PRSSA establishes new chapter at Tarleton State University


Thursday, March 21, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas —The Public Relations Student Society of America has granted a charter to the communications studies department in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at Tarleton State University.

Founded in 1967, PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. It is composed of more than 10,000 students and advisers from nearly 375 chapters globally.

Faculty adviser Liza Benedict, Ed.D., said the application process was rigorous and now Tarleton joins some elite ranks. Eighteen Texas academic institutions offer student chapters, she said, including Texas A&M, UNT and Baylor. Tarleton will make 19.

PRSSA executive director Jeneen Garcia enthusiastically welcomed the Tarleton students.

“For more than 50 years we have been helping prepare tomorrow’s communications professionals for a career in PR and providing educational opportunities that complement what’s being taught in the classroom,” she said. “We look forward to working with the university for years to come.”

PRSSA members will meet once a month during the school year. Membership fees are $55 annually. Through PRSSA, students will have access to mentors, internship listings, competitions, scholarships, conferences, awards, jobs and leadership opportunities.

PRSSA advocates rigorous academic standards for PR education, high ethical principles and diversity in the profession. It also provides publications, news and social media to keep members updated on industry trends.

Information sessions take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, in Room 386 of the O.A. Grant Building. Interested students are welcome to attend.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

Contact: Phil Riddle, News and Information Specialist
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A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.