Introducing Kaija Nealon, the 2013-2014 VP of Social Affairs!

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 6.05.06 PMKaija is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, and is a junior studying Strategic Communications with a focus on Public Relations. In high school, Kaija served as an editor for her newspaper and discovered her passion for writing. She further realized she wanted a career with an advertising and client-relationship focus. Kaija is extremely involved in PRSSA and ImPRessions. For the past two years, she has been a member of the social affairs committee and will lead the committee as the new VP of Social Affairs this year.

Read more about Kaija below:

What has been your experience with PRSSA/ImPRessions?       I joined both PRSSA and ImPRessions immediately in my freshman year, and like so many others I fell in love with the community and all the opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to gain from my involvement. Freshman year I was on the ACHS account, and sophomore year I was on Bird Arena. (Her work earned her the “Rising Star” Award.) Both were great experiences with very different focuses on PR, which I loved. In PRSSA, I was on the social affairs committee and I was elected as VP of Social Affairs for the coming school year

What is the biggest piece of PR info you have learned from PRSSA? All of the speakers that we get to see weekly have taught me that the diversity of the PR field is infinite and that I can do anything, anywhere with my degree

Advice for incoming freshmen? The age-old advice will always ring true; get involved! Try out everything until you find your fit, and you don’t have to limit yourselves to just PRSSA and ImPRessions.  Only take on what you can handle, but make sure that what you do get involved in is something that brings out your passion

 Hobbies? I love to follow fashion blogs, and they actually teach me a lot about how to get creative when running any kind of blog. I really do love to take pictures, but so far my career has yet to advance past Instagram.  I will never pass up an opportunity to travel. I’m lucky enough to have been to 6 countries and 23 states and can’t wait to get to more!

 Favorite OU memory? When Obama came to Athens.  No matter what political party you support, it’s amazing to get to see the President of the United States in person.  SUCH a rush! I got in line at 11:00 a.m. and it was so worth it!

Dream place to work? I have always wanted to start out my career in Charlotte, NC. It has a huge bobcat network and is a great city for PR. Plus, I love warm weather and the south!

What field of PR are you most interested in? As of now I really would like to work in sports PR. I really love baseball but it would be amazing to work for any professional sports team

What is your favorite reality show? I don’t watch any reality TV, but if I did I have heard that Duck Dynasty is hilarious!

What is an interesting fact about you that not many people know? I’m a ghost story junkie but also am deathly (haha) afraid of ever actually seeing a real ghost!

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be? Strawberry because my favorite food group is fruit, my favorite color is pink and I love things that are timeless & classic

Get to know the new VP of Social Affairs by giving her a follow or tweet at @kaijaelizabeth

Say Hello to Kerry Tuttle, the 2013-2014 VP of Finance!

538511_2847624465865_1848149206_nScripps PRSSA is eager to welcome Kerry Tuttle as the 2013-2014 VP of Finances. Kerry is a junior from Macedonia, Ohio majoring in Public Relations with specializations in Marketing and International Business. She has made her mark in ImPRessions, PRSSA and the Global Leadership Center with her heavy involvement and dedication to these organizations.

Get to know more about Kerry here:

What has been your experience with PRSSA? I became really involved with PRSSA my sophomore year and attended every meeting and most outside events. Junior year, I will be serving a more active role with the organization as the VP of Finance

Advice for incoming freshmen? Don’t be afraid to reach out to upperclassmen. We’re happy to give you advice about everything from classes and internships to what the best restaurant on Court Street is. It’s also great for networking years down the road. (The fact that I just referred to myself as an upperclassman is really weird and I don’t like it. Here’s some more advice: savor your time at OU. It flies by)

Hobbies: Volleyball, basketball, reading, blogging and eating!

