1. Our members. We had a record number of members this year – 312 – and almost all are active participants. More than 2/3 of our members are on a Creative Consultants team (our student-run PR firm) and about 1/2 are on a committee.
2. Our executive board. I’m a bit partial, but the 2009-2010 E-board was absolutely phenomenal. We all loved each other and worked together to make our organization as great as it is (that’s why we won all the awards). The new E-board is going to be great as well, but they certainly have big shoes to fill. Thanks Debbie, Erica, Caroline, Lizzy, Amanda, Katie H., Katie P. and Rebecca. It has been a great year and I am proud to have served with each of you.
3. The Opportunities. When you say you’re a Grady grad and a member of the UGA Drewry Chapter of PRSSA, people know you’re well-prepared to become a leader in PR. We have the best professors, amazing mentors and great leaders to look up to. Several organizations only accept Grady grads which is a testament to the great education we get at Grady.
4. Dr. Jones. For those who know her, I don’t need to say anymore. She is the most amazing adviser anyone could ever ask for. She has opened her heart and home to us and encouraged us to succeed. She is there to give professional advice as well as personal and she has helped several of us through tough times. I cannot thank you enough Dr. Jones. You will always have a place in my heart.
5. Creative Consultants (CC), our on-campus, not-for-profit, student-run PR firm. CC gives our members the opportunity to gain first-hand experience while helping small businesses and non-profits in our community.
6. PRofessional Connection and PR Workout. These are two events we hold each year that are a huge asset to members of our chapter. PRofessional Connection brings professionals in the field of PR to our campus for a day-long event with workshops, networking and resume critiques. PR Workout allows us to give back to UGA and teach other student organizations how to effectively use PR strategies to improve their organization.
7. Our 2010 Bateman team! Another plug because I am a member, BUT we really are great! We competed against 68 universities to create a public relations campaign for the 2010 U.S. Census and were chosen in the top three. We are now headed for Washington D.C. in May to compete for the top spot.
8. The members (again). Our members are some of the brightest and most dedicated PR majors in America. Our members have published primary research as undergrads, won countless scholarships and awards, received amazing internships and landed dream jobs.
9. The Washington, D.C. Agency Tour. Each year, Dr. Jones and PR faculty members (including the dean of Grady College) take a group of PRSSA members to D.C. where we get to visit agencies and shadow a professional for a day. This has been one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever had because I was able to see daily life in a PR agency and I made amazing connections with leaders in the field. This year we have also added a New York City Agency Tour for the fall!
10. Our chapter leadership. We won UGA Organization of the year for 2009-2010 AND we won UGA Best Event for PRofessional Connection.
11. The Mentoring Committee. Okay, I know I said 10 but I wanted to mention the mentoring program for our PRSSA chapter as well. It is wonderful when you are a freshman or a sophomore to have an older student help you succeed. These contacts can be the people who will help you land a job, teach you the secrets of Grady College and support you as you follow your dreams.
In case you didn’t get it yet, I love PRSSA and I am very sad to leave – even if I have another semester! Thank you again to the 2009-2010 E-board and good luck to the incoming leaders.