Friday, December 12, 2008

Congratulations to Rachel Sprung, Mary Kate Joyce & Nahila Campos

Last night BU PRSSA hosted our Holiday Party at Z Square. We would like to thank all of you who came out to celebrate the end of the semester!! We would also like to congratulate Rachel Sprung, our new treasurer; Mary Kate Joyce, PRSA Liaison; and Nahila Campos, Social Chair! We are excited to start planning for our spring semester!!

For all of you that are leaving BU for the semester to study abroad have an AMAZING trip and enjoy every moment... keep up with BU PRSSA through our blog! We would love to know about all your amazing adventures!

From BU PRSSA good luck with finals and enjoy the holidays!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

E-Board Elections: Thursday, December 11th @ 5 p.m. in Z-Square

Just a quick reminder on the upcoming election, Thursday, December 11th at 5 p.m. It will be held during our holiday party at Z Square. Elections for the following positions are open: Treasurer and PRSA Liaison. Descriptions of both positions are below. I encourage you all to consider running, there is no limit to experience or years in PRSSA! Both positions will provide you with great experience within PRSSA planning weekly meetings, future events and networking with speakers and professionals.

To Apply: Send your name, email, grad year and a 2 minute informal speech on why you want this position, your qualifications and what you plan for the spring semester.

Treasurer - gather membership dues from Spring semester members- prepare short presentation for member dues collection - review budget- be sure all financial transactions are appropriate- work closely with SAO and the AB office- attend all weekly e-board meetings

PRSA Liaison - contact PRSA for upcoming events- research events in Boston and other cities for possible conferences- attend at least 2 PRSA events over the semester- Work closely with PR:Advanced Coordinator for the Conference- research networking opportunities for the Chapter - attend all weekly e-board meetings

Please send your information to by Tuesday, December 9th @ 9 p.m. We look forward for two of our members to join the e-board! Also, we look forward to seeing you all at the PRSSA Holiday party at Z-Square, food and drinks will be paid for by BU PRSSA and there will be a raffle with some great gifts!! Hope you can all come by!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Mike Volpe, VP of Marketing for HobSpot, on the value of and possible future of PR:

Mike Volpe, VP Marketing HubSpot - Value of PR Firms from Bob Collins on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Spring Internship Opportunity: Interestd in Financial Communications and Strategic Consulting...

Who is FD?

FD is the world's leading business communications consultancies. FD works with a range of clients from the world’s largest multi-national corporations to emerging leaders in high-growth sectors. FD combines a broad international footprint, a deep knowledge of key business sectors and an integrated corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs and business consulting offer that is unique in the industry. FD has offices in Boston, London, New York, Bahrain, Beijing, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Manchester, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm and Washington. Named PRWeek’s International Consultancy of the Year for 2006, FD is a division of FTI Consulting, Inc.

Internship –

FD’s internship program exposes students to a variety of facets of communications consulting. Sample activities include online research, media tracking and list creation, coverage reports, peer research analysis and other assignments. FD interns have the opportunity to work closely with every level staff member, from account executives to senior staff.

Requirements Include:
Undergraduate junior or senior
Strong work ethic and a willingness to learn
Thorough researching skills
An ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Clear, careful writer and proofreader
PC proficient, including Word, Power Point and Excel
Prior experience with Factiva, Cision MeidaMap and/or ThomsonOne is a plus

Please send a cover letter and résumé to Bob Joyce at

Monday, December 1, 2008

PRSA Boston & Publicity Club of New EnglandAnnual Holiday Bash!Monday, December 8, 2008
Join PRSA and Pub Club Peers For a Fun, Relaxing Evening at Our Yearly Joint Holiday Get-Together and End-of-Year Celebration! Mingle, network and catch up with old friends as we toast the season and nosh on eclectic appetizers at M.J. O'Connors Irish Pub in the heart of Park Square in Boston's Back Bay.

Monday, 8 December, 2008 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

M.J. O'Connors Irish Pub
(Next to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel)
27 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116617-482-2255

$10 for Students!!!!

Friday, 5 December, 2008

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By John Smith senior v.p. of enterprise sales

After several long months of unsuccessfully posting his résumé and applying to jobs online, Alex Ballin, 24, decided to take his job search into his own hands.
The 2008 graduate from Radford University planted himself at a busy intersection in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, sporting a white sign that read, "Talented B.A. Needs Career" along with his business suit.
He wanted to get employers' attention and it wasn't happening from simply submitting applications online. One employer thought Ballin's efforts showed drive and ambition and tossed a business card out of his car to Ballin. He got an interview a week later.
While Ballin's tactic was a more extreme -- and literal -- way to grab an employer's attention, with such uncertainty surrounding the economy, these intense and creative approaches are a must for today's job seeker.
"In today's competitive job market, freelancers and applicants need as much leverage as they can muster to land their next gig," says Cindy Caldwell, a creative recruiter with Randstad Creative, a specialty division of Randstad Work Solutions.
"The résumé needs to stand out above all the rest, without being unprofessional. The samples need to be presented in such a way that is easily accessible to the employer -- waiting around for a slow Web page to load or using a MySpace page as the portfolio site is not going to make the cut." How are you making yourself attractive to employers?
When Linda Jay Geldens, a freelance copyeditor, went to a computer conference and received the internal newsletter for Apple, she saw that it was "riddled with errors."
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"I wanted to be the freelance copyeditor of the Apple Computer internal newsletter," she says. "I circled all the mistakes in red pen, made an appointment with the newsletter's editor, walked into his office, threw the newsletter on his desk and said with a smile, 'You need me!' He hired me instantly."
Do you want to be hired instantly, too? Here are some standard and creative tactics that will say, "Hire me!" to employers during your next job search.
Throughout the job search
• Apply at companies that aren't seeking candidates. "Read the business pages to find out what businesses are growing," says Laura George, author of "Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting."
"Send such companies a résumé and a letter explaining what you can bring to the organization. If they have a need and see talent, you may be saving them the time and trouble involved in a talent search."
• Pick up the phone. "What gets my attention is a phone call and real live voice. Most communication is done via e-mail and you don't get the total picture of a person without that verbal communication," says Barbara Zaccone, president of BZA LLC, a strategic design company. "A perfect example would be a follow-up phone call after the interview. No one ever does that. And I mean no one."
On your résumé
• It's never one-size-fits-all. "Don't try to sell what you are selling; sell what the employer is buying. Make sure your résumé fits the position and the organization where you are seeking employment," George says. "Hiring managers look at skill set, education, experience and where you got that experience. They want to make sure you are going to be able to do the job and fit into the corporate culture."
• Make it easy on the eyes. "Envision a hiring manager looking at a résumé like a driver going by a billboard. Try to make it absorbable at high speeds," says Gwen Martin, managing partner of NumberWorks, a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based staffing firm. "Use bullet points and leave white space so it's easy on the eyes to read. Give the bird's eye view -- you can give the story behind the résumé in the interview."
Wendy Enelow, author, trainer and career consultant, strongly suggests using a typestyle other than Times New Roman. Stay conservative and use fonts like Georgia, Tahoma, Bookman or Verdana.
• Include success stories. Write down several career achievements of which you are most proud, suggests Joanne Meehl, author of "The Résumé Queen's Job Search Thesaurus and Career Guide."
"Choose one or two of these career success stories to go on the résumé, in very brief form, near the top of page one," she says. "These examples of what the candidate has done and can do, grab the employer's attention."
• Analyze keywords. Analyze several job postings in the field for which you are looking for a job, says Cheryl Palmer, certified executive career coach and résumé writer. "Develop a list of keywords from those postings that you incorporate into the résumé under a subheading entitled 'core competencies.'
Employers search their database of résumés by keyword, so having these terms on your résumé increases your chances of your résumé being selected for further review."
In the cover letter
• Lose the "To Whom It May Concern." That went the way of the 20th century, says Lynda McDaniel, a business writing coach. "Try to get the person's name. If not, simply say 'Greetings' or 'Hello.'"
• Forget the "This letter is in regards to your ad..." "People reading these letters are already bored with the reams of pabulum they have to read. Do you really want to make them comatose?" McDaniel asks.
• Show, don't tell. "Share a good story about what you've accomplished. Stories show why you're the best candidate. They also show you've got a head on your shoulders," McDaniel says.
During the interview
• Identify why you are a good fit. "Often people peruse a job for no other reason than it is available," says Danielle Weinstock, author of "Can This Elephant Curtsy on Cue? Life Lessons Learned On A Film Set For Women In Business." "Until you can determine why you and the company are a good match, you can't sell yourself."
• Keep your responses job-related. Many job seekers start off the interview on the wrong note when they respond to the statement, "Tell me about yourself," Palmer says. "Job seekers give a personal response instead of a professional response.
Your response will say, 'Hire me,' if you tailor your responses to the position you are applying for. Review that job announcement the night before the interview and write out some bullet points for yourself to speak to the employer's needs."
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PubClub Special Event!!!

