Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Field Trip

Hello everyone!

Your PRSSA officers held a meeting this week with our fabulous advisor Dr. Ruth-McSwain to discus how we would like to conduct the rest of the semester. We came to the conclusion that instead of holding a chapter meeting every two weeks we would put on one event, field-trip, or forum a month. This is good news for those of you who had tuesday night schedule conflicts because our events will take place on different days of the week to help assure that everyone interested has a chance to participate.

Our first scheduled event is a field trip to one of our favorite local agencies, Rawle Murdy on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5p.m.
This agency reserves one internship position each year for a member of the CofC PRSSA so those of you who might be interested should definitely come check out the environment you would be working in.

We will meet on campus at 4:45pm (location TBD) and walk over to their office on Beaufain street where we will have the pleasure of observing one of their weekly team meetings followed by lots of Q and A.

Furthermore anyone interested in getting involved in some event planning should speak to Chris Piedmont. He's been working with the MOJA arts festival and they could use volunteers to help with their Reggae Block Dance next Friday night from 6:30 until 11:00 p.m. at Brittlebank park.
You can email me for more information and I will forward it along to Chris.

Feel free to email me, or tweet me with any questions you might have and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Meeting Recap and September Luncheon

Happy Wednesday PRSSA!
The week is half over and that means we're that much closer to the weekend. The other officers and I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our first meeting on Tuesday. Some great ideas were shared and we are so excited to begin planning activities and events for us to work on throughout the year. We're still hoping to build membership and after receiving multiple emails about conflicting schedules we are considering holding a second informational meeting on a different night for those who could not attend on Tuesday so look out for more information on that. In the meantime I have a great networking opportunity to tell you about! The South Carolina chapter of the PRSA is holding their monthly luncheon Thursday, September 9 upstairs at Virginia's on king. Networking and registration will begin at 11:45 with lunch being served at noon. For those of you who aren't familiar with downtown restaurants, virginia's is a great one. The student rate for these luncheons is only $15 and this opportunity, not to mention the food, is definitely worth your time and money. The topic of discussion is something we're all very familiar with, social networking! Specifically how social media marketing may threaten the code of ethics that PR professionals abide by.
If you are able to attend they ask that youRSVP by Tuesday, September 27th. To register online visit you are not registering online you may contact

PS- anyone who has schedule conflicts on Tuesday nights and would be interested in attending an introductory session held on a different night please shoot me an email at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Student Organization Summit Fall 2011

This Saturday morning at 9:30am Keisha and I were up bright and early to represent the PRSSA at the bi-annual Student Organizations Summit.
Upon arrival we were greeted with a wonderful breakfast buffet complete with fresh fruit, muffins, yogurt, granola, cinnamon rolls and lots of coffee...suddenly being awake that early on a weekend wasn't so difficult :).
We were here to get a refresher course on all things related to the managing of a student organization. We learned about proper event planning protocol and risk assessment then got a full run down on all things financial from our SGA Treasurer, Luke Rozansky.

After taking a break to be fed yet ANOTHER awesome meal (THANKS COFC!) we were able to spend some time networking with the representatives of some of the other organizations. Victor Wilson, Vice-President of student affairs was correct when he called us, "A wonderful group of vibrant student leaders." We were truly in the company of some awesome people and we are exploring possibilities of teaming up with other organizations later in the semester.
By far the most useful part of the meeting came after lunch when we were given a crash course on the new ORG-SYNC software. This campus wide online tool, reminiscent of an oldschool facebook page, will allow student organizations to become virtually paperless thus helping the school on the way to becoming more "Green." Keisha is in the process of setting up the ORG-SYNC PRSSA page. Once it is up and running we will be able to access event and organization calendars, join committees, and send out text messages to our members. The software will even give you a google map to the location of any event that you RSVP for....seriously...this software is awesome!

Once everything is set up I will post a blog with details on how to log in and join our group. Of course we are still very excited for our first meeting this coming Tuesday, Sept. 13 in room 111 of the education center. The meeting starts at 6pm. You can RSVP on facebook using the link posted below. Don't forget, there will be PIZZA. Bring your friends, everyone is welcome!

See you all on Tuesday!
Your Director of PR

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Meeting Location

Hello Everyone!
We finally have an official location for our first meeting! We will be in room 111 of the Education Center. As mentioned in the last post the meeting will be Tuesday, September 13 at 6pm. Can't wait to see you guys there!
In the meantime check out our facebook group, RSVP to the meeting via the event page so we know how much pizza to buy, and have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Year and New Officers

As September bring us much needed relief from the South Carolina summer heat, the new officers of the CofC PRSSA are thrilled to be kicking off the fall semester with a Pizza Party next Tuesday Sept. 7 (location TBD). We want everyone to come and hear our new and exciting plans for this school year! But before we do that we thought we should introduce ourselves!

Meet your 2011-2012 Officers!
Keisha Murray
A senior here at the College of Charleston, Murray has been a member of the PRSSA since 2010 and holds a double major in Communication Studies and Political Science. After graduation she hopes to work in the Public Relations industry in Atlanta, Ga. for a few years before attending law school. A fun fact about Murray is that while studying abroad in Morocco she road a camel into the Sahara Desert to watch the sunrise. Now how cool is that!

Vice President
Janae Tanti
Also a senior and member since 2010, Tanti is a communication major with a media studies concentration. From Lakeport, Calif. she hopes to work in sports PR and her dream job would be to do PR for th
e New England Patriots! As a current athletic communications intern here at the college, Tanti manages the men and women's tennis teams. S
he also interned as the executive editor for IEM Study Abroad: Valencia (Spain) this past
summer where she oversaw the writing of the student handbook. In the spring, she will be interning with the college again, as well as with A Charleston Bride Wedding Planning as their social media intern.

Director of Internal Communications
Audrey Horne

Horne has been an active member in the organization since the spring of 2010. Originally from
North Carolina, this senior corporate communication major swapped the
mountains for the beach and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon! She hopes to stay in Charleston after graduation and start a career in public relations and marketing. Although she aspires to one day open her own pr firm, she would love to continue working for one of the local agencies or in the marketing/communications department for a larger corporation.

Mikayla Carr
Director of Public Relations
Carr is also a senior with a major in Communication Studies and a Minor in Psychology. A member since 2010 she enjoys wake-boarding, and any other water activities. This past summer she interned here in Charleston for JDA frontline where she worked on campaigns for the USO, TV Watch, and the American Diabetes Association. After finishing here at CofC she plans to attend graduate school and continue to study communications and public relations before finding a job in the non-profit sector of PR.

We hope to see ya'll next Tuesday. Come with any ideas you may have for what we can do to help the rest of you get the most out of your PRSSA experience.