On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., students, faculty and alumni gathered at the Science Education and Research Center on Temple University’s main campus for Temple PRSSA’s 50th Anniversary Gala. Temple PRSSA’s 50th Anniversary Gala was planned by PRowl Public Relations and Temple PRSSA members Shannon McQuaid, Maggie Larkin, Lindsey Danasko and Sydnee’ Carter. If you were not able to make it to the special event, you are in luck! I wrote a play-by-play summary of everything that happened during the celebration.

 

4 p.m.

Set-up officially began at approximately 4 p.m., and our PRowl Public Relations account team and other members of Temple PRSSA gathered to ensure decorations were in place, catering was ready to go, technology was working and registration was in-check at the SERC. The pre-event jitters set in, and everyone was extremely anxious to make the incredible event come to life!

 

5:30 p.m.

Registration began right on time, and attendees were given a name tag, event program and a Temple PRSSA swag bag at the table. During this time, Temple PRSSA also collected new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots as philanthropy for the special event.

 

6:05 p.m.

The guests had officially arrived, and it was time for Chair of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations Dana Saewitz to introduce the Temple PRSSA 50th Anniversary Gala. Dana went into detail about the fifty-year-old chapter, and congratulated current members, faculty and alumni on all of their hard work and dedication to the program.

 

6:15 p.m.

The first speaker to take center stage was Professor and Senior Associate Dean Deborah A. Cai, who was hilariously on-point when reciting the history of the chapter and her experience with Temple PRSSA. Did you know that Temple PRSSA has only had three faculty advisors since it came to fruition in 1969? Professor Cai was very knowledgeable and succinct in her speech and even gave Professor and Temple PRSSA/PRowl Public Relations Faculty Advisor Gregg Feistman a hard time, which sent everyone into hysterics!

 

6:24 p.m.

The second speaker to take the stage was Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication David Boardman. Dean Boardman stressed how proud he was of Temple PRSSA’s accomplishments, and he even went on to joke that coming from a journalism background, he did not always have the most positive perception of public relations professionals. Dean Boardman received a roaring round of applause from students, faculty and alumni.

 

6:40 p.m.

It’s dinner time! At approximately 6:40 p.m., attendees were called by table number to walk over to the buffet table. The event was catered by Cherry and White Catering, and featured an italian, buffet-style dinner. The Temple PRSSA 50th Anniversary Gala also had a white cake provided by Tiffany’s Bakery. During dinner, attendees got up and took pictures to remember the celebration for years to come.

 

7:45 p.m.

Temple PRSSA President Emma McClain made her way up to the podium to give a speech on her experience in the chapter. Emma emphasized that even if everything were to go wrong with the 50th Anniversary Gala (luckily it was a raging success!), it would not take away all of the hard work and accomplishments we have completed as a chapter. Cheers!

 

7:55 p.m.

Right after Emma’s speech, attendees enjoyed a slideshow with Temple PRSSA pictures dating back from 1969 all the way to 2019. It was an incredibly emotional moment to see all of the current members and members who came before us displayed on the projector. Here’s to 50 more years!

 

8:00 p.m.

For the last half hour of the Temple PRSSA 50th Anniversary Gala, attendees had time to take pictures, network and reflect on the wonderful past 50 years of the chapter. It was the perfect way to end the night!

 

This blog post was written by Dylan Manderbach, Director of Public Relations.

 

 

Throughout my entire life, from childhood, teenage years to now, I have always been an avid lover of theater, performing arts and Broadway. I participated in school musicals throughout elementary, middle and high schools, saw theater in Philadelphia as a child and saw my first Broadway show, Sister Act when I was 13. I was bitten by the theater bug and now, at 21, I have seen over 200 shows on Broadway, in Philadelphia and surrounding communities. Musical theater is, without a doubt my strongest passion. In fact, as I'm writing this blog, I'm listening to my latest theater obsession: the acclaimed Broadway musical Hadestown on repeat. I grew up in a creative and musical-loving family, and my parents, ensuring my siblings and I received exposure to arts and culture, have been subscribers of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway Philadelphia series since I was young. I quickly became fascinated with the Kimmel Center and all of the arts and culture they bring to Philadelphia. When I started my freshman year at Temple and found myself studying public relations, I made a goal for myself to one day intern with the Kimmel and hopefully achieve my dream of doing public relations for theater. 