Favorite OU memory? My OU memory actually happened in Asia, but it was thanks to a certification program that I am a part of at OU. It’s called the Global Leadership Center and I recently traveled to Vietnam to work on a business consulting project with the group. It was an amazing experience and definitely my favorite memory

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working at either a boutique PR agency or in corporate communications. Hopefully, I’ll be living an active lifestyle and coaching high school volleyball

What is your biggest pet peeve? Slow walkers

What is your favorite reality show? I’m a reality TV junkie so it’s hard to pick just one, but my all time favorite reality show has to be Jersey Shore. I never missed an episode

Who is your PR idol? Demi Knight Clark. I love her story and her passion for life

What is your favorite quote? “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails,” by William Arthur Ward

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be? Chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your favorite animal? Cats!

Connect with Kerry by tweeting at her, @kerrtut

Meet the 2013-2014 Executive Vice President, Theresa Ianni!

TIThe Hugh M. Culbertson Chapter of PRSSA is thrilled to welcome senior Theresa Ianni as Executive Vice President for 2013-2014! Serving as last year’s VP of Internal Relations for the chapter, Theresa learned valuable skills that make her a perfect fit for this position.

Enjoy getting to know Theresa through this Q and A session!

Hometown: Lyndhurst, Ohio

Major: Strategic Communication with a focus in Public Relations

What has been your experience with PRSSA? My experience with PRSSA has been nothing short of amazing. I have been a dues-paying member since freshman year, but didn’t begin to take full advantage until sophomore year. I have written and edited for PR Success, attended almost every meeting, and junior year, I was the Vice President of Internal Relations. Now, I am the executive Vice President, in charge of all PRSSA Programming. I have been on 2 networking trips, and have attended several COPRSA Events. My highlights from last year were planning regional conference and being a member of the 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition team. This year, I’m excited to be a member of the Scripps PRSSA Presentation team. My absolute number one highlight of PRSSA is the amazing relationships I have made. I have met my best friends through this organization and couldn’t be more proud to call them my future colleagues

Advice for incoming freshmen? Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid of the upperclassmen and don’t be afraid to get involved! The more you learn when you’re young, the bigger the PR star you’ll be. Be involved and take advantage of every opportunity and friend you make. PRSSA is a great opportunity to learn, grow and build relationships! Beyond PRSSA, take advantage of every moment at OU, and don’t rush the Bobcat experience! College flies by, and before you know it, moving into the dorms for the first time will be a memory

Hobbies: Singing, twitter, reading, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and being an avid follower of Cleveland sports

Favorite OU memory? There are way too many to list. Last year during the last week of classes, we had an amazing send off to our current PRSSA seniors and another fabulous send off for Student Alumni Board. I also won Student Director of the Year! That week was filled with many laughs, tears and great memories. I will always remember that week

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I see myself in a big city like Chicago, NYC or Atlanta at a Public Relations firm… possibly with a husband and kids? That would be nice!

What is your biggest pet peeve? “You’re” and “your,” just spell it right already!

What is your favorite reality show? The Bachelor!

Who is your PR idol? All the Scripps PRSSA grads! I have seen so much unbelievable success from the recent grads and only hope to follow in their footsteps. Each one is brave, bold and ready to take on the many challenges of the industry. They are forces to be reckoned with and true idols

What is an interesting fact about you that not many people know? I have a baby tooth and always will! It keeps me young

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be? I would be Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Frozen Yogurt from Mitchell’s Ice Cream in Cleveland. It’s perhaps the best frozen yogurt ever! Like me, there are a lot of layers to the yogurt. The yogurt is very busy and tends to make people happy – that’s pretty similar to me!

What is your favorite animal? I love dolphins. I think they are absolutely beautiful and majestic. They are also really fun and smart!

We are so excited to have Theresa as our VP for 2013-2014! To contact Theresa, tweet her @Theresa_Ianni!

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of Finance

Name: Danielle Szabo                                                                                      Image

Year: Senior!

PRSSA Position: VP of Finance

Hometown: Lakewood, OH

Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications, Business Management Minor

Why you wanted to be on the executive board: The VP of Finance position will allow me to utilize my business minor skills while still being involved with PR, also great leadership experience.

