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American University PRSSA releases officer training and transition manual

February 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC – The American University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has compiled an Officer Training and Transition Manual to be distributed beginning March 1st. The manual will serve to guide other PRSSA chapters through transition and training of newly elected officers at their chapter level. University Organizations may contact the American University (AU) chapter leadership any time after the release time to get their copy. Copies will be released electronically with a limited number available in a printed format. Additionally, AU PRSSA leadership will be available to answer questions about officer training and transitions.

The manual was developed by Chapter President, Jenny Lucio, who attended the PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco this past fall and saw a need from other chapter presidents to have an efficient system of passing along information and knowledge to new officers. After returning to Washington D.C., Lucio, with the help of the American University Student Activities Office and their training manual, compiled a PRSSA version of the manual. “As secretary last year it was easy for me to understand how the executive board ran. However, the rest of the e-board this year had never served as officers for PRSSA before, ” comments AU PRSSA President, Jenny Lucio, “The Officer Training and Transition Manual was a good source in helping them understand their roles.” The manual provides guidelines for teaching new officers about their duties and acclimating them to their new positions.

According to the manual, efficient officer training does not simply begin the moment the new officers assume their positions. Instead, the manual says current officers should “begin early in the year to identify emerging leaders.” AU PRSSA will have these Officer Training and Transition Manuals available for distribution via their website ( currently under reconstruction) after the release date. Any requests before then, can be e-mailed to Jenny Lucio, Chapter President at JennyFL99@aol.com.

For more information, please contact Michael Menachem, public relations director. The Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at American University is the premiere pre-professional organization for public relations students and related disciplines. The Officer Training and Transition Manual remains property of American University and the AU PRSSA Chapter.