September 21, 2016

For our meeting tonight, our chapter will have the opportunity to meet Dr.Lynn Manternach.We are super excited to have her and hope that you all are able to come!

Dr. Manternach is a brand arsonist, co-founder and president of MindFire Communications.

Read more about Dr. Manternach here:

mindfire_logoShe helps companies build effective and engaging brands with a focus on understanding consumer perceptions and behaviors.

Lynn’s professional background includes branding, advertising, market research, broadcast journalism, teaching and bartending – a combination of experiences that guide her approach to working with clients every day.

She is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Manternach also shares her insights on research, branding and marketing as a columnist for the Corridor Business Journal.

March 30, 2016

For our meeting tonight, our chapter will be meeting with Debbie McClung from Two Rivers Marketing in Des Moines. Be sure to stop by the meeting to hear more about Two Rivers, which will be one of the featured companies on our PRSSA company tour next month!

Debbie McClung

Thank you, Debbie for taking the time our of your schedule to meet with us!

February 24, 2016

This Wednesday, PRSSA will meet in C131 of the Pomerantz Center. There, we will hear from PR professional Ricky Brandt, an Account Executive at Ogilvy Chicago. He will speak with the chapter about the PR agency lifestyle and how to take on big projects at the job.

February 10, 2016

Our chapter will meet with two representatives from the University of Iowa’s Office of Strategic Communications.

Jeneane Beck, Senior Director for News Media Relations will discuss strategies on how to succeed as a Public Relations Practitioner.

Richard Lewis, a Senior Research Writer for the team will speak on previous crisis scenarios that he has worked to avert.


September 23, 2015

Our second meeting of the school year is today at 7:30pm in 40 SH. We will be discussing more about what we expect from our members and all of the fun opportunities we have coming up!!

Our speaker tonight is Jim Thebeau; Partner and Chairman of the Board, Amperage Marketing.

JimThebeau-medRead more about who he is here:

Jim Thebeau is a partner and chairman of the board of Amperage Marketing and is a forward-looking agency principal with a successful track record in multiple industries. He has been an ad agency principal, head of a large agency PR department, a newspaper editor, a television news director and producer (CBS TV news), a video training company product developer and a marketer for an international electronics company. He also has performed marketing and communications work on four continents. Amperage is the agency formed by the merger of Henry Russell Bruce and ME&V Advertising in April 2014.

Before joining Henry Russell Bruce in 1997, he headed up marketing communications for the billion dollar government division of Rockwell Collins for 11 years.  There he marketed communications and navigation aviation electronics to the U.S. military and government, and approved armed forces around the world. The job included extensive travel to Europe, Asia, Australia and across the U.S. for meetings with partner companies and military customers.

Prior to Collins, Thebeau created an online training program for banking and financial institutions while working as a vice president of product development for a video production firm. Today, that product training line is one of the largest and most successful in its industry in the U.S.

Before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1980, Thebeau spent more than a dozen years in radio and television news in St. Louis, Houston and Charleston, South Carolina. His broadcast news career included a stint with CBS TV News and culminated with a news directorship at the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. He has covered a Pope’s funeral in Rome and interviewed Ronald and Nancy Reagan three months before he was elected president. He’s also made four landings aboard a Royal Australian Navy helicopter on an Australian warship in the Indian Ocean.

He has expertise in a variety of industries, including electronics, mobile and wireless computing, supply chain, manufacturing, high tech, Wi-Fi, financial, insurance, aviation, aerospace and automated data collection (bar code/RFID/warehousing). His expertise includes branding, public relations and marketing.

His client relationships have included: Intermec Technologies, Zebra Technologies, KONE Elevators and Escalators, the American Rental Association, Modern Woodmen of America, Paladin Brands, Von Maur, CRST International, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, D.C. Taylor Co., Alliant Energy, Winegard Company, Jancy Manufacturing and others.

He holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism, Columbia, and has done MBA graduate work at the University of Iowa.

Thebeau is active in various boards and service organizations.

First meeting of the 2015 Fall Semester

PRSSA is hosting their first meeting of the 2015 fall semester this Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30 pm in 140 SH. We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this semester including workshops, committees, socials and guest speakers. Our very first guest speakers, Adrian Brambila and Lauren Moore from Metro Studios in Cedar Rapids, will be attending this Wednesday.


