The Drewry Chapter of PRSSA, named after Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean, John E. Drewry, was founded at The University of Georgia as a Beta chapter in 1969 (nine Alpha chapters were established when PRSA founded PRSSA in 1968). Steve Ellis was the organization’s first president. The Drewry Chapter is the largest in the nation with 250 members.

Opportunities to Grow With PRSSA

In addition to our chapter meetings, we offer a variety of opportunities for our members throughout the year including:

PRSSA Chapter Committees:

Our chapter committees help student members learn PR skills in the areas of event planning, outreach, member recruitment, writing, media relations, social media, and community relations.

PRSSA Executive Board:

The UGA PRSSA Executive Board provides an opportunity for seasoned members to mentor the UGA PRSSA membership for the academic year. These elected positions provide valuable leadership experience and allow students to serve our members directly by organizing speaker events, promoting the chapter, writing feature stories that highlight our membership, managing fundraising efforts, and creating professional networking opportunities within our department.

Talking Dog:

PRSSA’s in-house creative agency combining top Grady’s top talent from our Advertising and Public Relations majors.

ADPR Connection:

Our annual public relations and advertising conference where professionals from the Atlanta area connect with UGA students. The event features panel sessions, a career fair, opportunities for resume critiques and a luncheon.

Washington D.C. Agency Tour:

The Grady PR Agency Tour is offered to chapter members each February to visit PR agencies and network with professionals and government officials in the nation’s Capitol.

Classic City Tour:

Network with local talent in the Athens area including Jackson Spalding, See.Spark.Go, UGA Sports Communication, UGA Communications Office, and more. This is a free tour offered to PRSSA members each fall.

Atlanta Agency Tour:

This members-only tour offers PRSSA members a chance to tour agencies and corporate settings in Atlanta while expanding their professional network. This is a free tour offered to PRSSA members each spring.

Nonprofit Tour:

Each spring, the non-profit tour offers members a chance to tour not for profit agencies in Athens and Atlanta while expanding their professional network. This is a free tour offered to PRSSA members each spring semester.

Member Appreciation Nights:

Our member appreciation night honor PRSSA members for their hard work and involvement in PRSSA throughout the semester.

Holiday Socials:

Our annual holiday social offers chapter members a chance to be thankful and support a local family during the holidays through the Angel Network.