How PRSSA has helped you: PRSSA has provided me with amazing networking opportunities and the chance to learn more about what exactly the public relations field entails – which is a lot!

Why you chose to attend OU: Best J-School on the planet! That and the beautiful campus, Ohio U and Athens is the quintessential college town.

PR experience: Account Associate, Executive and Current Supervisor for ImPRessions, virtual intern with Pierce Mattie Public Relations, PR Intern for WellWorks, Current Regional Programming Intern for the Office of Alumni Relations at OU.

Advice for incoming freshmen: Get involved with different activities to find out what you like and don’t like and meet as many different people. Get to know everyone you come in contact with. Have fun!

Interesting Fact: I am the only girl of my entire family – siblings, cousins and I now have two nephews!

Hobbies: Reading, running, tennis, hiking, swimming, traveling and catchin’ some sun rays.

Favorite OU memory: All of them, freshman year was definitely the best year with the best memories!

Where you see yourself in 10 years: At the age of 31, I hope to be happy with a successful career relating to PR living near the ocean with great friends and family.


Meet the 2012-2013 ImPRessions VP of Operations

Meet the 2012-2013 ImPRessions VP of Operations

 Name: Sienna Tomko  

 Year: Senior

 PRSSA Position: ImPRessions VP of Operations

 Hometown: Independence, OH (Cleveland)

Major: Journalism (PR), Business Administration minor

 Why you wanted to be on the executive board: I was appointed by ImPRessions CEO Heather Bartman and was excited to take on this position. I have a lot of great ideas that I’d like to contribute to the Executive Board and I’m anxious to see how much this organization can grow.

 How PRSSA has helped you: I attribute most of my success to PRSSA. From the information provided by speakers to the networking opportunities with professionals all over Ohio and beyond, one would be crazy not to take part in this organization. The upperclassmen have also been key to helping shape my future; they truly are talented and driven role models for everyone.

 Why you chose to attend OU: The Scripps reputation brought me here. Before looking at OU, I was looking in Chicago, California and New York. However, OU offers a top journalism program with a small town feel. I knew this would be my home away from home for the next four years.

 PR experience:
I’ve gained a ton of experience thus far. I’ve interned with The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland), Children’s National Medical Center (D.C.), JMI Reports, Inc. and At OU, I’ve held PR positions through the Office of Lifelong & Distance Learning and I currently work for the McClure School of ITS. This summer I will be interning in Cleveland at the American Diabetes Association and at CMP Communications, LLC.

 Advice for incoming freshmen: Do it all! You have four years to do anything and everything on campus. Soak it all in as soon as you can.

 Interesting Fact: The first place I’m traveling to after graduation is Siena, Italy – I’ve always wanted to go!

 Hobbies: I love thrift shopping with my mom, listening to country music, trying new restaurants/foods and traveling!

 Favorite OU memory: The last three years. I wouldn’t change anything.

Where you see yourself in 10 years: In the sun, working in the healthcare PR field and surrounded by family & friends.

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of External Relations

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of External Relations

Name: Elizabeth Krizner

Year: Senior

PRSSA Position: VP of External Relations

Hometown: Englewood, Ohio (Dayton)

Major: Strategic Communication / Public Relations

Why you wanted to be on the executive board: As soon as I joined PRSSA I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. Being the face of such a prestigious and well-known organization would be such an honor and I wanted to bring my own unique ideas and personality to the table and make PRSSA even better this upcoming year—if that’s possible.

How PRSSA has helped you: I know it sounds cliché, but I would not be where I am this second without PRSSA. This is how I became aware of the internship I am currently in and I am having such a valuable experience. It is such a hands-on experience and nearly everything I do is portfolio worthy. I have also met numerous contacts through PRSA events and our weekly meetings, which will come in pretty handy when I begin my job search pretty soon!

