We have 78 public relations graduate students, instructors, professors (including retired professors), and professionals who have been working year-round to plan the PR Division’s activities for the AEJMC conference, scheduled for August 4-7 in Minneapolis. Our vice head, Emily Kinsky, is doing a great job with our panel programming, and our committees have some exciting events in store for our members.
The Arthur W. Page Center has agreed to sponsor our pre-conference from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 3. The pre-conference is focused on leadership and will cover the following topics:
- Teaching: What we need to teach our students about leadership to become industry leaders
- Research: Issues in leadership research
- Service: Moving from the classroom to leadership positions
We have funding support for our offsite tour this year to cover the cost of chartering buses, thanks to The Institute of Public Relations. The tour is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. The tour will include presentations on the following topics:
- The challenges the mall faces as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world
- An overview and general history of the Mall of America and the organization’s successful public relations strategies over the years
- The Mall of America’s experience as the subject of a reality TV show (called Mall Cops)
Participants will hear from Mall of America’s communications team and also tour Mall of America’s advanced social media monitoring room. Special thanks to our PF&R Chair Nathan Gilkerson (Marquette University), PF&R Vice Chair Brooke Weberling McKeever (University of South Carolina), and the PF&R committee members for their work.
Bill Adams/Edelman Luncheon
The Bill Adams/Edelman Luncheon will happen after the tour on Friday, Aug. 5, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Many thanks to Vice Head Elect Richard Waters (University of San Francisco) for his efforts in planning this event.
Our Social Event Committee, led by Chair Julia Fraustino (West Virginia University) and Vice Chair Amanda Kennedy (University of Maryland), has found an exciting location for our social, which will occur on Saturday, Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. The social will be held in The Newsroom (a few blocks from the hotel), which is an old-time news-themed lounge. On our monthly leadership conference call, we have been brainstorming some exciting ideas to facilitate relationship building.
The Membership Committee, led by Brigitta Brunner (Auburn) and Hua Jiang (Syracuse), has also been working hard to facilitate relationship building both at the social and throughout the conference. If your department/school/college is interested in sponsoring the social, please reach out to Julia Fraustino.
Graduate Student Luncheon
The Graduate Liaison Committee, led by Chair Holly Ott (Penn State), is planning a hosted luncheon, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1-3 p.m. If your department/school/college is interested in sponsoring this event, please email Holly.