Adrian Brambila, better known as El Tiro to his YouTube community of more than 55,000 subscribers, is a professional marketing specialist and popping dancer, with major knowledge on YouTube, SEO, and all things digital marketing.  Everyday Adrian uses his passion for dance and creativity, to learn, teach, and do great work for his clients at Metro Studios and for millions on YouTube.  That’s right, millions.



Lauren is a PRSSA Alum, who at this time last year was standing in your shoes as a student and soon to be graduate.  She’s taken her love for PR and knack for style and begun her post grad journey with Metro Studios and her own fashion/lifestyle website, Ellie Jai.  Together these two outlets are building a work and life opportunity she couldn’t have envisioned a year ago daydreaming in an Adler classroom.   

Together Adrian and Lauren will share why work is not just a place to hang out between 8-5pm.  Work/life/your career is it is a continuous opportunity to do great work, learn and expand talents every single day, while also pursing passions and learning to set yourself apart. 

Last meeting of the 2014-2015 school year!

Tomorrow is our LAST MEETING of the semester!
INSPIRE meets tomorrow (4/29) at 6:30 p.m. and PRSSA meets at 7:30 p.m. in 22 Schaffer Hall!
INSPIRE members only: Elections are taking place at tomorrow’s meeting! There are two positions you may run for, Secretary and Assistant Director. You must prepare a short speech and email Genna Popper if you are interested:
We will be hosting Joe Brennan, Sally Mason’s PR rep and VP of Strategic Communications for the University of Iowa. He is open to any and all questions and has an extensive marketing background he’s excited to share with us!
After meeting, every member is invited to attend a social at Buffalo Wild Wings! We hope everyone is able to make it because there will be a lot of wings to eat…
REMINDER: Our fundraiser is still going on, so go buy an SJMC t-shirt!  Follow these links if you haven’t ordered a shirt already…and remember, the link will close on May 4th!


Just a reminder that the link for the JMCS t-shirt is up and running.  All the money that is raised will go towards fun PRSSA events for next year!

So check out the link, share it with friends, and buy a shirt!


April 15th meeting

INSPIRE (6:30 p.m.) and PRSSA (7:30 p.m.) will meet tomorrow in 22 Schaffer Hall.
Elections are taking place, and runners must prepare a short speech stating past involvement with PRSSA, why you qualify for the position and goals for your term should you be elected. They should run no longer than 2-3 minutes.
The results will be delivered to the candidates a few days after elections and the new executive board will join the old executive board for a joint meeting on April 22nd.
Good luck candidates!

2015-2016 Executive Elections!

It is that time of year to start thinking about next semester’s executive board! Next meeting (4/15), PRSSA will be holding the 2015-2016 elections.  There are nine open positions and you may run up to two positions! In order to run, you must be a paid member.

What are the positions?

1. President

2. Vice President

3. Secretary

4. Public Relations Director

5. Finance Director

6. Professional Development Director

7. Publications Director

8. Inspire co-directors

To read about the positions, check out this week’s email!

Please email President, Casey Levigne at to have your name placed on the ballot.  Prepare a short speech stating your past involvement with PRSSA, qualifications for your position, and goals for your term should you be elected.  Keep the speeches shorter than three minutes!

If you have any questions about a position, contact the current executive member who now holds the position.  Their names and contact information are on this week’s email as well.

Good luck to those who decide to run for a position!



Hello everyone-

Here is a reminder that INSPIRE meets Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 pm and PRSSA at 7:30pm in 140 Schaffer Hall!

We will be hosting Jennifer Vick of Four Oaks.  Jenifer began her career in fundraising over a decade ago and has been the development director for two-mid seize organizations before jointing Four Oaks in 2011.  She had been the development director until a recent promotion to grant’s director where she writes new grants and manages a multi-million dollar portfolio for the agency and its affiliates.

If you are interested in fundraising, join Jenifer in a FREE webinar on April 2nd between 1-2 p.m. discussing Grant Writing Basics. Anyone can register here.

Also, we will be discussing Aprl 15th executive elections tonight at meeting. Attend if you’re planning or considering to run!


