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To help spread the holiday cheer at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, PRSSA hosted our first "Shop With a Cop" event. Our chapter prompted the children of student families to answer the question, "what does family mean to you?". After receiving many submissions, we selected ten kids to participate.
On December 6, the selected children and their families were invited to the SIUC Student Center where our chapter had prepared a spectacular holiday event. The kids and their family were greeted by our members and presented with a holiday goodie bag to get their night started. After snacks, crafts, and telling Santa what they wanted for christmas, the kids were finally ready to meet the SIUC Police Department.
Each child paired up with an officer for a chance to buy gifts for their entire family with a $100 gift card from our friends at Kohl's. Siblings and parents spent their time with our remaining members listening to music, eating, and enjoying a show put on by magician, David Ranalli. During this time, the kids were at Kohl's having a blast shopping for gifts with their officer.
With bags full of gifts and huge smiles on their faces, they returned to the Student Center and headed straight for our gift wrapping station. PRSSA members and SIUC police officers assisted the kids wrapping all of their gifts so they can spread the holiday cheer toward their loved ones.
We had an unbelievable time being part of such an amazing event. We had the chance to meet some great people including SIU's hardworking law enforcement but more importantly, we helped put a smile on the faces of our very own Saluki families.
From October 14 to 18, one of our members attended the PRSSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. John Schumacher was in the presence of over 1000 PRSSA members from PRSSA chapters around the world. He had the opportunity to engage with presenters, pick up tips regarding our chapter development and make critical connections by networking with other students and professionals.
“I met so many fantastic people that share my interest in developing a strong career in public relations,” Schumacher said. “I spent a lot of time with awesome people that I roomed with from Ohio Northern University, and also developed friendships with peers from Florida, New York, Chicago and many other cities. It was an incredible weekend and I strongly encourage members that are sticking around next fall to attend next year’s conference.”
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John with roommate Joe Sasak from Ohio Northern University. A tweeted picture of the PRSSA crowd from keynote speaker Rick Leventhal of Fox News.
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The Community Service Committee of PRSSA has been aiding the The Interfraternity Council in support of The Women’s Center put on the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event. It is a mens march against sexual assault and violence against women. Hundreds of men will walk together (in stilettos) to raise consciousness about women that have been sexually assaulted. PRSSA lent a helping hand by doing PR work for the cause. Creating fliers, handing out brochures, and making on-air radio announcements were among the many efforts to notify the public of the march.
For the second year in a row, PRSSA hosted the speech communication alumni tailgate on homecoming Saturday. PRSSA members helped set up tents, grill food, and sell tickets to the football game. After extending the invitation to many alumni, our members got a chance to network with graduates from both the SPCM Department and PRSSA. It was also great a day to relax and simply enjoy each others company. We thank all of the alumni who attended our tailgate and hope to continue to maintain a relationship with you all.
After setting up the tent, members start to grill for our alumni.
Dosier introduces the 1187 Marketing Firm to PRSSA members
|Account Executive Kay Dosier, of local marketing firm 1187, spoke to PRSSA students about the ins and outs of event planning. Coming from a business that started small in the sector, 1187 has made a name for itself in the Southern Illinois region with its ever popular “Little Black Dress” annual event. Kay shared with us that in order to have a successful event, you have to know that failures are a part of the process, but it is in that failure that true success is birthed. Kay made it plain that doing PR work and the like are not 9-5 jobs, but can be very rewarding careers indeed. SIUC Raymond D. Wiley chapter would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation to Kay Dosier for taking time to speak to us.|
We all must do our part to keep our community clean, Adopt-A-Spot is PRSSA's way to do just that. The Adopt-A-Spot program designed for volunteer groups or individuals in a cooperative effort to clean, maintain, improve, and beautify our local environment. We take time each week to to clean up the streets of Carbondale. For any individual that is interested in supporting the cause, feel free to contact PRSSA for more information.
|Kyle Cheesewright, a fourth year PhD student, college professor and advisor to the debate team, spoke to PRSSA about how we as students and future PR professionals, have the power to shape the world. Cheesewright gave a brief insight on tactics taken dealing with public issues. Cheesewright delivered his speech with persuasive and informative techniques. I felt empowered by his speech to take advantage of the power I have as a future PR professional. On behalf of PRSSA, I would like to extend our gratitude once again to Kyle Cheesewright for such an empowering speech.|
This past weekend, our chapter hosted a bags tournament at Pinch Penny Pub's Beer Garden. Our fundraising committee executed an entertaining and effective event to help raise funds for this semester’s marquee event, “Shop With a Cop”. A fun filled day helped PRSSA interact with students and members of the community while helping our organization raise funds. We thank Pinch Penny Pub, our members who helped organize the event, and all of the participants for their time and effort in putting on a successful event on this beautiful day.
Participants of the PRSSA Bag Tournament at Pinch Penny Pub.