Columbus State Charters PR Organization for Students

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of Communication has successfully met standards to charter an organization that’s proven valuable to students with career aspirations in public relations.

About 25 CSU students are members of a new Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Nationwide, PRSSA has more than 11,000 students in 300-plus chapters.

Chris McCollough, an assistant professor of communication who oversees CSU’s public relations concentration, said that the creation of the PRSSA chapter “creates tremendous professional benefits for students with an interest in public relations.”

PRSSA makes it possible for CSU student members to participate in annual competitions at the regional and national level, network with potential employers and gain access to the organization’s resources.

“My personal experience as a student member in PRSSA was one where I developed several lifelong friendships with classmates that shared career interests in public relations and journalism,” McCollough said. “This is also an opportunity for students from all over CSU’s campus to come get to know one another and enhance the quality of their college experience outside the classroom.”

To pursue a PRSSA charter, Columbus State had to confirm that its PR curriculum met certain standards, and students were required to create bylaws for review on both the regional and national level.

CSU’s regional sponsor is the Georgia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, which is the parent organization for PRSSA.

Officers of CSU’s new PRSSA chapter are students Brandon Lashley, president; Kimberly Dutton, vice president and treasurer; and Chelsea Person, PR officer and historian.

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