PRSSA brings communication professionals to SUNY Buffalo State

Francesca Bond, Reporter

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at SUNY Buffalo State is hosting its bi-annual “Network with the Communications Professionals” event on Thursday, Oct. 22.

At this event, students will be able to meet and speak one-on-one with elite professionals in the field of communication. This event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Bulger Communication Center North. It is free and open to all students. Students should come dressed business casual to make a great first impression, and bring resumes and business cards.

With at least 13 professionals, there will be something for everyone interested in the communication field. Aside from various professors from Buffalo State, there will also be journalists, a TV writer and producer, and professionals in the field of public relations, marketing, advertising, and sales.

“We want to open up bridges of communication between students and professionals in the field,” PRSSA Vice President Zack Reese said.
Not only is this event great for students to get their name out, but it’s also a great way to talk to people in the field who know what your dream job really entails. This will be helpful to anyone trying to figure out his or her career path, or what area of communication they want to go into.

This networking event is most useful for juniors and seniors looking to network and make connections, but it’s also beneficial for others who need help trying to figure out what they want to do in their professional career.

“Depending on the professional, they can see if they want to stay in the communication field,” Reese said. “When I first started, I was a journalism major, but I switched to public relations sophomore year.”

The PRSSA has been holding this event every semester for years, but this year they are changing it up a bit.

According to the PRSSA President Bryanna Gwitt, “It’s bigger than ever. In past years it was more like a panel discussion. We would come up with a list of questions and then we would let them talk to the professionals.”
The event will be set up more personally than past years, allowing students to choose which professionals they wish to engage. Students will be able to have face-to-face conversations with a variety of experts and professionals.

“It’s more about letting students do their own thing,” Reese said.

This event will be a wonderful way to meet and network with communication professionals in high positions from all over Western New York.

So if you plan on coming to this event, bring copies of your resume as well as business cards if you have them, and be prepared to meet a lot of new people!

“A lot of the industry is about who you know, and this event is a great way to get your name out there,” Reese said.


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