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2013.04.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Business Leaders to Visit Omaha for Regional Conference at UNO, April 12 - 14

Omaha - Students from across the Midwest will have the opportunity to learn from national experts about digital media, branding and event planning as part of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSAA) regional conference, which will be held on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14.

This year’s regional PRSSA conference, titled “Big Biz in the Big O” is hosted by MaverickPR, UNO’s nationally award-winning PRSSA chapter, and will be attended by over 100 students from universities in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota.

All events take place at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., on UNO’s Pacific Campus.

Guests at this year’s conference include industry leaders like Phil Gomes, senior vice president of Edelman Digital; Tim McMahon, president of McMahon Marketing, a Creighton University associate professor and UNO alumnus; and Megan Hunt, founder of the popular bridal blog Princess Lasertron and co-founder of online fashion store Hello Holiday.

“Our team chose the theme, ‘Big Biz in the Big O’ because of Omaha’s wealth of public relations and communications professionals from major agencies and Fortune 500 companies,” 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.”

The conference opens Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m. with a “Viva la Omaha” social and presentation from Gomes, who comes to Omaha from Chicago.

Conference sessions begin on Saturday, April 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. and will feature agency professionals from Swanson Russell, Bozell, Bailey Lauerman, Emspace Group, ConAgra Foods and Kiewit Corporation, just to name a few.

The conference will close on Sunday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. with a keynote address from McMahon and a presentation on portfolio do’s and don’ts.

The cost to attend the three-day conference is only $25 for PRSSA members and faculty advisers 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.

The conference hotel, Courtyard Marriott Aksarben Village, is located across the street from Mammel Hall.

For more registration details, visit www.unoprssarc.com or the UNO PRSSA regional conference page on Facebook.
For more information, contact: Megan Romero, chapter president at 402.880.9485 or by email at mjromero@unomaha.edu.
For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) 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 2012 and 2009 and Outstanding University Service in 2010.

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