SPECIAL EVENT - Think Globally. Act Locally.

Corporate Social Responsibility in Public RelationsWith special guest Professor Gustavo A Yepes López of the Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) and special American commentators Sean Greenwood, grand poobah of PR for Ben & Jerry's, Bradley Googins, director, The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College and Eduardo Crespo, president, Hispanic Market Solutions. The practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is subject to much debate and criticism. Proponents argue that there is a strong business case for CSR, in that corporations benefit in multiple ways by operating with a broader, more enduring vision than their own immediate, short-term profits. Critics argue that CSR distracts from the fundamental economic role of businesses; others argue that it is nothing more than superficial window-dressing; still others contend it is an attempt to preempt the role of governments as a watchdog over powerful multinational corporations. The Publicity Club of England is very proud to welcome special guest Professor Gustavo A Yepes López of Bogota, Colombia to discuss his study of 1,008 Latin American organizations and their social responsibility practices. He will bring a global view of CSR at work, while our commentators offer advice on bringing Prof. Lopez’s findings home to the United States. The event will be led by Dr. Robert Brown of Salem State College and Harvard Extension School. Professor Lopez presented his findings at a special global public relations symposium in Scotland in the Spring 2008. His is a nationally known speaker bringing his knowledge to the New England public relations community.

Monday, December 1, 20086 pm
Dinner6:30-9 pm
Presentation and panel discussion John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

$65 non members
$40 members
$25 studentsFree for student membersRegister for SPECIAL EVENT - Think Globally.

Act Locally at

Internship Opportunity!!!

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund
Spring 2009 Practice Communications Internship

Overview: This position will assist the practice communications manager and other members of the communications department in supporting communications activities for specific practice areas within the Institute, including the Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine, Hematologic Oncology, and other organizational priority areas. The intern will learn about day-to-day tasks through specific projects and works assignments that will help to increase program awareness and grow clinical patient volume.

Specific duties include:
Research best practices and identify successful communications initiatives for other blood donor centers (regionally and nationally)
Investigate/analyze marketplace offerings
Assist with writing, editing, and project management of practice area newsletters and other program materials
Develop fact sheets for practice areas
Assist with development of sponsor/donor/patient profiles
Attend news and recruiting team meetings
Provide general and administrative support as needed
Skills and attributes required:
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Windows, and Internet Explorer
General computer literacy and ability to learn new programs
Solid written and oral communication skills
Ability to interact well with a variety of people, including blood/platelet donors and recruiting teams, patients and families, communications colleagues, and staff, including doctors and nurses
Sensitivity to a health care environment and the needs of cancer patients and families
Enthusiasm for the cancer cause
Ability to self-start, work independently, and manage multiple deadlines

Skills preferred:
Writing experience – please provide writing samples
20 hours a week (minimum)/ TBD within a 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. time frame/
13 week commitment
Credit: All Dana-Farber Communications Department internships are available for college credit. Unpaid internships (non-credit) are also available.

Please list the internship name in the subject line of the e-mail, and forward cover letter, any writing samples to:

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Communications Department
As one of the largest hospital communications department in the area, our 40-plus member group is unique in its ability to fulfill many of the functions of a full-service communications agency in house. With numerous awards for our work from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, Publicity Club of New England, and Women in Communications, our goal is to use our combined expertise to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s fight against cancer by:
building awareness of DFCI’s mission and successes among national and international audiences supporting the Institute’s fundraising efforts
helping employees work more effectively
enhancing communication with patients and families
and providing marketing and communications services for the Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Care

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Poetry Slam Success!

The Z Square agency team pulled of an AMAZING grand opening! Great turnout, delicious food and awesome performances. Take a look...

This is Allison M. Francis, a sophomore at BU and an amazing singer/guitar/harmonica player. She started off the evening with some original tunes and played some sets in between poetry performances.

The young lady in the stripes is Jessica Kontchou, a slam poetry performer. Jessica was the first to perform and mixed it up with love and empowering pieces.

The young lady in the blue sweater is Gabriella Williams (below), also a slam poetry performer. She even wove in some singing into one of her pieces.

Unfortunately we don’t have a picture of Gabe Sherman, but it was his first reading and he did an awesome job as well!

Lastly, the gentalman pictured below is Andrew Jerrel Jones, the WINNER of the $50 Z Square gift card. It was a close CLOSE vote (the Z team needed 2 tie-breakers to determine the winner) so congratulations to all!

