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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day One: PRSSA students delve into chapter development "Saved by the Bell" style

Students from UNO's Public Relations Student Society of America learned how to spice up their chapter at chapter development sessions featuring eight themed student group presentations. UNO was among the eight schools to present on Nov. 6.

Other schools included Brigham Young University, University of Austin-Texas, Indiana State University, Roger Williams University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Utica College and Brigham Young University-Idaho.

These 30-minute presentations were based on the accomplishments of each chapter and the fundamentals to their success.

UNO informed other chapters how to become successful through service with their themed presentation "Saved by the Bell: Successful Service." Presentation members Jill Sauser, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken, Kristen Martin, Cassie Prestia and Sarah Waller sported the theme with Bayside Tiger T-shirts.

The presentation focused on the acheivements of the following campaigns: Voices Against Violence, Toys for Tots, Scouting for Food, UNO Building Bright Futures, Very Important Path and others.*

Faculty adviser Karen Weber poses with the presentation team of (left to right) Jill Sauser, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken, Kristen Martin, Cassie Prestia and Sarah Waller.

Following the presentations, all chapters at the conference were treated to a fiesta party themed "Bring Us Something PRSSA," equipped with mexican food and a mariachi band.

The fiesta is a national conference tradition, where students from each chapter bring school- or chapter-branded souvenirs to exchange with other PRSSA members.

Chapters gather for the fiesta-themed social at the Holiday Inn on the Bay's Pacific Ballroom (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Heather Nasif, Jessica Legg and Alicia Kettleson (left to right) carry on a conversation with a student from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh PRSSA chapter (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Kristen Martin (left) and Mikaela Knipe (right) enjoy the evening as the mariachi band surrounds the table
(Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Yan He (left) and Shannon Stawniak (right) get into the fiesta spirit with maracas in hand (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

*Video clips of the presentation will be available soon.

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