Wednesday, April 18, 2007

PRSSA minutes from April 17, 2007

At the meeting last night, we held our 2007-2008 PRSSA officer elections. So, just to keep this brief, all I will post tonight are our results from the election.
President: Joni Hammer
Vice President: Courtney Donahue
Treasurer: Hannah Hartman-Frost
Secretary: Mitchell Voth
Member Relations: Rachel Kraushaar
Professional Development Director: Jack Connor
Director of Jayhawk Communications: Megan Penrod
Assistant Director of Jayhawk Communications: Rachel Seliger

Thank you very much to all of our outgoing officers. This has been a great year and I have really enjoyed working with all of you! I am very excited about the upcoming PRSSA year! I know we have a great group of incoming officers and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone! If anyone has any questions regarding PRSSA or our new officers, please feel free to e-mail me at

Thursday, March 08, 2007

PRSSA minutes from March 6th, 2007

Hello again!
The PRSSA meeting on Tuesday, March 6th was all about Freelance PR. Megan Neher, a freelance PR professional working in Overland Park, was the guest speaker for the night and explained what it was like to work in Freelance PR. She also gave us her top 10 list of helpful tips for students getting into public relations.

Coming up on Friday, March 23rd- we planned a Public Relations Agency Crawl in the Kansas City/Overland Park area. We will be touring four major PR companies, including Fleishman-Hillard. There, we will be learning more about each company and what it is like to work for that company. If you are interested in joining us for the agency crawl, please e-mail either Jarrod Morgenstern ( or myself ( Hope to hear from you!

Otherwise, we will see all of you once we get back from Spring Break. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 3rd and the topic will be entertainment public relations.

Have a great Spring Break!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

PRSSA minutes from February 6, 2007

Welcome back everyone! The first PRSSA meeting of the year was all about PR 2.0! Tonight our president, Jarrod Morgenstern, gave the presentation: "Blogging, Social Networking & RSS Syndication-- Oh my!" In his presentation, Jarrod explained that PR 2.0 comes from the term Web 2.0 and offers a new way to manage relationships with your publics. It includes blogs, podcasts, viral videos and social networks, such as: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Bloglines, Skype, Wikipidia and many others. He also discussed the endless possibilities that PR 2.0 has to offer and its growing popularity among the nation and world. PR 2.0 is an excellent example of two-way communication, involving both input and output. Another topic that was brought up was RSS, or Real Simple Syndication. RSS enables blogs, podcasts and video to be syndicated with one click. It feeds to Web sites, personal portals, feed readers and more. RSS allows users to "pull" and search only the news they want to store and only what they need. Social Networking and several types of new multimedia were also discussed tonight. Once his presentation was over, Jarrod gave everyone an in-depth and very informative demonstration of everything he explained in the meeting. Overall, this presentation provided an excellent introduction to the world of multimedia and Web 2.0. For those of you that are interested in learning more information in regards to PR 2.0, feel free to contact Jarrod at

Thanks again to everyone that was in attendance for our first PRSSA meeting of the spring semester! Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 7:00 in Stauffer-Flint 206. As always, there will be FREE PIZZA!!! Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

First meeting of the year

Topic: Blogging

Our very own president, Jarrod Morgenstern, will lead a discussion surrounding the current issues of on-line blogging and web 2.0

Tuesday Feb. 6, 2007
206 Stauffer Flint
7p.m (J-comms meets at 6:30p.m.)
Free pizza will be provided
Any questions: contact us at

Monday, December 04, 2006

PRSSA Meeting
Crisis Communications
Tuesday December 5, 2006
7p.m. (J-comms at 6:30p.m.)
2092 Dole
It's the last meeting of the semester and it should be a good one, so be sure to come!
Speakers from Fleishman- Hillard
Dan Wilisnky Senior Vice President and partner Ed Mattix APR, Senior Vice President
-Wilinsky was previously the Director of Marketing for Sprint
Fleishman-Hillard Inc. offers strategic communications counsel to local, national, and international clients.
Founded 60 years ago,
the firm currently operates throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, and South Africa.
Fleishman-Hillard is part of Omnicom Group Inc., a leading global marketing and corporate communications company.
And as always... FREE PIZZA!

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 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!

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