Why you chose to attend OU: The moment I decided to major in journalism, I knew I had to consider OU. It felt so welcoming and it is such a college town. The moment I stepped foot on the beautiful brick-covered campus I knew I was home and a Bobcat for life.

PR experience: My sophomore year I joined ImPRessions, OU’s student-run PR firm. I was an account associate for College Book Store my sophomore year and then College Green Magazine my junior year. I wrote news releases, managed Twitter accounts and planned release parties. I am currently interning as a PR and Marketing Coordinator for the Ohio State Fair in Columbus managing the Twitter and Facebook accounts, writing news releases and blogs, creating newsletters, planning events, writing radio scripts and a LOT of media relations. Working for the Fair is so great because you can come in one day and randomly be assigned to go on a search around Columbus for funnel cakes, doughnuts and cheese fries. Think I’m kidding? Just ask the Executive VP Sam Tischler, one of my fellow interns!

Advice for incoming freshmen: Again, cliché, but do not take any time you have for granted. You remember how quickly high school flew by? Well college will go by even faster. Also make sure to get involved as soon as you can, even if you’re not 100 percent sure if you should do it. I did not join PRSSA until fall of my junior year and I have already learned so much and met so many great people. I can only imagine how much more knowledge I would have if I had not waited so long.

Interesting Fact: I am the oldest of four girls and my parents have been together since high school. Such an inspiration!

Hobbies: I am an avid Twitter-er. What better place for me to stay up to date with all the PRSSA and PRSA info AND the latest celebrity gossip? Reading is also something I love doing. There is something about curling up and getting lost in the pages that is so therapeutic.

Favorite OU memory: My freshman year here at OU was beyond amazing because everything was so new and exciting. I met most of my friends that year and have remained best friends with them ever since. Another awesome memory would have to be the PRSSA Chicago trip this past March!

Where you see yourself in 10 years: In 10 years I will be 31 years old… what a scary thought! I would love to be working at a PR agency or working in event planning in Columbus or doing PR for Limited Brands, which is based in Columbus as well. If I had the opportunity to work in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles or even the Carolinas I would not necessarily turn it down. Such a wide variety I know but I guess the ultimate answer is doing PR or planning events where ever life takes me. Being happily married with children and still super close with my fellow Bobcats would not hurt either!

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of Social Affairs

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of Social Affairs

Name: Cidnye Weimer

Year: Sophomore

PRSSA Position: VP of Social Affairs

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH (but I just  moved to Naperville, IL a suburb outside of Chicago)

Major: Public Relations/Strategic Communications

Why you wanted to be on the executive board: This past year’s exec board really helped me a lot with everything I needed, I probably wouldn’t have my internship this summer if it weren’t for them! PRSSA has given me some of my best experiences as a freshman and I wanted the chance to give back and help make PRSSA the best it can be. I can’t wait to help the incoming freshman next year!

How PRSSA has helped you: Everything I have learned about PR has come from PRSSA, I haven’t taken any PR classes yet but I feel like I already know a lot. Plus PRSSA helped me get my wonderful internship this summer.

Why you chose to attend OU: It was the best option financially, but the brick roads/buildings and college town feeling really won me over! Also the fact that Scripps is one of the top ten J-Schools in the country! I have never regreted my decision for one minute and I would never leave!

PR experience: ImPRessions, PRSSA, Internship at WCPO Channel 9 in Cincinnati, Current Event Coordinator at Red Frog Events

Advice for incoming freshmen: GET INVOLVED !! As early as possible. But don’t forget to have fun while doing it.

Interesting Fact: I rode my bike 610 miles to Niagara Falls in Canada when I was in high school

Hobbies: Reading, shopping, watching movies, playing tennis, dancing, hanging out with friends

Favorite OU memory: Homecoming Week!

Where you see yourself in 10 years: I hope to be working at a PR Agency in a city, maybe Chicago, New York or somewhere in California. Maybe working in the Entertainment or Fashion Industry. Successful, married and getting ready to start a family.

