My trip to PRSSA 2014 National Assembly

Life is a trip, not a destination.”-Fred Cook, Chief Executive Officer, GolinHarris International.

Over the past weekend, I had the great honor in representing PRSSA-UD at PRSSA 2014 National Assembly in Charleston, South Carolina. As a delegate, I voted to elect the new National Committee for 2014-2015. It was more than just casting a vote on a ballot slip. Ultimately, I represented my Chapter at the University of Delaware and kept in mind the attributes and goals our members would like to see in a new National Committee.

Ranging from advocacy to professional development positions, the National Committee truly serves as a resource to all PRSSA Chapters across the country. If our Chapter was faced with an ethical dilemma that required greater attention than available at UD, our executive board should be comfortable enough to reach out the Vice President of Advocacy for advice and additional insight. If our Chapter accomplished an achievement or completed a successful fundraiser, we can directly communicate to the Vice President of Public Relations for online coverage. The students that will soon serve in these positions are passionate about their specific responsibilities and helping Chapters achieve greatness overall.

As Fred Cook said during National Assembly, your life continues to take you to new places and encounters.  Being a part of PRSSA on a national level and in a local Chapter is a trip. With experiences that push you out of your comfort zone, members never know what they will learn next. The knowledge learned from being a PRSSA member fosters real life experiences and professional development in the public relations and communication related fields.

The newly elected National Committee is definitely, ‘in for a trip,’ and PRSSA-UD is looking forward to watching them cruise with success!

By: Natalie Hines

Natalie is a junior mass communication major with minors in advertising and leadership. She has been a member of PRSSA-UD since 2011 and has served two positions on the executive board. She is truly honored to serve as Chapter president of PRSSA-UD next year! Connect with her on Twitter, @NatalieHines1.

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