IWU PRSSA Chapter Wins National Award
The IWU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) came home from this year’s PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco with the Chapter Development award from the Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter Awards Program.
The award goes to smaller PRSSA chapters who have in the past year gone to “exceptional effort and creativity” to grow their membership and increase member involvement and opportunities.
“In 2010-2011 we had approximately 10 paid members,” said Jenn Goethel, IWU PRSSA president. “At the end of the 2011-2012 year we had 35…we also had more members attend regional conferences and had them network with professionals in Indianapolis. We were able to send a member to run for the national committee back in March.”
The IWU PRSSA won the Student Organization of the Year award among IWU organizations last year. This year, they have a full slate of events planned, including off-campus events for their own members focusing on professional development and networking, and public events on the IWU campus.
They also want to reach out to the local community with events like a social media conference for business leaders in the Marion/Grant County area, which is scheduled for January 19. The conference will take place in the Bedford, Jones and Leedy banquet rooms in the IWU Barnes Student Center.
“Now that we’re recognized nationally, hopefully our students will have more opportunities,” Goethel said.