PRSSA Kent welcomed current members and interested students to Franklin Hall on September 3 for the annual kick-off meeting. President Meghan Caprez introduced all of the officers in the packed-to-capacity second-floor classroom.
The officers split into groups and circled around to discussion tables so every attendee had a chance to listen to the officers speak about their positions, committees and the PRKent program.
Caprez and VP of Professional Relations Samantha Tuly discussed various types of programming PRSSA offers throughout the school year, which includes the biweekly meetings each detailing a relevant PR topic and Communications Connection, PRSSA Kent's annual networking event.
Secretary Hanna Moore and Intercampus Liaison Erin England treated attendees to more detail regarding Communications Connection. Those interested in serving on the planning committee can contact England.
Co-VPs of Membership Erica Batyko and Kristen Kobe detailed benefits of becoming a PRSSA member. Benefits include opportunities to attend local, regional and national events, network with professionals and peers, obtain access to internship and job openings and participate in a variety of workshops, committees and activities. All exclusive opportunities help to build experience, portfolios and resumes for PRSSA's valued members.
PRSSA/PRSA Liaison Cindy Deng and Community Relations Manager Amanda Knauer spoke with attendees about the PRSSA National Conference. This year, the conference is taking place in Washington, D.C. Those interested in attending National Conference in the future can contact Deng for more information.
Co-VPs of Fundraising Rachel Gill and Anna Lemmon discussed PRSSA's planned homecoming fundraiser. Those interested in serving on the Homecoming Committee can contact either Gill or Lemmon.
Web and Content Producer Casey Braun and Social Media Manager Chelsea Graff offered more opportunities for attendees to get involved. Braun is putting together a web team to produce quality written and multimedia content for online publishing. Graff is assembling a social media team to offer resume-building social media experience. Contact Braun or Graff for more information.
VP of PR Gabrielle Woodard explained to students the benefits of signing up for the PRSSA Kent newsletter, featuring internship opportunities, Chapter updates and current PR topics.
PRSSA will host its next general meeting on September 17. Officers will discuss surviving the PR sequence at Kent State University.