The Public Relations Student Society of America is an organization that helps students network with professionals and enhance public relation skills.
Hallie Evenson, senior communication major with a public relations emphasis, is the organization’s secretary. Evenson said the group promotes one campaign every semester for a campus organization.
“The campaigns give us real life experience of promoting events and getting people involved,” Evenson said.
This semester the organization is creating campaigns for both 90FM’s trivia contest and Relay for Life. Evenson is involved with the Relay for Life campaign and utilizes social media and print advertising to engage local residents and students.
“The campaigns that we do help get students and the community involved,” Evenson said.
Rebecca Mleziva, senior communication major with a public relations emphasis, is president. As a junior, Mleziva transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and joined the organization. Her peers recommended she run for president.
Mleziva brings in professional speakers to help students with their professional dreams.
“When we bring speakers in, they are usually more than willing to give out their business cards or emails,” Mleziva said. “In any job you need to know how to network, that’s how you get jobs now.”
Caryn Reinthaler, junior communication major with a public relations emphasis, is co-public relations director. Reinthaler coordinates the organization’s social media blogs, Facebook page and Twitter account.
Reinthaler also contributes to 90FM’s trivia contest campaign. She enjoys working with students who have similar career goals.
“The best thing about the organization is that I am around people who have a desire to learn about an area that I am actually passionate about,” Reinthaler said. “It just makes me that much more ready to graduate and do the job that I want to do.”