 

In the fall semester of my junior year, I took a public relations writing class. Our final project consisted of interviewing a local public relations professional and creating a comprehensive communications plan for their organization or place of work. I decided to reach out to Lauren Woodard, the Kimmel Center's PR Manager, and we had a wonderful phone call discussing her responsibilities, how she handles PR for a large organization, pieces of advice and our shared love of theater. After our conversation, I completed my project and created a communications plan revolving around Hamilton, the blockbuster musical that just recently ended its historic run in Philadelphia. This plan included objectives, strategies and a variety of tactics to spread the word of Hamilton in Philadelphia. The plan also included internal and external communication pieces, and I wrote a company newsletter announcing Hamilton and created mock social media posts promoting Hamilton. 

 

My professor suggested we send our finished plans to the professionals we interviewed, so I sent mine over to Lauren. She responded with praise for the project and we discussed the possibility of interning in the future! We continued to correspond regularly via email, and in March she invited me to attend a private event announcing the Kimmel Center’s 2019-20 Broadway Philadelphia season. I was so thrilled and had an amazing time at the event - I was able to meet Lauren in person, connect with other marketing employees from the Kimmel, witness how they orchestrate press-heavy events and get a first-glance look at the exciting season full of shows I love. 

 

 

When the summer rolled around and I was looking into fall internships, the Kimmel was at the top of my list. I connected with Morgan Horell, the Kimmel’s Marketing Content Associate and the PR intern supervisor, and I had an interview scheduled for early August. During my interview, Morgan shared how she read my communications plan for Hamilton and how much she loved it. I was given the internship on the spot, and now, a full semester into it, I have attended incredible events, written several blogs, press releases and media alerts, connected with amazing people and am constantly learning new things. I am so thrilled to continue my internship through the spring semester and cannot wait to keep attending events, writing and learning at my favorite company.

 

The moral of the story is this: if you have a dream internship or a dream company you want to work for, take the opportunity to reach out to the necessary people and create those relationships. Stay in touch with those people and if they don't have anything to offer at the moment, stay on their radar! They will keep you in mind when positions become available and you will be among the first they reach out to about opportunities and events. What started as a project for a class a year ago turned into a fantastic internship and amazing relationships I will cherish forever. If you have passion, ambition, and drive, you can make anything possible, from desired professional relationships to dream internships. Don't throw away your shot!

 

This blog post was written by Caitlin Gemmi, Vice President.

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The membership spotlight for this week is Sydneé Carter! She stood out so much this semester. Here is a Q & A with her!

 

Q: Where are you from? What is your major/minor?

A: Prince George's County, Maryland; Communication Studies major and Public Relations minor

Q: How long have you been a member of PRSSA?

A: I have been a member for one semester  Q: Why do you love PRSSA? What do you hope to get out of it?

A: I love PRSSA because it gives me the opportunity the gain hands-on experience in the PR field. I love getting to learn from other students and working closely with our faculty. I hope to gain life long connections.  Q: What committee are you a part of? What have you done with this committee?

A: I am apart of the Fundraising Committee. I have been a part of the planning and execution of numerous successful fundraisers that help our chapter! Q: What PRSSA events have you participated in?

A: HAATBP, Mentorship Events, Fundraising Events Q: What other TU organizations are you a part of?

A: PRowl Public Relations, TUBPRS, Temple Football (Student Recruiter), Temple Athletics (Marketing Intern) Q: Coolest place you’ve ever traveled to?

A: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Q: Favorite social media platform and why?

A: Twitter is my favorite social media platform because you can post words and/or pictures with a limited amount of characters so you have to be cleaver when coming up with your tweets. Also, Twitter has the best memes.   Q: Dream job?

A: I am only a sophomore, so I am still trying to decide but it will most likely be in the sports industry. 

 

This blog post was written by Christina Billie, Digital Publications Editor and Sydneé Carter, General Body Member.