By: Adam Piccin ’16
Otterbein PRSSA President
“Your dream job is out there,” Megan Ford, communications programs manager at the American Red Cross, said at Otterbein PRSSA’s first spring semester meeting on Jan. 26.
An Otterbein University alumna, Ford graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She initially studied to become a nurse, but said she “fell into public relations because someone said [she] would be good at it.”
Ford said determination is key to getting where you want to go, and setting goals along the way is important. Other “lessons learned” she highlighted in her presentation for Otterbein students included find a mentor, take on internships, keep a positive attitude and follow your passion.
This was the first PRSSA meeting newly-declared public relations major Michelle Moore ’17 attended. Similar to Ford’s story, Moore just changed majors from nursing to public relations this semester.
“Megan’s story has shown me that it is possible to fall in love with your major all over again,” Moore said. “The information she provided at the meeting helped me realize just because one door closes, it doesn’t mean it’s the end. It is only the beginning to a whole new journey, one I am ready to take with a new group of faculty, fellow students and alumni I know are here to help me along the way.”
Otterbein PRSSA’s next meeting will be a general meeting on Monday, Feb. 2 in Roush 429.
Westerville, Ohio – Hundreds of high school students converging in one area might seem to some a frightening phenomenon, but on Otterbein’s campus Oct. 14, a gathering of high school media students pointed toward a hopeful future.
For the tenth year, Otterbein’s Department of Communication hosted the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Region 5 Workshop, a day-long program giving teenagers a closer look at Otterbein’s state-of-the-art facilities through hands-on media production sessions.
The more than 300 students from 15 central and southwestern Ohio high schools were not just taking selfies and misspelling the King’s English in texts. Instead they were learning how to take better news photographs, discussing investigative story ideas, and willingly improving their grammar.
“For a decade this workshop has been a unique opportunity for bright high school media students to experience a bit of Otterbein’s strong communication programs,” said Jean Kelly, associate professor of communication. “They attend sessions taught by our faculty and talk to current students who volunteer to help as facilitators of the event.”
Several students who have attended the event over the years have eventually enrolled in Otterbein’s communication majors, Kelly added. “We look forward to hosting this event for years to come because these teens have what it takes to become successful communicators.”
By: Adam Piccin ‘16
Otterbein PRSSA President
Otterbein PRSSA’s fall semester theme is consumer and lifestyle public relations. Three public relations and marketing professionals are visiting to discuss how they go about gaining publicity for the product or service they represent.
Megumi Robinson of Experience Columbus visited Otterbein PRSSA on Sept. 15 (pictured above). Robinson, associate director of public relations, was the first of three speakers to come this fall.
On Oct. 27, Tom Santor, executive director of brand marketing for Donatos Pizza, will come to speak in lieu of National Pizza Month.
The final speaker of the semester will be Nov. 10; Angela Krumpelman Sedivy, the Polaris Fashion Place’s marketing director, will round out the speaker events for the semester.
Otterbein PRSSA executive board members said they hope students appreciate this semester’s speaker theme. After all, “Customer service is public relations,” David Fleet of Edelman said.
Additional information is available here.
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