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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