PRSSA Kent entered two teams into this year’s PRSSA National Bateman Case Study Competition, which tasked students to create public relations campaigns focused on mental health on behalf of Campaign to Change Direction. After months of hard work, both teams received honorable mentions.
Sixty-seven teams participated nationwide, fifteen were recognized with honorable mentions and three teams presented their campaigns as finalists.
Each year, ten PRSSA Kent members are invited to participate in the PRSSA National Case Study Competition. Tim Roberts, associate lecturer and undergraduate studies coordinator, advises both teams and is assisted by one professional adviser for each team.
The PRKent program has a great history with the Bateman competition, receiving second place in 2013 and an honorable mention in the past three out of four years. This is the first time in the history of PRKent that both Bateman teams have received honorable mentions.
The executive committee of the Kent State chapter of PRSSA is called the Darrow Committee, which is named after the former coordinator of Kent’s PR sequence, Ralph C. Darrow. PRSSA Kent elects a new Darrow Committee each year, which is made up of nine officers and two chairpersons.
The 2017-18 Darrow Committee is as follows:
President: Latisha Ellison, junior public relations major
Vice President of Professional Relations: Charleah Trombitas, junior PR major
Co-VP of Fundraising and Community Outreach: Holly Disch, junior PR major
Co-VP of Fundraising and Community Outreach: Samantha Ross, sophomore PR major
Intercampus Liaison: Ian Gillan, junior PR major
Treasurer: Francesca Barrett, freshman PR major
Secretary: Lauren Garczynski, sophomore PR major
Web and Social Media Manager: Alex Seibt, junior PR major
VP of Public Relations: Meghan McDonald, junior PR major
Editor: Natalie Meek, freshman PR major
VP of Membership: Sarah Heber, sophomore PR major
Congratulations to the new Darrow Committee!
Youtoo Social Media Conference Chair Latisha Ellison and Vice President of Public Relations Holly Disch recently took a trip to Seattle to represent PRSSA Kent at National Assembly.
During National Assembly national PRSSA bi-laws are voted on and national committee elections take place. Ellison represented Kent State University as a voting delegate and Disch represented Kent State as a Vice President of Advocacy candidate.
Along with elections, attendees were able to be a part of leadership and ethics sessions.
PRSA Cleveland named Latisha Ellison, junior public relations major and active PRSSA Kent member, as the 2017 Student of the Year.
This award was given in recognition of Ellison's dedication to PR practices, involvement in JMC and CCI, and academic achievements. She will also receive a $2,500 scholarship. Read more about Ellison's accomplishments and the PRSA Cleveland Student of the Year award at: http://www.prsacleveland.org/prsa-cleveland-announces-2017-student-of-the-year-award-winner.
On April 6, the Ralph C. Darrow Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Kent State University (PRSSA Kent) celebrated #BetsyDay in a way that truly represents what it means to be a female leader in the public relations field.
Once being challenged to participate in #BetsyDay we decided the best way would be to highlight female leaders. We watched the Plank Center’s documentary about Ms. Plank with our Executive Board and our members, along with reading all about the great accomplishments of Ms. Plank’s career. One thing that caught our attention was how impactful of a leader Betsy Plank was and how she never gave up on giving back to her community.