebrate the holidays.

Photo booth fun

A template was created, and members were able to upload their photos to Facebook right from the party!

Even Dr. Smudde joined in on the fun!

The Photo booth was definitely a highlight of the party! Members had a blast taking silly pictures. 3

Fall in love with studying abroad to them. All the ISU students took the classes together, and mingled Have you heard the saying with French and other American “love at first sight”? I used to think students during the hour lunch it was a myth—a fantasy put out break. by Disney and Hallmark to make However school was only a girls believe that life can be like the miniscule part of the experience. movies. I’ve always been a cynic, The real education we received never thinking it was real. This was figuring out Paris on our own, past summer, I became a believer. I meeting and mingling with real-life studied abroad in Paris, and I Parisians and realizing that there is realized that love at first sight so much more out there than our wasn’t just reserved for the hometowns and Bloomingtonmovies, nor was it just reserved for Normal. Prince Charming. As soon as I Living in Paris changed my life landed, France took my breath in many ways. It changed my way away…and I wasn’t even out of of thinking about others, myself the airport yet! and the world. Being in a new Once in Paris, I settled right in country with new people who and made myself at home, because speak a new language and being that’s how I felt there. We were able to not only enjoy it, but also given the weekend to become truly experience it, changed who I comfortable with the city, and the am for the infinitely better. As a program we went on with Drs. self-proclaimed daddy’s girl, I was Long was very helpful. We were nervous about studying abroad showed around by a tour guide because I’ve never had to fully rely and we were taught to use the on myself. Nonetheless, living on Metro. Class started the following my own in Paris taught me many week and just when I thought it valuable lessons, the most couldn’t get any better, it did. The important one being that I can be classes were fascinating, and better an independent woman. I can be an yet, fun! We took Global adult. I can adapt, change and Marketing, International grow and I can do it on my own. Marketing, Intercultural The month I spent in Paris was Management and my favorite perhaps the most beneficial class: Paris Rhetoric. experience I have gotten out of ISU. A passionate man named College is about finding yourself, Armoogum, who was more in love growing up and getting ready for with Paris than anybody was in the “real world.” Finding my love with anything, taught the last independence truly helped me do class. He took us all over the city, all those things. The experience explaining the rich history behind was enriching, and I highly the tourist spots and brought us to encourage anybody and everybody places we’d never seen or to do it as many times as possible. I imagined. In our other classes we never thought that I would change learned to analyze other cultures so much from a month abroad, but and critically think about how to the most delightful surprise of my properly appeal to them as we summer was falling in love—not marketed ourselves, and products, with a man, but with a city.

By Gabrielle Belavsky


Member of the month She’s a hometown girl from Lisle, Illinois She’s not shy at all, and anything but coy An active member of PRSSA One smile from her will brighten your day At her 90’s themed party, she liked to rap She danced up a storm in her backwards ball cap An adventurous girl, who studied abroad She just landed an internship, to which we applaud When I’m with her, I never wanna be alone-a

She’s the director of development, Allyson Corona!

A letter from the executive board By Kaitie Ries

Hi PRSSA-ers! As you know, this semester has been packed full of awesome opportunities and experiences. Between National Conference, philanthropic events, tours, workshops and speakers, I can’t believe any of us had time to fit in our class work! My duties as vice president include planning some of the amazing events that our members can participate in. Along with the help of the executive board, we invite potential speakers to Chapter meetings, coordinate our workshops and organize all of our tours. Although my position is very stressful and requires a lot of preparation, I love being vice president

because I love seeing the results of all the hard work we do. Although it was very hectic, my favorite activity that I planned this year was the speed-networking workshop. I really wanted it to be an opportunity for members to practice their 30-second commercial on real professionals and gain the confidence it takes to land an internship or job. Between contacting the professionals and organizing how the event would work, I think it’s safe to say I was a bit of a crazy person that night. One of my favorite parts was seeing how supportive Dr. Smudde and the rest of the eboard were. Though the event was my responsibility, everyone came together to assist me with the many tasks. (And to remind me to calm down!) When the event began and I saw members interacting with the professionals, I was so pleased with how professional everyone was. I heard a few members even say, “Every time I do it, it gets easier and easier.” That’s what PRSSA is all about: preparing our members for post graduation experiences and making them

feel comfortable in professional situations. Seeing members stay after the event in order to continue networking, made me so proud of our Chapter. I know of many members who have been granted interviews and/or been offered internships based on their performance that night; which is truly incredible. If you were able to attend that night, I encourage you to keep in contact with those professionals. Even if there wasn’t an opportunity now doesn’t mean there won’t be one later down the road. Don’t let them forget about you! If you weren’t able to come, I really hope you can come next year. It may seem scary at first, but the professionals that come genuinely want ISU students to succeed. They’re real people who want to learn more about your achievements and professional goals. They were once a student too, so they understand and want to help you. I hope everyone is excited for the continued opportunities we will be offering in the future. Prepare for more speakers, workshops and tours because all of it will teach you something new or introduce you to a new person who is just as excited about PR as we are!

To see more pictures from the Holiday Party or to read more about the Illinois State University PRSSA Chapter, find us on Facebook or head to our website at http://communication.illinoisstate.edu/prssa 5

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PRemier Newsletter: November/December 2011  

This issue of PRemier includes Planning the Chapter Holiday Party, Falling in Love with Study Abroad, Letter from the Executive Board and Me...

PRemier Newsletter: November/December 2011  

This issue of PRemier includes Planning the Chapter Holiday Party, Falling in Love with Study Abroad, Letter from the Executive Board and Me...