Ithaca College’s PRSSA Chapter Announces New President and Board

IMC major and Italian minor, Silvia Magana, ‘13, has been named president of Ithaca College’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for academic year, 2012-2013.

In her role as president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Silvia organizes networking events with PR professionals and students, as well as an annual charity basketball tournament for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Silvia also was named Most Promising Minority Student by the American Advertising Federation. She volunteers her time for other worthy causes and has been active as an intern. She participates in the Relay for Life fundraising event on campus. Silvia interned at the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, the economic development organization for the Commons, where she helped coordinate community festivals and promoted the Finger Lakes Wine Center in downtown Ithaca. When she was studying in Rome, Italy, she interned at Ekoes, a marketing communication social cooperative. She assisted in creating a marketing plan and wrote and designed brochures for the agency’s clients.

Silvia said, "As the former treasurer of PRSSA and a member since freshman year, I’ve seen our PRSSA Chapter flourish. I look forward to creating events for students interested in pursuing a career in public relations, as well as raising money for worthwhile causes.”

The PRSSA student board at Ithaca College also includes Vice President Lauren Quigley; Secretary Isabel Katzman; Treasurer Lindsay Tomaro; Director of Promotions Dominique Brown; Co-communications Directors Jill Emmighausen and Emma Martin; and Event Co-Directors Jessica Shein and Julia Wagner. Professor Arhlene Flowers serves as the faculty advisor.

Rush Night will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in Park 279--no reservations are needed. Students interested in membership also can send an email to The IC Chapter of PRSSA plans to host a networking and career development event, as well as a 5K run sponsored by the Northeast Kidney Foundation in the fall and a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish in the spring. Throughout the year, the Chapter will host guest speakers, internship nights, resume-building workshops, and other events. Members also have the opportunity to participate in the PRSA Finger Lakes Chapter events and take advantage of PRSSA membership benefits.

In 1968, 20 years after its own establishment, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) founded the Public Relations Student Society of America. The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. For more details on PRSSA, log onto



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