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Olivet Students Establish New Chapter of Pre - Professional Organization

March 14, 2017

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (March 14, 2017) — Olivet Nazarene University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the newest chartered Chapter. As the new public relations and strategic communication major was established in the fall of 2015, earning the official PRSSA Chapter designation was a high priority.

“Our students have worked very hard to showcase their dedication to building a PRSSA Chapter at Olivet,” said Elizabeth Kerns, communications professor and faculty advisor. “We are joining more than 300 top schools in PRSSA and in offering public relations majors. I am very proud of our students and thrilled to receive this recognition just 18 months into our program at Olivet.”

Kerns has mentored students in leading PRSSA and the newly established Inspired Strategies Agency to serve real-world clients and began new academic courses. She has kept students focused on what it takes to be a public relations professional in today’s world.

Professor Kerns and Rachel Schramm, a junior majoring in public relations and strategic communication and Olivet’s PRSSA president, recall the focused efforts on building toward this PRSSA Chapter milestone. One of those happened in October 2016 when nine Olivet students attended the PRSSA National Conference — which took place concurrently with the PRSA International Conference — in Indianapolis. The students set a high standard by networking with public relations students from across the country and asking questions to speakers within sessions.

“I'm extremely proud of all the work we've put in the past two years, and it feels incredible that it is finally paying off. I have been blessed to be the Chapter president since our launch, and I can transition from this position with our Chapter finally affiliated and beginning to achieve all the goals we set when we first began. I'm so thankful for my peers in this program and PRSSA,” Schramm said.

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About Olivet PRSSA

Olivet’s PRSSA Chapter provides professional development experience, networking opportunities and insight on Chapter news. For more information about Olivet’s public relations and strategic communication major, contact Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Contact:

Elizabeth Kerns, Faculty Advisor

Olivet PRSSA

509.901.6509