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2011.09.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

MaverickPR Hosts Eighth Annual 'La Notte Italiana' Benefit Dinner

Omaha - Typically, when “La Notte Italiana” (Italian Night) is translated into English, it means an evening in Venice, Rome or Sicily.

But at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), it means MaverickPR’s, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), annual benefit dinner.

The event, featuring authentic Italian cuisine from local restaurants, silent auction and a night to socialize, will be held Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Social Hall, 9302 Blondo St. All proceeds will help the chapter pay for student travel, competitions, campus and community service projects and special events.

The fundraiser comes a few weeks before the PRSSA National Conference in Orlando Oct. 14-18, in which 13 members and their faculty adviser are gearing up to represent UNO. The team has worked year-round to prepare for the five days of professional development, competition and networking. Five members of the team are presenting a chapter development session, “Once Upon a Time: Telling your PRSSA Story.” The presentation will share advice on how to promote your chapter on campus and in your community and how to earn national recognition. These sessions are competitive and UNO PRSSA is only one of eight chapters chosen to present at the conference.

Advance tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for students and $5 for children under 12. They may be purchased or reserved through Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, at (402) 554-2246 or kweber@unomaha.edu through Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets at the door cost $25 for adults and $15 for students.

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, the UNO Student Organizations Leadership and Programming (SOLP) named PRSSA its Outstanding Student Organization in 2010-2011. UNO PRSSA also earned the F. H. Teahan National PRSSA Award for Outstanding Chapter in 2009 and Outstanding University Service in 2010.

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