By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)
Congratulations to The Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter at UW Oshkosh for being the honored recipients of PRSSA National’s Pacesetter Chapter Recognition award for the month of February!
The Pacesetter recognizes a chapter’s success in three areas: membership, national participation, and chapter development. UWO’s chapter was acknowledged for increasing chapter membership by 74 percent through on-campus engagement, participating in a national initiative by conducting high school outreach, attending a sponsor PRSA chapter’s meeting, and hosting a LinkedIn workshop for members.
Receiving the Pacesetter was the most recent achievement for the chapter, during what has been a busy and successful school year.
At the beginning of March, eighteen members attended the 2017 PRSSA Midwest Regional Conference, PRPalooza, in Chicago hosted by DePaul University. The focus of the conference was on music and entertainment public relations.
The conference consisted of three tracks for students to choose from: music, television and film, and theater. Agency tours were included at various establishments such as the House of Blues, Cinespace, Lincoln Hall, and more. Outside of the conference, members attended a private performance at Second City and visited UWO journalism alum, Shane Arman, at Ketchum’s Chicago office.
In the fall semester, the chapter also had six members attend the 2016 PRSSA National Conference in Indianapolis. The students attended five days of professional development sessions, visited the Indianapolis Zoo, and even found time to bring home two awards.
Currently the chapter is busy preparing to participate in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC) this April.