Public Relations Student Society of America coming to Tarleton

By Quanecia Fraser

Multimedia Journalist

PRSSA will be an official student organization in the fall, once chapter dues are paid. Photo by Quanecia Fraser

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will have a student chapter at Tarleton State University, starting this fall.

Dr. Liza Benedict, an associate professor in the department of communication studies will be the faculty advisor for PRSSA. PRSSA will be an official student organization at Tarleton by November, once chapter dues are paid.

Benedict, who is currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) says that PRSSA will provide various opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in public relations.

“It’s a matter of learning about public relations and communicating. And, doing it on a professional level,” Benedict said. 

The cost for a student membership is $55 per year. Student members will be able to attend regional and national conferences, enter contests and win awards, find jobs and internship opportunities and apply for scholarships.

Students in PRSSA will also have the opportunity of serving on the executive board, which includes president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Students who are elected to the executive board will have the option of receiving internship credit as well.

While there is an event planning organization, Benedict said that Tarleton has not had a public relations organization like PRSSA.

“(PRSSA) not only brings students the ability to participate in a national organization, but it also helps to bring attention to Tarleton as well,” she said.

Benedict explained that chapter meetings will be held once a month and involvement in PRSSA shouldn’t be a “huge time commitment.”

Benedict said she wants students to know that PRSSA “is a terrific opportunity to be a part of a national organization that will help them with jobs, internships, scholarship funding, networking and mentoring.”

For students interested in joining PRSSA, an informational meeting will be held both April 16 and April 17 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 386 of the O.A. Grant Humanities Building.

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