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 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.

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.

 

Networking Bingo – a huge success!

Post by: Ginny Torok, SEUPRSSA Recruitment Director

About halfway through all the business of National Assembly, the Networking Bingo Happy Hour gave us all an opportunity to relax and mingle with other PRSSA members and some of the local professionals from Austin PRSA. The bingo game had a board filled with some fun, mostly PR related questions that helped to break the ice and strike up interesting conversation. The lucky one student wearing a burnt orange shirt definitely made some new connections by signing everyone’s “wearing burnt orange” square.

For our St. Edward’s University Chapter, it was fun for the seven of us to meet students from all over the country with similar interests. We also had the opportunity to become better acquainted with some of the PRSA Austin members. It was a great chance for us to catch up and get some advice from our mentors. It is always a pleasure to chat with our own professional advisor Ivan Davila, who also attended the Networking Bingo.

After the happy hour, a few of the PRSA students from our Chapter and numerous different schools proceeded to dinner at the local restaurant, Gueros­ – Even Ivan came! Here we all got to do what we love to do most: eat, and communicate!

Overall, the Networking Bingo Happy Hour was a great success! We had the opportunity to make new friends and further build our professional relationships – which are some of our main goals as PRSSA members.

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.
                                                                                                                                              
Contact:
Courtney Medford
St. Edward’s PRSSA Secretary
cmedfor@stedwards.edu

Networking that makes you say “Bingo!”

Have you heard? Delegates and members from PRSSA chapters from all over the country will congregate in Austin from March 11-14th for the annual PRSSA National Assembly.

Take advantage of this opportunity and join PRSA Austin, PRSSA National and the PRSSA Chapters of Texas State University, The University of Texas and St. Edward’s University for the chance to work on interviewing and networking skills and discuss recruitment opportunities!

And you won’t want to miss out on “Networking Bingo,” a fun and exciting way to meet successful Austin-area communication professionals. Bingo winners will receive awards and raffle prizes will be given throughout the night!

Fees:
Students: Free
Members & Non-Members: $10

RSVP to Becky Squires at beckysquires@earthlink.net

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.