According to Melanie, Z account AD, the team plans to organize another event after Thanksgiving break.

We can’t wait :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

BU Marketing Club Speaker Meeting- Thursday at 6 p.m.

BU Marketing (BUM)
Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m.
SMG Room 304

Straight from the field to share his insight, we introduce seasoned marketer Duane Lefevre:

Come hear about his innovations in marketing, including new product development for Carvel, directing two multi-million dollar initiatives for Taco Bell, and launching the Dancing Deer e-commerce branch.

Cookies and Brownies from Dancing Deer will be served!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

PRSSA Shows Its Appreciation to Two PRSSAwesome Members!

Last Thursday, PRSSA gave a special thank you to Lauren Papp and Katelyn Stokes for their hard work and dedication! Both Lauren and Katelyn spent many hours helping with the PR Advanced Conference Committee's "We Want Steve Jobs" video, and did a wonderful job!

If you see either of them, be sure to say congrats and thank them! They've really helped our chapter and our members. :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Z Square Presents Poetry Mondays

Congrats to the Z Square Agency team on organizing its first event! Woot woot!

Monday (Nov 10) from 7-9PM is the grand opening of Poetry Slam Mondays at Z Square!
For a $5 cover you can enjoy live music, tapas and a poetry slam contest. The winner is chosen by the audience and will receive a $50 gift card to Z Square! I wonder how many tomato soups and grilled cheeses that can buy...

You can still enter the poetry slam contest by e-mailing!

Did you know Z also has free wifi? You can even do your homework in between performances!

You can find the event on Facebook if you'd like to learn more.

Some photos of Z Square to whet your appetite:

See you there :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PRSSA In The News!

Check out our mention in this PRWeek !

Interested in Restaurant PR???

Gain hands-on experience in grassroots marketing, public relations, event planning and communications in the hospitality industry with an internship at Rocca Kitchen & Bar. Named one of the top restaurants in America by Esquire magazine, Rocca is the newest property from the Sapphire Restaurant Group. We're looking for someone who wants to learn about how to promote a hot new South End restaurant, add valuable project experience to their resume, and think outside the box in conceiving & executing creative marketing & PR efforts.

Excellent communications skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office, and a willingness to learn about and deliver 110% in a vibrant and fast-paced restaurant are required.

Thank you in advance – and please, do stop by for dinner or a drink if you’re near the South End!

Alison Tomisato
Director of Special Events & Marketing
Rocca Kitchen & Bar
500 Harrison Ave. South End, Boston 02118
ph 617.451.9124 fx 617.451.9101

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spring Internship Opportunity!!!

Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media Internships

If you are interested in:
Public Relations ● Marketing Communications ● New Media ● Social Media

And want to “learn by doing,” Schneider Associates is a great place to grow your skills, gain valuable agency experience, build your portfolio and have fun.

We are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic students for Spring 2009 internships!

Candidates must be detail-oriented, exhibit an enthusiastic personality and be able to handle multiple tasks. Internships are granted competitively by merit. Interns must receive college credit and work a minimum of 16 hours per week beginning September 2008.
Responsibilities include:
• Conducting research for client initiatives & new business presentations
• Researching and writing posts for the agency blogs ( and
• Compiling press clips, writing media placement reports, proof-reading & editing documents & other PR-related administrative duties
Requirements include:
• Computer proficiency & Web research skills
• Familiarity to write press releases & conduct media research
• Able to work 2-3 full days per week
• Passionate about learning!

If you are interested in joining our team, please forward your resume and cover letter to:

Schneider Associates
Attn: Internship Coordinator
* If you have a blog, Twitter feed or LinkedIn profile, please send details.

Resumes will be accepted until January 9, 2009

Schneider Associates ● 2 Oliver Street ● Suite 901 ● Boston, MA 02109

Friday, October 31, 2008

Prove Campbell Brown Wrong!

And VOTE :)

Just a friendly reminder ...

PRSA Event!! November 19th

WCVB-TV Anchor Ed Harding to Headline Annual Meeting Wednesday, November 19th
Channel 5 anchor Ed Harding will serve as keynote speaker in concert with the chapter’s annual meeting. Hosted at WCVB in Needham, the event will take over one of the station’s broadcast studios for what promises to be an engaging opportunity to learn about the forces transforming TV news. The evening will feature a discussion and open Q&A with Harding.

A 20-year veteran of Boston television, Harding currently co-anchors NewsCenter 5’s early evening and late newscasts. He’s served as a producer, sports director and field reporter before moving to the anchor desk; has been honored with two Associated Press journalism awards; and has been a first-hand witness to many of the changes in how news is gathered and covered today. Don’t pass up this chance to hear his perspective, and to gain from his insights on how this media segment will interact with others in the future.Space is limited!Evening Will Also Include:• Presentation of the Fifth Annual PRSA Boston Beacon Award For Lifetime Achievement in Public Relations, Renamed the Diane Davis Beacon Award in honor of the late Diane Davis, APR, Fellow PRSA• Election of the 2009 Chapter Officers

Also on the Program Agenda:
• Channel 5 Studio Tours• Dinner & Networking 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
• Program 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 19 November, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

WCVB-TV Channel 5
5 TV Place
Needham, MA 02494

View Event Fees

View Event Summary

Tuesday, 18 November, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday, November 6th @ 5 p.m. - Come see what PubClub has to offer YOU and hear from Caitlin Melnick, PubClub Student Liaison & AE at Schneider!!!

We are eager to introduce Caitlin Melnick as our speaker for next Thursday, November 6th...

Caitlin Melnick is on the board this year to again serve as Student Liaison. Up and coming stars are not the only ones to which Melnick appeals. As Account Executive at Schneider Associates she is a go-to resource for clients and colleges alike. Melnick honed her skills at Marist College where she earned a BA in Communications, Public Relations.

Who is Pub Club?

Founded in 1949, The Publicity Club of New England is the region's oldest not-for-profit public relations trade organization. The Publicity Club strives to promote and encourage involvement in the communications industry and specifically the professions of public relations, promotions and marketing. Additional information about monthly Publicity Club programs, social and networking events, the "Bell Ringer" newsletter, up-to-date Job Bank and the 2008 Bell Ringer Awards Ceremony, including a complete list of this year's winners, can be found on the Club's Web site at

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Check us out!

Sandy, our lovely speaker last week and former BU PRSSA president (pictured here), wrote about us on her blog! Check it out: here

Thanks Sandy!

If you're interested in blogging (1) come write for this blog and (2) go to the "Blog Your Heart Out" workshop, Nov 13. It is hosted by the folks at Boston Young Entrepreneurs, a group of incredibly intelligent people, who will discuss the basics setup of a blog: Choosing the right software, hosting service, picking a totally awesome name, basic plugin and choosing a design. This event will also be great for networking! Click here to learn more.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quickie Updates ...

