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Journalism Department’s Student-Run Public Relations Agency, Lasting Impressions, Officially Recognized as PRSSA Chapter


The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Journalism Department’s student-run public relations agency, Lasting Impressions, received big news at the end of last semester. It was officially recognized as a chapter of the national organization Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Many thanks to the tireless Kaitlyn Johnston ’09, whose persistence with this project finally paid off! Her executive staff should also be proud of its accomplishment: Katie Morgan, Jake Kocan, Barry Wade, Justin Placer, Nicole Blessing, and Graham Tripp.

PRSSA was founded in 1968 as an organization that would cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. Today, PRSSA has more than 9,600 members in 284 universities across the country. PRSSA IUP is one of twenty-four chapters in Pennsylvania.

Congratulations and good luck to the inaugural executive board of PRSSA IUP (the agency formerly known as Lasting Impressions): President Nicole Blessing, Vice President Michele Luebbers, PR Director Tiffany Fasig, Secretary Emily Eberhart, Social Chairman Steven Hall, Treasurer Laura Kale, and Historian Barry Wade.

The student society aims to foster the following:

  • Understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession
  • Appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles
  • Awareness of an appropriate professional attitude
  • Appreciation of associate membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership

PRSSA’s Mission:

  • To serve our members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities;
  • To serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.
  • Journalism and Public Relations Department
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 404
    981 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4411
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.