CommUnity 2016!

We had a great time meeting new students at CommUnity 2016. If you’re visiting our website for the first time, welcome! Use the links at the top to learn more about who we are and what we do. And be sure to join us at our Back to School Social on Thursday, Aug. 25 — RSVP here. We’ll be at Pizzeria Vetri from 7-9pm with FREE pizza, so don’t miss out!

If you want to keep up to date with all things Texas PRSSA, be sure to connect with us on social media.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall!

National Conference 2016: Sightseeing in Indy


Students attend National Conference as a way to invest in their professional future, but that doesn’t mean visiting Indianapolis will be all work and no play. There are tons of things to do and see in the city during your free time! Here are just a few of the attractions recommended by Visit Indy (which also happens to be one of the companies you can tour while at Conference):

  • If you like the outdoors, consider visiting White River State Park, America’s only cultural urban state park. Located at 801 W. Washington Avenue, the park is home to the Central Canal and the White River itself, as well as cultural attractions such as the Indianapolis Zoo, IMAX Theater, and the Indiana State Museum. Visitors can travel through the park via bicycle, boat, Segway, or simply by foot.
  • If you’re a shopaholic, visit a few of the eclectic boutiques in the Mass Ave Arts District (339 Massachusetts Avenue). Looking for a more modern shopping experience? Check out Circle Centre (49 W. Maryland St.), a four-level indoor mall featuring over 125 shopping, dining and entertainment options.
  • Hungry? Downtown Indy has tons of dining options. Grab a sandwich at Shapiro’s Delicatessen (808 S. Meridian St.) or get your pasta fix at Old Spaghetti Factory (210 S. Meridian St.). If you’re 21 and over, have a couple of drinks at St. Joseph Brewery & Public House (540 N. College Ave.), located inside a historic church building.
  • If you’re searching for the perfect photo op, snap a #selfie with one of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculptures, located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Also be sure to stop by the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which offers a 360-degree view of the city from its observation level. And for a picture that’s uniquely Indianapolis, become the “I” in Indy by posing alongside one of the three “NDY” sculptures around town.
  • Last but not least, Indy is big on sports. Visit Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl XLVI, or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the famed Indy 500 is held. And for a taste of collegiate sports, stop by the NCAA Hall of Champions.

Want to visit these cool places? Reminder: our chapter scholarship application is now open! Apply by Sept. 11 for the chance to have your conference registration fee waived. That way, you’re one step closer to attending conference and enjoying everything the Circle City has to offer!


Summer Internship Spotlight – Nancy Lien

Summer Internship Spotlight #9

Name: Nancy Lien

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Consumer Intern at Cohn&Wolfe (Austin, TX)


What drew you to this internship?

Cohn&Wolfe is a world-class global agency and I knew I would get great, hands-on experience there with global and national brands. Their mantra is “dig deeper, imagine more,” which aligns with my passion of keeping a child-like curiosity in my profession. Additionally, Cohn&Wolfe is one of the few global agencies that offer undergrad internships. I was proud to be on the team when we won several Best Agency awards, including the Holmes Report “Large PR Agency of the Year.”


What do you like the most about your internship?

Being so hands-on and totally ingrained in the accounts that were assigned to me. I love the teams I work with and my diverse workload. I have a great mix of traditional PR work as well as work in the digital space. Since I’m on three accounts, I get to work with just about everyone in the office.


What have you learned from your internship so far?

Be proactive. Your colleagues will notice it. And remember that no task is too small to give it your best effort. Even if it’s just proofreading, being thorough and having a can-do attitude will get you noticed.



Any advice for people looking for an internship?

Start early. Make a list. Go for the ones you think are too big for you. If you don’t get it, at least they’ll remember you for when you are ready. I never thought I’d get an internship at a large agency like Cohn&Wolfe!

National Conference 2016: Career Tours



At National Conference, you can not only take advantage of networking opportunities and informative sessions, but you’ll also have the chance to tour companies around town! Polish up your resume, set aside a few business cards, and read about the companies you’ll have the opportunity to visit while in Indy.

  • Bohlsen Group is a full-service PR and advertising agency with clients in the publishing, corporate, entertainment/events, and nonprofit industries. The agency was named one of the best places to work in Indiana and has won numerous PRSA Hoosier Chapter Pinnacle Awards.
  • Borshoff is an advertising, branding, and public relations agency whose notable clients include the NFL, NCAA, and Rolls-Royce. The agency, with a staff of 57, is the largest PR firm in the area.
  • Eli Lilly and Company is a global pharmaceutical company founded in 1876. With over 41,000 employees worldwide, the company specializes in clinical research and development. The company is known for its philanthropic work and operates a charitable foundation.
  • Hirons is an advertising and public relations agency founded in 1978 and offers branding, crisis management, and media planning services, among others. The agency counts Comcast, Honda, and United Way as just a few of its notable clients.
  • NCAA, based in Indianapolis, oversees college athletics across the country. The 500 employees at the NCAA’s headquarters work to interpret member legislation, run championships, and manage programs that benefit student-athletes.
  • Visit Indy works to promote the city of Indianapolis and strengthen the city’s tourism industry. The company bills itself as the official host of Indianapolis and works to give visitors the resources they need to enjoy their time in the Circle City.

Don’t miss your chance to visit these companies — the National Conference registration deadline is exactly one month away. Keep in mind that Texas PRSSA will award partial reimbursement to any member that attends. Plus, our scholarship application is open until Sept. 11 — click here to apply!


Summer Internship Spotlight – Cindy Lien

Summer Internship Spotlight #8

Name: Cindy Lien

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Public Relations Intern at FleishmanHillard (Austin, TX)


What drew you to this internship?

I was drawn to this internship because I knew that FleishmanHillard has an expansive network around the world, and that there is a lot of talent at this agency.


What do you like the most about your internship?

I really enjoy the people I work with. Everyone bring something different to the table, so I feel like I’m getting exposure to many aspects of PR and communications.


What have you learned from your internship so far?

I’ve learned that the best way to be a valuable asset to your office is to go above of what’s expected of you and to be resourceful. Creating accurate, thorough client-ready work and being a problem-solver will serve you well.


Any advice for people looking for an internship?

Take advantage of networking opportunities, especially happy hours, agency tours and career fairs. You’d be surprised where people remember you from!

National Conference 2016: Notable Speakers



Every National Conference is host to an impressive lineup of speakers, and this year is no different! Here are just a few who will take part in this year’s event:


Allison Melangton, senior vice president at Hulman Motosports Corporation, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, Oct. 22. Melangton currently oversees overall production of major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the Indy 500. Previously, she spent four years as the CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and worked at eight Olympic Games, the last five as an Associate Producer for the NBC Sports gymnastics broadcast. She has won five Emmys for her work.



Bridget Coffing, chief communications officer emeritus at McDonald’s Corporation, will be a panelist at Sunday’s keynote: Meet the Living Legends of Public Relations. Coffing spent 30 years at McDonald’s and most recently served as senior vice president of corporate relations. Her communications career has spanned over 35 years, and she is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, the Arthur Page Society and The Seminar; a Board member of the Public Relations Society of America, Chicago chapter; and the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology.


Lauren Berger, also known as the Intern Queen, will speak at a special session on Sunday. While in college, Berger completed a total of 15 internships. Less than three years after graduating, Berger founded Intern Queen Inc. to provide future grads with the resources she didn’t have. Berger also serves as CEO of Intern Queen and is the author of two books.



See what these industry pros have to say at this year’s national conference! For the full list of speakers, click here.


And as a friendly reminder, our chapter scholarship application is now open! Applications are due Sunday, Sept. 11 at midnight.


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