UW Oshkosh PRSSA

Preparing public relations students for life after college

By Collin Brault, External Relations Chair
I am finally close to completing my last leg of general education requirements for my bachelor of arts degree.  This past winter interim term, I completed “Intro to Public Relations,” my first course that is required for the public relations major. Because I belong to the UWO PRSSA Chapter, I had a small working knowledge of what public relations is and some ways that it has a foothold in business and society. However, after completing this class, the fog has cleared, and I can truly see all that this career path has to offer.

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A Glimpse of Agency Life


Written by: Collin Brault

As November comes to a close, the end of the semester is approaching. Since the Chapter hit the ground at full speed at the beginning of the semester, the Chapter hasn’t slowed down. Through November and leading up to the conclusion the semester the Chapter embarked on its first agency tour of the year while also hosting Skype chats with professionals s at meetings.

On Nov. 10, the Chapter visited the marketing agency Candeo Creative, located in downtown Oshkosh. Thirteen members attended in hopes of gaining career advice as well as getting a sneak peek at what agency life has to offer in the world of public relations.

The Candeo Creative office felt like walking into an entirely different world. A few of the PRSSA members claimed, “It feels like we’re in a slick, modern office in the middle of New York City!” Decorated in pearly white, aqua blue and plum purple colors, the open concept layout created a workspace that encourages communication and teamwork between all employees.

Even though the tour began at 5:30 p.m., many desks in the office were still occupied by employees with a smile on their faces. One of the employees confessed that working overtime hours in the office was anything but abnormal. The three employees leading the tour expressed that working at a small agency, which prides itself on meeting deadlines, it is fairly common to work more than the typical 9:00 to 5:00 shift. However, they made it very clear that it is not a hassle because of their passion for the work they do as well as the co-workers surrounding them.

After showing us around the office, three of the employees gave us advice for acquiring jobs as well as tips for public relations work in general. When attending a job interview, it is important to do  research and get to know the company. Also in the interview, it is important to balance professionalism while expressing your true personality in order to leave a lasting impression that stands out from the rest of the applicants.

The employees also provided advice when it came to situations outside of the interviewing process. One suggestion was to always think like a journalist in all facets of life by constantly asking yourself, “So what?” and, “Who cares?”.  The employees also recommended  to be social and active within the community because you never know how certain relationships can help or hurt you in the workplace.

In the two remaining weeks of the fall semester, the Chapter is participating in two more events.  At our upcoming meeting, our very own president, Katie Biersach will be speaking about her internship experience and the importance of internships. On Dec. 10, the Chapter will be hosting its end-of-the-semester banquet at Benvenuto’s Italian Restaurant where we will celebrate a semester of hard work and present awards to some of the hardworking members.

Stay tuned for The Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter at UW Oshkosh’s last blog post of 2016 that will cover all of the guest speakers that we’ve hosted at our meetings from November through December as well as details from the Fall Banquet!

Professional Development Through Community Connections

img_0493Written by: Collin Brault

Within the blink of an eye, two months of the fall semester have already flashed by, but the Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter at UW Oshkosh has kept busy.  After only seven meetings the Chapter has already acquired new public relations skills and knowledge, inside and outside the classroom.

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Exploring the Loop: Regional Conference 2014

Written by: Isaac Haight

Our Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter at UW Oshkosh traveled to Chicago for a regional conference March 7-8. On the first day everyone who participated was invited to tour several agencies. The two agencies we toured included FleishmanHillard Inc and Edelman.

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Networking in PRSSA

ImageBy: Hilary Stoeberl
Vice President of the Dr. Julie Henderson Chapter of PRSSA

Networking has become one of the most popular ways of not only getting to know the public relations industry, but of meeting the people that represent it. As a young professional, networking should become your best friend.

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If you’re a college student who feels like there is not enough hours in the day or days in the week to get what you need accomplished- you’re not alone.This is what I like to call the daily grind: the crazy things you do to make sure you succeed.

The exhausted feeling and heavy eyes you have because you were in the library until the sun comes up may suck at the moment. But trust me when I say a sleepless night is well worth the feeling of crushing an exam, or having finished a brilliant piece of work to put in your personal portfolio.

Running from your internship to make it to your next class in a 15 minute time span, and then having to go to your part-time job afterward makes your day seem never-ending, but that gives you great experience with time management and teaches you organization.

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NFL: “Protecting” the Shield

Neal Corby

This post was written by PRSSA secretary Neal Corby. 

The criticism of the NFL’s replacement refs was taken to a whole new level on September 24 when the replacement refs blew a number of calls during crucial situations that actually cost the Green Bay Packers the game. This resulted in a horrible PR problem for the NFL.

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UWO PRSSA Hosts Brat Fry

Fundraising is very important to our chapter, especially with the PRSA National Conference right around the corner. Five of our members are attending the event being held in San Francisco, Calif. So, naturally, we wanted to support our attending members and our chapter as a whole by planning an event.

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Meet the 2012-2013 PRSSA Executive Board!

Congratulations to the new UWO PRSSA executive board. After a very competitive election, we are thrilled to announce our new president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The torch has officially been passed, so if you have any questions regarding our organization, please reach out to one of our new board members:

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