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Letter from the President president of chapter development. My main job was coordinating with guest speakers regarding their visits, booking rooms for the events and getting the events catered. This gave me the amazing opportunity to understand event planning as well as to speak one-on-one with the guests. As a sophomore, I learned the logistics of my college, which has helped me plan more properly for future events.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday, March 7 Executive Board Elections Wednesday, March 21 Lauren Moran, Media Relations Specialist for the NY Yankees Wednesday, April 4 Justin Meise, Principal at River Communications Wednesday, April 25 Fraser Seitel, PR specialist and textbook author Wednesday, May 2 Induction Ceremony/ Hudson Valley PRSA Meet & Greet

I have been in the Marist College Red Foxes PRSSA Chapter since my freshman year. I remember speaking with students part of the Chapter before I enrolled as a student here at the Accepted Students Day. It got me so excited about my major that there was a student organization dedicated entirely to public relations. There was no question that when I attended the fall semester activities fair of my freshman year, that the PRSSA table would be my first spot. Since my sophomore year I have been on the executive board (e-board) of the Chapter and I’ll never be able to fully express how being a part of this Chapter has enhanced my education and prepared me for the professional PR world. From networking events to guest speakers, I have been involved in many PRSSA activities. The Chapter was newly created my freshman year and it has come a long way. My first position on the executive board was as the vice

My second position was as the vice president during my junior year. My focus that year was to assist the Chapter President as well as the other eboard members if they needed additional help with any of their responsibilities. By the second semester of my junior year, our advisers made it their priority to give me specific mentoring and leadership training to prepare me for my presidency. I entered my senior year with ease and confidence in running the Chapter. Now, in my second semester as Chapter President, I am so proud of the Chapter. My other e-board members are so reliable and have been doing an amazing job. We created a full functioning newsletter, studentrun firm and social media outlets. The Chapter has improved so much over my 4 years with it. Not only are the e-board members impressing me but the general members are as well! Everyone wants to contribute and be involved as much as they can, whether it be writing articles for the newsletter or

being a staff member for the student-run firm. Everyone is so eager to learn and I love their enthusiasm. In addition to all my oncampus work, I was able to attend the 2010 PRSSA National Conference in Washington D.C. and the PRSSA Leadership Rally in Scottsdale, Ariz. (which is exclusive to incoming presidents and most expenses are paid for by PRSSA!) Both of these experiences are irreplaceable. The National Conference was a huge event filled with workshops, lectures and networking opportunities with other PR students and professionals. The Leadership Rally was a great stepping-stone from vice president to Chapter President with training from Nationals. I have learned so much from my experiences with PRSSA that I’ll be so sad to leave at the end of the semester (but I have every confidence in my vice president!). I’d have to say the most I got out of it was the leadership experience and training. I have overseen and managed numerous members of a team and learned to be a mentor to enhance their skills. I am so grateful to have taken advantage of this opportunity. Don’t just join to attend meetings but join to invest in your future and really contribute to an amazing organization. You’ll thank me for it! Sincerely, Chapter President Class of 2012

esPResso, Volume 3 Issue 3  

Your shot of industry insight! The offiical newsletter of the Marist Red Foxes Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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