PRSSA Conference in San Diego

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Four students in Simpson College’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will be attending the PRSSA International Conference in San Diego Oct. 18-22. 

The conference offers a gathering place for public relation students across the nation, helping them meet others studying in the major and learn from them. 

“The topics that are covered are things that students at a small school like Simpson don’t often get to experience, so it’s an incredibly invaluable opportunity,” PRSSA chapter president, Baillee Furst, said. 

The conference includes listening to speakers and hands-on workshops. The students will attend educational sessions about the public relations field, professional development, improving chapters, and what the chapters offer to their campuses. 

Only four students are able to go to the conference this year because it is in San Diego and will be expensive. Students were chosen to go through an application process.

The trip is funded by Simpson’s Student Government Association. “Students will be reimbursed for a certain amount of their food. The flights and hotel are paid for, so expenses are dependent on the individual student’s personal spending,” Furst said. 

“Hopefully, in the future, the conference will be a little bit closer to home and we’ll be able to send more people,” Furst said. 

Furst says she hopes to bring what she learns at the conference back to Simpson. 

“I’ll be attending a student-run firm workshop that will help me in my leadership of our student-run firm, C Street Agency,” she said. “I’ll also attend chapter president leadership sessions, which will assist me in learning how to make PRSSA the best experience it can be for as many people as possible.” 

Furst said a goal of PRSSA this year has been to put on more programming for people on Simpson’s campus outside the PRSSA and the major.

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