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Officers Return with Lots to Share from PRSSA National Conference

We are happy to welcome back our Liaison, Jami Caruso and our Recruitment Director, Ginny Torok from the 2009 PRSSA National Conference in San Diego. Ginny and Jami kept our Chapter up-to-date on Conference highlights via the Chapter twitter account @SEUPRSSA and the hashtag #prssanc. They look forward to sharing their experience with our Chapter.  Below are some pictures of their adventure. Don’t forget to check out slides and presentation notes  from the Conference on the PRSSA website.


Live from San Diego



AUSTIN, Texas (October 29, 2009) – The 2009 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference is just around the corner and to bring the conference to students unable to attend, the St. Edward’s University PRSSA chapter will be live tweeting the event from San Diego, November 6-10.

Jami Caruso, National and Local Liaison, and Ginny Torok, Recruitment Director, will use the brand-new St. Edward’s University PRSSA twitter account (@SEUPRSSA) to report about the sessions and professional development activities. They will be using the official conference hashtag “#prssanc” in all their tweets. The decision to have chapter representatives tweet from the conference was made in order to allow the other chapter members to stay connected and be actively involved in the conference despite their physical absence.

Caruso’s and Torok’s participation in this year’s conference was made possible by a grant from the Austin PRSA chapter which covered their registration fees. The St. Edward’s University Student Life Office funded the remaining travel and lodging expenses. “Reporting from the conference is a great way to say thanks and give back” says Caruso. “Our reports will give younger chapter members an idea of what to expect from conferences they might attend in the future,” added Torok.

The theme of this year’s PRSA/PRSSA Conference is “Creating Currents: Surfing Ways of Change,” and is meant to inspire and motivate students to “dive” into the professional sea of public relations. Live-tweeting the conference will offer a great opportunity to ride the wave of social media and social networking that has so changed the PR profession. The conference will highlight a wide range of public relations specializations including crisis management, media relations, international relations, fashion, and health. The 2009 Conference also has its own twitter account, @PRSSASanDiego09.

The PRSSA chapter at St. Edward’s University has made exceptional strides since its formation three years ago. The chapter is gearing up to induct twelve eager new members and is already planning for exciting fundraising activities in mid-November. PRSSA is looking forward to a successful year and is working hard to make a name for itself at St. Edward’s University.


Courtney Medford

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.


Jami Caruso
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