Join the 2019-20 Executive Board!

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The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a nationally recognized organization with chapters all around the country. Founded in 1974, UO PRSSA is the only chapter in Oregon and the largest public relations organization on campus.

Key functions of the UO chapter include hosting communications professionals at meetings and networking events, organizing community fundraisers, visiting agencies in Portland, Seattle and other major markets (i.e. Los Angeles, Denver), maintaining a robust mentorship program and providing students with opportunities to gain relevant experience while still at the UO. The six-member, student-led executive board is responsible for designing and leading all chapter activities.

Applications to join the executive team are open until April 12, on which date all application materials (online application, resume and cover letter) must be received by UO PRSSA. Please send a resume and cover letter to prssa@uoregon.edu. Cover letters should address:

  • Why you are interested in the position

  • Relevant experience that prepares you for the position

  • Past involvement with UO PRSSA

  • Anything that makes you a uniquely good fit for the position

  • Top two preferred positions on the board, ranked first and second

Applicants will be notified by April 15 about their application status, including scheduling finalists’ interviews for April 16-19. Official 2019-20 board announcement will be made on April 22. We welcome students of all majors and backgrounds to apply. Any questions about the application process can be directed to Lily Gordon, UO PRSSA Chapter President, at gordon.lilym@gmail.com.

Available Positions:

Vice President

The vice president serves as a liaison between PRSA and PRSSA, which means attending monthly PRSA meetings, organizing networking events with relevant professionals and managing the chapter’s mentorship programs. Additionally, the VP will oversee all student recruitment efforts on campus. Student recruitment may entail creation of collateral material, announcements in relevant classes and outreach at orientation events for incoming students. The VP serves a special supporting role for the chapter president and should be prepared to direct chapter operations in the president’s absence.

This position is a full, academic year commitment beginning May 2019 and ending in May 2020. Students who will be absent for fall, winter or spring terms for whatever reason (study abroad, graduating early, etc.) are not eligible.

UO PRSSA welcomes and encourages involved, motivated students to apply. Commitment to this position, however, exempts students from a secondary, major leadership role in a student group. For example, a student may hold a position on the UO PRSSA executive board and simultaneously be an Account Executive for Allen Hall Public Relations, but not an Account Supervisor or a role on the management team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Abide by, enforce and support the chapter’s constitution, national bylaws and ASUO rules and regulations, Organize and implement the chapter’s peer and professional mentorship programs

  • Coordinate UO PRSSA Professional Development Tours, which have included Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles in past years

  • Generally assist the president with the management and supervision of the executive board and internal committees

  • Serve as liaison between PRSA and PRSSA

  • Organize networking events with PRSA members and professionals in the community

  • Assist the president and SOJC Advising Office with the production of Portland Paddle

  • Manage chapter recruitment efforts, including creation of collateral, class announcements and outreach at first year student seminars/orientations

  • Attend all chapter and executive board meetings, major chapter events, an executive board retreat, Professional Development Tours and participate in the mentorship program


Finance Director

The finance director oversees the UO PRSSA budget for the academic year. Position duties include drafting a budget, collaborating with the SOJC and ASUO Finance Offices, monitoring all chapter spending, collecting dues twice per academic year and promoting the benefits of becoming a dues-paying member to potential UO PRSSA members. The finance director, in collaboration with the chapter president, will coordinate the executive board’s attendance at PRSSA National Conference, including travel, hotel and other financial arrangements. The finance director is also responsible for attending all ASUO program meetings throughout the school year, and should actively pursue additional funding opportunities for the chapter such as additional funding from ASUO surplus.

This position is a full, academic year commitment beginning May 2019 and ending in May 2020. Students who will be absent for fall, winter or spring terms for whatever reason (study abroad, graduating early, etc.) are not eligible.

UO PRSSA welcomes and encourages involved, motivated students to apply. Commitment to this position, however, exempts students from a secondary, major leadership role in a student group. For example, a student may hold a position on the UO PRSSA executive board and simultaneously be an Account Executive for Allen Hall Public Relations, but not an Account Supervisor or a role on the management team.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Abide by, enforce and support the chapter’s constitution, national bylaws and ASUO rules and regulations

  • Serve as the fiscal officer for the chapter, maintaining accurate financial records of all disbursements and receipts and maintaining the fiscal integrity of the UO PRSSA

  • Authorize expenditures consistent with the approved budget

  • Manage the chapter budget including financing of events, committees and other activities/fundraisers

  • Advise the president on financial matters pertinent to the chapter, UO SOJC and student body

  • Collect dues and promote dues-paying membership benefits

  • Assist chapter president in planning attendance and relating logistics for chapter members to national conference

  • Research ways UO PRSSA can increase income through grant research and writing

  • Actively plan campus-wide events that will benefit the overall income of the chapter

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the president, the chapter, or faculty advisor

  • Attend all chapter and executive board meetings, major chapter events, an executive board retreat, Professional Development Tours and participate in the mentorship program


Communications Director

The communications director oversees the UO PRSSA digital presence including its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and WordPress blog. Management of multiple social media platforms requires that the communications director commit time each day to the assigned duties. This entails overseeing a committee of students who will produce content, design the layout and conduct outreach, as well as creating and distributing weekly email blasts to UO PRSSA membership.

