GMU PRSSA is the George Mason University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
It is our hope that you have the passion for PR just as we do!
If you’re interested in PR and want to get your foot in the door
then GMU PRSSA is for YOU!
Faculty Advisor: Sergei Samoilenko
What is PRSSA?
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. We seek to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. We advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession.
Who We Are?
PRSSA is made up of more than 11,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus chapters in the United States and one in Argentina. We are headquartered in New York City, and led by a National Committee of PRSSA and PRSA members. We have a rich history of support from our parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which offers professional development, networking opportunities and news.
PRSSA helps you enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career in public relations.
Meet The Team
President: Logan Rice
Logan Rice is a communication major with a concentration in public relations, and double minors in sport communication and graphic design. Rice is from Chesapeake, Virginia, and has been a member of PRSSA since 2013. He was the Public Relations Liaison last year, where he was in charge of the chapter’s branding and social media accounts. Through his work with PRSSA, Rice has strengthened his professional network and received many internship and job opportunities. Logan enjoys listening to music, playing basketball and running.
Vice President: Erin White
Erin White is a senior studying communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in African and African American studies. She is from Richmond, Virginia, and has been a member of PRSSA since 2013. White was the treasurer last year where she was responsible for collecting membership dues and was in charge of the chapters’ overall budget. She joined PRSSA to learn more about public relations and how she could use it to achieve her goals. It has provided her invaluable networking opportunities. Erin tries to take trips out of the country once a year in order to experience other cultures and new experiences. She has traveled to London, England twice for study abroad programs and completed an internship with the London based company Osney Media in Summer 2015.
Secretary: Candace Williams
Candace Williams is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations with a minor in information technology. Williams joined PRSSA after learning about it through its faculty advisor, Sergei Samoilenko. She decided to join to help build networking connections with potential employers. She is the secretary for GMU PRSSA, where she is in charge of disseminating key information to its members through emails. If Candace isn’t working hard at bettering the PRSSA chapter, you can find her working at Microsoft where she has gained invaluable skills that she is able to use in the professional field.
Treasurer: Alexis Stevens
Alexis Stevens is a junior majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations. Additionally she is minoring in events management. Stevens is a native from Richmond, Virginia. She is heavily involved in George Mason’s campus life as she is the treasurer for PRSSA, and is also a part of Dream Team and Black Mason United. Stevens is a new member of PRSSA and joined as a way to learn more about the public relations field and strengthen her networking skills to build key career connections.
Social Media Liaison: Ashley Cook
Ashley Cook is a sophomore majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations and will be graduating a year early, in May 2017. Her career goals motivated her to join PRSSA in 2014 and she has since enjoyed the tremendous opportunities that the organization has offered such as job fairs, networking events and fundraisers. In addition to being the Social Media Liaison for PRSSA, she is the Vice President of George Mason’s Fashion Society and has written for Fourth Estate Newspaper. Ashley is passionate about all things related to fashion and she plans to move to New York City to work in Fashion PR after graduating. She created her own fashion and lifestyle blog, The Fashion Speak. She enjoys offering fashion tips and advice as well as her favorite designers, outfits, products and brands. She has worked as a PR assistant for MediaDC and recently completed a study abroad program with GMU in Milan, Italy where she studied Italian fashion. Check out Ashley’s blog here.
Outreach Liaison: Patrick Fernandez
Patrick Fernandez is a junior studying communication. He is from Richmond, Virginia, and has been a PRSSA member since 2014. Fernandez is a part of Greek life at George Mason as he is a brother and public relations chair for Kappa Sigma. He is also the Deputy Promotions Director for George Mason’s radio station, WGMU. For GMU PRSSA, he is the outreach liaison where he is in charge of strengthening the chapter’s relationships with on and off-camps organizations and for growing the chapter through outreach programs. Fernandez credits PRSSA for helping him grow his professional skillset and providing him critical internship opportunities. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys golfing, watching soccer and playing FIFA with his fraternity brothers.