Show us how you KIND, and win great prizes!

Every day, millions of people do something kind for someone else. There are small acts of kindness and big acts of kindness, but they all make a difference in the world.

UT PRSSA is partnering with snack company KIND™ to celebrate and encourage these everyday acts of kindness through an Instagram campaign.

Throughout this week, take a photo of you doing any act of kindness and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card and a box of KIND Healthy Grains™ bars! Just post the photo to Instagram using the hashtags #utoledoprssa and #kindawesome to be entered to win.

So hold the door open for someone, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or donate a box of old clothes — anything to make our world a little kinder!

KIND™. For your body, your taste buds & your world.

Join us at tonight’s meeting!

Join us tonight at 8 p.m. in Student Union Room 2562 for our biweekly meeting!

Our guest speakers are Kathleen Merrill, associate vice president for marketing and advertising at ProMedica, and Esther Fabian, senior account executive at the agency Hart Associates.

Their discussion is ““I thought it was all cigarettes, martinis and long lunches.” It’s about building a strong client/agency partnership (regardless of which side you’re on), what both sides are looking for when they’re hiring new talent, and some sage words of advice from a couple of seasoned veterans. Esther is in charge of the ProMedica account at Hart, and tonight’s meeting will provide a look behind-the-scenes at how ProMedica works with their agency.

Tonight is also the deadline for Gold Membership dues ($50 for national, $10 for chapter if you haven’t paid those yet) so be sure to bring those. We accept both cash and check made out to PRSSA. If for some reason you are unable to attend tonight’s meeting but you wish to pay your Gold dues, you can do so by contacting Sam Watson at We will accept payments until noon on Thursday, Oct. 29 but absolutely no later. If you have any questions about dues, visit our “How Do I Join?” page or email us at

Meetings are always free and open to the public, so don’t be afraid to stop by or bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you there.

PRSSA announces Regional Conferences!

This Monday, PRSSA announced this year’s Regional Conferences:

Innovating Tradition: Diving Deeper Into PR
University of Alabama
Jan. 28–30

PR Advanced: Tune In!
Boston University
Feb. 19–20

Diversity in PR: Embracing Culture and Change
Elon University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Next Generation of PR
California State University, Fullerton
March 11–12

Start Spreading the News
Hofstra University
March 18–19

     The Tale of Our City: PR’s Role in Detroit’s Revitalization
     Michigan State University and Wayne State University
     March 18–19

PRactice: A Community ApPRoach to PR
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
April 9

     PR Grand Slam: Breaking Into the Big Leagues
     University of Cincinnati
     April 8–9

Caffeinate Your Career
Waynesburg University
April 8–9

Highlighted are conferences that UT PRSSA will be looking to attend this year. So why should you come with us?

PRSSA Regional Conferences are a cheaper alternative to some of the national events like National Conference, National Assembly, and Leadership Rally, but with a lot of the same benefits. Regional Conferences broaden your network with fellow students and professionals, and provide invaluable learning experiences from experts in the field and hands-on activities. There is less traveling involved, which significantly reduces costs, plus each conference typically costs only $60 in registration fees compared to the $300+ often required for a larger conference. It’s also a great opportunity to take a road trip with your fellow Chapter members and get to know them on a personal level.

So mark your calendars, set aside a few bucks a month from now until spring, and we’ll keep you updated on the Regional Conferences in our area!

Join us for Relay for Life!

UT is once again hosting Relay for Life on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 a.m. in the Rec Center. We would love to get a team together for PRSSA!
For those of you that have not previously participated in a Relay for Life event, it is a 12-hour event raising money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. At all times, a team member must be walking the track. Because of that, we want to get at least six people who are interested before we sign up. This way each person won’t need to walk more than two hours total throughout the night.
If you are interested in joining, please send us an email at by Friday, Oct. 23. This will be open to all silver members — if you’ve already paid your $10 chapter dues, you’ll be good to go. If you haven’t paid yet, you would just need to do so before you participated.

This Friday’s agency tour: Madhouse!

This Friday, Oct. 23, we will be visiting the graphic design agency Madhouse!