This position is a full, academic year commitment beginning May 2019 and ending in May 2020. Students who will be absent for fall, winter or spring terms for whatever reason (study abroad, graduating early, etc.) are not eligible.

UO PRSSA welcomes and encourages involved, motivated students to apply. Commitment to this position, however, exempts students from a secondary, major leadership role in a student group. For example, a student may hold a position on the UO PRSSA executive board and simultaneously be an Account Executive for Allen Hall Public Relations, but not an Account Supervisor or a role on the management team.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Abide by, enforce and support the chapter’s constitution, national bylaws and ASUO rules and regulations

  • Serve as manager of the chapter’s website, maintaining all relevant information to the chapter

  • Manage the chapter’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and WordPress blog

  • Arrange for photography at all chapter events and activities as well as videography when appropriate

  • Document all media placement

  • Oversee the communications committee, including the hiring process

  • Send weekly email blasts regarding upcoming events and opportunities to membership

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the president, the chapter or faculty advisor

  • Attend all chapter and executive board meetings, major chapter events, an executive board retreat, Professional Development Tours and participate in the mentorship program


Events Director

The events director is responsible for chapter events, which include fundraisers, campus-wide events and awareness campaigns. Events coordinated by the events director are focused on increasing revenue and awareness of UO PRSSA. Fundraising events include, but are not limited to, Ducks Love Dogs biannually, Professional Development Workshops at least once a term, Finals Grams during Dead Week of each term, restaurant fundraisers, chapter outings and the End of Year Celebration in June. The events director is responsible for coordinating all aspects of scheduling campus spaces through ASUO and SOJC as well as identifying new fundraising opportunities and improving upon previous fundraising activities and events.

This position is a full, academic year commitment beginning May 2019 and ending in May 2020. Students who will be absent for fall, winter or spring terms for whatever reason (study abroad, graduating early, etc.) are not eligible.

UO PRSSA welcomes and encourages involved, motivated students to apply. Commitment to this position, however, exempts students from a secondary, major leadership role in a student group. For example, a student may hold a position on the UO PRSSA executive board and simultaneously be an Account Executive for Allen Hall Public Relations, but not an Account Supervisor or a role on the management team.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Abide by, enforce and support the chapter’s constitution, national bylaws and ASUO rules and regulations

  • Organize and execute all major chapter events and workshops

  • Foster positive relationships with applicable partners, including SOJC stakeholders, ASUO Financial Controllers, the UO Ticketing Office, UO Events and Scheduling, other campus groups, community partners and professionals  

  • Fine-tune recurring events and ideate new ones focused on fundraising and driving awareness of the chapter to relevant publics

  • Oversee the events committee, including the hiring process

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the president, the chapter, or faculty advisor

  • Attend all chapter and executive board meetings, major chapter events, an executive board retreat, Professional Development Tours and participate in the mentorship program


Programming Director

The programming director coordinates all aspects of bi-weekly chapter meetings including, but not limited to, coordinating with Faculty advisor to make sure room is scheduled, providing outreach to guest speakers and managing the Star Chapter Award. The programming director should work closely with the president to ensure all aspects of meetings are carried out seamlessly. The purpose of programming is to primarily benefit the dues-paying members through events and activities.

This position is a full, academic year commitment beginning May 2019 and ending in May 2020. Students who will be absent for fall, winter or spring terms for whatever reason (study abroad, graduating early, etc.) are not eligible.

UO PRSSA welcomes and encourages involved, motivated students to apply. Commitment to this position, however, exempts students from a secondary, major leadership role in a student group. For example, a student may hold a position on the UO PRSSA executive board and simultaneously be an Account Executive for Allen Hall Public Relations, but not an Account Supervisor or a role on the management team.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Schedule speakers for general chapter meetings

  • Manage and develop meeting attendance by actively updating email lists and UO PRSSA database

  • Develop surveys to gauge chapter satisfaction each term

  • Manage Star Chapter Award progress

  • Abide by, enforce and support the chapter’s constitution, national bylaws and ASUO rules and regulations

  • Coordinate chapter’s internal events specifically for dues-paying members

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the president, the chapter, or faculty advisor

  • Attend all chapter and executive board meetings, major chapter events, an executive board retreat, Professional Development Tours and participate in the mentorship program


