What PRSSA Offers

PRSSA Handbook and Annual Plan
This comprehensive PRSSA Handbook and Annual Plan provides all you need to know to create and maintain a successful chapter.

Chapter Funding and Reimbursement
The professional chapter supports dues-paying members of student chapters through an annual fund that is reserved and equally available for use by each student chapter. PRSSA chapters can request the funding for use toward expenses for events, programming, conferences, seminars and workshops. Requests are subject to the approval of the PRSSA Liaison Committee.

To request funds, complete the PRSSA Funds Request / Expense Reimbursement Form and return to PRSSA Liaison Marcene Robinson at marcener@buffalo.edu.

Professional Programs
Dues-paying members of the student chapters are encouraged to attend the professional chapter programs. The majority of programs are open to students at no charge (not including meals or refreshments). Students who plan to attend a program are asked to register through the chapter web site so that ample seating is available. Registration forms should be completed in full and in the "Notes" section, those attending must indicate "student" status so that the chapter administrator is aware that it is a complimentary reservation. Any student who would like to partake in the meal/refreshments offered at a program must pay the cost of the meal in advance of the program.

Scholarships
Each spring, the professional chapter reviews applications for the May C. Randazzo Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student at a Western New York college or university. The student must be pursuing a degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. Members of the PRSSA chapters are encouraged to apply. Applications are due late winter. A recipient is chosen by May and the award is presented at the chapter's Excalibur Awards Dinner in June. For more information, reference the PRSSA section of the chapter website.

Additionally, numerous scholarships are available through the national organization and are listed at PRSSA.org under the Benefits of PRSSA section.

Committee Involvement
Student members are also encouraged to become involved in professional chapter committees. If student members feel they have the time to devote to committee work, they may choose to participate on a committee of their choice. Students may contact the committee chair directly, but are asked to inform the board liaison of their participation.

Need Help?
Student members are welcome to contact the professional chapter whenever needed. The chapter leadership is happy to help.

Marcene Robinson
PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter PRSSA Liaison 
University at Buffalo
716-645-4595
marcener@buffalo.edu

Jen Gallardo
PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter President
Independent Health
716-635-4880
jennifer.gallardo@independenthealth.com