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Public Relations Student Society of America Elects National Committee

April 7, 2011

Hawaii Pacific University’s Adam Aisner to Serve as PRSSA National President

NEW YORK, NY (April 7, 2011) – The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) announced that is has elected its 2011-2012 National Committee. Voting took place April 2 at the PRSSA 2011 National Assembly in Seattle, WA.

The Society delegates also unanimously voted to change all references to the Society’s “Regional Activity” local events to “Regional Conference.” This change will go into effect on June 1, 2011.

The newly elected members, who take office for one year beginning June 1, 2011, are:

National President — Adam Aisner, Hawaii Pacific University

Vice President of Advocacy — Jonathan Rochester, East Carolina University

Vice President of Chapter Development — Kendall Schmidt, Texas State University-San Marcos

Vice President of Internships/Jobs Services — Joseph Clarkson, Ohio Northern University

Vice President of Member Services — Vanessa Fraga Perkins, Utah Valley University

Vice President of Professional Development — Jessica Noonan, American University

Vice President of Public Relations — Lauren Gray, Western Carolina University

Vice President of Regional Conferences — Haley Higgs, Georgia Southern University

FORUM Editor in Chief — Amy Bishop, Indiana University

2010–2011 PRSSA National President Nick Lucido of Michigan State University will serve on the 2011–2012 National Committee as Immediate Past President.

“After a very productive National Assembly, we have a strong slate of incoming members for the National Committee who will be able to accomplish a great deal during their terms,” Lucido said. “I look forward to working with National President-elect Aisner and his committee of experienced and enthusiastic members."

The National Committee is responsible for managing the affairs of PRSSA and serving the Society’s more than 300 Chapters and 10,000 members. The 2011–2012 Committee also includes National Faculty Adviser Bob ‘Pritch’ Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA, of the University of Oklahoma, and National Professional Adviser Sonja Popp-Stahly, APR, of Eli Lilly and Company.

“I am honored to lead this Society through the upcoming year. Serving on the National Committee this year (as Vice President of Advocacy) has greatly prepared me to take on this leadership opportunity,” Aisner said. “The incoming leaders of our Society are highly qualified and together, we will strategically advance the efforts of the Society.”

In addition to the elections, student attendees participated in the Day-of Competition, a challenge requiring teams to prepare a complete public relations program and presentation for a national issue within one hour. Attendees also participated on Friday evening in a “Connect and Kinect” networking event with members of the Seattle and Portland offices of public relations firm Edelman.

Attendees also listened to keynote speaker Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications of Microsoft. Following Shaw’s presentation, Lucido highlighted the accomplishments of the 2010-2011 National Committee and thanked them for their dedication to the Society. Current Vice President of Regional Activities Rachel Sprung received the Elaine Averick Outstanding National Committee Member Award in honor of the Society’s previous Director of Education, who had served PRSSA for 20 years.


About the Public Relations Student Society of America
The Public Relations Student Society of America (www.prssa.org), headquartered in New York City, is the world’s pre-eminent, pre-professional public relations organization. Founded in 1968 by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the organization has grown to more than 10,000 members at 306 Chapters across the United States and one Chapter in Argentina. PRSSA membership benefits include scholarships and awards; and internship, job and professional development opportunities.


Jeneen Garcia

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