Meet your Co-Hosting Chapters: GVSU & FSU

Now that Generation Grand: Experience PR in GR has been announced, it’s time to meet the two amazing chapters co-hosting this 2017 Regional PRSSA Conference: Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University.

Located in Allendale, Michigan, Grand Valley State University’s chapter of PRSSA has direct access to all that Grand Rapids has to offer. Founded in the 1990’s, GVPRSSA puts a heavy focus on giving their members the opportunity to build their resume as well as their skills in public relations. The chapter has 82 dues paying members. Driven by innovation, creativity, and thinking outside the box, GVPRSSA does it all (If you haven’t seen their weekly podcast, #PRHangover, you’re missing out).

GVPRSSA also boasts a stellar nationally affiliated public relations firm, GrandPR. The firm compromised of young professionals also won the Best Campaign Award at the 2016 PRSSA National Conference. Grand Valley’s PRSSA chapter is led by president Ashley Mamula, and their two advisors, Adrienne Wallace and Derek DeVries.

Ferris State University is nestled in downtown Big Rapids, Michigan, only a short one-hour drive from GVSU. Ferris PRSSA offers their members hands-on public relations experience through their student run firm, Rapid PR, as well as fundraising and philanthropy experience. Recognized as a Five-Star organization on campus, Ferris PRSSA is proud to be one of five RSO’s to receive extra benefits due to their hard work and effort throughout the year. Ferris PRSSA has 45 dues paying members. The chapter is led by president Emma Thibault, and their two advisors, Sandy Gholston and Patrick Bishop.

Being so close to each other is convenient for more than just networking reasons – both chapters also share the same parent PRSA chapter, the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America. The relationship between the two chapters exemplifies the power of networking, collaboration, and professionalism among young professionals; The core values of PRSSA National, itself. Both PRSSA chapters look forward to strengthening their dynamic-duo relationship while planning and executing #PRinGR.

To register for Generation Grand: Experience PR in GR, visit our Eventbrite page.  For more information about #PRinGR, email conference coordinator Becky Thomason at



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