PR students make their mark on the west coast

PR students make their mark on the west coast

Campbellsville University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (more commonly known as the PRSSA) is proud to say that we have made our mark on the west coast.

After a long, busy day of Homecoming broadcasts, cheerleading and band, four members of PRSSA set out for San Francisco, Calif. for the annual PRSSA National Conference Sunday, Oct. 14.

Students who were blessed with the opportunity to go were Austin Yates, Matt Tomaz, Audrey Wunderlich current vice president and myself, Becky Hutchinson, president of our CU PRSSA chapter.

Upon selecting who would be given the opportunity to attend, adviser Dr. Russ Barclay and I sought out not only those who had joined the CU PRSSA chapter, but also those who excelled academically and held leadership positions in their school and community.

Upon arriving in San Francisco, we set out onto the town taking in the culture that was very much different than our own.

The sights and sounds placed us each in awe as we adventured down Market Street and the ever so trustworthy Powell Street.

On Monday morning we arrived at the PRSSA National Conference in which we had several hours to meet with fellow PRSSA members from around the country, as well as meet several professional and graduate school representatives.

The time we spent discussing future plans with each of these organizations was eye opening and had each of us thinking deeper into our lives after undergraduate studies.

Later that afternoon we split as a group to separate seminars. One discussed tourism and using public relations as a promotion technique for the great state of California, the other taught how to really grab your audience’s attention revealing the “Secrets to Perfect Pitching.”

That evening the four of us attended a dinner provided by the PRSSA that allowed us to make connections from across the country. We mingled with students from Hawaii and New Jersey at once, discussing our cultures and various PRSSA experiences.

But, as far away from home as we may have felt, we were more than pleased to run into the familiar faces of the Western Kentucky University PRSSA chapter sitting only a few feet away.

The experiences that the four of us gained were more than words could describe.

Although we were in San Francisco for only three full days, we were able to gain a better understanding of different cultures and practice our networking skills with businesses like Edelman and schools like Northwestern University.

Each of us would like to thank everyone who made this adventure possible.

Without the help of the many faculty who kindly donated to our trip and Dr. Barclay who gave so generously of his time, we would have never made it.

I’d like to encourage anyone interested in becoming a member of PRSSA here at CU to feel more than free to contact me, Becky Hutchinson at to learn how you can become involved.

You could potentially gain networking opportunities throughout Kentucky and possibly be heading to Philadelphia, Penn. next year for the 2013 National Conference.

And don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page “P.R.S.S.A. at Campbellsville University.”

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