Nationals: Alex, Chelsea and Heather made it home safe from Detriot! Woot woot!

PRSSAgency: The first Staff Meeting was a great success! Thank you thank you to all the dedicated members who attended! If any of you have ideas on how to make the next one (date TBD) better, leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail (

If you're interested in investor relations or corporate communication:
The Boston University Entrepreneurship Club is hosting Julie Patterson, a recruiting representative of the John Hancock Financial Network:
Wednesday, October 29th (1-2PM) in SMG Room 114
Julie is interested in hiring students who are "high-spirited entrepreneurs." This will be a great opportunity for you to jumpstart your career, your future, and your entrepreneurial goals.
Space is limited and you must RSVP (EMAIL ADDRESS)with a statement that you would like to attend the event along with your name, concentration, and grad year. Formal business attire is required.
Company/Event Summary:
Centinel Financial Group, LLC, a member of the John Hancock Financial Network, is among the few industry leaders to bridge the gap between the independent financial advisor and the support of a franchise-like organization. Our financial advisors and professionals enjoy the independence of developing their own practice, while leveraging an interdependent platform of technology, business financing, marketing, training and top quartile products. Our firm has been continuously recognized in industry publications for our marketing systems and our track record for success. Centinel Financial Group, LLC is pleased to invite intelligent, disciplined and high-spirited entrepreneurs to our select team of financial professionals. Learn how our business model can help lead you to unrestricted success.

That's all for now. Hope to see you all soon :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Whats up in the 313???

BU PRSSA does Nationals in Detroit, MI!!! Friday was the first day of events for the 2008 PRSSA National Conference. We found ourselves meeting a ton of Chapters from all over the country! BU PRSSA is making a big statement with our plans for PR Advanced and PRSSAgency - and - you are already being plugged in so great ready for some new hits!

The sessions today showed Chelsea, Heather and I some great ideas on Chapter Development, Office Policies, Pitching Secrets for Clients and much more! We are so excited to bring back all the information we are getting!! Here are a few pictures to see what we have been up to! Keep you posted!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

PRSSAround Town

Emilie and I walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk earlier this month with Champions (the low-commitment community service group on campus). The photos here are from the finish line @ the Hatch Shell.

Seeing so many women with the survivor sashes or the "I'm walking for my mother" signs were really heartwarming. I recommend any BU student (even you, boys!) to walk next year, especially because it is on our campus. The 5k loop begins at the Shell, goes down Comm. Ave, past Marsh Chapel, continues along Memorial Dr. all the way to the Museum of science and ends at the Shell. The Walk is a day-long event, so you don't have to begin at the official start time (8AM).

Have you done anything fun or interesting in Boston or beyond? Send photos and a blurb to me ( and I'll post them :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

More PowerPoint!

While we're at it... here is the link to see the PRSSAgency PowerPoint. It may be a moo point (FRIENDS fans...anybody?) now, but if you're interested take a look! It's never too late to get started!

PRSSAgency PowerPoint

Résumé Workshop PowerPoint

If you missed last night's résumé workshop, click the link below to see the powerpoint!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Z-Square Meeting MONDAY!

*Please note: The original post has been altered. Thank you!

The new meeting date and time of the first Z Square Account meeting is MONDAY, October 20 at 3:30, at Z Square. Hope to see you all there!

BU PRSSA Exclusive

Maggie Kellegher, HR Senior Associate from Burson-Marsteller's New York office will be presenting at BU's Fall Career Expo on Thursday, October 16th.

Additionally, Maggie will be speaking to COM students on Friday, October 17th from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. in COM 317. This is your opportunity to have a Q&A with Maggie and ask questions about Burson-Marsteller's summer internship program. This is a great opportunity for some action in New York!!

Visit the Web site for more information!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eat @ Z This Weekend and Help PRSSA!

You may be familiar with the typical UNO's fund raiser that BU student groups hold...Well this is BETTER!

PRSSA is holding a fund raiser at Z Square for Parents Weekend! If you eat at Z anytime from Friday the 17th - Sunday the 19th, 15% of your bill will go to BU's PRSSA! Bring parents, siblings or friends to this cute cafe right on campus--the tomato soup and grilled cheese is to-die-for! If you're more of a breakfast person...PERFECT! Z serves breakfast all day long. Visit and preview the whole menu.

Directions: 530 Commonwealth Ave., Across from SMG at the Blandford T-stop, Minutes from Kenmore Square.

Important: In order for 15% of your bill to go towards PRSSA, you need to print out the flier and bring it with you. The flier will be attached to the weekly PRSSA e-mail. If you don't receive the weekly e-mail and still want the flier, contact Melanie (

The money we raise will go towards our social meetings and our amazing regional conference. Thanks in advance for all your support! Special thanks to the Z Square Account Team for creating the flier!

Mangiare bene!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Google Artist

Hi Friends! I've always wondered how those little google drawings came into being...pretty interesting. I also thought it was time for our blog to have a video post. Enjoy :)

University-wide Career Fair: Oct 16th

This Thursday from 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the GSU!

This is a great opportunity to network, and just get the wheels turnin' for spring/summer internships. It's never too early! Burson-Marsteller will be one of the 66 companies participating.

To see all of the companies who will attend, copy-paste this link:

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Z Cancellation

Unfortunately, the 3:30 meeting today with the Z Account Team was canceled. Melanie is trying to reschedule for later this week. I'll keep you posted.

But you know the old saying, "when one door closes, another one opens..." The PleassDressMe Account will have their 1st meeting today @ 4PM in the Back Court of the GSU. E-mail Amanda or Emily if you're interested and not already on the account team (

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Pictured here is Laura (VP of PR) working at tonight's Cold Stone fund raiser. Thank you to all the dedicated members and freinds of PRSSA who helped out tonight by either working or buying ice cream! We don't have the numbers yet, but it seems like we raised a bunch of money! *Cha-Ching* I'll be sure to let you know where those dollars are going...

Did you come? How would you rate your servers on a scale from 1-5 (1 being the lowest)?

1st Z Square Agency Meeting Tomorrow!

So I walked to Z today to get my usual Tuesday-2pm-fix of free coffee to find a line out the door (yes, literally)! It looks like the Z Agency Team has their work cut out for them...

The 1st meeting for the Z Account Team will be tomorrow, 3:30PM at Z Square! Melanie, the AD, is really excited as is the e-board! If you want to check it out without committing to Agency yet, e-mail her and let her know ( Or if you're on another team and are looking to get extra involved, do the same. Good luck, team!

