About PRSSA National and the Illinois State University Chapter

"Advancing the Profession and the Future Professional"

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. We seek to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. We advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession. PRSSA is made up of more than 11,00 students and advisers organized into 300 plus Chapters in the United States and one in Argentina (About PRSSA).

The Illinois State University Chapter of PRSSA was founded on Feb. 5, 1979. Currently, we have more than 100 active members from a variety of majors. Our Chapter provides countless professional development opportunities to members through workshops, speakers, agency tours, PRSA Chapter dinners, National and Regional Conferences and more. Students can gain relevant experience in one of our three committees. PRogressive Image (PRi) is an entirely student-run firm serving real-world clients. Relations produces all Chapter publications: our blog, Alumni Newsletter and PRemier Newsletter. Finally, the Development Committee is responsible for fundraising for the Chapter as well as planning all socials.


Chapter Management and Documents

Recent Awards

  • March 2014 Pacesetter Award for #MarchBrandness event
  • 2014 Star Chapter Award
  • 2013 Star Chapter Award
  • 2012 National Conference Chapter Development Session presenters
  • 2012 Star Chapter Award
  • 2012 Bateman Competition Honorable Mention
  • 2012 Good to Go Commuter Challenge winner
  • 2012 RSO Faculty Advisor of the Year Award
  • 2011 Star Chapter Award
  • 2011 Good to Go Commuter Challenge winner
  • 2011 February FUNdraising Bowl winner
  • 2010 Civic Engagement Award
  • 2009 Star Chapter Award
  • 2007 Top Honors, National Ethics Advocacy Award
  • 2006-07 Teahan Outstanding Community/ University Services Award
  • 2006 and 2007 Ethics Advocacy Champion Bell
  • 2006 Bateman Competition Award, 5th Place
  • 2006 Top Honors, National Ethics Advocacy Award
  • 2005 Bateman Competition Award, 3rd Place
  • 2001 Registered Student Organization Outstanding Program of the Year
  • 1991-1992 Midwest District Outstanding Newsletter
  • 1990 Midwest District Chapter Newsletter
  • 1990 Midwest District Outstanding Chapter Fundraiser
  • 1st National Betsy Plank Ethics Medal

What are our members saying about us?

  • "The meetings and workshops are good and informative."
  • "The Executive Board makes the members feel welcomed."
  •  "The tours are a great learning/ networking experience."
  •  "They are involved with the ISU campus."
  •  "The Executive Board looks and acts professional, they seem to have extensive knowledge of the Public Relations Industry."
  •  "It is a great experience."
  •  "It is a great stepping stone to future careers."
  •  "The Executive Board follows through with everything they talk about during the meetings."
  •  "It offers many great opportunities to be successful."
  •  "It provides many internship opportunities and chances to network with people."

Member of the Month

  • November/December 2014: Melissa Guerra
  • October 2014: Melissa Guerra
  • September 2014: Ali Geary
  • April/May 2014: Lauren Vahldick
  • March 2014: Lily Sherer
  • February 2014: Analita Voss
  • January 2014: Ali Seys
  • November 2013: Kimi Sanden
  • September/October 2013: Cindy Kirchner
  • March 2013: Emma Newman
  • February 2013: Laura Dienslake
  • January 2013: Lindsey Probst
  • November 2012: Phillip Kawabata
  • October 2012: Brittany Tepper
  • September 2012: Heather Van Buskirk
  • April 2012: Kelsey Carey
  • March 2012: Kyle Slamans
  • February 2012: Kim Nowlan
  • January 2012: Bruce Kennedy
  • November 2011: Allyson Corona
  • October 2011: Genevieve Prendergast
  • September 2011: Hailey Lanier
  • March 2011:Hailey Lanier
  • January/ February 2011: Kaitie Ries