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National Committee Annoucement

April 15, 2019

 

NEW YORK (April 15, 2019) — PRSSA announced the election of its 2019–2020 National Committee during its annual National Assembly in Portland, Oregon this past April 4–7.
More than 120 universities were represented from around the world for the four-day meeting. The PRSA Board of Directors was also in attendance, which represents the first time that both governing bodies held meetings in the same location. During the Assembly, attendees networked with peers and public relations professionals, learned about diversity and inclusion, participated in leadership training sessions and learned more about the Society’s current initiatives.
In addition to the election of the National Committee, two bylaw amendments were passed. One amendment established the vice president of diversity and inclusion as a new position, and the other merged the publications editor in chief and vice president of external affairs positions to create the vice president of brand engagement position. The 2019–2020 National Committee, which begins its one-year term on June 1, will be led by National President Nicholas Goebel, of the University of Florida. Goebel previously served as vice president of Chapter development.
New National Committee members also include:
Immediate Past President: Ashleigh Kathryn, University of Florida*
Vice President of Brand Engagement: Terrell Merritt, City College of New York
Vice President of Career Services: Jacqueline Barraza, Sacramento State
Vice President of Chapter Development: Kate Stewart, Auburn University
Vice President of Digital Communications: Carolyn Lok, University of Florida
Vice President of Events and Fundraising: Emily Zekonis, West Virginia University
Vice President of Member Services: McQue Wilson, Sam Houston State University
Vice President of Professional Development: Joe Dunay, Ohio Northern University
*This is a regular transition from the presidency.
The position of vice president of diversity and inclusion will be filled at a later date. Applications for this new position must be received at PRSSA Headquarters by Tuesday, April 23. Contact Ashleigh Kathryn (prssavppd@gmail.com) for details.
“Our Society, like our profession, is constantly evolving,” said Goebel. “I am ecstatic about our new National Committee and the diverse ideas they are bringing to the table. This a big year for change and I can’t express my gratitude enough to our delegates for allowing me to be a part of it. Let’s get this year started and make a difference.”
Goebel, who will graduate from the the University of Florida in December, will go on to pursue a career with a public relations agency.
“This National Assembly was one for the books,” said Kathryn. “We emphasized more this year on tangible takeaways for the students both as leaders within the Society and as aspiring practitioners, so that students could continue growing conversations back in their communities. Membership is the core of our Society, which has many opportunities ahead and the 2019–2020 National Committee elected is very evident of this.”
In addition to the elections and professional development sessions, many attendees participated in the Day-of Competition on Thursday, April 4. The challenge, sponsored by Edelman, required teams to create a creative public relations campaign in one hour for local Portland client, Portland Chinatown Museum. The winning team of the Day-of Competition included the following PRSSA members:
Nicholas Goebel, University of Florida
Chad Harris, Penn State Berks
Devyani Sawant, SUNY College at Buffalo
Adriênne Bolden, Florida International University
During the Farewell Meeting, representatives from the Conference Committee shared important information on the PRSSA 2019 International Conference, which will be held Oct. 18–22, in San Diego.
About the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the PRSA, PRSSA includes more than 10,000 student members and advisers and is active on more than 350 college and university campuses worldwide.
Media Contact:
Jessica Espinal
Senior Manager, Student Programs
jessica.espinal@prsa.org

 

NEW YORK (April 15, 2019) — PRSSA announced the election of its 2019–2020 National Committee during its annual National Assembly in Portland, Oregon this past April 4–7.

More than 120 universities were represented from around the world for the four-day meeting. The PRSA Board of Directors was also in attendance, which represents the first time that both governing bodies held meetings in the same location. During the Assembly, attendees networked with peers and public relations professionals, learned about diversity and inclusion, participated in leadership training sessions and learned more about the Society’s current initiatives.

In addition to the election of the National Committee, two bylaw amendments were passed. One amendment established the vice president of diversity and inclusion as a new position, and the other merged the publications editor in chief and vice president of external affairs positions to create the vice president of brand engagement position. The 2019–2020 National Committee, which begins its one-year term on June 1, will be led by National President Nicholas Goebel, of the University of Florida. Goebel previously served as vice president of Chapter development.

New National Committee members also include:

Immediate Past President: Ashleigh Kathryn, University of Florida*

Vice President of Brand Engagement: Terrell Merritt, City College of New York

Vice President of Career Services: Jacqueline Barraza, Sacramento State

Vice President of Chapter Development: Kate Stewart, Auburn University

Vice President of Digital Communications: Carolyn Lok, University of Florida

Vice President of Events and Fundraising: Emily Zekonis, West Virginia University

Vice President of Member Services: McQue Wilson, Sam Houston State University

Vice President of Professional Development: Joe Dunay, Ohio Northern University

*This is a regular transition from the presidency.

The position of vice president of diversity and inclusion will be filled at a later date. Applications for this new position must be received at PRSSA Headquarters by Tuesday, April 23. Contact Ashleigh Kathryn (prssavppd@gmail.com) for details.

“Our Society, like our profession, is constantly evolving,” said Goebel. “I am ecstatic about our new National Committee and the diverse ideas they are bringing to the table. This a big year for change and I can’t express my gratitude enough to our delegates for allowing me to be a part of it. Let’s get this year started and make a difference.”

Goebel, who will graduate from the the University of Florida in December, will go on to pursue a career with a public relations agency.

“This National Assembly was one for the books,” said Kathryn. “We emphasized more this year on tangible takeaways for the students both as leaders within the Society and as aspiring practitioners, so that students could continue growing conversations back in their communities. Membership is the core of our Society, which has many opportunities ahead and the 2019–2020 National Committee elected is very evident of this.”

In addition to the elections and professional development sessions, many attendees participated in the Day-of Competition on Thursday, April 4. The challenge, sponsored by Edelman, required teams to create a creative public relations campaign in one hour for local Portland client, Portland Chinatown Museum. The winning team of the Day-of Competition included the following PRSSA members:

Nicholas Goebel, University of Florida

Chad Harris, Penn State Berks

Devyani Sawant, SUNY College at Buffalo

Adriênne Bolden, Florida International University

During the Farewell Meeting, representatives from the Conference Committee shared important information on the PRSSA 2019 International Conference, which will be held Oct. 18–22, in San Diego.

About the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the PRSA, PRSSA includes more than 10,000 student members and advisers and is active on more than 350 college and university campuses worldwide.

Media Contact:

Jessica Espinal
Senior Manager, Student Programs
jessica.espinal@prsa.org