The Public Relations Student Society of America is a national, pre-professional, public relations organization. Becoming a PRSSA member offers you the opportunity to enhance your leadership and public relations skills, attend local and national meetings and conferences and network with public relations professionals in Northeast Ohio and across the country.
With more than 10,000 students and advisers in 300 chapters nationwide and in Argentina, Columbia and Peru, PRSSA has a reputation for developing highly qualified young-professionals.
PRSSA also works in conjunction with its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships between students and professional public relations practitioners.
The national PRSSA mission statement is two-fold:
To serve members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities.
To serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.
The Kent State PRSSA Chapter takes this mission statement one step further by emphasizing the idea of students helping students. Older members strive to help younger members make their time as Kent State public relations students as beneficial as possible by advising them on classes, co-curricular activities, internships and the PR sequence in general.
About the Kent State Chapter
The Kent State PRSSA Chapter was established in 1968. The executive committee of the Kent State Chapter is called the Darrow Committee, which is named after the former coordinator of Kent’s PR sequence, Ralph C. Darrow.
On a national level, PRSSA Kent received the Outstanding Chapter award in 2014 and 2019, the PRSSA National Star Chapter Award nine years in a row and has received several Teahan Awards as well. Currently, the Kent State PRSSA Chapter has about 40 active members. By coordinating meetings and events that offer professional development and networking opportunities, PRSSA is growing into one of Kent State’s strongest student organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens at PRSSA meetings?
A: Anything can happen at a PRSSA meeting. Speakers, panels, workshops, advising sessions and socials are some of the more common meeting platforms. Our meetings are as diverse as the field of public relations itself.
Q: What do PRSSA fundraisers raise money for?
A: Mainly, the funds raised by PRSSA go right back to its members. International Conference reimbursement, the annual banquet, a scholarship, meeting refreshments and promotional materials are all a part of PRSSA’s budget. PRSSA tries to make fundraising as fun and educational as possible by involving all members.
Q: What is International Conference?
A: Conference is a unique opportunity for members from all chapters of PRSSA and PRSA to congregate, network, and share ideas and experiences. Conference is held once a year and is usually in a major city.
Q: What connection does PRSSA have with its parent organization, PRSA?
A: The Kent State PRSSA Chapter maintains relationships with both the Akron and Cleveland Chapters of PRSA. Our members have the opportunities to attend PRSA functions, meetings and presentations, allowing them to network and make connections in the field. Also, both organizations hold their national conferences at the same time in the same city. Members have an opportunity to meet local professionals in PRSA, as well as national public relations practitioners.
Q: What connection does PRSSA have with the Kent State faculty?
A: Michele Ewing, APR, an assistant professor in the public relations sequence at Kent State, is the faculty adviser for the Kent State Chapter of PRSSA. She formerly served as vice president of public relations at Marcus Thomas LLC, a public relations and advertising agency in Cleveland. PRSSA members also have easy access to all PRKent faculty.
Q: What is the PRSSA point system?
A: The point system is a way for students to earn credit toward their trip to International Conference. Members earn points by attending meetings, participating in fundraising, other activities and holding an officer position.