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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY’S PRSSA TO HOST 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Society will collect toys and monetary donations at event for Toys for Tots to give back to the community. 


PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 5, 2019) - To commemorate half a century of being united as a chapter and outstanding public and student service, Temple’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a nationally designated Alpha chapter and recipient of the 2019 Star Chapter Award, will host a 50th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Temple University’s Science Education and Research Center (SERC), 1925 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, Pa., from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.   

The Senior Associate Dean Professor in Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, Deborah A Cai, introduced by the Chair of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Dana Saewitz, will be speaking at the event to honor PRSSA’s 50 years of service. PRSSA’s current chapter president Emma McClain will also speak at the ceremony. 

Guests will enjoy a buffet style dinner and view a video of memories collected from Temple PRSSA Alumni, reflecting on the past 50 years of Temple PRSSA. Guests will also have a chance to connect and network with current members of PRSSA, alumni and guest speakers. 

Temple PRSSA will be accepting toys and monetary donations at the event to be donated to Toy for Tots. Toys for Tots is a non-profit organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which aims to provide toys to children whose parents cannot afford gifts for the holidays.

“While we work towards gaining hands-on experiences and creating relationships with PR professionals, it is important to us to give back to the community,” said McClain. “Partnering with Toys for Tots allows Temple PRSSA to make a positive impact within communities in the local area.”

Since 1969, Temple University’s Public Relations Student Society of America has given its members the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field through planning and executing events, community engagement, mentoring and fundraising. 

“PRSSA has provided me with so many opportunities to grow professionally that I would not have received if I were not a member of this society,” said McClain. 

PRSSA members are able to network, participate in internships, hear from professionals in the field and make lifelong connections with peers that share similar career goals. For the past 50 years, Temple PRSSA’s chapter has consistently provided students with exceptional skills and memories to last a lifetime. 

Gregg Feistman, Assistant Chair of Public Relations for Klein College of Media and Communication and chapter Faculty Advisor, said, “It's my sincere hope to see at least another 50 years of a thriving Temple PRSSA chapter. We are off to a good start in 2020!” 

 

About Temple PRSSA

The Temple University Chapter of PRSSA is the longest standing chapter in the Philadelphia region, and one of the oldest in the country, consisting of more than 120 members. The goal of the chapter is to prepare members for a career in the public relations field through its commitment to leadership, networking and mentorship. For additional information about Temple University’s PRSSA chapter, visit https://www.templeprssa.org.  

 

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY’S PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA

CHAPTER TO HOST 2020 DISTRICT CONFERENCE

 

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 19 2019) – Temple University's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the District Conference by PRSSA at this past weekend’s international conference. The district conference, one of only 12 in the country, will be held in Philadelphia, March 13-14, 2020.

 

The conference's central theme is "PRogress Through Tech." The theme will explore how technology is affecting the public relations industry, potential emerging technologies and how future practitioners can integrate traditional PR skills with these changes. The conference will explore trending topics like SEO, digital analytics and big data as well as the future roles artificial intelligence, deep fake technology, and handling crisis in the digital age will play in PR.

 

The exact location will be announced soon, and is expected to attract public relations students from New York to Washington. The district conference will offer students a unique opportunity to expand their network by connecting with professionals, guest speakers from a variety of industries and fellow PRSSA members. Panels, workshops and various networking events will take place the second day of conference. For more information, visit www.templeprssa.org/district-conference or email PRogressThroughTechDC@gmail.com.

 

"After hosting a highly successful regional conference last spring in celebration of our 50th anniversary, our chapter is honored to be awarded PRSSA’s District Conference in 2020," said Assistant Chair for Public Relations and chapter Faculty Advisor Gregg Feistman. "As the public relations field continues to converge with the technological advancements of today, professionals must learn to adapt their skills in order to thrive in the digital age. Temple PRSSA has established the theme to better prepare students for their future careers.”

 

"As the oldest student chapter in the Philadelphia region, and one of the oldest and largest in the country, Temple PRSSA has served countless students by forging relationships and emphasizing mentorship, networking and leadership," he added. "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity not only for Temple students, but for all students throughout the district. We look forward to hosting everyone in March."

 

“Our chapter is beyond thrilled to be hosting PRSSA’s District Conference in 2020,” said Temple PRSSA President Emma McClain. “Temple PRSSA is filled with passionate, aspiring public relations professionals who are hungry to learn more about the constantly-evolving industry. Our chapter is always willing to take on a challenge, so we are excited to execute ‘PRogress Through Tech’.” 

