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Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA—formerly Lasting Impressions)

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania’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 24 chapters in Pennsylvania.

Message from President Kristen Gilmartin

"I’m extremely excited to begin turning PRSSA into the powerful organization I know we can be. During my time as PRSSA President, I aim to encourage and assist in building relationships between our students and professionals in the PR world. I have the utmost confidence in our organization, and hope that, through successful promotion of PRSSA accounts, our members will be able to walk away with a lasting knowledge of public relations. Through PRSSA, I hope our members will attain an extra boost in starting a career in this competitive market."


  • Kristen Gilmartin, President
    Senior, Journalism and Communications Media Major
  • Alison Scrudato, Vice President
    Senior, Journalism Major
  • Katie Caffrey, Treasurer
    Junior, Communications Media Major, Business Administration Minor
  • Jennifer Bergey, Secretary
    Senior, Journalism Major
  • Anastasia Gaines, Historian
    Junior, Communications Media Major, Journalism Minor
  • Micah Alexander, Social Chair
    Senior, English/Pre-Law Major, Spanish and Philosophy Minors
  • Joe Boyer, PR Chair
    Sophomore, Business Marketing Major

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 PRSSA 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.


General meetings are held biweekly at 8 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building, Allegheny Room:

  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 11
  • April 15
  • April 29

Present Clients:


Service Learning

Stapleton Library

IUP Relay for Life

Colleges Against Cancer

Only Love

Past Clients

APSCUF Faculty Union

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Business and Professional Women

Four Footed Friends Animal Shelter

Indiana Business Women

Indiana Parks and Recreation

IUP Career Development Center

IUP Geography Department

United Way




  • Journalism Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 434
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4411
  • Fax: 724-357-7845
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.