Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

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Prior Lake, MN. Major: Public Relations

This organization is a student affiliation of the professional PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) and is sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of PRSA.

Students are encouraged to join as early in their academic career as possible in order to maximize their experiences.

PRSSA members have the opportunity to experience many different events:

  • Attend national conferences in the fall
  • Participate in Pro-Am Day (see below)
  • Listen to speakers and professionals from the field
  • Tour various types of PR offices
  • Enjoy many social activities
  • Participate in the annual Bateman Case Competition
  • Compete in the Minnesota PRSA Annual Classic Awards (see below)

2010 PRSSA E-Board

PRSSA E-board, from left to right, Ashley Beattie, Danielle Peirce, Laura Bebo, Camille Senum, MaryEllen Columbus, Rachel Jahr, Maddy Vaith, Nicole Lemmer and Keegan Shoutz.

Membership in PRSSA allows graduates to join PRSA right after college as associate members.

Leadership skills and terrific networking opportunities are available, as well as participating in a number of promotional and service projects that look great on a resume.

Join us! Our meeting time is 12 p.m. Wednesday in Stewart Hall.


Location: 17 Stewart Hall
Phone: (320) 308-4876
Adviser: Lisa Heinrich, APR

2008-2009 PRSSA

Pro-Am Day

Professional-Amateur (Pro-Am) Day is an annual mentoring event sponsored by the Minnesota PRSA that provides an opportunity for professionals from corporate, agency and nonprofit sectors to share a typical workday with students from affiliated Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters.


Minnesota PRSA Anuual Classic Comptetition

Student Classics Elements awards recognize outstanding individual components or tactics of programs or campaigns that incorporate sound planning, execution and evaluation. Students may enter Student Classics Elements in five categories.

The 2007 finalist was St. Cloud State senior Dayna Sudheimer who competed with her public relations campaign created for the Alnwick, England study abroad program through the Center for International Studies. The project was an integrated campaign outlining strategies, tactics, resources needed, audience, budget and timeline to successfully increase audience awareness and understanding of the program.

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