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February 22, 2002
Vol. 43 No. 16

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P.R.S.S.A. students vote on future

The Public Relations Student Society of America is sending two of its members, junior Emily Schmitt and sophomore Elizabeth Geeza, to the 2002 National Assembly in San Diego, Ca., where attendees will vote on matters affecting P.R.S.S.A.'s future.

Susquehanna's P.R.S.S.A. chapter elected Schmitt to serve as its voting delegate at the assembly, which will be held March 21-24. Geeza will accompany Schmitt as a non-voting delegate.

"I'm very excited that I was chosen to be a part of the National Assembly. I think being involved in P.R.S.S.A. is a great step toward a future in public relations," said Schmitt, the secretary for Susquehanna's P.R.S.S.A. chapter.

Schmitt and the other voting delegates at the assembly will elect the 2002-2003 national officers and vote on proposed changes to P.R.S.S.A.'s bylaws. Attendees also have the opportunity to learn important leadership skills and make contacts in their career field.

Although Geeza will attend the assembly as a non-voting delegate, she aims to gain familiarity with the national organization and use that experience to broaden her association with P.R.S.S.A., she said.

"I want to become more involved in P.R.S.S.A. and I think this will be a great opportunity for me to gain more experience and meet new people," Geeza said.

P.R.S.S.A. typically sends two delegates to National Assembly -- one to cast votes on behalf of the university chapter and another to shadow the voting delegate and gain familiarity with the process. Last year, Schmitt attended the assembly as a non-voting delegate.

David Kaszuba, assistant professor of communications and Susquehanna's faculty adviser to P.R.S.S.A., said "The National Assembly is a great opportunity for students to be a part of P.R.S.S.A. on a national level.

It allows the students to represent Susquehanna and give the university a voice in decision making and voting," he said.

P.R.S.S.A. meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Degenstein Campus Meeting Rooms.

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