Two 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.
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
The 2018 PRSSA
National Assembly provided a great weekend of leadership and passion within the
pre-professional public relations industry.
Assembly was an amazing experience that reassured me I picked the right major,”
“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
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.
currently serves as vice president of IUP PRSSA and will take over as
president in the fall before she graduates in December.
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.
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
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.