9/8/15 Meeting Recap

Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday September 22nd in BMC 4.204 from 6:30 to 7:30, so the same room and the same time as the first meeting. The guest speaker for the evening will be Debbie Kubena from Career Services. She will be giving advice on putting together a resume and making the most out of the two job fairs held each year for Communication students. As always, free food will be provided.

In order to gain the full benefits of being in our organization, you will need to pay dues. They are $75 for the entire year, so you will not need to pay again in the Spring. The deadline for payment is October 6th. We will have a PayPal option available for you soon, but for right now we are accepting cash or checks at the meetings. Checks should be made out to “Texas PRSSA Chapter”.

For $10, you can own your own piece of Texas PRSSA Merch. T-Shirts will be on sale during the next meeting, so bring a check or cash with you if you are interested. Checks should be made out to “Texas PRSSA Chapter”.

Mentor Program
One of the best opportunities you will get as a member of our organization is to have your very own mentor. It is pretty rare that someone will be willing to help you out once you leave the University, so applying to this program is a great chance to network and work on resumes and cover letters. Applications are due on October 6th and space is extremely limited, so it will be first come first serve. To apply, follow this link: http://goo.gl/forms/uM18ApI0Kc

We spoke briefly about the three committees you have the option to join through our organization. If you are interested in our Philanthropy committee, which specializes in social service, or our event planning committee, which helps organize the meetings, be sure to attend the next meeting for more information about signing up.

The Social Media committee is already up and running. If you are interested in writing for the PRSSA website, running social media platforms, and building a portfolio, contact Cody at church.cody@utexas.edu. There will be a small information meeting in the coming days, but we need to make sure everyone has the opportunity to sign up if they are interested.

National Conference
If you are interested in attending the PRSSA National Conference this November in Atlanta, contact Taylor at tayg23@yahoo.com. This conference is a great opportunity to network and learn more about PR careers. The deadline to register and get a hotel reservation is October 2nd. You can register here: http://prssa.prsa.org/events/Conference/Register/#.VfDLF2CFbww

Agency Tour
On September 16th at 1:00 pm, we will be touring Edelman PR. This is a great opportunity not only to see where you may be working after college, but also to network with the staff and learn more about how a PR firm operates. If you are interested in attending, just reply to this e-mail. The offices are located at 506 Congress Ave. Suite 300 Austin, Texas 78701. If you do not have transportation, let us know and we can find a way to get you there.

Text Based Reminders
If e-mailing isn’t your style, then fear not. You have the option to sign up for text based reminders for meetings, agency tours, and other important announcements and deadlines. All you have to do is text @TexasPR to 81010.
This e-mail will be posted on the website tomorrow evening. If you have friends who may be interested in PRSSA but did not attend the first meeting, feel free to forward this along.

Until next time…