Tonight is the Night!

Tonight is our first meeting of the year!  Join us for our first meeting in the Science Building in SL109 at 6:00 p.m.

Connect with Us!

Connect with Us

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again… we are kicking off our membership drive! Find an application here if you are interested in joining or if you need to renew your annual dues.

If you haven’t connected with us, check out our social media accounts! We can’t wait to get started. Our first meeting info will be posted SOON!

Step Into Success: Getting the Job

Step Into Success - Spring 2015

Since it is time to be applying for internships or jobs, IUPUI PRSSA will be hosting our third annual Step Into Success! The first part will be Step Into Success: Getting the Job! This professional development session will be set up like a workshop setting. You will have the opportunity to sit with pros and receive help and beneficial tips on your resume/cover letter, portfolios and interviewing skills. The event will be set up into stations, so you will have the chance to receive help in all three areas. You will also be able to have a professional head shot taken. The price for the head shots will be $3 for one photo and #5 for two photos!
Step Into Success: Getting the Job will be on Monday, March 30th from 4:00-6:00 pm. The location will be in room IT 160 in the IT building. 

Get your resumes and portfolios ready! You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!
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2015 PRSSA National Assembly Recap

By: Victoria Lane

Even though it has been one week since I touched down in the beautiful city of Portland for the 2015 PRSSA National Assembly, my head is still swimming from the great opportunities I was able to experience, timeless advice I was able to glean and the amazing people I was able to meet.

When I arrived at the hotel on Thursday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by the people of Portland who have just as much Midwestern hospitality and friendliness as I am familiar with in Indiana. Furthermore, I was glad to see that I would be joined by a Hoosier from the Indiana University PRSSA chapter in my hotel room, along with one woman from Illinois State PRSSA and another from Howard University PRSSA chapter.

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IUPUI PRSSA, Illinois State University PRSSA, Howard University PRSSA and IU PRSSA delegates.

Thursday night, all the delegates, non-delegates, National Committee members and PRSA advisers joined each other in the hotel for a welcome reception. Although we were all unfamiliar with one another, it was very exciting to see us all come together.

On Friday, we had several breakout sessions focused on leading our chapters to success, dealing with conflict and sharpening our leadership skills. These sessions were beneficial to me because I was able to hear from chapters of all shapes and sizes. I was able to listen to what they do successfully as well as brainstorm with different chapters as to how we can improve.

One problem that all chapters appeared to face was getting members excited to come to meetings and events. We discussed different ways we can appeal to a variety of audiences which included taking surveys, expanding outreach efforts to high school and teaming up with surrounding chapters to host events or conferences.

Indiana delegates: IU PRSSA, IUPUI PRSSA and UIndy PRSSA

Indiana delegates: IU PRSSA, IUPUI PRSSA and UIndy PRSSA

Following the sessions, Jenny Moede of Oregon Story Board, spoke to the delegates about her work in creating stories and impacting smaller companies around Oregon. She used Game of Thrones, Disney and Supernatural references throughout her presentation to show the importance of telling the story and finding a balance between emotional and data driven appeal for audiences.

Saturday was the big day for the National Assembly meeting. We listened to candidates and voted on the 2015-2016 National Committee. It was inspiring to listen to the young public relations professions of my generation speak. All spoke eloquently and succinctly about their goals and visions for PRSSA and the future of the profession. And after a long but focused day, all 120 (or so) present delegates selected our representatives.

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Meet the 2015-2016 PRSSA National Committee!

By the time Sunday rolled around, many of the delegates, non-delegates and National Committee members were all acquainted. The great thing about public relations is that is it such a friendly field. Everyone wanted to get to know each other and learn from one another. So when we gathered in the dining room at the hotel for breakfast, it was a bittersweet moment.

We got #PRSSANA trending nationally!

We got #PRSSANA trending nationally!

We were fortunate to have Dr. Victoria Trapp, global transition manager at Nike, speak to us and provide us with great insight into the importance of being good change leaders for our chapters and in the future. Following Dr. Trapp’s presentation, two representatives from the University of Georgia PRSSA chapter spoke. Pumping up the crowd for PRSSA’s 2015 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, we were presented with a bunch of information about the event. After their presentation, the National Committee members spoke. Tears were shed and goodbyes were said.

As we all left the conference, I was reminded of something that was said early in the trip, a delegate stated that PRSSA events were addicting and you would want to go to as many as you can. This was my first national event and I can say with complete certainty that I agree. National Assembly was exciting to be a part of because we were given the opportunity to set a new foundation for our beloved profession.

IUPUI PRSSA dances for the IUPUI Jagathon!

Jagathon Flyer

Lace up your dancing shoes and help us raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital! IUPUI is hosting their annual Jagathon on March 6. We are going to dance for 12 hours straight and we want you to be there! Although there’s only ten days left, there is still time to join our team or donate: bit.ly/prssa

See you there!

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PRSSA Gives Back Starts NOW!

prssagivesbackFor more information about Paws Pantry or volunteer opportunities, click the “PRSSA Gives Back” link at the top of the page.

If you have any questions, please email iupuiprssa@gmail.com

Half Day with a Pro – Victoria Lane

Nestled in an area that looked straight out of a photograph, the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America located on Fall Creek Road was a dream come true for my first Half a Day with a Pro experience.

In our application to participate with Half a Day with a Pro, we had to rank from 1-3 our most desired field of PR to experience – nonprofit, agency or corporate. While I wanted to experience all three dominant branches of PR, the versatility and variability of nonprofit appealed to me most.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the experience did not disappoint!