Social Media in PR

Meeting this week will be on Wednesday, March 12! It will take place in 22 Schaffer Hall at 7:30 p.m., directly after INSPIRE, which will be meeting in the same room at 6:30 p.m.

3845572At meeting, we will be hosting a Skype interview with Ricky Brandt, a former Iowa PRSSA President who now currently works as an Assistant Account Executive for Ogilvy in Chicago!
Ricky is a very passionate, driven PR guy who will be discussing social media in PR and lending insight into agency life as well as answering any questions you may have.
Hope to see you all there!

Crisis Workshop


Due to the extreme weather conditions, Inspire and PRSSA meetings are cancelled this evening.  Expect an email sometime tonight that will contain a few announcements/reminders and written information on how to cover a crisis.  Stay warm!

Crisis management is bone background concept

This week’s meeting is a WORKSHOP and will be on February 25 in 70 VAN. INSPIRE will meet at 6:30 and PRSSA will meet at 7:30.

The workshop will explain how to cover a crisis and then members will be put into teams and given a chance to cover a faux crisis. These workshops are very beneficial as they give you a chance to gain the knowledge employers want you to have in the work place. So it is very useful to attend these meetings.

Another reason to come to this workshop is that it gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in our upcoming MEDIA CRISIS COMPETITION.  This competition will have some great prizes and is a great experience to add to your resume.

Also, don’t forget to bring $75 if you still need to pay your membership fees.  If you are writing a check, please make it out to University of Iowa PRSSA!

Hope to see you all this week!


Viva Las Vegas!

Join us for our next meeting which will be on Wednesday February 11th at 7:30 pm in 140 SH. We have an exciting speaker coming all the way from Sin City (aka Las Vegas, Nevada).

Michelle Lund, the Vice President of Inside Sales for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, will be coming in to talk to us about her marketing and financial experience working in one of the top casino-entertainment companies in the world. She has spent a lot of time in the financial industry, working previously for  NorthStar Financial Group. Michelle has a lot of valuable insight willing to share with us in the areas of marketing, business development, and strategic planning. Don’t miss out on this great speaker and networking opportunity!


Executive Elections

December 10, elections for Public Relations Director and FOCUS Blog Publications Director are being held. If you are at all interested, just prepare a little blurb about why you want the position and why you would be a good fit for the chapter.

PR Director responsibilities include:

● Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
● Head recruitment efforts with goals, campaigns, and strategies.
● Produce or oversee Chapter News on the national website,
● Post announcements for Chapter meetings throughout campus.
● Post jobs and other information to PRSSA LinkedIn page.
● Coordinate Chapter press releases, feature articles, advertising and brochures.
● Handle all campus and area press issues.
● Promote recruitment and retention with brochures, fliers and other tactics.

FOCUS Blog Publications Director include:

  • Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Update the Chapter website weekly.  Including meeting times, workshop information, and  speaker biographies.
  • Connect with other Exec members to ensure content is regularly updated on social, blogs, website, and other outlets.
  • Recruit and motivate bloggers for Focus.

● Send in 1-2 blogs to National PRSSA per semester.

Email chapter President if you are interested in running for a position.


Fundraising Panel

Join us at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 19th to learn more about non-profit public relations and fundraising from some of Iowa City’s successful fundraising professionals. (Room TBD)


It’s Okay to Brag!


We all love Iowa, otherwise we wouldn’t decide to invest so much time and energy into this wonderful state. Shouldn’t we let everyone else know how much we love it, too?

Join us Wednesday, November 5th, in 112 MH at 7:30 where Iowa PRSSA will host a guest speaker from Iowa Brag, an economic development group working to better market Iowa. Eric Hanson, ICAD Group Communications director, will talk to us about his experience in reshaping the reputation of Iowa, and the importance of branding.


 Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a PR agency?

Scott Farrell

Here is your chance!

Iowa PRSSA’s next meeting on Wednesday, October 8th will host a guest speaker from GolinHarris, a Public Relations Agency in Chicago. President of Global Corporate Communication, Scott Farrell will talk about his agency experience at our meeting in 140 SH at 7:30pm.

Scott will provide insights on agency life, his background, and how he moved up in a competitive industry. This is a great opportunity for young PR professionals to gain knowledge on the field and network with an inspiring individual!