Category Archives: Meetings

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: PRSSA@stedwards.edu       Twitter: @SEUPRSSA

Officer Elections for 10-11

Officer elections will be held tonight (April 7th) at 7:00PM in Fleck Hall 314 – see you there! Please feel free to contact prssa@stedwards.edu with any questions or concerns.

SEUPRSSA Learns Valuable Lessons at National Assembly

Post by: Sara Roberts, SEUPRSSA Vice President

This weekend was a very exciting and educational experience for members of the St. Edward’s University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter who attended the 2010 PRSSA National Assembly. The National Assembly is an annual event, which was held in Austin this year. We were more than happy to welcome students from over 260 universities across the country to our hometown. The purpose of the Assembly is for the election of the PRSSA National Committee. The National Committee election process is something that each Chapter around the nation takes part in. Each PRSSA Chapter elects one member to serve as a delegate at the Assembly, the person who votes for the National Committee on behalf of their Chapter. The election process is very important, and quite formal; in fact, the entire third day of Assembly was devoted to the elections, because it is very a long process.  

The Assembly began on Thursday, March 12th and ended Sunday, March 14th. During the three days of Assembly, there were many activities and sessions for PRSSA members to take part in.

The first night focused on welcoming everyone to the Assembly and networking with other PRSSA members from across the nation. We became familiar with the Assembly schedule and what each day would entail.

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 The second day of the National Assembly was filled with informational sessions. The sessions were very similar to the ones Ally Hugg, the SEUPRSSA President, and I experienced last year at the Assembly in New Orleans. Last year, we found the sessions to be very helpful; they provided us with new insights and ideas to bring back to our Chapter. This year, we were excited that our attending SEUPRSSA members were able to experience these sessions and take all that they could from them. The first part of the morning was devoted to Chapter officer sessions. The sessions were broken into groups and members would attend the officer session they were currently in or hoped to be elected into. The sessions were split into:

  • Presidents/Vice Presidents/ Firm Directors
  • Public Relations/ Liaisons/ Historians
  • Secretaries/Treasurers/ Webmasters
  • National Officer Preparation

These sessions were to inspire officers and bring new ideas to their Chapters. Ally Hugg, Courtney Medford, and I attended the Presidents/Vice Presidents/Firm Directors session. Through the session, we learned ways to recruit new members, tips on how to decide the tasks of an officer, point system strategies, and ways to make each Chapter the best it could be. 

 “I was glad to get advice from other Chapter Presidents of the best ways to transition officer titles. I know that when I graduate, the next President will be prepared and ready because of the strategies I learned about passing along my duties,” said Hugg.

As the morning went on, we attended Leadership Training sessions. The sessions were based on protecting your personal brand, problem solving within a chapter, and how personality types can affect group dynamics. Each meeting was insightful and fun. My favorite session out of the three was, “Does my Personality Affect Group Dynamics?”

For this session, we were given a test to figure out our personality type – designed to assign each person a color based on their answers. Once we answered the questions and added up our scores, we split into groups based on our assigned color. The colors were blue, green, gold, and orange. In these groups, we talked about how we fit into the color traits. For example I am a blue person. A blue personality type is someone who is enthusiastic, sympathetic, personal, warm, communicative, peaceful, and sincere. We read about how we interact in work, in love, and in childhood. Everyone in my group shared stories and examples of how the blue personality type fit them perfectly. Next, all of the groups composed symbols and logos that represented their personality type. For the blue group, we decided to focus on how we are emotional and caring for people. We long to be sympathetic to others’ needs, and are compassionate in every aspect of life. The blue team composed a cloud with symbolic raindrops falling into an umbrella. The umbrella held the rain as we hold on to others obstacles and try our best to help them through it. Some of the water missed the umbrella and went on the ground where flowers grew. The flowers symbolized how we are rooted in our ways and stand tall for ourselves and for people around us.

All of the colors in the room presented their personalities to the other groups and discussed how all our personalities were different. I found out that a green person is very analytical, logical, a perfectionist, and hypothetical which is the complete opposite of a blue person.   Though blue and green personalities can clash, they need to be dynamic in group settings for everyone in the team to succeed. This exercise made everyone realize that we all have differences in how we work and feel but we can all work together and be a driven force. I thought of my peers in PRSSA and our different personality colors. Knowing how these personalities are categorized helped me understand my peers and how we can overcome a lot as a group if we distinguish the best ways our individual personalities can work together.

 

Welcome Back

Hopefully everyone had an amazing holiday break and a very happy new year.  Now, it’s time to get back to the books and into the swing of things. Our first meeting will be held next Wednesday, the 20th at 7:00PM (location TBA). There are lots of things going on this semester so we have much to talk about. If you are not currently a member, please feel free to drop by this meeting to get some information about our Chapter. We will be accepting new members for the Spring semester through the end of February. If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail: prssa@stedwards.edu.

