President: Brigitte Meisse
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication and Communication Studies double major
Career Goals: My ultimate career goal is be the head of public relations for a tourism based agency or destination. If applicable to the company, I ultimately want to end up in the C-Suite.
Internships/Experience: Freshman year I was a Marketing and Public Relations Intern for Destination Mansfield-Richland County and I served as the Social Media Coordinator for Mid-State Multimedia Group. For the past year, I was the Marketing and Communication Intern for University College and in January I was hired at MediaSource, a public relations firm in Columbus, as a Marketing and Social Media Assistant. I’ll be spending my summer in-office at MediaSource!
What Makes Me Happy: My cats Luna and Nala, traveling, skiing and Harry Potter!
Advice to Underclassmen: This isn’t a competition and success isn’t a piece of pie – we can all have some success! Once you learn to feel comfortable with your own experience and stop comparing yourself to others, you will be happier than ever.
Executive Vice President: Sadie Newman
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication major with a specialization in World Religion and certificate in Global Leadership
Career Goals: I strongly believe in finding a career that combines your passions with your skillset. I am very passionate about traveling and exploring the great outdoors, so working for a company that provides me with an opportunity to work in one of those areas would be amazing!
Internships/Experience: The summer between my freshman and sophomore year, I was a Communications intern at the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce. Last summer, I traveled to the beautiful state of Utah and was a Public Relations intern with the Weber County Visitors Bureau as well as a Brand Journalist intern at Fusion 360 Digital Marketing Agency. Last November, I was offered the opportunity to be a remote Attendee Relations intern for Summit Co., which took me to L.A. for a short weekend (fun!). I am ecstatic to be spending my summer as a Client Engagement intern at Fahlgren Mortine!
What Makes Me Happy: Long weekends, traveling to far away places, meeting new people, dream pop music and quality cups o’ joe 🙂
Advice to Underclassmen: I’ve found that sometimes it’s okay to skip the A if it means taking time to do something that makes you happy.
VP of Member Relations: Maura Anderson
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Marketing minor and Social Media Certificate
Career Goals: I would love to do PR and event planning for fun brands, travel/tourism clients or nonprofit organizations.
Internships/Experience: I am currently the Events and Marketing Intern at Ripepi Winery and Vineyard. I am also the Social Media Manager for the Office of Global Opportunities, where I help promote the amazing study abroad options at OU.
What Makes Me Happy: Traveling to new cities and countries with my friends, DOGS, slice night, dancing like nobody’s watching and sitting on my porch with my PRSSA pals.
Advice to Underclassmen: Get involved! Some of my best experience comes from Scripps PRSSA (Bateman plug) and 1804 Communication. Find at least one “fun” organization that lets you meet new people and take your mind off of schoolwork and career goals. Mine’s BobcaThon, and I would LOVE for more of my PRSSbaes to join! Your time at OU will fly, so take the time to enjoy Athens.
VP of Finance: Margaret Mary Hicks
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications with specializations in Media and Political Science and certificates in Social Media and Law, Justice and Culture
Career Goals: I want to run the communications team at a fashion company.
Internships/Experience: I interned at West Life Newspaper the summer going into my sophomore year, which was a learning experience that helped me decide on my career goals. The next summer, I had the opportunity to intern at PR Newswire, which was an awesome experience that allowed me to grow professionally and determine my future career path.
What Makes Me Happy: My dog Honey and cat Ollie, Courtside Pizza, Barry’s Tea, traveling, embracing my Irish heritage and spending four years with some of my best friends at the best university in the world.
Advice to Underclassmen: Embrace OU with open arms and an open mind. Attending Ohio University and being an active member of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and more importantly Scripps PRSSA, has provided me with endless opportunities, phenomenal friends and a place I call my second home. Dabble in different activities and be involved with as much as you can. Squeeze activities in every day and fill your life with the things and people you enjoy. Exposure to different things and going out of my comfort zone has provided me with some of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Make your parents proud and measure success on your own terms.
