Tuesday, November 14, 2006

PRSSA Minutes from Nov. 14, 2006

Hi everyone!
Tonight the PRSSA meeting featured Josh Dysart as the guest speaker. Dysart is the Director of Communications at VML, an interactive marketing company in Kansas City, MO. Founded in 1992, VML is now considered one of the world's leading marketing technology companies with more than 500 employees working all over the world. In 2005, VML placed in the top 50 interactive agencies in the world by Adweek. It was also recognized in 2005 as a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave. VML has received numerous other prestious awards and nominations. Dysart is a 2003 KU graduate from The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at KU, Dysart was Promotions Director of Rock Chalk Revue, he interned at Sprint the summer before his senior year, after graduation he worked as an intern at Callahan Creek and then worked in the PR department at GlynnDevins Senior Living facility for a year and a half. Now at VML, Dysart does marketing for the company as well as representing VML in the best way that he can. He does a lot of online marketing for clients such as Burger King, Colgate, Sprint, Sears, AMC Theatres and many more. Dysart gave PRSSA members information about what it was like working for VML, as well as offering beneficial advice to all.

For those of you who did not know, the officers of PRSSA just returned tonight before the meeting, from a National PRSSA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the conference, we attended numerous sessions that featured public relations professionals from prestigious PR firms all over the country, many, with branches in countries from all over the world. We've gained a lot of insight from these speakers and the conference, as a whole. We have a lot of great ideas for PRSSA and can't wait to share them with all of you! We can assure you that next semester, PRSSA will offer many more opportunities for member interaction and we will continue to grow as an outstanding, and highly recognized organization on this campus. If any of you have any questions about PRSSA or any suggestions as to what you would like to see PRSSA do differently, please feel free to email me at Joniann@ku.edu. I would appreciate any feedback!
Thanks everybody and have a great week!
Joni Hammer

Monday, November 13, 2006


Tuesday November 14, 2006
Integrated Advertising / PR
7 p.m. (j-comms at 6:30)
2092 DOLE
Josh Dysart from VML

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

PRSSA minutes from Oct. 30, 2006

Hello everyone!
At our last meeting on Monday, Oct. 30th, we had a very informational and well-rounded speaker share his journalism experience with us. Art Menke, from Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the Great Plains area, spoke to PRSSA members about his journalism experience, working as the public relations manager for a top law firm, and offered us a little advice of his own. Mr. Menke has written for several magazines, he organized a successful high school sports web site for ESPN, he has received numerous awards for the magazine that he launched for a non-profit company and he worked for another very prestigious law firm in Chicago as their public relations manager before moving to New York to work for Shook, Hardy & Bacon. He just recently was transferred to their Overland Park branch. Mr. Menke graduated from the University of Iowa and majored in Theater. Shook, Hardy & Bacon is one of the biggest defenders of tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, so this can make his job as public relations manager a little interesting at times. We would like to thank Mr. Menke immensely for coming to KU to speak to PRSSA. His well-rounded journalism career and seasoned professional advice to students was very interesting and beneficial. Our next PRSSA meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 7:00 in Dole 2092. The topic will be Integrated Marketing and our guest speaker will be Josh Dysart, from VML. As always, FREE PIZZA! Hope to see you all there!