New executive board spotlight: President Jess Carnprobst

Introducing Scripps PRSSA’s 2015-2016

President Jess Carnprobst

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Major/Minor/Specializations/Certificates: Journalism major on the strategic communication track, marketing minor and global leadership certificate

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite Part about OU: The people! I’ve met some of the most incredible people since coming to OU, and it still amazes me how kind everyone is here.

Favorite Word to describe yourself: Passionate

What are you most looking forward to in the 2015-2016 school year?: I’m most excited to have the opportunity to make a difference in our chapter since being a member for the past three years has been life changing in every way. I’m also excited to learn from and grow with the incoming executive board and members (both old and new), and I can already tell it’s going to be a fantastic year!

Follow Jess on Twitter at @jess_carnprobst!

What your favorite Scandal character says about you as a PR pro


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Olivia Pope: Client has an issue? It’s handled. There’s no task that can be thrown your way that’s too big or too small to tackle. No matter the time constraint or importance level that comes with the situation, you’re able to be level-headed and think clearly to get the outcome that will best please the client. You love to help people in both their personal and professional lives, as interpersonal relationships are important to you. Working with all types of personalities is one of your strengths and something you enjoy doing on an everyday basis.

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Fitzgerald Grant: You always seem to find yourself in a sticky situation with a client that seems to have no ideal outcome. Your first instinct is to follow your emotions; straying from your moral compass is something that you don’t like to do very often. However, when it comes down to the wire, you know what the right decision is that will benefit the client in the long run. You tend to stress yourself out too much with work and deserve a break sometimes! Get out blow off some steam with activities such as running, shooting hoops or playing tennis.

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David Rosen: The one thing you take pride in is following the rules. You know what your employer expects of you and it’s your mission to comply with those standards as best you can. Chances are you’re still a novice in the PR industry; you realize that there is much to be learned from the great role models around you and you look up to them as an example of how to best do your job. You’re great at listening and working with your client to come up with the perfect campaign that will suit the company as well as be successful with your target audience.

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Cyrus Beene: Let’s be honest, you’re a bit of a hot-head. Your biggest struggle is keeping your cool when a client disagrees with your work, but that’s not to say you don’t have good intentions. You’re extremely passionate about your work and will do pretty much anything in order to execute a campaign or please said client. You’re willing to fight for your ideas, but you know when to back down and let someone else take the reigns. You are definitely someone to work with, rather than against.

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Abby Whelan: You are the cool, calm and collected one of the group. You know how to drive your point home and make your voice heard without causing a scene. Public speaking is your forte and you’re quick to think on your feet. You value your job and the work you do. No client is less important than another, and no assignment is too small. You are the level-headed co worker in a crazy profession.

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Mellie Grant: You were born a leader. Gender roles? They don’t exist in your world. Once you put your mind to something, there is no backing down. You may not always take your stress out in the most productive ways, but you always come out on top and wiser than before. You’re a quick learner and a perfectionist. Team members aren’t afraid to come to you for help with big tasks or client issues, because you always find a solution.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 8.37.06 PMMira Kuhar is a Senior studying in Strategic Communications with a Business Minor, English Specialization, and Social Media Certificate. After graduation she would love to work in the health/fitness industry. Follow her on Twitter at @mirakuhar.

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PR Success, Spring 2015 Edition

Hello everyone!

It’s time for me to release my last edition of PR Success as editor-in-chief. What a great year it has been working with the many talented minds of Scripps PRSSA. I have loved reading and editing each one of my contributing writer’s stories. The change that PR Success has gone through this past year has been a huge leap for the chapter, and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing 2014-2015 VP of Visual Communication, Allison Evans.

Again, thank you all so much. Click the link below to enjoy PR Success: Spring 2015 edition.

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Cheers, 

Mira Kuhar

2014-2015 VP of PR

Senior Farewell Post: Final Words From the President

From Cidnye WeimerScripps PRSSA Chapter President 2014 – 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.14.12 AMWhen I walked into Scripps 111 that first Monday night at 6pm my freshman year, I had no idea my life would be changed forever. I sat in the end seat, right by the podium, listening to the Chapter President, Heather Farr, go over the announcements and I instantly knew I wanted to be just like her.

From that moment on, Scripps PRSSA became embedded into my daily routine. 4 Thanksgiving Dinners, 3 National Conferences, 3 executive board positions, 3 networking trips, 3 COPRSA Leadership Rallies, 3 PR Bootcamps, 2 COPRSA Match Days, 2 Scripps Summer Challenges,1 Regional Conference, 1 PR Career Week, 1 Chapter President Leadership Rally, 1 National Assembly, 1 Bateman Competition and countless hours later — I am getting ready to leave this amazing organization that has given so much to me.

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.14.19 AMScripps PRSSA is so much more than another organization to join. It is much more than a line on your resume, or a talking point in an interview. While it is true that “you get out what you put in”, Scripps PRSSA welcomes you with open arms, making it hard to not give it your all. When you decide to join Scripps PRSSA you become surrounded by a family; a family that pushes you to succeed and become the best you can be.

To the freshman — First of all, congrats on making the decision to get involved with Scripps PRSSA at the beginning of your college career! You’ve made the first step, now stick with it. To say that you are the best freshman class I’ve seen in my 4 years here would be an understatement.

To the sophomores — You survived your freshman year and you’ve started to take on leadership roles. Now is the time to find your voice, your confidence, your ability to lead and teach others. It is your turn to become the mentors and role models. But most importantly, now is the time to stick with it and don’t give up!

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.18.26 AMTo the juniors — This is the hardest year of your college career. Trust me, I know. But amidst all of the stress and panic attacks you’re having every other day, remember to take this time to breathe. Take a step back and look at how far you’ve come these past three years. Realize how much you’ve grown and achieved and know that you can get through this.

To the seniors — Our time left together is limited. In just a few days we will be crossing that stage, celebrating all of our hard work and achievements. We will be saying our goodbyes, reminiscing on our “younger days” and soaking up every last moment we can. I want you all to know that YOU DID IT. You grew, you learned, you experienced, you overcame, you failed, you succeeded. You. Did. It. And realize how lucky we are to have each other. The fact that we have people in our lives that we can’t imagine not spending time with, not seeing every other day, is one huge thing to be thankful for. I can’t wait to watch you all grow and succeed in your new post-grad lives. “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.14.38 AMTo the executive board — Thank you. This year would not have been as successful as it was without each and every one of you. Thank you for sharing your triumphs and trials with me. Thank you for putting up with my dance parties, group hugs and massage circles. And most importantly thank you for stepping up to the plate, for challenging yourself to be dedicated to this Chapter and its members.

Thank you to past presidents Heather Farr, Allison Jordan and Nicole Spears for paving a path of greatness and being amazing role models for me. I would not be who I am or where I am today without each of you.

Thank you to each and every member of this Chapter for believing in me and for allowing me to lead you. It has been my honor to be the President of this Chapter.

Life is made of memories and small moments. Scripps PRSSA is my heart and soul and the largest collection of my life’s memories and small moments. I can’t wait to watch this Chapter continue to thrive

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Senior Farewell Post: A thank you from Kerry Tuttle

From Kerry Tuttle

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I remember sitting in Scripps 111 as a freshman, trying to understand Aaron Brown’s presentation and make sense of it all. I looked at the executive board and saw these wise seniors who had their lives figured out and the confidence to take on the world. I was filled with fear, self-doubt and intimidation. I would never have guessed that I would one day be in their shoes, yet here I am.

Being a member of Scripps PRSSA and ImPRessions has impacted not only my college career, but also my professional future and my personal life. I’ve dedicated countless hours to this organization and I owe a significant amount of my success and growth to it. It has taught me multiple life lessons. It has triggered headaches, anxiety and late-night mental breakdowns. It has rewarded me with little triumphs and proud moments. It has given me confidence, experience, humility and laughter. Most importantly, PRSSA has blessed me with friends for life.

10703678_10202757107664929_1733051205734701282_nThe members in this organization are what make it. For four years, I’ve looked around at the caliber of people sharing an hour together each week and I’m continually inspired. PRSSA is your competition, but also your ride-or-die support system. It’s this confusing crossroads that perfectly marries the drive and kindness that so many members possess.

Thank you to the underclassmen in this organization who have given me hope for the future of our industry and Ohio University. Your work ethic doesn’t go unnoticed. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next few years. Also, don’t blink because you’ll be writing this farewell letter before you know it.

Thank you to both executive boards that I’ve been lucky enough to serve with. I’ve learned so much from you all. You are friendly, smart, passionate and made spending an insane amount of time together something I looked forward to. I’ll forever miss our group chats and having to explain to non-PR friends why I was laughing hysterically at my phone. I’ll miss our pits and peaks, our massage circles and I know you’ll definitely miss my Napoleon Dynamite dance solos. I know next year’s executive board will absolutely kill it.

11174800_10204030555500329_7055743770712113191_nFinally, thank you to my fellow seniors. You are my best friends, my role models, my therapists, my cheerleaders, my confidantes, my motivators, my study buddies, my rocks. Your unwavering friendships have meant more to me than you’ll ever know. We’ve explored new cities together, navigated three-hour time differences to fit in summer Facetime sessions, and Gchatted our way through internships. We’ve studied for classes together, practiced presentations together, and complained about assignments. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried. Well, you’ve all cried at least. We’ve grown from freshman acquaintances to family. I wish nothing but success and happiness for each and every one of you in whatever forms those may take

Love,

Kerry

Senior Farewell Post: Sure things

From Allison Evans

There are few sure things in life. At the beginning of my college career, I thought there were fewer than I’ve come to realize. Besides taxes, here are a few of the sure things I’ve learned through becoming an active member of PRSSA:

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Ben Clos will make absolutely anyone smile. It is seriously contagious. No matter what is going on in your life, or how stressed we all are, Ben can sum up our feelings in a few short words and a funny face, making us all laugh and realize that it is not the end of the world. You’ve always been the spark that makes everything light around a ton of type-A, hangry women, and really have made me realize how great it is to be confident in oneself. Thank you for being a sure thing.

Erin Golden’s heart is the size of Texas. I’ve never really met someone as kind and helpful as her. She is constantly caring for others and about others, which translates into her success as an Account Executive and the strong relationships built with clients. Thank you for being my friend and including me in your wine nights. You’re definitely a sure thing.

Briagenn Adams is a freaking incredible writer. Whether she is writing a heartfelt advice post to her younger sister, or ripping a Miami blogger a new ass, she can wordsmith her way into the visual realm. I’ve always admired your skills and free spirit, which also translates into your writing. Your limits are non-existent and I am proud to be your friend. Another sure thing.

11143531_10206529475379355_6287073375078547092_nMarisa Docukm is going to change the world with her soul. Compassion for people is something that the world lacks, but is found within the heart of this girl. I’ve always felt safe to talk to her, and felt no judgment in return. Matched with the fierceness of a successful leader, there is no telling what is in store for you. That is one of the surest things.

Kathleen Marincic is one of the dark horse talents of our class. The dedication to her academic classes as well as creating a tighter culture within ImPRessions is such an underrated thing. Our members wouldn’t have gotten that family vibe without your hard work, and it has truly changed our firm for the better. That is for sure.

Lindsey Zimmerman excels at every opportunity. Need I say more? This girl transformed an ImPRessions account adding new events and opportunities to help members grow, while leading other successful teams and somehow landing an opportunity of a lifetime to teach English in Spain for a year. Oh, and, she did this in three years, not four. Wow. I’m surely blown away.

Kerry Tuttle is one of the strongest women I know. If anyone is going to shatter the glass ceiling, Kerry will. Her self-sufficient and focused mindset is only going to take her to the very top, leaving all of the nay-sayers in the dust. There’s more though. Kerry is an incredible friend with inner strength that allows people to lean on her for support. Not everything is warm and fuzzy, but Kerry is a ride or die woman who will be there when you need her. That’s for damn sure.

Cidnye Weimer will make more impacts than we imagine. I’m really glad she didn’t choose PR as her final path, because I can’t picture thousands of undergraduates going through higher education without a mentor like Cidnye. The lives she will change will create a domino effect that will reach far beyond anything she will realize. I would bet my life on it.

10991085_10206080686159905_6636606347725386241_nMelaina Lewis is one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Not only does she empower the young members she leads, but those closest to her as well. Whether it be a situation at home or with her good friends, she is someone who will take the time to work through problems and make you feel a hell of a lot better about them. She works harder than anyone I know, and loves those around her even harder. There’s no possible way I would’ve made it through these four years without you. I’m sure of it.

All of the people listed above…they will be there for me. I’ll be there for them too.

We are leaving things in good hands. One of my proudest moments as a senior was looking at the newly elected executive board and remaining members, and knowing that everything is going to be just fine.

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Thank you to everyone who came before us and those who will come after us for keeping the PRSSA traditions alive, and for facilitating all of these sure things that we so desperately need at this point in our lives. I can’t imagine my life without you all.

With endless love and gratitude,

Allison Evans

Senior Farewell Post: Reflections of a lucky third-year senior

From Lindsey ZimmermanSeniors2015

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh

My only Scripps PRSSA-related regret is that I didn’t join this great organization sooner. As a third-year senior who only discovered my passion for PR during fall semester of my second year, I’ve only been a part of this wonderful group of PR stars for two years, but it feels like so much longer than that (in a good way). Despite my shorter-than-average time with this organization, PRSSA and the people in it have made a lasting impression on me and formed me into the aspiring professional I can now proudly call myself.

ScrippsBanquet2014I knew as soon as I walked into my first PRSSA info session in fall 2013 that this was something I wanted to be a part of. As it turns out, my intuition was right. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of something that allows me to network with industry leaders and take advantage of incredible professional opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise?

While all of that stuff is great, my absolute favorite part of Scripps PRSSA is the people I share it with. Every single person who came to the Friends of the Library room (and previously Scripps 111) Monday after Monday is truly special in one way or another, and any employer would be seriously blessed to have you. However, I have to acknowledge a few people who truly helped to shape my experience and make it one to remember:

Marisa Dockum, my wonderful mentor, for making me feel so welcome into the organization when I was brand new and always being there to offer valuable words of wisdom.

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Nicole Spears, former Madam President, for giving me opportunities such as PR Career Week as a brand new member and inspiring me to grow as a professional.

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Kelsey Miller, for being a source of eternal optimism and positivity, as well as one of the funniest and most creative people I’ve ever known.

And of course, this school year wouldn’t have been the same without my experience with the Bateman team. Thank you to Jess Carnprobst, who is nothing less than gracious and humble despite being one of the most talented young professionals I know. Thank you to Mira Kuhar, who inspires me with her positive and upbeat personality and her drive to achieve anything. And thank you to Marisa Fiore, whose commitment, responsibility and work ethic I admire greatly. Working with you three was an incredible experience and taught me so much about why Athens Matters (and so does insulation).

PRCWdinnerThis is just a handful of the more than 100 talented and hardworking students who make Scripps PRSSA such a respected organization, both on Ohio University’s campus and nationwide. We are one of the best chapters in the country for good reason, and I see that play out every single time I walk into a Monday night meeting. There is no doubt in my mind that every single one of you will go on to change the world.

I am unbelievably excited for the next chapter in my life, which will involve an internship in Cleveland for the summer before I say adiós to Ohio and head off to Spain in the fall. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be headed off on this journey without the inspiration and support of my PRSSA family. Gracias con todo mi corazón.

Love,

Lindsey Zimmerman

How to become a PRo at listicle blogging

By Elise Mills

As a Buzzfeed enthusiast and blogging star (self-proclaimed), there are a couple of things that anyone (even you, Mark Wahlberg) can do to become a pro at listicle blogging.

Side note: This blog is in listicle form. Hahaha.

Pick a topic that allows for more than three points

You want to write about What Sesame Street Taught You About PR? Awesome! Just make sure you have enough content to make it a full post.

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After writing your explanation of the point, cut at least 30%

Stephen King says that every time you edit, you should eliminate 10% of your writing. Blogs are no exception, the readers look at about three lines or less- so keeping it short is key.

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 Seriously, edit it.

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 Know what you are talking about

It is difficult to accurately portray a topic you aren’t really familiar with. Maybe an upperclassman asked you to write about Seinfeld, but you’ve never seen the show! As hard as it will be to admit you can’t write the blog, it would be even harder to write it with limited knowledge.

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Have fun!

The more fun you have writing the blog- the more it will show and the better it will be! Tailor your blogs to interest you; chances are many others will appreciate the blog just as much as you do.

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11115727_10152779557319562_4782829824996052270_nElise is a sophomore majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Business Administration. She is hoping to purse Global Leadership Certificate as well. After graduation, she wants to do brand/image management and travel wherever her bank account can take her. Follow Elise on Twitter at @itsELISElove!

No Internship? No Problem…for Freshmen

By Taylor Dilley

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With all of the talk about internships from professors, peers, and student organizations, it’s hard not to panic when you don’t yet have one planned. Have no fear, there is plenty you can do this summer to further your knowledge, gain experience, and prepare for when you do obtain that internship.

