Waynesburg students to attend national conference

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From Friday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 29, members of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will travel to Philadelphia to participate in the 2013 PRSSA National Conference: Foundation for Innovation, hosted by Drexel University.

The annual event, which brings together college chapters from around the country, gives public relations students an opportunity to attend a number of sessions led by professionals in the different areas of public relations.

In addition, the conference allows students to build a strong foundation in public relations while learning how to succeed in an innovative industry.

“I cannot wait to learn more about public relations and be able to take the information presented at the conference and apply it to my final two years of school in my studies,” said Jordan Mitrik, a sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. “I am hoping to take from National Conference a whole new side of public relations I have yet to experience.”

Over the course of the five-day conference, Waynesburg’s students will not only have an opportunity to network with professionals, but also generate ideas for improving Waynesburg’s PRSSA chapter and student-run public relations firm, Red Brick Communications.

Mitrik said he and the other members attending will go through a number of brain-storming activities with students from other universities and colleges to better progress the field of public relations in their respective regions.

Organizations scheduled to have presenters include: Burson-Marstellar, the Chicago Cubs, Edelman Digital, Google Analytics, General Motors Company, Hilton Worldwide, LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Richard Krause, the faculty advisor for Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, said having his students attend conferences such as the 2013 PRSSA National Conference are aspects of higher education he believes are vital to succeeding in the professional work force.

“Our vision is to have students introduced and networking with working professionals in the field,” said Krause. “This conference will be a tremendous opportunity for our students, and I expect them to gain much from this experience.”

Added Mitrik: “As a sophomore, I am grateful for the opportunity to attend National Conference and expand our knowledge on our chosen field of study.”

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu