Lockheed Martin offers competitive position to UGA student

January 30, 2017

Author: Savannah Flynn

ATHENS, Ga. – Out of 500 applicants for Lockheed Martin’s Communications Leadership Development Program, University of Georgia student, Stephanie Dixon, received one of three offers for the company’s internal/external communications track. Dixon is a current senior at UGA majoring in public relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications and serves as the Digital Media Director for the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) Drewry Chapter.

“When I was a sophomore in PRSSA I attended the Lockheed Martin CLDP information session put on by our chapter, and I knew right away that was what I wanted to do. I had to wait two agonizing years to actually apply after that, but getting the phone call telling me that I was being offered the position made it well worth the wait,” said Dixon regarding how PRSSA helped her discover her dream job.

Lockheed Martin is the nation’s leading defense contractor for the US Department of Defense. They specialize in missiles and fire control, space systems, aeronautics, and rotary and mission systems. The Leadership Development Program offers recent graduates a full time two-year rotational track, which will allow them to spend a year in one office location before transferring to another office the second year. At each location, the recipients of the position will focus on a specific aspect of the company within their given track.

Dixon will live in Moorestown, NJ for her first rotation working in rotary systems. For her second rotation, she will work in government affairs in Crystal City, VA. After the two years in the Leadership Development Program, she will have the option to continue with Lockheed Martin in a full time position in communications.

Dixon is not the first member of UGA’s PRSSA Drewry Chapter to receive the Leadership Development Program position. Ananda Costa is a UGA ’17 grad and was a member of PRSSA’s Drewry Chapter majoring in public relations. Costa currently lives in Arlington, VA as part of her first rotation in the program.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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UGA PRSSA hosts holiday social

November 30, 2017

Author: Melissa Seguin

ATHENS, Ga. – Members of UGA PRSSA gathered together for a holiday social on Nov. 28. This social marked the last time members would gather together in Studio 100 for the Fall 2017 semester.

In an effort to give back to the Athens community and spread Christmas cheer, UGA PRSSA sponsored two children in the foster care system, Gabriel and Teuron. Members donated dozens of gifts, including clothes, board games and puzzles. Faculty advisor Kim Landrum arranged for each child to also receive a bicycle. Landrum also spoke to attendees, emphasizing how much of an impact their donations would have in giving these two children a Christmas they truly deserve.

“Maintaining a positive attitude towards the idea of giving makes the holiday season worth celebrating. PRSSA has the resources to elicit these generous attitudes amongst students, and in return, we can make an impact in the Athens community,” said Chris Swinson, member of the Publicity Committee.

Members were dressed in their tackiest holiday attire and ate holiday snacks. They wrapped the children’s gifts and reflected on yet another successful semester as classes draw to a close.

PRSSA will reconvene in the spring semester, continuing to help members network and learn more about the PR field. The first meeting will take place on Jan. 16 and will feature the Coca-Cola Company.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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PRSSA takes members on classic city agency tour

November 9, 2017

Author: Marcella Genut

ATHENS, Ga. – Public Relations Student Society of America Drewry Chapter took 13 members on an agency tour in Athens on Nov. 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members visited Jackson Spalding, See.Spark.Go and University of Georgia’s Marketing and Communications Team.

The day started with a tour of Jackson Spalding and a panelist discussion featuring Kristin Couch, Cody Nichelson, and intern and PRSSA member Delani Marchigiani. Topics such as Jackson Spalding’s culture, agency life, and differences between journalism and public relations careers was discussed.

Members then visited See.Spark.Go and spoke with Andy Thoms, the co-founder and Monique Jacques, the hiring director. Thoms and Jacques discussed resumes, internships and the importance of creative storytelling while also detailing insights to the public relations industry.

The final stop was UGA’s Marketing and Communications Team where students learned the challenges of UGA’s new logo launch last year. Karri Hobson-Pape, the vice president, first presented to the students and Michele Horn, the director of brand strategy, explained the strategy behind the new logo.

Janet Beckley and Peter Lee, the graphic designers, went through the creating process for the new logo. Kalena Stull, the social media principal, shared a glimpse into UGA’s social media presence.

“I found the classic city tour to be very informative. I came on to the tour not having a clear idea of what I wanted to do in public relations. Now, I am a lot more confident on where I want to go in my career field. I would recommend everyone to take advantage of this amazing opportunity,” said Marta Torres, a third-year public relations student.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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 Mizuno’s director of brand communications Harper Cornell speaks at UGA PRSSA meeting

November 7, 2017

Author: Kayla Nichols

ATHENS, Ga. – Members of UGA PRSSA gathered in Studio 100 on Nov. 7, to meet with Harper Cornell, Director of Brand Communications for Mizuno, to learn about the agency experiences that lead to her current position.

Cornell moved from Delaware to Atlanta after graduation to pursue the large PR Agencies the city has to offer. After receiving an internship with Edelman through a PRSA event, Cornell landed a full-time job where she gained experience in crisis communications, media relations, non-profits and corporate communications. Cornell’s projects at Edelman include Wal-Mart, Georgia Pacific and the International Paralympic Committee, which brought her back to her sports roots.

“Wait until you find a niche focus in your agency to move on to corporate,” Cornell emphasized. Cornell waited until the agency lifestyle helped uncover her passions to transition to Mizuno. As a softball player in college, Cornell wore and loved the brand. Her consumer experience with Mizuno and experimentation within Edelman lead to the perfect fit.

“I loved the emphasis Harper Cornell puts on trying new things in order to find your niche. It’s inspiring to see her use her passions in her work,” said Julie Morris, member of the Publicity Committee.

Cornell emphasized the importance of finding ourselves through curiosity and perspective, whether that be through asking questions or building your network. PRSSA is thankful for Cornell’s insight and inspiration on finding our niche in the world of public relations.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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Suzanne Rutledge of See.Spark.Go. Speaks at PRSSA Meeting

October 26, 2017

Author: Ansley Bolen

ATHENS, Ga. – Suzanne Rutledge of See.Spark.Go. spoke at a PRSSA meeting on October 24, 2017 about her career and her nine-month trip around the world. Rutledge gave her advice, personal experience, and a unique perspective to the journalism and public relations industry.

Rutledge, a University of Georgia Grady College graduate, captivated the audience as she recollected her travels abroad, which included volunteer work, cultural immersion, and daunting challenges. However, even after traveling for nine months, Rutledge returned to Athens, Georgia, and jumped straight back into her career. Currently Rutledge is a senior account lead at See.Spark.Go. “It was inspiring to see how [Rutledge] was able to travel and experience life in a new way, but still be able to return to a career she was passionate about,” said Cayce Reese, PRSSA member.

Living life to the fullest while also pursuing passions is Rutledge’s specialty. Her book, From the Rut to the Ledge, offers her real experiences and advice for taking advantage of life and seizing every opportunity. The PRSSA Drewry Chapter is grateful to Suzanne Rutledge for an engaging and informative meeting.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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Choice Publicity owner Heather Adams provides unique opportunity to UGA PRSSA 

October 9, 2017

Author: Kayla Nichols

ATHENS, Ga. Members of UGA PRSSA gathered on Oct. 9, to skype in with Heather Adams, UGA Grady Alum and owner of Choice Publicity, located in Nashville, to learn about the career paths leading up to her success. PRSSA members were given a unique opportunity to intern with Choice Publicity without having to relocate.

Adams first worked as a Public Information Officer, a Chief Marketing Officer and then head of the publicity department for Thomas Nelson publishing. Although each company taught her a new lesson, she highlighted that “relationships matter so significantly to your success in the field.”

Her knowledge and skillsets from those positions provided her the opportunity to create Choice Publicity. The company’s tagline, “We Make You Known,” attracts clients that need clarity, exposure and an audience, including former Bachelor Sean Lowe during his book release.

Adams takes her status as a UGA Grady Alum seriously. She was heavily involved with different aspects of UGA including Greek Life and serving as a Homecoming Chairman.

