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Big Dreams, Small Programs: Creating High Quality Public Relations Experiences with Limited Resources [National Conference Session Recap]

Session: Big Dreams, Small Programs: Creating High Quality Public Relations Experiences with Limited Resources Presenters: Drake University’s PRSSA Chapter Megan Johns, Communication Chair Madison McConnell, Events Chair Kelly Marble, Vice President Recap: Drake University’s Chapter Development Session on big dreams and small programs covered how Chapters can create meaningful experiences on a small budget. Megan, […]

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Dear Chapter Development: Fundraising Ideas to Send Members to National Conference

Dear Chapter Development: My Chapter needs to raise money to send members to National Conference in Atlanta. Do you have any ideas? The PRSSA 2015 National Conference, Nov. 6–10 in Atlanta, is shaping up to be one of the best national events yet. For many Chapters, fundraising for National Conference is a daunting and around-the-clock […]

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3 Powerful Ways to Kick-Start Your Chapter’s Year

Whether it’s working with a new client or joining a new team, I’ve learned that the way you start has a lot of influence on the rest of the experience. The same applies to your upcoming PRSSA year. How you start will have an impact on the way it progresses, and ultimately, what you get out […]

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Small Chapter Success and How to Achieve It

PRSSA Chapters come in small, medium and large sizes, but small Chapters in particular are plagued with the challenge of finding success. Being a member of a small Chapter myself, I have dealt with this issue first hand. Low-attendance Chapter meetings are now my worst nightmare. At York College of Pennsylvania, our Chapter averages around […]

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How-To: Keep Your Chapter Engaged During the Summer

Final exams are finished, the dorms are empty and the year’s last PRSSA meeting is in the books; it’s summertime. Yes, the summer is a perfect time to sharpen your skills at an internship or get away and enjoy the simple things in life: the weather, family, sleeping in. However, summer is also the perfect […]

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Practicing Media Relations: Building Relationships with Your Campus Newspaper

We all know the definition of public relations includes the phrase “building mutually beneficial relationships.” But what does this mean for college students? As members of PRSSA, we have the unique ability to learn about our craft while practicing it at the same time. From exceptional member meetings to guest speakers and agency tours, there’s […]

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Dear Chapter Development: Building a Budget out of Nothing

Dear Chapter Development, My Chapter has little-to-no budget, so what should we do? A Chapter’s budget can determine a lot about its programming for the year. When the budget is low, Chapter leaders can feel limited in their efforts. There is one key way to fix that: fundraise. Start by looking for fundraising ideas in […]

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Five Reasons Your Chapter Should Participate in the FUNdraising Bowl

Please note, this article was originally published on Progressions in February 2013. It was modified with a few content changes  for this round of publication. The National FUNdraising Bowl season is upon us. PRSSA calls on all Chapters to submit their fundraising ideas. From now through May 31, Chapters can submit fundraisers to the contest by filling […]

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Dear Chapter Development: Exploring New Ideas for Chapter Meetings This Semester

“Dear Chapter Development” is a new Progressions series modeled after the famous “Dear Abby” advice column. The vice president of Chapter development will answer the most common questions from Chapter presidents and leaders. This is the first article in the series. Dear Chapter Development, I need new ideas for Chapter meetings and events. Do you […]

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Celebrate Public Relations with the Plank Center

Ten years ago, the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations was established and named after the “first lady of public relations,” Betsy Plank. The board of trustees at The University of Alabama established the Plank Center on February 4, 2005, to develop research, scholarships and forums that advance the ethical practice of public relations. […]

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