Below is a video created by Madhouse that won a national Addy award last year. To see more of their work, visit their website at

If you’re interested in attending, which I hope all of you are, please email us at by Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Let us know if you need to carpool, but if you’d rather drive yourself that’s fine too! The agency is located at 1215 Jackson St. Toledo, OH 43604. You can park on the street (Jackson) and in the lot behind the building if you can find a spot. There’s also a pay lot on Jackson between 11th and 12th. It’s about an 11 minute drive from Main Campus.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about what it’s like to work in an agency! Please note, agency tours are open to anyone who has paid chapter dues (that’s the $10 one). If you have not yet paid these dues but would like to attend, you can bring your dues with you to the tour and turn them in to any executive board member. Lindsay Mahaney, Sam Watson, and Josie Schreiber all will be there.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Twitter chat recap

Last night, we participated in PRSSA National’s Twitter chat for PRSSA/PRSA Relationship Month “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”

The chat was a great way to talk to PRSSA members from across the U.S., and we gained not only followers, favorites, and retweets, but insight into how to gain mentors and foster relationships with the professionals around us.

To check out the chat’s recap, take a look at the Progressions blog here.

If you’ll notice, UT PRSSA is one of the first tweets mentioned in it. Later, it quotes our Vice President of Member Services, Sam Watson. We’re a little famous, no big deal!

If you missed this month’s chat, don’t fret! The next national Twitter chat is on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. Next month’s topic is about PRSSA publications and how you can get your work published!

Participate in tonight’s Twitter chat!

Get ready for PRSSA National’s monthly Twitter chat!

Tonight, @PRSSANational will host a chat on PRSSA/PRSA Relationship Month called “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.” The chat begins at 9 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. using the hashtag #PRSSARM. Feel free to also use #PRSSA if you’ve got enough characters left!

To make things easier, you can go to and enter PRSSARM in the search box. This will make all tweets using that hashtag pop up, and also will automatically add the hashtag to any of your tweets. If you can’t see the box, but can see the feed, click “sign in” at the top right corner and click “allow” to allow Tweetchat to connect to Twitter. Tweets will take a minute to show up once you click “tweet.”

Our chapter, @utoledoprssa, also will be participating in the chat. If this is your first Twitter chat, don’t be afraid! There will be tons of other students participating from all over the country and you can watch what they do before you decide to jump in. Who knows, maybe you’ll be featured in PRSSA National’s Twitter chat highlights!

RSVP now for this week’s PRSA luncheon!

The Northwest Ohio PRSA Chapter is hosting their monthly luncheon this Friday, Oct. 16 at The Toledo Zoo!

Come hear from Andi Norman, director of public relations for the zoo, about the zoo’s aquarium reopening and the publicity related to that. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch begins at noon.

Attendance is $12 for students, plus the $10 Chapter dues if you have not already paid for your silver membership (for more information on dues, see our How Do I Join? page). If you have not yet paid your Chapter dues, feel free to bring them along with you to the luncheon. PRSA does accept credit cards, but Chapter dues must be paid in cash or by check made out to UT PRSSA.

Carpooling also will be an option — please email if you will need a ride.

If you’d like to go, please RSVP by midnight tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 13). We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us at tonight’s meeting!

Join us tonight at 8 p.m. in Student Union Room 2562 for our biweekly meeting!

Our guest speaker is Clare Spafford, Corporate Communication Administrator for The Andersons, Inc. and PRSSA Liaison for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of PRSA. Her presentation is “The Andersons And Beyond — Our Brand Refresh.” It provides a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on when a company is reinventing its brand, and some great insight into how important a strong brand can be.

Meetings are always free and open to the public, so don’t be afraid to stop by or bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you there.

This Friday’s agency tour: Thread Marketing Group!

This Friday at 2 p.m., UT PRSSA will be heading to Thread Marketing Group for an agency tour!
Agency tours are the perfect opportunity to learn about how different agencies operate and what today’s clients are looking for in terms of public relations. After our successful tour of Hart in November and Quicken Loans in December, we are very excited to see what another great agency has to offer.
If you’d like to attend, be sure to pay your $10 chapter dues for this semester and email us at Carpooling will be available for anyone who needs a ride, otherwise the address is 4635 Alexis Rd, Toledo, OH 43623, which is a 12 minute drive from the University.
To do a little research before the tour, which is highly suggested, please visit Here you can find out about Thread’s mission, history and clients.
We look forward to seeing you at the tour!