 

About Temple PRSSA

Temple PRSSA is the largest and longest-standing chapter in the Philadelphia region, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The goal of the chapter is to prepare its more than 120 members for a career in the public relations field through its commitment to leadership, networking and mentorship. For additional information about Temple PRSSA, visit www.templeprssa.org/districtconference. 

 

Contact Information:

 

General Inquiries

Email: PRogressThroughTechDC@gmail.com

 

Mackenzi Hockensmith

Conference Coordinator

Email: mackenzi.hockensmith@temple.edu

 

Kali Lauer

Assistant Conference Coordinator

Email: kali.lauer@temple.edu

 

Amelia Wilt

Assistant Conference Coordinator

Email: amelia.wilt@temple.edu

 

Dylan Manderbach

Director of Public Relations

Email: dylan.manderbach@temple.edu

 

 

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PUBLIC RELATION STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA

 ANNOUNCES NEW DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE

 

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 14, 2019) – A new diversity and inclusion initiative to ensure no student feels underrepresented or alienated was announced by the Temple University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Temple PRSSA plans to implement diversity and inclusion through the use of workshops, racial bias training, social media campaigns and guest speakers who represent today’s diverse public relations industry.

 

Temple PRSSA’s new diversity and inclusion initiative comes as a result of the 2019 Bateman Case Study Competition findings. During the Bateman Case Study Competition, five Temple University students created a campaign targeting students and educators within the Klein College of Media and Communication to address the lack of diversity in public relations, journalism and other areas of the communications field. Part of the results of the Bateman Competition showed students of different backgrounds felt a lack of representation within Temple PRSSA. 

 

“I am proud of Temple PRSSA for creating a diversity and inclusion initiative as a result of the 2019 Bateman Case Study Competition,” said David Brown, associate professor of instruction and Klein College of Media and Communication diversity advisor to the office of the dean. “It is crucial to recognize the lack of diversity in the public relations industry, and Temple PRSSA is paving the way for these important conversations to continue.”

 

As part of Temple PRSSA’s diversity and inclusion initiative, the student organization has appointed senior public relations majors Haniya Shariff and Paige Kunkel to serve as the chapter’s co-directors of diversity and inclusion.

 

“Temple PRSSA is thrilled to announce our chapter’s new diversity and inclusion initiative,” said Emma McClain, Temple PRSSA president. “We hope the steps we are taking will encourage students to embrace each other’s differences and remember everyone has the chance to thrive in the public relations industry.”

 

Temple PRSSA’s goal is to pledge support to diversity and inclusion by cultivating an environment in which all members feel welcome. Temple University’s student body is diverse, unique and ever-growing, and Temple PRSSA believes its chapter should reflect this sentiment. 

 

About Temple PRSSA

Temple PRSSA is the largest and longest-standing chapter in the Philadelphia region, celebrating its 50thanniversary this year. The goal of the chapter is to prepare its more than 120 members for a career in the public relations field through its commitment to leadership, networking and mentorship. For additional information about Temple PRSSA, visit www.templeprssa.org

 

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO ATTEND PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA 2019 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO

 

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 14, 2019) – Eight students from The Temple University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and PRowl Public Relations, Temple University’s nationally affiliated student-run PR firm, are attending the PRSSA 2019 International Conference in San Diego, Oct.18-22.

 

The conference will allow students to explore and master both new and traditional methods of public relations. The conference will spotlight the intersection of technology and media through numerous breakout sessions, keynote addresses and panel speakers. Students will be exposed to unique leadership and networking opportunities that will last throughout their entire careers. 

 

“As part of our 50thanniversary, the Chapter is honored to represent Temple University at the PRSSA 2019 International Conference,” said Temple PRSSA President Emma McClain. “Students will have the chance to gain first-hand knowledge and ample leadership skills needed to thrive in the public relations industry.” 

 

The students are:

  • Emma McClain, President, Temple PRSSA

  • Caitlin Gemmi, Vice President, Temple PRSSA

  • Haniya Shariff, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Temple PRSSA

  • Olivia Bumgardner, Firm Director, PRowl Public Relations

  • Will Careri, Assistant Firm Director, PRowl Public Relations

  • Alaina DeLeone, Assistant Firm Director, PRowl Public Relations

  • Courtney Givnish, Assistant Firm Director, PRowl Public Relations

  • Jordan Harris, Assistant Firm Director and Director of Finance, PRowl Public Relations

 

About Temple PRSSA

Temple PRSSA is the largest and longest-standing chapter in the Philadelphia region, celebrating its 50thanniversary this year. The goal of the chapter is to prepare its more than 120 members for a career in the public relations field through its commitment to leadership, networking and mentorship. For additional information about Temple PRSSA, visit www.templeprssa.org

 

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