Journalism and Public Relations Majors Attend PRSSA National Assembly

Posted on 4/5/2018 11:34:25 AM

Kirsten Schlorff and Lily WhorlTwo junior Journalism and Public Relations Department majors represented IUP Public Relations Student Society of America March 8–11 at the National Assembly in Miami.

IUP PRSSA Vice President Kirsten Schlorff and active member Lily Whorl recently traveled to the PRSSA National Assembly, hosted at the Hyatt Regency Miami. 

Schlorff was selected as IUP PRSSA’s voting delegate for the National Assembly, and she voted during all the national committee officer elections that occurred March 10. Prior to voting in the elections, Schlorff attended multiple leadership and fundraising sessions hosted for chapter presidents and vice presidents.

Delegates from more than 200 university chapters nationwide voted on bylaws, made decisions about the society’s future, and elected new national committee candidates who vowed to use their positions to better the Society and upcoming public relations professionals.

The 2018 PRSSA National Assembly provided a great weekend of leadership and passion within the pre-professional public relations industry.

“The National Assembly was an amazing experience that reassured me I picked the right major,” Whorl said.

“In the first leadership session, I learned so much useful information about recruitment, retention, and fundraising that I plan to apply to our chapter here at IUP,” Schlorff said.

Both Schlorff and Whorl learned about the psychology behind various leadership styles in a later session, and discussed with group members how to determine what types of leaders you need to build and maintain a strong PRSSA chapter.

Schlorff currently serves as vice president of IUP PRSSA and will take over as president in the fall before she graduates in December.

“Being involved in PRSSA has helped me to grow professionally, and I feel truly honored to have served as our chapter’s delegate this year,” Schlorff said.

Recognition of students and participation in national activities helps establish a national presence for the small but outstanding IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department. This is the first time in years that IUP could send a delegate to nationally represent its chapter. Michele Papakie, IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department chairwoman, serves as the faculty adviser for PRSSA.

PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communication. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America, PRSSA is comprised of more than 10,000 student members and advisers organized into more than 350 college and university chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru. More information about the 2018 PRSSA National Assembly can be obtained at the PRSSA website.