To learn more about Z Square free coffee cards e-mail with "Z Free Coffee" in the subject line.

More Agency updates to follow...

Monday, October 6, 2008

2009 Summer Internship Opportunity

Hey Guys,

We already have a great 2009 Summer Internship opportunity! Check it out below.

General Motors Communications Internship Program

DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

Each internship may have a varying start date requirement but generally will run from approximately May through August for a period of 12 weeks.

Moving allowance and housing are provided.

GM is seeking interns for each of the following areas:

Grassroots Communications, Detroit, MI
Manufacturing Communications, Detroit and Orion, MI
Premium Channel Communications, Detroit, MI
Advanced Propulsion and Environmental Communications, Pontiac, MI

Applicants should have completed their sophomore year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate and graduate students will be considered. Candidates should still be classified as active students during the internship and should have the right to work in the U.S.

Cover letter and resumes may be sent to Lesley Hettinger at Please include GPA and anticipated graduation date. If your background uniquely qualifies you for a specific internship please explain in the cover letter. Deadline for submission is Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.

GM will be interviewing on site at the PRSSA conference in Detroit so please indicate if you will be attending. For students not attending, interviews may be arranged by phone or on campus.

For additional information, visit PRSSA JobCenter or contact me for further details!

-Cecelia Hughes
VP of Internships/Job Services

YouTube Competition!

The Panhellenic Council here at Boston University is the governing body over all of the sororities recognized on campus. They recently received a grant from a private donor who has privileged the Greek community with the opportunity to implement a project to involve our campus in the election. Since last summer’s presidential debates, the internet, especially YouTube, has played a significant role with the involvement of younger generations in the 2008 presidential election; even leading to an entire presidential debate fielded with questions from YouTube videos.

The Panhellenic Council has therefore decided to organize a YouTube competition on campus to encourage BU students to become involved in the election through means that are relevant to today’s technologically savvy students. Beginning today and lasting through Tuesday, October 14th, students are invited to make 30 to 45 second videos addressing one or more of the following topics:

o Why it is important to vote
o How to register to vote
o How to receive an absentee ballot

Videos must be sent to no later than October 14th. A panel will review the videos to ensure appropriate content and that they do not favor a specific political agenda. The videos will then be posted on the GoVoteNow channel on YouTube by October 15th.

The video that receives the most views, or hits, between October 15th and Election Day on November 4th will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 on behalf of the Greek Community at Boston University.

Please email the president of the Panhellenic Council, Lauren, at should you have any questions.

If you don't recieve PRSSA National bi-weekly e-mails...

Please add to your safelist, so that PRSSA e-mails are not mistakenly sent to your spam folder. If this does not correct the problem, send an e-mail listing your name and correct e-mail address (preferably a personal account, as school e-mail systems do not always offer a spam folder) and Nationals will work to correct the issue.


Register to Vote!

Get to it!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cold Stone Fundraiser on Tuesday!


Hey guys!

Come out to the Landmark Center Cold Stone Creamery this Tuesday any time from 7-10:30 p.m. to show your support for PRSSA! You don't need a flier or anything- we get 15% of all profits made that night, so bring as many people as you can!

The Cold Stone at Landmark Center is at 401 Park Drive, next to the movie theater and Best Buy.

If you would like to volunteer to work behind the counter, please e-mail Heather Papsun ( with a specific shift time.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Internship Opportunity!!!

Who is Brodeur?

We help clients stay open to the new, the unique, the breakthrough, and get seen and talked about in places and ways competitors haven't even thought about yet. So, yes. We do PR, globally, for more than 20 years. But once you get to know us, you'll not worry about a label. You'll just be thinking about what we can do together:

Our internship program draws some of the top talent from universities and colleges around the country, and many of our interns go on to become full-time employees. We are always accepting resumes for the upcoming fall, spring, summer internship program and have positions available in our New York City, Phoenix , DC, and Boston offices. Our competitive program offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to learn public relations first hand.

For more information and Résumé and Cover Letter Details email!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


We are a student-run agency with real campaigns, clients and results. Agency offers a a taste of agency life, the opportunity to build your resume and a chance to network.

Quick note: For those of you who did attend today's meeting, please see the very bottom of this post.

PRSSAgency Overview...

Z Square
-Restaurant/Bar/Cafe across from SMG, at the Blandford T-stop
-This team will focus on community building
-BU students' website for....rating internships
-This team will focus on event planning and branding
-BU student's t-shirt aggregating web-site
-This team will focus on viral marketing and new media strategy

Positions Available:
Account Director (AD)
-Leadership position
-For more experienced members
-Requires a larger commitment
-2 ADs on each account

Account Executive (AE)
-Many AEs on each account
-You are the essence of Agency!
-This position allows you to develop your skill set whether it's writing, designing or video editing

Time Commitment:
Initial meeting with client
-To introduce the challenges and opportunity of the account
-To motivate and inspire the whole team

Weekly meetings with your team
-To establish strategy, goals and tactics
-To brainstorm
-To delegate weekly assignments

Bi-weekly "Staff Meetings"
-New to PRSSAgency!
-To help other teams
-To test ideas
-To get inspired

To Apply...
For AD Position
-E-mail your resume (if you don't have one, type up your qualifications) and send to me ( Please include a blurb about why you want this position and list the clients in preference order.

For AE Position
-E-mail me ( that you're interested. I'll send you a short survey to complete and return.

Please apply asap. Your client is eager and waiting!!

Questions? Don't be shy! Feel free to e-mail me(!

Quick Note: For those who did attend today's meeting, what did you think of the presentation? Boring? Not informative enough? The best presentation you've ever witnessed? Your feedback would be much appreciated ;)

Monday, September 22, 2008

PRSSAround Town

PRSSA members love to explore Boston and Beyond!

This is a new feature that allows us, PRSSA, to show what a vibrant community we have built. Send me ( your PRSSAround Town pictures--that is you anywhere, doing anything exciting and I'll feature you! This goes for you too, Alumni! Going to a farmers market? Talking a walk on the Esplanade? Take us with you!

From PRSSA to the Runway:
Last Thursday, thanks to Shanece Taylor, PRSSA member extraordinaire, Christen Wong, PRSSA Secretary, and I had the opportunity to help the Dre Designs Preview Show at Boston Fashion Week! Thanks Shanece!
After one model went AWOL, I had to step in as back-up model! Me, 5 foot 2, without any runway experience! Anyway, this is your behind the scenes look...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Meet & Greet

(Darren DeLuca, PRSA/PRSSA liaison poses with Laura Schroeder, VP of PR. These two both intern at Allied Advertising. They get to see High School Musical 3: Senior Year before all of us! Ask them how, they'd love to tell you!)

