By: Ann Klinck, President
First off, I want to say a belated congratulations to the class of 2017 and thank you for all the hard work you have done for our chapter this past year and throughout your careers. Penn State PRSSA accomplished a lot in the 2016-2017 school year. We hosted a regional conference, participated in national conference and national assembly, raised money for THON and held many events and meetings to help grow professionally and personally. None of this could have been done without our former President Katie Morrison and Vice Presidents Zack Jones and Vasavi Pandey, along with all of our executive board and chairmen.
While last year was a great year for Penn State PRSSA, we are always looking to build and grow. As this year’s president, I along with Vice President Meghan Reinhardt have started to compile a list of goals we hope the chapter can achieve this year. I’d like to use this blog as a way for members to know what’s in store, and hopefully get you all as excited as we are!
The Bateman Competition
The Bateman Competition is something I learned about at the PRSSA 2016 National Conference. It is described by PRSSA Nationals as “The Bateman Case Study Competition is PRSSA’s premier national case study competition for public relations students and gives you an opportunity to apply your classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.” Penn State PRSSA overall, is aiming to work more on the national PRSSA stage. This competition is a great opportunity for members to gain hands on experience running a case study. I encourage you to learn more about it here!
One word that many PRSSA members will use to describe PRSSA is opportunity. With the hard work of our new directors, I foresee more general meetings with speakers from the field, and chances for executive board members to interact further with the members. While we are an organization made up of four committees, we are one conducive club and I hope that feeling comes through for the 2017-2018 school year. We are also all working to insure further networking amongst students in a variety of majors. Overall, connections are invaluable, and the friends we make here will be working with us one day, which brings me to my next point.
The last aspect I’d like to touch on is accessibility. I am fully in support of being transparent with all directors, chairmen and members. We all need the same knowledge to work towards common goals. I want members to feel comfortable coming to any director or chairman when in need of advice or guidance. I think it is important for members to know that we hold these positions with the goal of making a more valuable club and helping them grow. With that, I encourage anyone with comments or questions about next year to please reach out to me: aeklinck9@gmail. Our first meeting will be August 29th, but until then have a fun and safe summer!