Students Take the Initiative, Get Involved

Posted on: November 12, 2013

PRSSA LeadersHow are CAS students preparing themselves to be outstanding global communicators? Many are taking the initiative in a variety of creative and unique ways.

Our student chapter of the Public Relations Society Student Association (PRSSA) was one of 10 student chapters to compete to bring their regional conference to campus. Through our students taking their own initiative, the conference, "Electing Excellence: Public Relations in Government and Politics," will be held in East Lansing on February 7-8, 2014. The conference comes to the Capitol area at an exciting time as a big election year gets underway for both a U.S. Senate seat and the Governor's office.

Please join me in congratulating the entire membership of the MSU PRSSA Chapter and the conference planning leadership team, Nicole Russell, Anita Chitwood, Danielle O'Brien, Hanna Porterfield, Alyssa Sherman, Chelsea Dowling and Erica Tackett, for their successful bid.

In addition to keeping up with course work, internships, jobs and ongoing student chapter organizational responsibilities, these emerging public relations professionals are taking on another major initiative that will attract peers and professionals from across Michigan and Ohio, and hopefully Indiana and Illinois as well.

SpartansWill360logoAnother excellent example of CAS students demonstrating their initiative is the students who applied to be a part of MSU President Lou Anna Simon's 2014 Annual Report project. Of the hundreds of students who submitted applications to have their experiences as MSU students documented this semester for the project, eight students were selected from across campus. Two of those students are from CAS, Senior Janisse Patino-Martinez and Freshman Peter Burroughs.

CAS students also have been enlisted to help produce the short documentaries of all eight students under the direction of faculty member Troy Hale and Big Ten Network executive producer Jim Peck, as part of a CAS Special Topics 492 course the two are co-teaching. This is the second year in a row that CAS students have been tapped to help produce such a prestigious and high-profile project. Last year, CAS students traveled around the world capturing video footage of how MSU faculty research is improving the quality of life globally. Visit Spartans Will. 360 to learn more about the project.

Abbie-NewtonIP2P-DeansBlog11-12-2013My last example may be hard to top! This past week, you may have followed journalism sophomore Abbie Newton's blog as she ran 150 miles through Peru. As part of the Impossible to Possible (I2P) Peru Exposition, Nov. 5-10. Newton began her journey at the top of the Andes Mountains and worked her way down into the Amazon Basin through forest trails and rivers. Along with four other student from around the world, Newton is serving as an international ambassador to educate Peruvian K-12 students about resiliency and their ecosystem. Upon returning to campus, Newton will most certainly view her life from a much wider lens than before.

Watching our students take on such bold challenges, expand their horizons and potentially change the course of their lives makes each day at CAS exciting and gratifying.

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