PRSSA member Kayla Hall commented on our Choice Publicity meeting, “I liked how honest Adams was in saying that we need to strengthen our networks and that we must have the skills to be competitive in the industry. It gave me inspiration considering I want to do Entertainment PR.”

Choice Publicity is a great example of a company with values that members of PRSSA want to uphold. PRSSA looks forward to the opportunities Heather Adams and Choice Publicity provide to its members.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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Tucker Sarkisian of SweetWater Brewing Company Speaks at AdPR Week

October 2, 2017

Author: Ansley Bolen

ATHENS, Ga. – Tucker Sarkisian, Director of Public Relations at SweetWater Brewing Company, came out to support UGA AdPR week with a candid and informational guest talk on everything from her robust career to her beginnings as a UGA Grady student. Sarkisian was recently named one of UGA’s 40 under 40; having her share her career advice and experience at AdPR Week with UGA was an honor.

Despite graduating a mere seventeen years ago, Sarkisian has made her mark on multiple different industries. Though she started out working at the UGA Grady College, she quickly jumped to editorial writing for Jezebel and then on to having her own firm. With many adventures in between every milestone, Sarkisian is now running the Public Relations department for one of the most well-known craft beers. She seems to have done it all – but you wouldn’t know it from her modest demeanor.

Sarkisian is approachable and honest about her success story. Listening to her speak not only inspired those in attendance, but captivated the spirit of AdPR week. She lectured on how to have fun with your career, take chances, and never give up on yourself. Throughout her interactive speech, she took listeners through a typical day at SweetWater. Polling the audience for crisis solutions and social media savvy tools, Sarkisian showed students that creativity and collaboration go a long way.

AdPR Week at UGA wouldn’t have been complete without Sarkisian in attendance. Thank you to both her and everyone else who made the week’s celebrations possible.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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Lockheed Martin presents unique career opportunity to UGA PRSSA members

September 27, 2017

Author: Spenser Thompson

ATHENS, Ga. – Members of UGA PRSSA conducted a meeting on Sept. 18, with members from Lockheed Martin’s public relations department to learn about the company’s Communications Leadership Development Program.

PRSSA members learned about the company’s background and leadership program from visiting Lockheed Martin employees They presented information on the details and opportunities that the program has to offer.

The leadership program is a full-time, two-year development program that consists of one-year rotations at two Lockheed Martin sites working with either internal/external or visual communication. There will be a permanent position available upon program completion.

Students can apply to the program by submitting a resume and cover letter to the Lockheed Martin career website by Sept. 27, with a decision by December.

“I’m really intrigued by the fact that the program not only leads to a permanent position with benefits, but that I will be a guaranteed to have a job by Christmas,” said Savannah Flynn, senior public relations major.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s leading global security, aerospace and technology company. PRSSA is excited about the unique career development opportunities that Lockheed Martin can bring to its members.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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Lockheed Martin presents unique career opportunity to UGA PRSSA members

September 27, 2017

Author: Spenser Thompson

ATHENS, Ga. – Members of UGA PRSSA conducted a meeting on Sept. 18, with members from Lockheed Martin’s public relations department to learn about the company’s Communications Leadership Development Program.

PRSSA members learned about the company’s background and leadership program from visiting Lockheed Martin employees They presented information on the details and opportunities that the program has to offer.

The leadership program is a full-time, two-year development program that consists of one-year rotations at two Lockheed Martin sites working with either internal/external or visual communication. There will be a permanent position available upon program completion.

Students can apply to the program by submitting a resume and cover letter to the Lockheed Martin career website by Sept. 27, with a decision by December.

“I’m really intrigued by the fact that the program not only leads to a permanent position with benefits, but that I will be a guaranteed to have a job by Christmas,” said Savannah Flynn, senior public relations major.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s leading global security, aerospace and technology company. PRSSA is excited about the unique career development opportunities that Lockheed Martin can bring to its members.

About the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA

The John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world with more than 250 active members. Named after the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, it was founded at the University in 1969. Currently, Kim Landrum is the faculty advisor and Lynn Harris Medcalf is the professional advisor.

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