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of: Member Relations

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of Member Relations

Name: Nicole Spears

Year: Junior

PRSSA Position: VP of Member Relations

Hometown: Medina, Ohio

Major: PR major, business minor, specializing in anthropology!

Why you wanted to be on the executive board: PRSSA made me so passionate about my career, and I want to encourage others to experience the same.

How PRSSA has helped you: It has helped me
get a head start networking with professionals, allowed me to make a lot of great friends, and taught me ways that I can stand out from other students.

Why you chose to attend OU: I could tell the Bobcat experience was exactly what I wanted-a beautiful campus in a college town, an awesome network, and one of the top JSchools in the nation!

PR experience: PR Co-chair for ALD Honors Society, PRSSA VP of Member Relations, PR Chief at The Post, PR Intern with Athens County Children Shelter, (will be) AE with Impressions, PR Intern with Express Conseil

Advice for incoming freshmen: It’s never too early to jump in, make connections, and get involved! We’re all rooting for your success.

Interesting Fact: I’m getting a puppy this fall!

Hobbies: spending time with my boyfriend, being a big sister, working out, watching New Girls, blogging

Favorite OU memory: the Chicago networking trip with PRSSA

Where you see yourself in 10 years: in 10 years I hope to be in a leadership position at a PR agency in San Francisco,an active member of my local PRSA chapter, and well on my way to earning my APR

2012 Leadership Rally: My journey to the desert and back.

2012 Leadership Rally: My journey to the desert and back.

By: Allison Jordan Every year, at PRSSA’s National Leadership Rally, presidents from across the country gather in Scottsdale, Arizona to share practices and offer insight while collectively learning from industry professionals. This June I was fortunate to be able to … Continue reading

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of: Internal Relations

Meet the 2012-2013 VP of: Internal RelationsImage

Name: Theresa Ianni  

Year: Junior

 PRSSA Position: Internal Relations

 Hometown: Lyndhurst Ohio (Cleveland)

 Major: Strategic Communications

Why you wanted to be on the executive board: I wanted to become more involved in PRSSA and give back to the organization what I have been given. I can’t wait to work with the rest of the exec board and the general board to make this year great.

How PRSSA has helped you: PRSSA has offered me so many tools to grow as a PR professional. I have gained social media, communications, and networking experience through PRSSA..not to mention I’ve made some great friends!

Why you chose to attend OU: I loved the campus when I came and visited, then I got into Scripps, and really there was no question. I was a bobcat ! 

PR experience: I’ve been an ImPRessions account associate for the past two years at OU. I shadowed marketing and communications employees at the Cleveland Playhouse my senior year of high school. I have been working with OU Intramural Sports social media for the past year, and will continue as the Student Director of PR/Registration this year. I am a social media intern this summer for an online media/marketing company called The Social Cities.

Advice for incoming freshmen: Take every opportunity you’re given and don’t be afraid to get involved. There are so many ways to get involved inside and outside of Scripps, and chances are you’ll make great friends AND grow as a professional.

Interesting Fact: I secretly love to the shower, in the car, wherever. I took voice lessons for 5 years and strongly believed I would try out for American Idol.

Hobbies: Shopping (shop-a-holic), hanging out with my friends, my IPhone (play me in scramble with friends), music and concerts, going for walks on the bike path.

Favorite OU memory: There are way too many great memories to just pick one. Everything from assembling a random kids futon before school started, getting lost at orientation and being late for a session with my future roommate, making my great friends, and spending Halloween up town to watching the homecoming day parade my freshman year and going to Chicago my Sophomore year has been amazing.

Where you see yourself in 10 years: I would LOVE to be representing my favorite baseball team, The Cleveland Indians, as a PR/Community Relations professional. But, being in Chicago, Boston, or Atlanta working for a PR firm or planning events would be absolutely amazing too. I also hope to be happily married and still keeping in touch with my great friends and wonderful family!