The #Mullet event provided students with both professional and fun activities. Attendees were offered free professional profile headshots by Sanchir Enkhmend. If students forgot professional attire, no worries – suit coats and ties, complete with tying instructions, were provided.
Once pictures were taken, students moved from business in the front to the party in the back. Information about PRSSA, internships, tweet-ups and Cardinal Public Relations was available in the front of the room.
Laura Colon, PRSSA secretary and Stephanie Durr, Co-Chair of event coordinating, welcomed PRSSA members and guests and encouraged them to become a part of the group.
PR major Chelsea Craig discussed her internship experience with prospective interns.
Tim DiMaggio, president of Cardinal PR, SUNY Plattsburgh's student-run public relations agency, spoke about the group’s purpose, and current project.
Kat Torres headed the station focused on social media. She explained how to live-tweet the #Mullet event.
The fun in the back offered professional skill building activities. Those who enjoy being put on the spot could visit the elevator pitch and improv speech stations. The elevator pitch station focused on how to sell yourself through a 30 second pitch. Three PRSSA student judges critiqued at the improv station. Both of these stations may have seemed intense to those courageous enough to participate, but students such as James Glassman found them useful, “They were stressful, in a profession skill-building kind of way. I feel more confident in my ability to quickly answer now,” he said.
Professor Rachael Jurek, presented about LinkedIn. She provided a timeline of where students, freshman through seniors, should be in their LinkedIn activity. Finishing the presentation, Professor Jurek noted key points everyone should keep in mind when using LinkedIn:
-Be selective about who you connect with, but don’t be snobby!
-Connect to people outside your intended industry.
-Be careful about requesting someone you do not know.
-Remember this is a professional page!
The event ended with a brief general meeting for all PRSSA members, followed by prize giveaways.
The overall outcome of the event was a success and a great opportunity to be apart of. Special thanks to all the board members and Professor Jurek for preparing the event and all the time and effort they put into it.