Vote for PR and Advertising students in Ford Motor Company video competition

Students from Grand Valley State University and Calvin College that are WMPRSSA and ADclub members have entries in a competition to find people that "go further" - Ford's new tagline. It's meant to create fresh, student-generated social media content for Ford. It's a great learning opportunity for these talented students. The contest is based on views, so vote for GVSU here and Calvin here.

[RECAP] Mentor Hub Mixer

Photo courtesy of @adriwall 31 students. 19 PR pros. 18 two-minute speed networking sessions.

Tuesday's "Mentor Hub Mixer" at Haworth | Interface was more than your average mentor experience.

So what was so different? WMPRSA has extended mentoring opportunities to students and professionals in the past, matching them based on experience and interests. But this year, we wanted to maximize the networking possibilities and let students meet a diverse group of professionals in one place. As students participated in the speed networking sessions, they noted which professionals inspired them the most. These recommendations will help the committee match students and professionals in the most relevant and beneficial way possible.

Photo courtesy of @FerrisStatePR

Students from Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University inquired about work experience, finding internships, insight into different areas of PR, and so much more. Their enthusiasm, curiosity and energy was infectious. I left the event feeling inspired and proud to be part of the public relations community here in West Michigan.

Kudos to Jenny Luth, Clark Communications, for her great ideas to renovate this program.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and all the professionals who have agreed to mentor a student. You're not just making a different in a student's life, but also an investment in the future of public relations.

Professionals and students will be matched and notified early next month.

SEE ALSO: Tweets from the "WMPRSA Mentor Hub Mixer" on Storify

Photo courtesy of @abigaylesloan

GVSU PRSSA Chapter Now Selling Local Media List

The Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter at Grand Valley State University has compiled an extensive list of local media contacts. The list was created to provide guidance for non-profit organizations seeking media coverage in West Michigan and includes more than 90 media contacts from the Tri-County area including Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. Newspaper, television, online, radio, magazines and journal media sources are included. The list is available in printed or electronic form. To purchase your copy of this list for only $50.00, fill out this order form and send in along with a check or money order to Public Relations Student Society of America to:

Attn: PRSSA 1 Campus Drive 290 Lake Superior Hall Allendale, MI 49401

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Katie Odle Vice President of Chapter Development 517-256-0499

Congratulations to GVSU Student-Run PR Firm "GrandPR" on National Recognition

Congratulations to Grand Valley State University's Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter on the recent national affiliation conferred by PRSSA on their student-run firm "GrandPR" - making it the first Nationally-Affiliated student-run firm in the state of Michigan. For the full press release, see below the fold.

Contact: Katlynn Downey (586) 601-8975

Michigan Gains First Nationally Recognized Student-Run PR Firm

ALLENDALE, Mich., March 23, 2011 - GrandPR, a public relations firm of Grand Valley State University students, is the first nationally-affiliated, student-run firm in Michigan, as of Monday March 21st, 2011.

While there are more than 100 student-run public relations firms nationwide, only the elite are nationally recognized by the Public Relations Student Society of America’s national board. Being nationally affiliated ensures high standards in three segments: a strong connection with PRSSA and the parent chapter, Public Relations Society of America, an advanced level of professionalism and a solid organizational structure.

In April of 2010, GrandPR consisted of two staff members, zero clients and was in the process of creating a new brand and structure. “Our goals for the school year were to become established, reputable and nationally recognized,” said Sarah Myles, GrandPR CEO.

In addition to meeting national-level expectations, GrandPR set high standards to ensure results for its clients. The current staff of 23 has worked with ten clients in the past seven months, including Erb Thai, Boardwalk Subs and the Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce.

Teams of an account executive and account associates researched, created and executed campaigns from start to finish. Results included media placements, social media interaction and overall brand awareness.

“We have met all the national standards on paper, but what makes GrandPR stand out is the journey we have experienced in the last seven months,” said Myles. “Endless hours and sleepless nights fueled by a passion for the public relations industry was the driving forces behind our recent success.”

“National Affiliation was one of our wildest dreams,” said Myles. “Our wildest dream has become the sweetest reality.”

About GrandPR

GrandPR is a full-service public relations firm of young professionals. GrandPR is a firm within Grand Valley State University’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. All GrandPR staff members are full-time college students and national PRSSA members. GrandPR commits to providing strategic public relations counsel with innovative communication tactics from a fresh, young perspective.

About Public Relations Student Society

Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA) is the student chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA.) PRSSA allows members to network with other public relations students and professionals, educate about the public relations industry outside of classroom lessons and help launch careers. PRSSA follows PRSA’s footsteps in ethics, diversity and business cases.