The Communication Department received a charter in March to form a student chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, a leading voice in the nation’s PR industry.
In joining the national organization, Goshen College students will participate in conferences, workshops and other activities with students from more than 300 other colleges and universities.
Pat Lehman, faculty adviser for the Goshen College chapter, noted, “As members of this student chapter, Goshen College students will have multiple opportunities to network with public relations professionals, connect with possible internship opportunities and increase their knowledge of this dynamic profession.”
One of the first orders of business for the new chapter was organizing a talent show during May Term to raise funds for student membership fees.
Bojana Jankova took the lead in lining up the performers, including Ann Hostetler (reading poetry), Pat Lehman (singing), Bob Rombach (speed sketching), and Jeremy Pope and Daniel Butler (singing). Jason Samuel served as the emcee.
The band Los Dinosaurs, featuring several of Goshen College’s hippest faculty members – Skip Barnett, Lisa Guedea Carreno, Paul Keim, Paul Steury and Rosalyn Troiano — opened and closed the show.
Students who are interested in joining the chapter are encouraged to talk with Jankova or Lehman. Jankova and Lehman encourage students from broadcasting, business, English writing, journalism and other related majors to consider membership in this national student and professional organization.
“Pat Lehman has been a big part of making this chapter possible,” Jankova said. “She sent in the application for the college’s chapter and has helped to give us information to make this possible.”