2018-19 Executive Board

Lily Gordon  | Chapter President  Lily is responsible for leading the chapter’s executive board as well as overseeing all aspects of UO PRSSA. She serves as a key resource and mentor for all the chapter’s members. She loves to hike, bike, play trumpet, listen to podcasts and try new foods. In the future, Lily hopes to work for a German company in the PR department.    TWITTER    /    LINKEDIN    Email:  uoprssapresident@gmail.com

Lily Gordon | Chapter President

Lily is responsible for leading the chapter’s executive board as well as overseeing all aspects of UO PRSSA. She serves as a key resource and mentor for all the chapter’s members. She loves to hike, bike, play trumpet, listen to podcasts and try new foods. In the future, Lily hopes to work for a German company in the PR department.

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Email: uoprssapresident@gmail.com

Aryel Marquez  | Chapter Vice President  Aryel is responsible for membership, mentorship programs, professional development tours and helping with day-to-day PRSSA tasks. In her free time she enjoys trying new food, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming and spending time with her friends. After graduation, Aryel hopes to pursue a PR career in the Pacific Northwest or Austin, Texas.    TWITTER    /    LINKEDIN    Email:  uoprssavp@gmail.com

Aryel Marquez | Chapter Vice President

Aryel is responsible for membership, mentorship programs, professional development tours and helping with day-to-day PRSSA tasks. In her free time she enjoys trying new food, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming and spending time with her friends. After graduation, Aryel hopes to pursue a PR career in the Pacific Northwest or Austin, Texas.

TWITTER / LINKEDIN

Email: uoprssavp@gmail.com

Sammi Chang  | Programming Director  As Programming Director, Sammi is responsible for inviting inspiring PR professionals to speak at UO PRSSA chapter meetings. When she is not in class, she enjoys listening to music, cooking or trying the trendiest restaurants. After graduation, her goal is to work for a large public relations or marketing firm in a large city.    TWITTER    /    LINKEDIN    Email:  uoprssaprogramming@gmail.com

Sammi Chang | Programming Director

As Programming Director, Sammi is responsible for inviting inspiring PR professionals to speak at UO PRSSA chapter meetings. When she is not in class, she enjoys listening to music, cooking or trying the trendiest restaurants. After graduation, her goal is to work for a large public relations or marketing firm in a large city.

TWITTER / LINKEDIN

Email: uoprssaprogramming@gmail.com

Noah Roberts  | Finance Director  As Finance Director, Noah is in charge of overseeing the PRSSA Budget and organizing its various funds. When he is not in class, he enjoys swimming, playing tennis and reading. After graduation, his goal is to move to Austin, Texas, and start a career in either investor relations or tech PR.    TWITTER    /    LINKEDIN    Email:  uoprssafinance@gmail.com

Noah Roberts | Finance Director

As Finance Director, Noah is in charge of overseeing the PRSSA Budget and organizing its various funds. When he is not in class, he enjoys swimming, playing tennis and reading. After graduation, his goal is to move to Austin, Texas, and start a career in either investor relations or tech PR.

TWITTER / LINKEDIN

Email: uoprssafinance@gmail.com

Amelia Bennett  | Events Director  Amelia Bennett serves as the Events Director bringing the PRSSA community together through coordinating workshops, chapter outings, fundraisers, and team bonding events. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest and writing for her blog. After graduation, she aspires to begin her career working in the non-profit sector of PR.    TWITTER    /    LINKEDIN    Email:  uoprssaevents@gmail.com

Amelia Bennett | Events Director

Amelia Bennett serves as the Events Director bringing the PRSSA community together through coordinating workshops, chapter outings, fundraisers, and team bonding events. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest and writing for her blog. After graduation, she aspires to begin her career working in the non-profit sector of PR.

TWITTER / LINKEDIN

Email: uoprssaevents@gmail.com

Marie Van Rysselberghe  | Communications Director  As Communications Director, Marie manages UO PRSSA’s social media and website, along with leading the Communications Committee. When not in Allen Hall, Marie can usually be found somewhere along I5 North, baking gluten free desserts or FaceTiming her dogs. Marie would like to work at a PR agency in San Francisco, California, upon graduation and eventually pursue career interests in communication law.    TWITTER    /    LINKEDIN    Email:  uoprssacommunications@gmail.com

Marie Van Rysselberghe | Communications Director

As Communications Director, Marie manages UO PRSSA’s social media and website, along with leading the Communications Committee. When not in Allen Hall, Marie can usually be found somewhere along I5 North, baking gluten free desserts or FaceTiming her dogs. Marie would like to work at a PR agency in San Francisco, California, upon graduation and eventually pursue career interests in communication law.

TWITTER / LINKEDIN

Email: uoprssacommunications@gmail.com