Coat Drive Held For Philanthropy

For the upcoming winter, ESU PRSSA decided to generate a coat drive. We had collected over 30 winter coats. We reached out to our own philanthropy, The United Way of Monroe County, to help us find the best place to donate our coats. The decision was made on the great cause that ECHO supports.

ECHO is a thrift store located on Ann street in East Stroudsburg. They sell clothing and accessories. The sales from the ECHO store supports Women’s Resources of Monroe County. The coats were delivered on Friday and they were thrilled to take all of them for their cause. 


PRSSA Involvement Helps Land Internship with MTV

By Avery Gardner

On November 1st, I got the opportunity to have an interview for an internship with MTV 360. The department is responsible the logistical aspects of some of MTV, MTV2, and mtvU’s biggest award shows and special events. An intern will help the department heads find freelancers, solidify contracts, develop sponsorships, help with event scheduling, gather creative elements, and host launch parties. All of that sounds exciting. However, the question remained, how could I prove that I was ready to take on all of those responsibilities?

The interview began with standard questions. “Tell me about yourself.” “What are your weaknesses?” Then, my interviewer wanted to see how my experiences applied to the internship position. Luckily, I listed PRSSA under my “Entertainment Management Experience” with several bullet points, instead of just listing it as an activity. This allowed the interviewer to ask about each bullet point and it gave me the opportunity to elaborate. He was really impressed with the positive relationship that our chapter has built with university’s PR staff and the events that we coordinated. I also shared my portfolio with him, which displayed pictures from our ESU PRSSA website so that he could actually see some of our chapter’s accomplishments. 

After that, the interview flowed like a friendly conversation. I was told would hear back sometime before next semester. That evening, I followed up with a “thank-you” e-mail that showed how much I really wanted the position and that I was grateful for the experience. Two weeks later, I found out that after interviewing other candidates, my interviewer chose me for the position.

The interview was a great experience because it reinforced what our professors and our advisors always tell us – GET INVOLVED! Not once did I discuss my grades or classes during the interview. Although a high GPA is required for acceptance, MTV really wanted to see that I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom to real life. With classes, work, and a social life, extracurricular activities can become a nuisance.  Nonetheless, hang in there. PRSSA and my other extracurricular activities were the main topics discussed during my interview, and it ultimately got me a dream internship!


PRSSA Attends Student Senate Workshop

On Wednesday September 26th at 7:00 in the Student Union, Student Senate held a workshop for all student organization executive board meetings.  The Public Relations Student Society of American had two representatives participate in this workshop, Karianna Simpkins, Treasurer and Sean Ann Kelly, President for the 2012-13 year.

In the presidents meeting there were representatives from about 35 student organizations sitting in Senate Chambers.  Each president was presented a worksheet to fill out that would help guide discussion.  Questions on the worksheet included questions about why each person ran for president, asked them to describe what kind of president they are, and asked what each president wants their legacy to be. The meeting was run by Student Senate President Lauren Zirkelback.

In this meeting each of the three questions was open to discussion and all organizations had the opportunity to share positive and negative aspects of their membership.  Situations such as gaining members, receiving dues, and keeping members interested were topics that were highlighted.  Representatives from the Criminal Justice Club, the Art Club and the Rugby team expressed that their organizations are doing quite well with their new executive boards. However, the Gaming Club talked about their recent difficulties with membership.  This open forum allowed each president to ask questions and interact with each other and offer some advice on how to improve organization flow.

With 30 members this semester, PRSSA was very well represented and this workshop has helped to improve the organization of meetings as well as assigning responsibility to others throughout the organization.  Student Senate’s workshop worked in favor of PRSSA considering this national organization is new to East Stroudsburg University.  The knowledge gained from other students was very beneficial to our new group and hopefully the input that our members have shared will benefit other organizations.  PRSSA will continue to participate in workshops like this well into the future.