PRSSA Preparing Students for the Future
Friday, November 30, 2007
By Alana Duffle
Relations Student Society of America, PRSSA, was established in 1968.
However, it wasn’t until last year that the society was represented on
Oklahoma Christian University’s campus. With the help of Jeanetta Sims,
Rachel Yeakley and some other students became the founding members of
Oklahoma Christian’s branch.
“We laid a good foundation last year, and we tried to build off that
strong foundation this year. We hope to improve every year. Jeanetta
was a great advisor. She is really smart and thought it was important
for us to take control of bringing PRSSA to Oklahoma Christian. She
wanted us to learn from experience,” Yeakley, PRSSA immediate past
PRSSA is a branch off of the Public Relations Society of America.
Its goal is to prepare students for many different careers including,
but not limited to, public relations, advertising, marketing and
business. PRSSA gives students the opportunity to connect with
professionals who could be valuable partners when breaking into the job
“One of the main advantages to being a member of PRSSA is being around
professionals. Seeing people working in the job environment that you
want to work in someday is a very valuable experience. It made me more
excited to be a Public Relations Representative,” PRSSA Public
Relations Officer Lori Woodfin said.
One other advantage of being in PRSSA is having access to the PRSA job
database. This database informs professionals and students of upcoming
jobs and internships across America.
PRSSA tries to teach its members lessons that will be useful in their
futures. Members learn necessary qualities to function in the media.
“One of the main goals in PRSA and PRSSA is to teach members to be
ethical. In public relations, advertising and journalism, learning how
to function ethically is crucial. If you don’t work ethically, your
job is on the line,” PRSSA President Alison Roberts said.
Students of all majors are welcomed into PRSSA, and a wide variety
of people at Oklahoma Christian have been attracted to PRSSA, from a
freshman in college to a former official spokesman for Multi-National
Forces in Iraq.
“I think PRSSA will help everyone. It’s a good experience. You learn
how to work in a professional atmosphere by seeing people in the
spotlight. For most professional jobs, if you plan on being an upper
management position, you’re going to have to know how to deal with
media. PRSSA gives you an insight that you might not otherwise see,”
Jeremy Pitcher said.
The Oklahoma Christian PRSSA also strives to serve the community.
Currently, they are involved in a service project: 40 Hours for 40
Years. Throughout the year, PRSSA members commit to 40 hours of
community service. PRSSA’s most recent project was helping with the
Oklahoma Centennial Celebration.
“We volunteered at the media tent. We helped the Oklahoma Travel Agency
with crowd control, and we gave directions to the media. Not only did
we serve the community, but we also learned a lot. We realized how
much planning goes into events like these,” Yeakley said.
Overall, PRSSA helps prepare members for their futures by teaching them
commitment to community, work ethic, basic knowledge needed for
professional careers and giving them hands-on opportunities.
“PRSSA is a dedication to your future,” said Roberts.