2011.03.10 > For Immediate Release
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PR Conference at UNO Makes Connections With Pros
Omaha - Students interested in jumpstarting their careers will hear from a diverse panel of public relations experts at “The Power of PR Connections” Regional Activity April 8-10 on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.
The conference, sponsored by MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is open to all students from campuses across the Midwest interested in communication.
The conference opens Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m. with a reception at the Omaha Press Club. Dr. Joe Trahan, APR, PRSA Fellow and international media trainer, will speak at 6 p.m. on crisis communication.
Sessions begin on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at UNO’s new Mammel Hall, home to the College of Business Administration. Among the sessions are sports PR and marketing and event planning and fundraising. One session will feature a debate highlighting the pros and cons of agency versus corporate communications.
Panelists include Teresa Paulsen, vice president of corporate communication, ConAgra Foods; Tom Lange, director of corporate communication, Union Pacific; Joan Lukas, president, Leslie, Kline, Lukas and Associates; and Doug Parrott, executive vice president, Bailey Lauerman. Trahan and Tressa Robbins, BurrellesLuce St. Louis will discuss traditional and social media strategy.
The conference closes on Sunday at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons with resume and portfolio reviews, a panel on career advice and a keynote speech on leadership and branding by Dr. Tim McMahon, McMahon Marketing.
“Our team chose the theme, ‘The Power of PR Connections’ to remind students not to overlook face-to-face interactions in the age of social media frenzy,” said Karen Weber, UNO PRSSA faculty adviser. “Students and professionals can learn best practices from each other during the interactive sessions and through numerous networking opportunities at this conference.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring new or gently used jeans for the conference service initiative, “Jeans for Teens.” All jeans will be donated to Youth Emergency Services, a program for homeless and at risk youth.
The cost to attend the three-day conference is only $20 for PRSSA members and $25 for non-members before March 15 and $25 for members and $30 for non-members until the day of the conference. The registration fee includes the Friday night reception, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a box lunch on Saturday.
To register, visit www.maverickprssa.com or the UNO PRSSA regional activity page on Facebook. Students can also drop off or mail registration forms and checks in care of Karen Weber, UNO PRSSA Faculty Adviser, Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 140-E, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68182-0112.
For more information, contact Kristin Webb: (308) 380-6404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA), offers students interested in public relations opportunities in professional development and community and university service. One of the most active student organizations on campus, UNO PRSSA earned the F. H. Teahan National PRSSA Award for Outstanding Chapter in 2009 and Outstanding University Service in 2010.
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