Walking into the Crossroads of America Council, a recently built structure – I was struck by the modern layout and architecture. This was not your average office space. High wooden beams stretched across the ceiling and a warm, friendly atmosphere permeated throughout giving the impression that a campfire and s’mores were not far away.

Partnered with Mary, an equally excited albeit anxious Purdue University student, we were greeted by Emily Elliott, the Marketing and Public Relations Director and Cara Wagner, the Marketing and Public Relations Executive.

Following the grand tour, the four of us gathered in Emily’s office and right out of the gate – I was thrilled.  There we were – Emily, a 2012 Butler University grad…Cara, a 2012 University of Indianapolis grad…Mary, a junior at Purdue…and me, a junior at IUPUI.  Not only was it exciting to see a meeting of four journalism and public relations programs and PR students/pros but the vitality and youthful potential that exists in the field of PR and nonprofits was also encouraging.

Here were my key takeaways:

  • Internships, internships, internships – Get them. And as many as possible. The more contact you have with different nonprofits, agencies and corporations you can get as an intern – the better. It will give you an idea and a direction of what to pursue.
  • Make connections – Emily and Cara couldn’t say it enough. The importance of networking, oft-repeated, is paramount. It is important to maintain mutually beneficial relationships.  Keep the lines of communication open between you and the connections you make – and not just when you are asking for something or need a favor. Simply reaching out to your connections and grabbing coffee or lunch every couple of months is a great way to maintain and build important relationships.
  • Stay educated and be prepared! – As someone who reviews resumes and hires interns, Emily stressed the importance of being educated in your interviews with possible employers. Being prepared with writing samples, a varied portfolio and a healthy knowledge of the company will set you apart and increase your chances of scoring the internship or job of your dreams.
  • Be open to possibilities but leverage your talents and goals –
    • Cara entered the corporate world immediately after graduating and quickly found it wasn’t for her. Although a vital experience, she spoke of the importance of not categorizing all nonprofits, agencies and corporations into their own little boxes. Not all nonprofits are made the same – the same goes for agencies and corporations as well. Be open to experiencing things outside of your comfort zone.
    • Alternatively, Emily took a summer off after graduating before heading out into the “twenty-something world.” She leveraged her previous internships as well as her connections in order to secure the job she wanted.
    • There are many different avenues of success and the key to obtaining success isn’t always found right after graduating college. Test your limits, be open and use experiences and connections to achieve your goals.
  • Know when to “growl” – There is a lot of diversity in the workplace and it is important to have the ethical foundation as well as the confidence to be able to speak up if an uncomfortable or inappropriate work situation arises.

Overall, the experience I had with Half a Day with a Pro was incredible. Not only was it a morning that I was able to learn from exceptional professionals but it gave me the opportunity to attend a Hoosier PRSA Luncheon where even more amazing and talented PR pros and students gathered.

#PRSSAGivesBack

Are you looking for a way to get involved and give back to your IUPUI and Indianapolis community?

PRSSA has arranged a number of upcoming service projects and volunteer opportunities to help our members get involved.

Visit http://www.iupuiprssa.wordpress.com/prssagivesback to learn more about the upcoming food drive to benefit Paws Pantry and sign up to volunteer at a local organization in need.

Half Day with a Pro at Shank Public Relations Counselors

For Half Day with a Pro I had the privilege of meeting with David Shank, APR, Fellow PRSA and Marilyn Shank, APR of Shank Public Relations Counselors. The morning started out with meeting David at their office. Another student, from Indiana Wesleyan University, and I got to spend a short part of our time talking to David about the company, what types of clients they have and what a typical day is like in the office. David also allowed for us to ask any questions we had, and shared some tips about getting hired in the real world, as well as, for internships while in school.

After speaking with David, we were able to shadow Marilyn  on an offsite meeting at the Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis High School, part of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township. Marilyn and an independent photographer were taking pictures for the career center’s new brochure about the different educational programs the school offers. We were also able to sit in on a meeting with the director and assistant principal of the school while Marilyn went over edits that the school had, and what the next steps were to finalizing the brochure to send to print. MSD of Wayne Township is a longtime client of Shank Public Relations Counselors.

After the meeting and photo shoot concluded, we went back to the office, and got to speak to Marilyn about her career, her projects with MSD of Wayne Township and her passion for public schools. Marilyn has worked with a lot of school corporations, including more recently Bartholomew County School Corporation. The Shanks also just finished up a campaign that they started in 2000 with Indianapolis Public Schools. The goal of the campaign was to help the school corporation receive money for renovations. Marilyn said that when she retires and people begin to ask her what her favorite success story of her career is, she would say helping IPS get air conditioning in all of their school buildings, completely rebuilding four schools and renovating nearly all the rest.

My overall experience was so much more than I imagined it to be. I could not have asked to shadow two nicer, more knowledgeable PR professionals. Not only did I get to see what the inside of a true PR agency looks like, but I also really got an understanding about what types of roles I might be doing in the future. I am so grateful that the Shanks allowed me to shadow them during Half Day with a Pro, and gave me a chance to see a real world PR job happening right in front of my eyes.

Katee Holman
IUPUI PRSSA National Conference Coordinator

Get Social!

IUPUI PRSSA members are invited to attend the IUPUI Men’s Basketball game this Friday at 8pm at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Students who need carpooling assistance are encouraged to meet at 7:15pm by the escalators in the Campus Center on Friday before the game.

Tickets are free with your student ID. All attendees will receive a free t-shirt.

See you there!

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