PRD Annual Social

Every year, the PRD Social provides an evening event for members and others—from graduate students to senior scholars, family members, and industry professionals and sponsors—to network, catch up with old friends, and meet new colleagues. Book raffles, door prizes, and PRD trivia add to the fun, along with delicious local food and drink.

2017 PR Division Social

This year took us to Chicago, where the 2017 PRD Social, sponsored by the School of Media and Journalism at UNC–Chapel Hill and many other generous sponsors listed below, was held in the iconic Tribune Tower, home to the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Media—an ideal setting for educators and professionals in the communication industry to meet, eat, drink, and participate in our popular book raffle and door prize drawings.

In addition to socializing and networking, guests at the social had the opportunity to meet select vendors and try out featured products likely to be big hits in the PR classroom.

This year’s social event was held on Friday, August 11 at Howells & Hood.

Tremendous thanks to our 2017 sponsors:


School of Media and Journalism at UNC–Chapel Hill



The Hoffman Agency


Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State

Grand Valley PRSSA

Institute for Public Relations

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications

University of Maryland–Department of Communication

University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications


Baylor University Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media


Tricia M. Farwell, Ph.D.

Journal of Public Relations Education

Journal of Public Relations Research

St. Mary’s University Department of English & Communication Studies

Natalie Tindall, Ph.D.

Elizabeth L. Toth, Ph.D.

West Virginia University Public Interest Communication Research Lab

HONOR LEVEL sponsors to be revealed at the Social!



Past Socials

The 2016 social was held at The News Room in Minneapolis, MN, and was sponsored by Sysomos. It also included a display from the new Museum of Public Relations (below).


In 2015, the social was held in San Francisco, sponsored by the Arthur W. Page Center and funded by many more generous sponsors, marking the 50th anniversary of PRD. The occasion was an overwhelming success, with more than 100 PRD members and friends in attendance.