PRSSA at Texas State Presents Autumn Gala for SJMC Students

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The Texas State Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has organized an evening to celebrate faculty and students’ passion for communication.

The Mass Communication Autumn Gala will take place in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on Nov. 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight. This first-ever event is meant to foster networks between the mass communication fields and increase interdisciplinary collaborations on projects and strong professional relationships. The Gala features dancing, a delicious dessert bar, a guest speaker, multi-organizational networking opportunities and a photo booth.

The Gala is open to faculty and students of all mass communication fields and classifications (pre-majors, as well). Cost of entrance will be $7 per person. Guests may bring a date, but must purchase them a ticket; attendees can purchase a maximum of two tickets.

Dress code is ‘Formal Attire’ – For ladies, this means a cocktail or evening dress. For gentlemen, a dark suit and tie, sports coat or dinner jacket. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Please no jeans, khaki, tennis shoes or baseball caps.

Mass Comm. Leader of the Year Award to be presented at Gala

The Mass Communication Leader of the Year Award was created to recognize outstanding students across mass communication disciplines. The award will be given to one male and one female student at the gala who demonstrate academic merit, organizational involvement and relevant experience and serve as a leader in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Texas State University communities.

“We have some exceptional students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and we really want to recognize them for all of their hard work,” said Justin Joe, PRSSA chapter president.

Applicants can submit a résumé and one-page essay on why they believe they deserve the award to Randi Berkovsky, PRSSA Director of Membership, via email at: r_b2@txstate.edu. The deadline to receive applications will be Nov. 14.

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Olga Wilson is Inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows

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Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Senior Lecturer and PR Sequence Coordinator Olga Mayoral Wilson, APR was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows on Oct. 11 during the PRSA 2014 International Conference in Washington, DC.

The College of Fellows, founded in 1989, is a community of more than 300 senior PRSA members who have advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their experience and leadership in the public relations industry. Admission is open to public relations practitioners or educators with 20 years’ experience or more, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. College of Fellows members also must exhibit personal and professional qualities that make them role models for other practitioners or educators.

The purpose of the College of Fellows is to recognize notable public relations leaders and to further the professionalism and reputation of public relations practice and education. College members provide mentoring for public relations professionals and students, support PRSA in the execution of its strategic plan specifically in the areas of advocacy and education, and create and sponsor a continuing education “Master Class” for advanced professionals each year during the PRSA International Conference.

A selection committee consisting current College of Fellows members oversees the nomination of new Fellows. The committee solicited and reviewed applications and recommended this year’s group of candidates to the 2014 Board of Directors.

“The fifteen impressive inductees of the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows each have more than two decades of exemplary public relations work and are a model of what can be achieved in our profession,” said PRSA 2014 National Chair Joe Cohen, APR. “I congratulate them onthis incredible honor and I urge students and new professionals to follow the example of this outstanding group.”

The 2014 inductees to the PRSA College of Fellows are:

Anita A. Brightman, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Douglas F. Cannon, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor, Virginia Tech
Amy T. Coward, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, Palmetto Health Foundation
Sandra C. Duhe, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor and chair, Southern Methodist University
Geraldine Ann Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA, president and chief executive officer, Evans PR Group
Michele E. Ewing, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, Kent State University
William A. Gay, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Reliance Public Relations, Inc.
Laura R. Hammel, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor and program director, Ursuline College
Suzanne M. Holroyd, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA, prevention outreach, office of sexual assault prevention and response, Department of Defense
Rose M. McKinney, APR, Fellow PRSA, founder and chief executive officer, Pineapple RM, Inc.
Christopher E. Payne, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive director of communications, Tulsa Public Schools
Robert E. Sheldon, APR, Fellow PRSA, public relations director, Creative Communications Consultants, Inc.
Brenda S. Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA, public affairs director, State Farm Insurance
Olga Mayoral Wilson, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior lecturer, Texas State University
Kelly L. Womer, APR, ABC, Fellow PRSA, vice president and partner, Linhart Public Relations

About the Public Relations Society of America
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 localChapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.

Screening of A Fragile Trust at Mass Comm Week

A Fragile Trust will be shown Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Alkek 250 to kick off Mass Comm Week, followed by a Q&A with director Samantha Grant.
A FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.  In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of stories published in the Times. The daily operations of the Times newsroom became a public spectacle as every major news outlet picked up the story and ran with it. The fact that Blair is African-American was emphasized again and again as accounts of the ‘Blair Affair’ served up sordid details in a soap-opera style tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt, and power struggles inside the hallowed halls of the New York Times. Through the course of the film, we follow Blair as he slowly unravels in the face of mounting pressures and distractions. Starting with his ‘reporting’ of the plagiarized article that ultimately lead to his undoing, we trace the rise and fall of this fascinating young reporter as he clings to his career at the Times even as he is losing his mind.  Featuring exclusive interviews with everyone involved, including former Executive Editor Howell Raines and Blair himself, A FRAGILE TRUST is the first film to tell the whole sordid story of the scandal while exploring deeper themes of power, ethics, and responsibility in the mainstream media. 

TRAILER: A FRAGILE TRUST: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times from Samantha Grant / GUSHproductions on Vimeo.

Film Screening: Parrhesia

Film Screening: Parrhesia Oct 09, 6:30PM – 8:30PM    LBJ Student Center (LBJ); Teaching Theater, 4th Floor

A documentary that Texas State lecturer Salwa Khan has been working on for the past year and half is going to be shown as part of the university Common Experience this Thursday.

The word “parrhesia” refers to speaking the truth fearlessly and boldly, risking yourself to be yourself authentically. Those holding less power have the most to lose when engaging in parrhesia, yet to not speak carries greater consequence than staying silent. Parrhesia is a 66-minute documentary, developed by two professors in the Texas State University Professional Counseling program, in which we meet eight individuals who talk about their journeys in coming to know oppression and how they learned to fearlessly speak up against it. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the directors and interviewees from the documentary. This film invites everyone to dialogue about issues related to oppression and encourages everyone to find their own ways of engaging in parrhesia.

For more information, visit http://www.its.txstate.edu/.