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April 9th - Speaker Meeting: The Wild Side of PR, Plus Officer Elections! At this meeting, learn all about the wild side of communication from Jackie Wallace, Director of Public Relations at the Houston Zoo and our professional advisor! Also, paid members who want to lead PRSSA Houston as an elected officer during 2019-2020 can sign up to give a brief candidate introduction. Officer positions and qualification requirements are detailed below. Join us at the PRSSA Houston meeting on Tuesday, April 9th, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Student Center South - Skyline Room.
April 9th - Along with our speaker meeting on April 9th, we are also holding Officer Elections. 2019-2020 Executive Board positions are still open for application! There are seven officer positions available to run for. These positions and their duties according to the Chapter Handbook are listed below. Five of the positions available require the nominee to serve one full academic year, and two of the available positions only have to serve one semester. 

1. Chapter President: The Chapter President must be able to serve one full year in office, meaning they may not graduate in the fall. The President duties include:
- Motivate executive board and members through enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Preside at all membership and executive board meetings.
- Appoint committees and advise chairs; advise members about Chapter activities.
- Delegate responsibilities of officers and committees.
- Direct overall Chapter operations.
- Recommend and establish goals and objectives for the Chapter with the approval of the membership, Faculty and Professional Advisers.
- Assist the treasurer in collecting dues and provide an accurate dues form to PRSSA Headquarters by Nov. 1 and March 1.
- Stay in contact with the PRSSA National Committee.

2. Vice President: The Vice President must be able to serve one full year in office. Their duties include:
- Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Perform presidential duties if the president is absent or unable to perform them.
- Help the president coordinate and direct committee activities and Chapter operations.
- Perform duties as delegated by the president. 
- Counsel the president by recommending goals, objectives, plans and programs.
- Coordinate and disseminate information about the PRSA New Professionals Section and PRSA Associate Membership for graduating PRSSA members.

3. Treasurer: The Treasurer must be able to serve one full year in office. Their duties include:
- Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Work with the president in preparing the annual budget.
- Collect Chapter and national dues, with the assistance of the president, and completely and accurately prepare the PRSSA dues form.
- Provide financial reports periodically to the Chapter membership. 
- Collect fees for any Chapter special events and fundraisers.
- Disburse Chapter funds with proper approval.
- Provide safekeeping for all Chapter funds and keep accurate financial records.

4. Director of Programming: The Director of Programming must be able to serve one full year in office. Their duties include:
- Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Contract speakers for meetings, and then set dates for them to come. 
- Plan spring and fall banquet, as well as any socials.
- Head the Programming Committee.
- Plan agency tours.
- In charge of delegating event planning procedures, like fundraising opportunities.

5. Director of Membership: The Director of Membership must be able to serve one full year in office. Their duties include:
- Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Help the Secretary maintain and record the history of the year to be passed on.
- Compile and keep an updated membership list.
- Shall perform all other duties pertaining to the Office of the Membership Director as directed by the Executive Committee.

6. Director of Public Relations: The Director of Public Relations can be a one semester officer. Their duties include:
- Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Create graphics for upcoming meetings and events.
- Actively run the PRSSA Houston social media accounts.
- Community outreach and motivating potential new members to join our organization.

7. Secretary: The Secretary can be a one semester officer. Their duties include:
- Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
- Prepare agendas with assistance by the President; handle Chapter correspondence.
- Record and distribute the minutes of all executive board and membership meetings.
- Maintain a record of Chapter members with school and permanent home addresses.
- Keep the Chapter’s charter, other permanent documents and Chapter Handbook.
- Notify PRSSA Headquarters and PRSA sponsor Chapters of changes in Chapter leaders.

These are the seven officer positions available for your candidacy. If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please click the button below to send us your name, the office you would like to run for, your anticipated graduation date, and a brief synopsis of why you believe you'd be good for the position.
Officer Interest Email
April 24th-26th - PRSA Southwest District Conference, LAUNCH, will take place at the Whitehall Hotel in Downtown Houston. The conference will bring together public relations and communications professionals from across Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma for three days of professional development and networking. The registration fee for PRSSA members is $150. There are scholarships available on PRSALaunch.org. You can register for LAUNCH by clicking the button below.
Register Now
Upcoming Scholarships...
The Valenti Alumni Scholarship - Your last chance to apply for this scholarship is now. These scholarships offer $2,000 and the deadline is March 29th. For more information, click the button below.
Valenti Alumni Scholarship
PRSA Houston Scholarships - These scholarships offer between $1,000 - $3,000. Your deadline to apply is May 31st. For more information, click the button below.
PRSA Houston Scholarships
PRSSA International Conference Grant - This scholarship assists with covering the registration fee for students interested in attending the PRSSA International Conference in San Diego. In order to apply, fill out the application by clicking the button below. The deadline to apply is May 31st.
PRSSA Grant Application
PRSA Foundation Student Travel Grant - The PRSA Foundation is offering up to $2,500 in funds to cover ten students to attend the PRSSA 2019 International Conference. Not only will Conference expenses be paid for, but winners will also receive mentorship from PRSA professionals, as well as at least one informative panel discussion with industry professionals. To apply, fill out the application by clicking the button below.
PRSA Student Travel Application
Graduating Seniors...
Graduating PRSSA Members can order a PRSSA stole online for $35 at PRSSAHouston.org, or you can pay by check. To pick up your stole, contact Professor Julie Fix at jbfix@central.uh.edu. To order online, click the button below. 
Graduation Stoles
Upcoming Workshops...
Interviewing Workshop - This event is hosted by UH Career Services and is geared towards helping any and all students. The workshop will be held on March 28th from 3-4 p.m in Student Service Center 1. Register for this event through Cougar Pathway

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop - This event is hosted by the women's studies program and is geared towards helping women in the workplace earn the money they deserve. The workshop will be held on April 19th from 9-11 a.m. in Agnes Arnold Hall 210. To register, click the button below.
$tart $mart Workshop
What happened this week in PRSSA Houston?
This week, we heard from two Houston PR professionals that work in the world of theatre. Whitney Spencer, the Public Relations Manager at The Alley Theatre, and Lisa Holmes, the Public Relations and Communications Manager at Theatre Under The Stars, taught us the importance of creativity in public relations work. They also discussed the effects Hurricane Harvey had on their respective theaters, and how they handled that crisis professionally. Whitney advised us to giving new leaders within your company a rundown of important members of press, and Lisa informed us that positive relationships with press are the key to success for your company. If you missed out on this meeting, make sure to attend our next one with Jackie Wallace on April 9th.
If you have any further questions about any of the specific officer duties, our current Executive Board would be glad to help you out. Feel free to contact any of the following officers through GroupMe, or at their personal email addresses. 

President, Emma Glen - emmaeglen@gmail.com
Vice President, Alyssa Foley - foleyalyssa1@gmail.com
Treasurer, Catherine Pierce - cepierce1@gmail.com
Director of Programming, Fatimah Sayeed - fatimahsayeed@gmail.com
Director of Membership, Alonso Casas - alonso.i.casas@gmail.com
Director of Public Relations, Delia Gonzales - delialucindagonzales@gmail.com
Secretary, Eden Dombrowa - epd0707@gmail.com
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