 Job Shadow

I don’t know about other freshmen out there, but I had no idea the field of public relations was so vast. At this point we should be totally invested in learning about some of the different careers we could follow in the future, whether it’s agency, corporate, healthcare, non-profit, etc. Use this first summer as a time to reach out and shadow someone in an area that strikes you as interesting. Come prepared with questions about their job and how you could prepare for one like it. You may find you love it or want to explore other options.

 Make Money

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Unfortunately, most internships don’t come paid, and if they do, they aren’t offering much. Head back to the pool and lifeguard for another summer or find a different job you enjoy to bring in a little extra money to save toward your future internship. Who knows, you might just make enough money this summer to buy a plane ticket or rent an apartment in a new city for next summer.

Learn New Skills (and brush up on old ones)

Nothing is more beneficial to your success than a well-rounded skill set. Learn how to code a website. This is incredibly relevant in our field. Sites like codecademy.com teach basic tools for free! Spend time researching subjects you enjoy and want to know more about, such as social media or media relations. Read inspiring books. I know I’ll be reading, Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler. And it also doesn’t hurt to dust off old skills– you could even break out the old AP Stylebook once in a while.

 Update Your Social Media/Website

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Your online footprint is just as important as your resume. Clean up your twitter feed and update your Facebook “about” section. Make sure to get rid of anything that would turn away potential employers. Speaking of employers, work on your LinkedIn profile and make new connections. Watch WordPress tutorials and design a website. Try to come up with a blogging schedule for the summer and stick with it!

Remember to also take time to relax and unwind from your crazy first year of college. Reflect on what you have learned and what you can improve upon come the fall semester. Hopefully these ideas will help you to prepare to ace the internship search and application process in the future!

Taylor Dilley is a freshman majoring in strategic communication, minoring in marketing, and pursuing a specialization in visual communications. After graduating she would like to work for an agency or in corporate PR. Follow her on Twitter @taylor_dilley!

What to pack for a networking trip

By Elise Mills

This is thee official Elise-approved all-inclusive* packing list for a networking/conference trip.

1. A professional business outfit you rock

You only need one full on business outfit for the weekend, preferably on the day when you do the most networking (most likely Saturday). Whether it’s a power suit or not, you should bring something you feel great in, and something you can rock for 8+ hours.

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2. An extra sweater

With weather being undependable (at least in Ohio) and messes being unplanned (unless you are me, I always spill) it is a good idea to bring a back-up sweater. Just in case the conference like to mimic ice age temperatures.

3. Two business casual outfits

For Friday and Sunday, unless specifically stated otherwise, Business casual is the way to go. So those new jeans you love? Bring ‘em. Just make sure you emphasize the business not the casual.

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4. An extra pair of pants

What if it’s raining? What if you rip your other pair? What if an alien takes your pencil skirt back to its home planet? You can never be too careful. That being said don’t take your closet.

5. Two pairs of shoes (and both cannot be heels)

As cute as heels go with your professional wear, practicality demands you bring a pair to wear after the heels cause blisters. No one will want to network with the person rubbing his or her naked feet at the dinner table.

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6. An outfit for a night on the town

If you are staying in any sort of city, most likely you will be exploring the town after the conference. Who wants to go out in their business suit? For extra space, use the extra pants and sweater as part of this outfit and just bring a cute blouse.

7. One pair of pajamas/ comfy clothes

Not only do you need clothes to sleep in, but also if you are traveling a distance you will want a pair of sweatpants to use before and after the conference. A pair of sweatpants and a T-Shirt will satisfy all of these needs.

8. A simplified version of your makeup

As great as you want to look, you only need less than half of your makeup to look presentable; makeup can take up a lot of space in your suitcase. If you’re going with friends, each brings a couple of items to make a complete set.

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9. Pad folio with business cards and resumes

The business cards and resumes are to hand out to potential employers and new friends, so make sure they are updated. The Pad folio is so you can write things down and look smarter.

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We all have that charisma that makes us PR Stars! Don’t be afraid to use it to dazzle the professionals or PRSSA brothers/sisters, you never know when it can come in handy!

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* Does not include basic hygiene items such as toothbrush, razor, etc.…

11115727_10152779557319562_4782829824996052270_nElise is a sophomore majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Business Administration. She is hoping to purse Global Leadership Certificate as well. After graduation, she wants to do brand/image management and travel wherever her bank account can take her. Follow Elise on Twitter at @itsELISElove!