There is no better way to start off this semester than by attending the PRSA Networking Happy Hour.

New Year Happy Hour and Networking
Kick off the new decade with the PRSA Board of Directors
Join us and meet your new Board over Happy Hour downtown at J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge on West 6th Street. Catch up with friends/colleagues and let us know what topics you’re interested in as part of our professional development programming this year.

What: PRSA Happy Hour and Networking
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location:
J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge
710 West 6th Street
http://www.jblacks.com

Fees:
Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $10

St. Edward’s Deems “Fresh Start” Meeting a Success

A release from our liaison, Jami Caruso. This is now posted on the National PRSSA Chapter News Archive.

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 9, 2009) — Officers of the St. Edward’s University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter hosted a “Fresh Start” informational meeting in Jones Auditorium in order to attract new members.

As a fairly new Chapter, they hope to reach out to communication, business and marketing students this year. Each of the six current officers eagerly discussed Chapter accomplishments, goals and the benefits of becoming a PRSSA member. Yearly goals include sending at least one officer to National Conference and entering the Bateman Competition. Faculty Advisor Dr. Corinne Weisgerber also gave a brief introduction to the field of public relations to prospective members. The meeting concluded with a brief Q&A session and the announcement of raffle winners. Three attendees took home $10 Starbucks gift cards.

The executive board was happy with the turnout and the enthusiasm expressed by those who attended the meeting. Several students mentioned their interest in careers in public relations, and all members of the audience expressed genuine interest in the budding Chapter. One gentleman even paid his dues on the spot.

The St. Edward’s University PRSSA Chapter has made considerable progress since its inception three years ago. Last semester, they were honored to receive the Recognized Student Organization Rising Star Award. Individual members have also been given distinctions. Immediate Past President Anna Watson was named PRSA Austin’s “Best New Artist” at their awards ceremony last year. Additionally, current President Ally Hugg and National and Local Liaison Jami Caruso were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society.

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Contact:
Jami Caruso
(516) 297-9812
jcaruso@stedwards.edu

Meeting Tonight, Sept. 30th @ 7:00PM in Moody 204

Due to recent events in RAGS, our meeting tonight will be held in Moody 204

First meeting of the year down – Many more to come!

First meeting of the year down – Many more to come!

By Ginny Torok

The St. Edward’s University Public Relations Student Society of America held its first official meeting of the year last Thursday, September 10th. This was an information session to introduce our members and advisors, discuss PRSSA details, and review membership benefits.

Corinne Weisgerber, the St. Edward’s PRSSA faculty advisor, opened the meeting by explaining some fundamentals about the public relations profession. As a public relations Guru and professor at St. Edward’s University, she was a great pick for a speedy PR lecture! Lindsey Erwin, our local PRSA professional advisor was unfortunately not able to attend our meeting.

PRSSA Members with Faculty Advisor Corinne Weisgerber

PRSSA Members with Faculty Advisor Corinne Weisgerber

In her first presentation of the year as chapter President, Ally Hugg introduced PRSSA – what it is, who we are, our goals, and our accomplishments.

Next, Ginny Torok, Recruitment Director, explained the benefits of being a member including scholarships, internships, and experience. Treasurer Summer Rabie added details about the benefits of having access to the PRSSA Job and Internship Database.

Sara Roberts, Vice President, spoke about travel from first hand experience (National Assembly in New Orleans 2009). She explained the National Assembly, regional activities, and the upcoming National Conference.

Our Secretary, Courtney Medford included an important discussion about the Communication portfolio that all Communication majors at St. Edward’s must complete before graduation. She stressed the importance of the portfolio for the Communication majors, and the high level of professionalism a portfolio shows when applying for jobs and internships. She informed everyone that as a PRSSA member, we have many opportunities to generate entries for our portfolios.

Lastly, National Liaison, Jami Caruso discussed more details about our PRSSA chapter such as, dues and weekly meetings. She spoke about the transition from PRSSA to PRSA, and the benefits of being a member now – cheaper initial PRSA dues, early associate membership in PRSA, PRSA networking opportunities, etc.

The meeting covered so much information in a short period of time! But, if you could not attend, do not fear! For all students who showed an interest in our PRSSA chapter, we have sent you an email including a summary of the meeting’s notes. This will give everyone a reminder of all the information we covered and a pretty good understanding of what we are about.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We appreciate your interest in our organization, and we look forward to getting to know you. Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 16th at 8 p.m. We will be accepting new members and collecting dues. We are looking forward to a new exciting year with everyone!