Past News Releases

Alumni Newsletter (PRSSA Connections Vol. 1 Iss. 1

St. Monica's visits the chapter meeting to discuss the progress of PB&J in LNK.

March 11 Lincoln, Neb. - Becki Roberts, a representative from St. Monica's Behavioral Health Services for Women, visited UNL PRSSA at their meeting. SHe offered the group more information about what St. Monica's does for clients, answered questions from club members and was excited with the progress the group had made on this year's PB&J in LNK. Each committee share their section's next steps. In addition to business and restaurants, the group as a whole decided to contact churches about taking part in food drives. They also discussed PRSSA's participarion in J Days on April 25 and Student Impact Award selections. 

Hearing it from the horses mouth. Matt Talbot visits PRSSA!

March 4 Lincoln, Neb. - This year’s PB&J in LNK logo was revealed to members at the beginning of the meeting. Ryan Lindbeck from Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach stopped by to speak with UNL PRSSA, offering advice and answering questions about how the organization is planning for the event. A representative from St. Monica’s is scheduled to come to next week’s meeting. After Lindbeck spoke, committees gathered and discussed their next steps for PB&J in LNK. 

Details are forming & plans are being made; a few steps closer to a successful event!

Feb. 25 Lincoln, Ne - UNL PRSSA presented that $40 was earned from the Monday Morning Coffee in Andersen Hall. Next week, Ryan from Matt Talbot Kitchen will join the group for the meeting. St. Monica’s will have its presenter join for the March 11 meeting. The restaurant committee decided that there will be two different partner tiers levels of $100 and $300, both offering a different level of incentives. The business group will give will give participating businesses the option of food drive, monetary donation, or both. The public relations group has decided on its media placements and is working out the details for its planned video. For those wanting to attend the mentor meeting, it is in Andersen 109 on Feb. 28. 

The execution of PB&J in LNK is among us! How will you be involved? 

Feb. 18 Lincoln, NE - UNL PRSSA began the meeting by accepting changes to the club’s constitution and bylaws, updating the document for the first time in 16 years. Committees then separated to bring together ideas over the project. The promotions group is considering ways to get the word out to the public and distribute it effectively through multiple channels. The business and restaurant groups are putting the finishing touches on which businesses to contact and how each will have the opportunity to make their role in PB&J in LNK unique. The two groups now have a couple weeks to determine which businesses will be taking part in the event. 

The future of PB&J in LNK depends on your creativity & dedication for success!

Feb. 11, Lincoln, Neb - During today’s PRSSA meeting, members spent time brainstorming ideas and creating objectives for the PB&J in LNK project. The group worked as a whole to develop an objective list before splitting into the smaller PR, restaurant, and business committees to come up with timelines. A smaller group of executives stayed after the meeting to complete timelines for the project. For the next meeting, the PR committee will be looking to redesign the PB&J logo and get on-campus contacts to publicize the event. The restaurant committee will draft letters to the restaurants and research opportunities for raising money. The business committee will draft letters and finalize the list of targeted businesses and organizations. Spring membership dues were due at today’s meeting. If members still wish to be dues-paying members, they must contact Rachel as soon as possible.

Take your first steps in preparing our PB&J in LNK event!

Jan. 28, Lincoln, Neb. - UNL PRSSA met for the second time of the semester. The meeting opened with housekeeping, which included a reminder that spring membership dues of $55 must be paid by Feb. 11. If you paid for in the fall, members do not need to pay again. An announcement was made that if members are interested in the mentorship program, they must see Whitney or Casey about the application, which is due Feb. 4. The meeting then turned to the revision of the clubs constitution and bylaws for the first time in 16 years. An email will be sent out later this week including the additions, allowing members to look over them before the vote at the next meeting. The group began setting goals for the upcoming project before the meeting was adjourned.

UNL PRSSA executive members attend the 2013 Paper Anvil Awards Gala

Jan. 26 Lincoln, Neb. -
2013 was a year for the record books for the UNL chapter of PRSSA. After expanding our annual event, PB&J in LNK, which helped the Food Bank of Lincoln's BackPack program, we worked with local businesses and restaurants, and our numbers far exceeded what we had anticipated. The 2013 PB&J in LNK event included six local restaurants, who served unique peanut butter & jelly dishes, and 13 businesses who participated in a food drive, collecting 1,322 pounds of PB&J. The $1,028 we raised will feed five hungry children for one school year through the BackPack Program. 

