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University of Delaware Hosts Networking Skill Slam

December 10, 2014

NEWARK, Del. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The University of Delaware Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA-UD) hosted a Networking Skill Slam during the Chapter’s meeting, Nov. 10, 2014.

“I wanted to offer our members valuable tips,” Laura Hepp, PRSSA-UD’s vice president of professional development, said. “Networking can feel awkward — we sometimes endure awkward silences, or fumble with our business cards. Our members are sharp pre-professionals and we want to equip them with every skill necessary to pursue their dreams, and networking is the first step in doing so.”

Each semester, PRSSA-UD offers several “Skill Slams” on various topics, including how to write a resume and cover letter, join a Twitter chat and develop a professional online identity. November’s event consisted of networking best tips and practices, a Q-and-A session and real-life experience talking with three communications and public relations professionals.

Heather Tansley, the multimedia coordinator for UD’s Career Services Center, Scott Rappaport, the College of Arts and Sciences liaison at the CSC, and Ashley Barnas, UD’s multimedia specialist, visited the Skill Slam to assist students in practicing their newfound networking skills.

“(I) had a wonderful time meeting with students and talking about networking at PRSSA-UD tonight!” Barnas tweeted after the event.

More than 20 PRSSA members attended the Networking Skill Slam to sharpen their networking skills and prepare for the Chapter’s upcoming networking event, Night With the Pros, which occurs in late November.

“Our members left excited and eager to pursue networking events and nail some first impressions,” Hepp said. “We can’t wait to see what they accomplish!”




Keri Betters