Monday, October 30, 2006

Upcoming Events

Hello PRSSAers.... Here is what's coming up for all you journalists and strategic communicators.

Nov. 1: Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “What It Takes: The Way to the White House,” a book about the 1988 presidential election and the character of presidential candidates, 7:30 p.m., Dole Institute of Politics.

Nov. 9: Edward Humes, author of “Over Here, the GI Bill,” and a Pulitzer Prize winner, will discuss the sweeping impact of the GI Bill, 7:30 p.m., Dole Institute.

Nov. 16: The Internship Fair, sponsored by University Career Center, will take place on Thursday, November 16 in the Relays and Courtside Rooms of the Burge Union. The fair begins at 3:30 pm with an Intern Panel. The panel consists of a small group of students who will share past internship experiences and participate in a Q&A session. The actual informational fair (students meet with employers) runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Students are expected to wear professional dress and bring a resume. A current list of attending employers and organizations can be found at:

If anyone else knows any interesting events happening around campus, please feel free to post. Hope to see everyone tonight!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Former ESPN Rep will speak on MONDAY

Online Sports Marketing/ PR for ESPN
Former ESPN Rep. will speak
MONDAY Oct. 30th, 2006
*the meeting is on Monday because Halloween is on Tuesday!
7p.m. (J-Comms at 6:15p.m.)
Resource/Reading Room - 210 Stauffer Flint

Monday, October 23, 2006

PRSSA Minutes

The following PRSSA minutes were taken at the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 in the reading room of Stauffer-Flint. The topic was non-profit public relations organizations. For our guest speaker, we brought in Peggy Wallert and her assistant Erin Roberts from Cottonwood, Inc. here in Lawrence. Peggy Wallert has been the Director of Community Relations/Development since 1999. Wallert is the chief spokesperson for the agency and works closely with the media and members of the community, as well as deals with crisis communication situations. Wallert also oversees all fundraising events and directs the Cottonwood Foundation. She is from Salina, KS and received her Master's in Special Education from KU in 2001. Erin Roberts is a recent KU School of Journalism graduate and serves as Peggy's assistant.
Peggy and Erin discussed the purpose of Cottonwood, Inc. and described the various assistance and services they provide to individuals with physical disabilities in the surrounding Douglas and Jefferson counties. She also explained the purpose of the Cottonwood Foundation and the two big fundraisers that Cottonwood holds annually.
It was a very informational meeting and we are so thankful that both Peggy and Erin took the time out of their busy schedules to speak to our organization! Our next PRSSA meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 30th. The location will be announced at a later date. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Mentors and Pizza

Journalism students-
Please join us at one of the upcoming Mentoring And Pizza “MAP” sessions on Tuesday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 25, from 5-7 p.m. in the Journalism Resource Center (2nd floor of Stauffer-Flint).

The events are informal. JUST STOP BY ANY TIME either night to chat with your faculty mentors and other journalism professors about electives, study abroad and your career path options. Don't miss this excellent opportunity for one-on-one faculty mentoring.


All journalism students are assigned a faculty mentor. If you have forgotten your mentor's name, check your admission letter or stop by the Advising and Records Office in 201 Stauffer-Flint. Your mentors will e-mail you soon. You can also contact them directly to set up an appointment.
See you there!
- Jennifer Kinnard
Communications Coordinator KU School of Journalism

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

2006 Internship Fair

The University Career Center is hosting the 2006 Internship Fair on Thursday, November 16th from 3:30-6:30 pm. The event will be held in the Burge Union. The Internship Fair provides a chance for you to meet with local and national company representatives to learn about what opportunities and internships are available. Students should bring copies of your resume and dress in business attire. The event is open to students of all disciplines who are interested in gaining work experiences in a desired field of study.
The event begins with an Intern Panel Discussion from 3:30-4:30 pm. During this time you can listen to previous and current interns speak about making the most of an internship experience. At the end of the discussion there will be time for a question and answer session.
The Internship Fair will run from 4:30-6:30 pm. Students will meet with representatives from various organizations at this time.

A list of participating companies can be found on the UCC website ( under Career Fairs by choosing the Internship Fair link.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Greetings Strategic Communications Students,Here are two upcoming events you'll want to attend.

