June 10-June 12
The PRSSA leadership Rally was designed to provide leaders of perspective chapters with tools to achieve their goals. More importantly it gave the opportunity to voice concerns and issues that may occurring with the PRSSA chapter that perhaps others are facing as well. As one of the speakers put it “Some leaders are born naturally. Some require artificial insemination.”-Kristen Jarnagin If anything, the goal was to understand that we are each others support system and are job is to lead our team to success not just manage it. After all managers do things right, but leaders do the right thing.
Our chapter's own Luz Peña (left) in Arizona
The 2011-2012 FlU PRSSA Executive Board
Miami, Fla. – On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 the executive board of Florida International University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosted a mixer with PR graduate students, members of PRSA Miami and fellow chapter members at Miami’s Cafeina Wynwood Lounge. While seizing the opportunity to network with local PR professionals, the board raised money in efforts to contribute to National Conference expenses.
Over 30 students, professors and professionals gathered to the lounge on a typical Thursday afternoon after work and school to enjoy happy hour specials and upbeat background music. While taking a break from week’s hustle and bustle, students gained useful tips from PR pros, exchanged twitter handles and developed relationships all while collecting contributions for National Conference. Even previous chapter presidents, now professionals, joined in on the fun. “It was great to hear from previous PRSSA members who are now successful professionals, it was like seeing ourselves in the future,” says the chapter’s president, Gretel Perez.
Recognizing the critical role that networking plays in the industry, the board believes that sometimes, it is best to build professional relationships in laid back environments as an alternative to the usual work and business driven atmosphere that often comes with a room filled with people in the same profession. The board collected over $200 in donations and aims on having another mixer later in the year.