Rachel, PRSSA's Event Coordinator, planned a lovely brunch for us Sunday. E-board members chatted it up with some members and our Academic Advisor, Professor Quigley. For those of you who weren't there, we talked about The Office (does anyone know where I can find the episode Prof. Q was talking about with the press conference?), mouse traps and Project Delta Glam. You can see everyone who attended the event pictured here!

Thanks again for the members who attended! And special thanks to Professor Quigley for coming out on a Sunday!

(L to R: Me!, Becky Steinberg, VP of PR; Rachel Sprung [standing], Events Coordinator, Heather Papsun, PR Advanced Coordinator ; Lauren Papp, beloved member; Emilie O'Toole, Treasurer)

Friday, September 19, 2008

What do you stand for?

(L to R: Alex Karadimas, PRSSA president, Carol Cone, founder of Cone Inc., Casey Brennan, Insights Coordinator at Cone) Carol Cone's presentation yesterday evening was the best I've seen in my 3 years with PRSSA. Best is vague. What I mean here is inspiring and engaging. It's not everyday "The Mother of Cause Marketing" generously passes her wisdom's on to a crowd of communications students. The take home message was: demand more from companies you buy from by asking "What do you stand for?" Technically speaking, her presentation was flawless from the video clips to the attractive slides to the interesting insights. My oral presentation professor would have cried. Worthwhile periodicals Carol mentioned: Good Magazine ( and The Holmes Report ( Check out the Cone Inc. blog ( or the Cone website ( to learn more about cause marketing.

[side note to readers: What did you think of the presentation? Let us know!]

Pictured here are Christen Wong, PRSSA Secretary, and Casey Brennan, Insights Coordinator at Cone.

And here (L to R): Emilie O'Toole, PRSSA Treasurer, Lauren Papp, dedicated and beloved PRSSA member, Heather Papsun, PR Advanced Coordinator, Christen Wong, PRSSA secretary, Casey Brennan, Insights Coordinator at Cone, Alex Karadimas, PRSSA President.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First Speaker of the Semester !

This Thursday, 9/18, at 5 PM in SAR 218, Carol Cone, founder of Cone Inc., will speak to BU PRSSA! Carol is an engaging and inspiring speaker and we encourage you all to attend to learn and ask about her experiences in the field.

Cone is a strategy and communications agency with over 25 years experience building and maintaining trusted relationships between clients and stakeholders.

Their expertise lie within four distinct but interdependent disciplines: Cause Branding SM, Corporate Responsibility, Brand Marketing and Crisis Prevention & Management. These disciplines seamlessly coincide with the dynamic interplay of product, people and values which, in today's world, are essential for building successful, trusted relationships and stakeholder loyalty.

To learn more about Cone Inc., visit

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Weber Shandwick is looking for a fall intern to work specifically on their Ocean Spray account. If you are interested in applying, please e-mail former BU PRSSA president Ashley Cheng:


Where does that $55 go?

$5 goes towards BU PRSSA's social meetings and regional conference (if you're not sure what this or want to get involved e-mail Heather, while PRSSA National claims the remaining $50. This is a lot of money so we'd like to help you, help yourself by keeping you updated on all the member benefits like scholarships and awards! To stay in the know, check PRSSA National Scholarship and Award Opportunities on the side bar (look to the left under Fall 2008 calendar). There is $800 to be won in September alone!

Friday, September 12, 2008

ATTENTION: Fall Internship Opportunity!!!

Gray & Rice Public Relations, a B2B PR agency is looking for a fall intern to work directly with seasoned account managers and their account teams.

The projects will vary, but I can assure you it will be more than just a "typical internship". The Company wants their intern to walk away with a number of pieces for his or her portfolio, including press releases and press clippings. The internship will assist with building media relations skills, and the intern will have his or her own client to work on.

While the internship is unpaid, it's a great way to build a portfolio
and experience for a résumé. The office is located in Government Center and is easily accessible by T.

If you are interested please contact Katie DePorter with your résumé and cover letter. Her contact details are listed below. If you have any questions regarding contacting Katie or want someone to read over your résumé or cover letter feel free to contact an E-Board member at or COM Career Services!!

Good Luck!!

Katie DePorter
Account Manager
Gray & Rice Public Relations
One Washington Mall, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-367-0100 ext. 121
Fax: 617-367-0160

Thank You!

Thank you for all of you who made it to last nights meeting! It was great to speak with a few of you and I know the E-Board is very excited to start of this year!! We look forward to seeing you all next Thursday! Keep checking the blog and your email for updates on Carol Cone, future meetings, PRSSAgency and much more...


Alexandra Karadimas
President; BUPRSSA

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

First Meeting

Don't forget our first meeting will be this Thursday at 5PM in SAR 218!

Monday, September 1, 2008


Alexandra (BUPRSSA President) pictured here at our SPLASH table.

A successful day: dedicated e-board members gave out about 200 Z SQUARE FREE COFFEE CARDS and collected pages of potential member contact info! We're all excited to get the ball rolling and hope to see/meet all of you PR enthusiasts soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Internship Opportunity

Hi Everyone,

I hope you having an amazing summer. I just wanted to let you all know that 360 Public Relations is accepting applications for their Fall Internship Program. Apply!

Thank you,

Monday, May 19, 2008

Hello Summer!!

Hi Everyone!!

I am sure we are all excited to enjoy and relax for the next three months! Again, I wanted to THANK YOU all for a great semester!! The e-board is excited and ready for the Fall! I am sure many of you are doing exciting things this summer and I just wanted to give you some ideas on how to get the most out of your internship or summer jobs!! Here are some thoughts...

- Ask questions!! If you don't feel you are being given enough work or want to know more about your projects don't hesitate to ask! Your eagerness and interest will help you stand out!

- Ask to make copies of all the work you have contributed to. These will come in handy in the Fall when we start putting together our portfolio's. Items like: press releases, significant e-mails, product or service material... anything that you are proud of!!!

- Thank you cards are a great way to leave a lasting impression! You don't need anything fancy either.

- Be sure to keep all the contact information of your employers! After your internship building a long-term relationship is key! You never know when you may need advice or help looking for a job!

Most importantly... ENJOY THE SUMMER!! If you have any questions about ANYTHING feel free to email! We wish you a happy summer!

Best Wishes,

2008 E-Board

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Still Looking for an Internship?? Check out HCFA Web Intern

Hello PRSSAers!

Hope your summers have started off well. If you are still searching for a summer internship, we have a great opportunity that we'd like to announce. If you're interested in tech or web this may be for you! Check out Health Care For All. It's a non-profit that our very own Jean Leu (a past PRSSA president) works at. You'll be able to work along-side one of her fabulous colleagues and help provide support to the Development and Communications Department!

