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ONU's PRSSA chapter took to the ice with the Pittsburgh Penguins during this year's annual Spring Firm trip (photo/Ohio Northern University PRSSA).

ONU's PRSSA chapter took to the ice with the Pittsburgh Penguins during this year's annual Spring Firm trip (photo/Ohio Northern University PRSSA).

Ohio Northern University has various organizations on campus ranging from social clubs to honorary. There is always something for a student to do. One of the thriving organizations on campus is Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Communications, public relations, multi-media journalism and business majors participate in weekly chapter meetings to help prepare their members for the world of “adulthood.” The upcoming president of PRSSA, Shannon Jack, had this to say about the importance of the organization:

PRSSA is a national organization for aspiring public relations professionals. ONU's PRSSA has offered me endless opportunities to excel in my career, including broadening my network, making friends and gaining valuable PR experience.”

One of the many various activities that PRSSA offers its members is a weekly meeting that features a spotlight speaker. These speakers either Skype or visit the campus for the day to speak to the members about what they do in their professions. Often times, the professionals will hand out business cards, invite students to link with them on LinkedIn, and encourage the members to contact them when they need help with resumes or finding a job or internship.

ONU’s PRSSA chapter also works to help students find their niche. The organization does this by taking its members on a Spring Firm trip, in which the members travel to a selected city and visit various companies and agencies. This spring, nine members plus their professors traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While in the “iron city,” the students were able to explore the scenery. The organization also had the opportunity to speak to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brunner and Visit Pittsburgh over the course of two days. After returning to ONU's campus, the students were more aware of the types of jobs that were out there and the potential fields they might want to pursue.

PRSSA members often graduate from ONU to join the national PRSA chapter and join other public relations professionals, who help these graduates adjust to their new lifestyle. Tiffany Kline, a graduating senior public relations student, is getting ready to take a step into becoming a public relations professional.

The transition from PRSSA to PRSA has been made a lot smoother due to the connection I made during my time in PRSSA," she said. 

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