9/6 Meeting Recap: Kicking off the Fall Semester!


By Alexa Gonzaga

We were absolutely thrilled to welcome 97 new and familiar faces to our first meeting of the semester! Below is a rundown of important information you need to know.

Becoming a member
Interested in becoming a member of Texas PRSSA? Fill out a membership form! Dues are $75 and are payable by cash, check, or PayPal. Please make checks payable to UT PRSSA Chapter and include your name and email.

The regular deadline to pay dues is October 4. After this date, dues increase to $85. All dues must be paid by our late deadline — October 7.

National Conference + Texas PRSSA Chapter Scholarship
National Conference is a great opportunity to build your network, whether you’re a freshman or a senior. This year’s conference will be held in Indianapolis from October 21-25. Don’t miss out! The deadline to register for conference is Friday, Sept. 16. Remember: you don’t have to stay the whole time, and it doesn’t conflict with ACL or Texas-OU Weekend.

Additionally, we are offering a chapter scholarship that will waive your National Conference registration fee — a $310 value! Apply here by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Sept. 11. We will select two winners and notify them within that week. We will also offer partial reimbursement to all Texas PRSSA members who choose to attend conference.

Still on the fence? Read our blog posts about conference and visit the PRSSA National Conference website.

Social Media Committee
Interested in becoming part of the social media committee? Submit this form by 11:59 pm on Monday, Sept. 12. As a committee member, you’ll get the chance to create content for our blog and social media channels. It’s a great way to build your portfolio, sharpen your writing skills, and improve your resume!

Mentor Program
Want to be connected with a mentor in the industry? Apply for the mentor program by October 7. Connecting with a professional can benefit you in many ways and give you insight into your future career and the industry as a whole. Click here to apply.

Dates to Remember

  • September 11: Scholarship application due (11:59 pm)
  • September 12: Social Media Committee signup deadline (11:59 pm)
  • September 16: National Conference registration deadline
  • September 20: Our next meeting!
  • October 4: Membership deadline ($75)
  • October 7: Late membership deadline ($85) / Mentor Program application deadline

Next Meeting
Beyond Likes and Retweets: Social Media Strategy for the PR Professional

Join us on Sept. 20 for a talk about social media strategy, presented by Spredfast. We’ll be hosting Courtney Lowell, Director of Communications, and former Texas PRSSA member Samantha Subar, PR Manager.

We’ll also have recruiters around to chat with members! This is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door before the Moody Career Fair the following day. Click the link above for more details.

Most of what we covered at our first meeting can be found right here on our website. You may also refer to our meeting presentation, which we included in our recap email. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thanks for a successful first meeting!