VP of External Relations: Emily O’Flynn
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication with specializations in Marketing and Media
Career Goals: I’m not sure where I want to be located, but I want to be a part of a team with a supportive company culture. As long as I’m in an environment that makes me happy, I will be content with my career! Additionally, I’d like to win a 40 Under 40 award.
Internships/Experience: I worked with Procter & Gamble brands at Upstream 360 as a Client Services Intern in Blue Ash, OH the summer after my freshman year. After my sophomore year, I headed to Dayton, OH to work as a Communications Intern at Woolpert, which is an architecture, engineering and geospatial firm. Now, I am venturing off to New York City for a Client Services Internship with BuzzFeed.
What Makes Me Happy: I love helping others, hanging out with friends, eating at Union Street Diner, seeing movies at The Athena Cinema, collecting Playbills, going to rock concerts and chilling with my golden retriever, Dolly.
Advice to Underclassmen: The easiest way to make friends with upperclassmen is swiping them into dining halls!
VP of Public Relations: Cade Fleming
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication with a Marketing minor and Social Media certificate
Career Goals: I hope to someday work in the corporate world for a company I find a passion for. I want to be managing strategic communication initiatives on a broader level.
Internships/Experience: The summer after my freshman year I worked as an Event Staff intern with Integrated Marketing Solutions in Columbus, OH. In the same summer, I worked on the Media Team for Green Savoree Racing Promotions in Lexington, OH. I am currently an Account intern for Event Marketing Strategies managing projects for clients like Pepsi, AEP Ohio and Nationwide!
What Makes Me Happy: Spending quality time with friends, sunny and warm weather, Bobcat antics and spontaneous experiences that create good memories make me happy.
Advice to Underclassmen: Ohio University has so much to offer and if you surround yourself with people that lift you up, you will accomplish all of your goals. Take wins and losses in stride, continually learn and know your value!
VP of Social Media: Livi Wise
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication with a Marketing minor and specialization/certificate in Social Media
Career Goals: My ultimate dream would be to the become the head of public relations and social media for a concert or music festival venue! I am super passionate about entertainment and the behind-the-scenes work of creating experiences for people, and I hope I can find a place in that world.
Internships/Experience: I currently freelance as a social media consultant and manager for Habitat for Humanity of Portage County, and have been working as a marketing lead intern with Ohio University Culinary Services since January. This summer, I have joined Swagelok in Solon, OH as a communications intern!
What Makes Me Happy: Music, smoothies, Ohio University and adventuring with my friends and family.
Advice to Underclassmen: No one knows exactly what they’re doing. Mess up, make mistakes, and laugh at yourself.
VP of Social Affairs: Jessica Rutkowski
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication with specializations in Marketing and Leadership
Career Goals: I’m not sure exactly where I want to be or what company I want to work for. As long as I am making a difference in the lives of the people I’m surrounded by, I will have exceeded my career goals.
Internships/Experience: The summer after my freshman year, I freelanced for a local newspaper and created content for the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio as a Digital Media intern. Now, I am advising future journalism students in my job as a Bobcat Student Orientation leader before I hop on a plane to New York City in July to serve as a Social Media Coordinator for the National Student Leadership Conferences, where I’ll get to combine my love for communication with my love for working with students!
What Makes Me Happy: Drinking iced coffee, listening to Jack Johnson, laughing (usually at myself), and stealing the free pens from Union Street Diner (shhh…).
Advice to Underclassmen: Comparison is the thief of joy; don’t stress yourself out over not having the “perfect” path.
VP of Visual Communication: Sami Morsink
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication major with a Marketing minor and a Social Media certificate
Career Goals: I am passionate about the environment and working on solving environmental problems that we are facing in society. I would love to be able to use my PR skills in an agency or a nonprofit that specializes in this topic.
Internships/Experience: I will be spending my summer here in my favorite college town working as the Bobcat Student Orientation Social Media Intern for University.
What Makes Me Happy: Sitting outside on a sunny day in Athens, being with my friends and family and my adorable cat, Snickers.
Advice to Underclassmen: Don’t feel like you have to “fit the mold” of what everyone else is doing. Follow your own passions and don’t feel pressured if that’s not what seems expected of you.