Here's a brief description of the internship position:

Health Care For All, (HCFA) a leading Massachusetts consumer health care advocacy organization, is seeking an intern to support the Development and Communications Department.

The Development and Communications intern will be responsible for supporting the management of Health Care For All’s donor database and website using a content management system, City Soft.

Additional responsibilities include:

• Assist with loading content onto the website
• Manage dead links on the Health Care For All website and related sites as needed
• Data entry
• Managing duplicate contact entries
• Other assignments as required

For more information, go to:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's Time to PaRty!

You've all worked extremely hard this year, and now it's time to celebrate all that you've accomplished! Christen, our social chair, and the social committee, has done a great job helping to coordinate our awesome End of the Year Party!

Finale: Thursday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Join us to celebrate a great year of PRSSAwesomeness at Finale, a renowned restaurant that specializes in delectable desserts! Kim Moore, Director of Branding & Communications will speak with us about her experiences in co-founding one of the most delicious companies in the United States. We also are honored to say that Professor Quigley and many of our past-presidents will be joining us at this event, so it will definitely be a wonderful evening.
As much as we would love to foot the bill for this event, it's a bit out of our budget. If you plan on attending and would like to treat yourself, please expect to spend anywhere from $8-$13. Keep an eye out for an e-vite! We hope you can make it!
Also, if you would like to get involved to help plan this event, please e-mail The more help, the better this party will be!
As usual, if you have any questions, please e-mail

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Congratulations to Our 2008-9 Executive Board!

I'd like to congratulate our newly elected 2008-9 Executive Board! We thank everyone who ran, and wish we could have more e-board positions! All of the candidates were extremely impressive, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that it was very difficult in deciding who to elect. We hope anyone who was not elected will be able to show their PRSSAwesomeness through PRSSAgency, the Advanced Conference, and the other great opportunities we have for all you All-Stars to shine!

2008-9 Executive Board:
President: Alexandra Karadimas
Vice President: Chelsea Alexander
Treasurer: Emily O'Toole
Secretary: Christen Wong
Fall VP of PR: Becky Steinberg
Spring VP of PR: Laura Schroeder
PRSA Liaison: Darren DeLuca
Event Coordinator: Heather Papsun
Social Chair: Rachel Sprung

Again, congratulations! We look forward to a great year!

PRSSAgency News

We will be holding a PRSSAgency meeting Thursday, April 10th; 5 p.m.; GSU Terrace Lounge (2nd floor) to discuss changes and improvements for next year. If you have been involved with PRSSAgency or would like to get involved next year, please stop by and share your two cents.

Relay for Life is coming up this Friday, April 11th! If you can't make it to the event you can still help out by donating to our PRSSAwesome Relay team. Just follow this link to make a donation online:

MLK Jr. Peace Concert featuring Braddigan (formerly Dispatch), Amy Steinberg, Love in Stockholm, Delhill, and The Powers That Be will be happening April 26th; 8 p.m.; GSU Metcalf Ballroom. Have you bought your ticket yet? They're still on sale. Get your ticket and a FREE Peace shirt at the GSU.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

PRSSAgency Success with NEEC account!

Exceeding our expectations, the T-shirt Design Contest produced 22 clever and playfull designs! Now, our team is feverishly planning the Launch Party to reveal the winners. Look out for more details regarding the Launch Party as it will truely be an event you won't want to miss, complete with fashion show, chic finger food and of course, designer sunglasses!

Also, if you're interetsed in modeling in the fashion show contact Laura (

Special shout out to the dedicated members making this possible: Ross Peizer, Laura Schroeder, Lauren Brown, Erica Wolff, Mike DiSalvo, Vickie Han, Darren DeLuca, Colleen Canty, Rachel Levi and Eleanor Englund

Friday, April 4, 2008

E-board Meet and Greet!

While enjoying coffee, bagels and "schmear" at the e-board meet and greet, we played a surprisingly fun and informative ice-breaker. Thanks go out to Christen, Social Chair, for putting the breakfast together, Alex, Treasurer, for home-made muffins and Professor Quigley, Faculty Advisor, for joining us!

Thursday, April 3, 2008



Hope you all got my e-mail about voting to add a new position (Advanced Conference Event Coordinator) and to add new duties to the PRSA/PRSSA Liaison. Again, mea culpa!

Please see below for descriptions. Everything highlighted in red is what you need to vote on. You can post a comment (it will be anonymous) with a simple "Yes" or "No" (or "Yay" or "Nay" if you feel so inclined) to approving the below additions. Or, you can send an e-mail to (obviously not anonymous). Either way, ROCK THE VOTE!

Hope you are all thinking seriously about running for e-board! I know we've got some great talent and bright minds out there!

PRSA Liaison/Professional Outreach Coordinator:
-Be responsible for organizing the Bateman Case Competition-Communicate with other PRSSA chapters to organize regional PRSSA events
-Communicate PRSA events to the general membership and be aware of financial support available to participants
-Be able to attend PRSA Boston events regularly, and recruit members to attend
-Be responsible for networking with PRSA members and securing speakers for meetings
-Provide significant support to the Advanced Conference Event Planning Committee whenever necessary, specifically in:
-Non-BU PRSSA chapter recruitment and participation
-Professional/Speaker recruitment and participation

Advanced Conference Event Coordinator
-Should have previous Advanced Conference Planning Committee Experience
-Work with any fellow event coordinators from outside of BU
-Plan the Advanced Conference
-Manage and oversee all Advanced Conference Planning Committee activities
-Work closely with PRSA Liaison to recruit non-BU PRSSA participants and PRSA Professionals and Speakers

Thanks, guys! See you on Tuesday!

Monday, March 31, 2008

University of Rhode Island event "PRomote Yourself"- April 19, 2008

Hey Everyone!

URI really showed their support for our event this Sunday by sending more than 10 participants to Boston, so if you can, please show our support for their event! Please e-mail if you're interested in going, and we'll try to gather a carpool of some sort to get there.

It looks like they've planned a great and enlightening afternoon, as well as a great opportunity to support a very good cause- The Rhode Island Food Bank! Below please see complete details.

The University of Rhode Island’s Public Relations Society Presents: “PRomote Yourself”
Professional Networking and Valuable Life Skills Mini-Conference Event
Saturday April 19, 2008, 1:30-5:00 pm

Galanti Lounge, located on the 3rd floor of the URI Library

Come enjoy a unique pre-professional opportunity on the URI campus including informational speakers, networking, refreshments and prize giveaways!