1. Ad Club Career Day is Friday, November 10
The Ad Club is now accepting registrations for Career Day 2006. This day-long event is geared to college students studying advertising, marketing, public relations, design, and other related fields and is also open to faculty. Student participants will select from 17 session topics to learn what professionals in each field really do in their careers and how to prepare for such jobs. The day includes an offering of light breakfast selections and a full lunch.

When: Friday, November 10; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (optional portfolio review immediately following.)
Where: Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Student Registration: $30 (includes lunch). Registration deadline is November 1st. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after November 8. Register online at If you have questions, call 816.822.0300 or e-mail Rachel Hack at

2. Public Relations Society of America Career Day is Friday, November 3
Get a Real World Glimpse at Public Relations in Kansas City. Make plans now to join the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for a real-world look at public relations in the Kansas City market.What: “The Ticket to your Future” – Full Admission to Learn and Prepare for a Successful Public Relations Career
When: Friday, November 3, 2006 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Kansas City Public Library – Central (downtown) 14 West 10th Street Kansas City, Mo.
Why: Learn the skills you need to get your first public relations job, gain insights from top Kansas City media contacts and PR professionals, and be the first to know about local internships and job opportunities!

The day includes: * Networking, networking, networking * Internship Fair * Resume review * “Day in the Life” panel * An inspiring keynote speaker * Hands-on workshop on how to write media pitches, news releases, Web site content and corporate newsletters under the mentorship of seasoned PR pros * Writing Contest (contact Patty Noland for details; due by Oct. 23 *Announcement of the GKC PRSA Writing Contest winner (who will receive a two-week internship)

Cost: $40 (includes lunch) Questions? Contact Renee Robinson at (816) 460-3027 or e-mail

Ad Club Panel Descriptions 2006.doc:

PRSA.Writing Contest info.pdf:

PRSA Career Day.pdf:

Ad Club Career Day Reg Form 2006.doc:

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Lee Denim Day Speakers

Hello everyone. Friday, October 6th marks the 11th annual Lee National Denim Day. Jayhawk Communications is culminating our campaign by invited three breast cancer survivors to speak to the public and KU students. The speakers will include Donna Neuner, facilitator of the Lawrence Breast Cancer Action support group, Julie Cowdin, a breast cancer survivor committed to raising awareness, and Kathy Guth, an advanced nurse practitioner at Watkins Health Center.

These three women are volunteering their time to educate KU students about their experiences surviving breast cancer and the dangers that breast cancer poses. I encourage everyone, officers and members, to attend this event and show your support for breast cancer research and awareness.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hallmark Information Night

Interested in a marketing internship at Hallmark? (Summer 2007)

Do you meet the following qualifications?
-Graduating in December 2007 or May 2008
-GPA of 3.0 or higher
-Interested in a career in marketing
-Proven leadership ability
-Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills

Come meet the Hallmark recruiting team and learn more about this opportunity!
When: Thursday, October 5
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Where: Relays Room (third floor of The Burge Union)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Hey all. Just a reminder that Breast Cancer Awareness Week begins today. Be sure to stop by the booths at Stauffer-Flint or Mrs. E's to get more information about cancer, how you can help and what's going on at KU this week to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Also, make a donation in honor/memory of someone struggling with breast cancer. Don't forget about the speakers in Woodruff Auditorium on Friday night, which is Lee Denim Day. Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I want to address one of the biggest public relations campaigns that is going on word wide daily: global warming. Everybody knows it is a problem considering the amount of pollution and destruction our standard of living constitutes, especially in America. What is being done in this department? Not enough is the obvious answer, although 28 states are currently taking action to help fight global warming.

I’m happy to see that the number of opportunities to educate people on global warming has increased lately. I see fliers around Lawrence, a commercial every so often. There is even an online E-mail system you can sign up for that sends out regular global warming updates and tips on what we can do to help. The e-mails make suggestions from simply turning off lights and electronics when not in use, to switching out just one light bulb to a more environmental friendly quality. My favorite statistic is “if every household replaced just three 60-watt incandescent bulbs with better bulbs, it would be equivalent to taking 3.5 million cars off the road!”

It’s good to see that public relation efforts can spread the word, even when it’s not necessarily for monetary gain. Luckily we live in a country where making changes that matter is an option.

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