Proud of our efforts and results, we took our team to the 2013 Paper Anvil Awards Gala on December 4, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center. After networking with Lincoln and Omaha's finest agencies, we gathered round and awaited for the results of the Paper Anvil Awards. We were presented with six Avil Awards:

  • Outstanding PRSSA Chapter Project- Faceboard

  • Outstanding Classroom Campaign-Jessica Jensen Campaigns Class

  • Outstanding Community or Nonprofit Event- PB&J in LNK

  • Outstanding Social Media or Electronic Media Outreach Campaign- PB&J in LNK

  • Outstanding Strategy to Address a Problem- Streets Alive Intercept Survey Project

  • Outstanding Professional Development- Ben Preston's Internship

We are extremely grateful for our entire team who made the 2013 PRSSA experience skyrocket, and we are looking foward to what 2014 will bring to our members, staff, and community! 

UNL PRSSA students learn about the rewards and challenges in nonprofit PR

Oct. 16 Lincoln, Neb. - 
Tuesday marked the fourth meeting of the year for UNL PRSSA. For those wanting to pay dues, the $55 was due today. If you still want to be a dues-paying member, get your check or cash as soon as possible to Treasurer Jordan Weatherfield or Membership Development Director Ryann Lynn. Students are also still encouraged to put their internships and participate on the faceboard on the third floor. 

Mark Feit, Development Director for the Alzheimer's Association, and Michaella Kumke, Director of Marketing for the Lincoln Children's Museum, were guests at this week's meeting. The UNL graduates talked about their career paths and how they got into nonprofit public relations. Both Feit and Kumke encouraged students to get involved now, be it through internships or volunteer opportunities, if they're interested in a career in nonprofit. They also talked about the challenges associated with nonprofit PR and how it is unique from other areas of business. Both organizations will have internships open in the coming months.

Huskers Athletics Marketing Director discusses sports PR with UNL PRSSA

Oct. 2 Lincoln, Neb. - 
The third meeting of the year for UNL PRSSA started with announcements, including the faceboard on the third floor of Andersen Hall. It is used to communicate internships and opportunities students of the college are currently partaking in. Anyone is welcome to post on it. 
The topic of this week's meeting was PR in sports. Ethan Rowley, a 2003 graduate of UNL and now Marketing Director for UNL athletics, spoke about how important connections are in the professional world, along with methods of resolving issues that have come about for the program. 
Adam Kroft, Marketing Director for the Iron N and an intern at the athletic department, also spoke during the meeting. 
Some members stayed after the meeting to gather data from the Streets Alive event on Sunday. Dues are due at the next meeting, Oct. 15, for those wishing to pay them.

Streets Alive! Investigation - UNL PRSSA discusses research and PR with Carol Jess

Public Relations Student Society of America’s UNL Chapter held its second meeting of the year in Andersen Hall on Tuesday night. President Jessica Jensen began the meeting by discussing upcoming dates before introducing the night’s guest, Carol Jess of CJJ Communications.
Jess informed the audience about the Streets Alive event in Lincoln on Sept. 29, saying it is always important when putting on an event to do the best job possible. The most efficient way to improve on an event, Jess said, is to use research to get feedback from those involved.
That is why she came to UNL PRSSA with her version of the intercept survey that will be used at the event. Club members offered their ideas to Jess on how to improve the survey.
At the end of the meeting, Jess asked for volunteers and to her pleasure, over 20 people signed up to conduct intercept surveys at the four-hour event.
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UNL PRSSA Vice President Receives PRSA Nebraska Scholarship

Congratulations to our vice president, Ben Preston, who received a scholarship from PRSA Nebraska. Ben was recognized at a PRSA Nebraska luncheon July 2. Ben is pictured below with PRSA Nebraska president, Kellie Wostrel (left), and honorees from University of Nebraska-Omaha PRSSA and Creighton PRSSA. Thank you for supporting our chapter, PRSA Nebraska! Congratulations, Ben!