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PRSSA at USM Celebrates Relationship Month

October 20, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Oct. 20, 2015) - The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) kicked off Relationship Month on Oct. 6 and introduced a host of upcoming meetings and events.

Members began with discussions on professional relationships and networking during the first meeting of the month. The meeting concluded with members talking about the professionals who impacted their decision to pursue a career in public relations.

During the meeting, the Chapter sought to highlight the importance and value of networking with their peers.

“While there are many advantages to networking with professionals who can help students launch their careers, students can often be just as helpful,” said Jasmine Tate, PRSSA Chapter president. “We want to make sure students realize the importance of networking and building relationships between professionals and their peers alike to maximize their opportunities for education, development and future employment.”

To help students broaden their networks and build and maintain relationships the Chapter will host a number of other events and activities throughout the month of October. Local practitioners joined the Chapter on Oct. 13 and reviewed and critiqued resumes and portfolios. A trip to Gulf Port, Mississippi, followed the review and critiques on Oct. 19. During the trip to the Coast, members joined the Mississippi Beach Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi for their monthly luncheon, presenting another opportunity for students to connect with local practitioners.

The Chapter will end the month highlighting the dos and don’ts of networking success with a representative from the USM Office of Career Services. Students will be challenged to utilize the information presented at a social that evening titled PRSSA and PRAM on the Patio. The social will welcome local professionals to interact with students, recruit interns and broaden their network in celebration of Relationship Month.

“It is important for us to get to know each other, share our interests and build relationships among both our peers and professionals,” said Tate. “As active students in PRSSA who will enter the workforce with knowledge and experience, we won’t be able to accept all the job offers and opportunities presented to us, but we can make recommendations and connections, which is what PRSSA and Relationship Month is all about. Relationships are one of my favorite elements of public relations and I am excited to network and participate in the activities we have planned.”

For more information on Relationship Month and how to get involved visit www.prssa.prsa.org or contact an officer at usmprssa@gmail.com.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Blackwell, Ph.D.  Students interact with Public Relations Professionals during the 2014 PRSSA and PRAM on the Patio networking social. Many students and professionals gained internship opportunities and valuable connections following the event.

 

Photo courtesy of Cindy Blackwell, Ph.D.  Students interact with Public Relations Professionals during the 2014 PRSSA and PRAM on the Patio networking social. Many students and professionals gained internship opportunities and valuable connections following the event.

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About USM PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) was founded October 30, 1980. The School of Mass Communication and Journalism, our parent organization and local practitioners offer our members professional development and networking opportunities. These resources help students enhance their education and broaden their network to launch their careers. Membership is open to students of all classes and majors.

 

Contact:

Jasmine Tate, USM PRSSA President

Mobile: (985)335.5318

Email: Jasmine.tate@eagles.usm.edu