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Kicking Off Spring Semester 2011

Happy Spring 2011 everyone!! St. Edward’s PRSSA chapter is very excited for a fun and busy semester. We kicked off the semester with our first meeting Monday, January 31 at 8pm in Bain boardroom inside The Ragsdale Center on campus. Our meetings for the continuation of the semester (any change will be noted) will be on MONDAY’s @ 8PM IN BAIN BOARDROOM.

 Today was the St. Edward’s student organization Involvement Fair and PRSSA had a great turnout at our booth. We are still encouraging students of all majors and interests to come to a meeting, send us an email, or checkout our Facebook page, blog, and Twitter. We are accepting new members through FEBRUARY 21st.

Showing our Topper Pride at 2011 Student Organization Involvement Fair

We are looking forward to some fun activities and events this semester for both PRSSA members and the St. Edward’s community.  As a chapter we are planning on participating in the St. Edward’s Fundraising Fair in February, sending a delegate to PRSSA National Assembly this semester in Seattle, Washington, hosting a mixer with both students and professionals with opportunities to network and get all of your questions answered later in the spring, and other ideas, opportunities, and events in the works. We look forward to a great semester and as always, welcome any thoughts or ideas on other activities and events St. Edward’s PRSSA can get involved with. Stay warm this week! 

 To contact PRSSA:      Email:       Twitter: @SEUPRSSA


2010 PRSSA National Conference

St. Edward’s Organization Attends National Public Relations Conference in Washington D.C.

 Austin, TX – October 22, 2010 – The local St. Edward’s chapter of The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) sent four members of their executive board to The PRSSA National Conference held in Washington D.C. this year.

PRSSA National Committee hosts a conference every year intended to provide vast opportunities for students from all over the country to further their knowledge on different aspects of public relations.

“This year’s program is jam-packed with sessions to keep you on top of industry trends, networking opportunities to meet students and professionals, and an exciting evening social” Nick Lucido, PRSSA National President said. “There isn’t anything else like the people, press, and politics of National Conference in Washington, D.C. Embrace every networking and development opportunity you’ll receive during the next five days.”

The St. Edward’s group left bright and early the morning of October 14th excited and ready to network with 1,000 other public relations students and professionals.

The conference began Friday morning with development sessions designed to generate new ideas for each chapter to implement locally. The weekend continued with discussions and speaker panels all designed to further each students knowledge about the public relations profession. The conference came to an end Monday evening with an awards ceremony and one last opportunity to network , learn and share new ideas at the farewell lunch Tuesday morning.

The students arrived back on campus late Tuesday night exhausted and filled with ample amounts of knowledge and new ideas to share with the St. Edward’s PRSSA Chapter.

“We met students from all across the United States and got to participate in exciting events in which we interacted with all different kinds of public relations professionals. It was truly a priceless experience for all of the officers involved” Eleanor Solomon PRSSA Treasurer said.

Showing our SEUPRSSA Pride at the evening social


PRSSA Officers Showing our Hilltopper Spirit!!

2010-2011 SEUPRSSA Officers

Congratulations to the 2010-2011 SEUPRSSA Officers!

President: Courtney Medford

Vice President: Veronica Adamcik

Public Relations Director: Blaire Kniffin

Communications Director: Brian Brown

Event Coordinator: Issa Galvan

Treasurer: Eleanor Solomon

Liason: Eddie Rojas

The 2010-2011 SEUPRSSA Officers

SEUPRSSA Member Achieves Victory at Debate Tournament

Post by: Brian Brown, SEUPRSSA Member

 St. Edward’s University Junior, and SEUPRSSA member, Brian Brown, achieves victory at the third annual Passion and Civility Debate Tournament.

The debate final four faced off on February 26th in the Ragsdale Mabee Ballroom A.  The four participates had been involved in two other rounds before facing one another for the final round.  Three out the four contestants are Philosophy majors with Brown being the exception, a Communication major with a PR emphasis.  Brown was the third non-philosophy student to win the event in the three years it has taken place and vowed to be the first winner to defend his victory when next year’s tournament rolls around.  Last year’s winner, a Philosophy major, chose not to compete in the tournament this year despite still being a student at St. Edward’s.  The debate was not meant to be conducted like most text book debates.  The theory behind it, and stated in the name, is to challenge students to discuss topics from different view points while always maintaining a level of civility.  They are meant to remain conversational and the debaters should always address one another.  The three Philosophy majors were all on debate teams in their respective high schools and struggled with this aspect of the debate.  Brown never broke eye contact and never attacked his opponents view, only stressing why he believed his was the correct stance to take.  The judges responded to his frank but civil arguments.  Brown has little experience debating, although he grew up in Brooklyn and jokingly  points out “you never know when you’ll have to debate someone there.” He points to his PRSSA membership as well PR training in his ease at explaining differing point of views in a calm civil matter.  PRSSA has helped him learn to communicate with people in a serious, important fashion, while never insulting or offending a person for their viewpoint.

Hilltoppers Attend PRSSA National Assembly in Hometown

This week seven St. Edward’s University students will attend the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Assembly.  For the first time, the National Assembly will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Austin.

The PRSSA National Assembly will host students and elected Chapter delegates from 248 universities nationwide. PRSSA members will receive leadership training as well as vote on the National Committee representatives. The conference will include a Day of Competition sponsored by the CW network and numerous keynote speakers.  The Assembly begins on Thursday, March 11th and continues through Sunday, March 14th.

“We are very excited to have the National Assembly hosted in our hometown, because it provides our chapter with a greater opportunity to send students who want to participate and get involved,” said Ally Hugg, St. Edward’s PRSSA Chapter President.  

Local PRSSA Chapters at The University of Texas, Texas State, and St. Edward’s University , along with the Austin PRSA Chapter, will be hosting a “Networking Bingo” that will give students a chance to meet each other and network with Austin area communication professionals. This opportunity will allow students to work on interviewing skills, and discuss recruitment opportunities following Assembly activities on Friday, March 13th at 5:30PM at the Hyatt.

The St. Edward’s University Chapter will be live Tweeting from the Assembly and the “Networking Bingo” from @SEUPRSSA and from personal Twitter accounts. Students will also be posting information on the Chapter blog and Facebook account.
Courtney Medford
St. Edward’s PRSSA Secretary

St.Edward’s PRSSA National Assembly Attendees

The PRSSA National Assembly is only one week away. Our Chapter is very excited that the event will be taking place in Austin this year, as this is our home. We hope to meet lots of students from all over the country and look forward to sharing the city with them.

Our Chapter has elected a delegate, Courtney Medford, to represent our Chapter vote in the Assembly.

We will also be sending several non-delegates to the Assembly.

  • Ally Hugg – SEUPRSSA President
  • Sara Roberts – SEUPRSSA Vice President
  • Ginny Torok – SEUPRSSA Director of Recruitment
  • Eddie Rojas – SEUPRSSA member
  • Veronica Adamcik – SEUPRSSA member
  • Brian Brown – SEUPRSSA member

So, if you’ll be in Austin for National Assembly, be sure to find us! We’re happy to chat and show you around the town. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for live updates from the Assembly.

St. Edward’s Public Relations Student Society of America Welcomes New Members for Spring 2010