Keynote Speakers
“Cultivating your Inner Rockstar – Building a Brand Called YOU!” Gail Lowney Alofsin, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Newport Harbor Corporation

“A Candid Conversation About Your Career”
Vincent P. Burks, Senior Assistant Vice President, Amica Insurance

“Comments from a URI Public Relations Graduate”
Nina Goselin, URI alumni and former PRS member

*Additionally, a variety of industry professionals will be in attendance and participating throughout the event *
Please $3 at the door or donation of 3 non-perishable food items to be donated to the Rhode Island Food Bank

RSVP required. Please email no later than Wednesday April 9th to secure a spot for yourself or a group!
- Limited Space Available -

Sunday, March 30, 2008

This is not a dictatorship.

Voting on Positions and Descriptions- April 1

We will be voting on the addition(s) of certain duties for the PRSA Liaison, as well as a new position: Advanced Conference Event Coordinator. Below are the proposed descriptions. The red highlighted texts are on what we will be voting. Please come to the meeting prepared to cast your vote!

PRSA Liaison/Professional Outreach Coordinator:
-Be responsible for organizing the Bateman Case Competition
-Communicate with other PRSSA chapters to organize regional PRSSA events
-Communicate PRSA events to the general membership and be aware of financial support available to participants
-Be able to attend PRSA Boston events regularly, and recruit members to attend
-Be responsible for networking with PRSA members and securing speakers for meetings
-Provide signicant support to the Advanced Conference Event Planning Committee whenever necessary, specifically in:
-Non-BU PRSSA chapter recruitment and participation
-Professional/Speaker recruitment and participation

Advanced Conference Event Coordinator
-Work with any fellow event coordinators from outside of BU
-Plan the Advanced Conference
-Manage and oversee all Advanced Conference Planning Committee activities
-Work closely with PRSA Liaison to recruit non-BU PRSSA participants and PRSA Professionals and Speakers

Elections- April 8

If you plan on running for the 2008-9 Executive Board, please be sure to carefully read the information below. PLEASE PREPARE A BRIEF (1-2 MINUTE) SPEECH stating why you deserve to be elected. Any academic, professional, or extracurricular credentials are helpful. Also, please be sure to let everyone know if you have been involved with any PRSSA activities, and what you have done. PLEASE NOTE: The addition of the proposed PRSA Liaison duties and the additional Event Coordinator position will be decided on April 1.
The Duties and Obligations of
Boston University’s PRSSA Executive Board Members:

Dear Candidate,

Thank you very much for your interest in running for the 2008-9 Executive Board! The E-board works as a tight-knit team to give each and every PRSSA member the best experience possible. Although each e-board member has his or her respective duties to perform, everyone should provide support to the other members and help wherever and whenever necessary. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

You can certainly run for more than one position, but you must start with the highest position and drop down should you not get elected to your desired position. For example, if you desire to run for president and are not elected, you may drop down and then run for vice president. We will announce the winners after each of the position elections, and will vote in the order of the positions below.

Please note that you must notify us if you plan to study abroad or graduate early during the year you wish to serve. Please try to find someone to run with to take your position when you are gone. (For example, if you plan to study abroad in the fall, you should try to find someone who will serve the same position in the fall, and who maybe will be studying in the spring or graduating early.)

Elections will be held during one of our regular meetings on April 8. Please e-mail by Monday, April 7, by 5 p.m. and state your name, your full name, graduation date, the position for which you'd like to run, if you are running with someone else, and if so, which semester each of you will be in office. Please prepare a brief (1-2 minute) speech explaining why you deserve to be in office.

Good Luck!

Must be a former board member to apply
Serves as the principal administrative office and coordinator of the Executive Board
Must develop and implement a strategic plan for the chapter, building on the plans created by previous boards
Advise and instruct members on the policies and procedures of the society
Organize agenda and preside over meetings
Delegate responsibilities of officers and committees, and overall operations of chapter
Maintain communication with the chapter on a weekly basis
Be dedicated to serving the needs of the members and the preservation and success of the chapter as a whole

Executive Vice President:
Be responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing chapter programming, including: monthly professional themed programs for members, social events, awards ceremonies, end of year parties, networking events, etc.
Organize monthly agency tours within Boston (and New York, if possible)
Be informed of, disseminate information about, and encourage participation in National and Regional Events
Must assist the president in coordinating and directing committee activities and chapter operations and perform duties of chapter president if president is absent
Work with the VP of Public Relations to publicize chapter events
Identify and fulfill programming needs of general membership

Be responsible for recording of minutes at all executive board meetings, general membership meetings and handle the appropriate distribution of these minutes
Check the BUPRSSA email account daily and respond to general membership questions
Maintain a record of chapter members, including a permanent home address and school address of each member
Be responsible for writing and sending out Thank Y Oli notes to speakers
Be responsible for preparing and presenting framed Thank You certificates to speakers
Responsible for updating and maintaining chapter collateral materials

Vice President of Finances (Treasurer):
Collect chapter and national dues and forward national dues to PRSSA headquarters
Provide financial reports periodically to chapter membership .
Nark with the chapter president in preparing the annual budget and be responsible for approving allocation of resources
Be responsible for obtaining purchase orders through SAO
Be responsible for identifying fundraising needs, as well as developing and implementing fundraising programs

Vice President of Public Relations:
Be responsible for maintaining internal and external public relations
Organize and implement bi-annual membership recruitment, using slide presentations, brochures, fliers or other appropriate aids
Announce and publicize programs and special events and activities
Act as the coordinator of PRSSAgency, develop a mission for the student run firm and plan for its growth
Act as the contact person for clients and account managers
Be responsible for any media relations relating to the chapter

PRSA Liason/Professional Outreach Coordinator:
Be responsible for organizing the Bateman Case Competition
Communicate with other PRSSA chapters to organize regional PRSSA events
Communicate PRSA events to the general membership and be aware of financial support available to participants
Be able to attend PRSA Boston events regularly, and recruit members to attend
Be responsible for networking with PRSA members and securing speakers for meetings
Provide signicant support to the Advanced Conference Event Planning Committee whenever necessary, specifically in:
Non-BU PRSSA chapter recruitment and participation
Professional/Speaker recruitment and participation

Maintain BU PRSSA’s website and regularly post minutes
Oversee and coordinate newsletter staff and act as the Senior Editor of Proper-Ganda
Create, assign and edit articles for Proper-Ganda

Social Chair:
Recruit a social committee where necessary
Lead the committee to plan the Holiday and End-of- Year parties, and any other appropriate social meetings or events.

Advanced Conference Event Coordinator
Work with any fellow event coordinators from outside of BU
Plan the Advanced Conference
Manage and oversee all Advanced Conference Planning Committee activities
Work closely with PRSA Liaison to recruit non-BU PRSSA participants and PRSA Professionals and Speakers