About Us


Mission & Structure of 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.

PRSSA is made up of more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus Chapters in the United States and one in Argentina. 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 members can become associate members of PRSA, attend PRSA conferences at a reduced rate, compete for scholarships and awards and receive information about the public relations profession. Membership in PRSSA often leads students to become members of PRSA upon graduation and enjoy the benefits of this organization, including job placement and career services. 

PRSSA helps you enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career in public relations.

PRSSA at Marist

The Marist Red Foxes PRSSA Chapter was founded on December 7, 2006 and became one of only 17 colleges and universities in New York State to earn this recognition. Now in its seventh year, we have grown into a mid-sized Chapter of more than 80 members. Events are held throughout the semester to help foster a clear understanding of the public relations industry and prepare members for life after graduation, such as guest speakers, informational panels and skill-building workshops. Members can also take advantage of joining the event planning committee, working on the Chapter’s on-campus publication or running for leadership positions within the Chapter.

PRSSA at Marist also promotes national awareness of the high-quality education within the college’s School of Communication and the Arts. Furthermore, PRSSA provides students with valuable opportunities to assume leadership positions at local, regional and national levels – an important step in professional development within the field.

Jennie Donohue, professional lecturer of public relations, is the Marist PRSSA Chapter’s faculty advisor. The Chapter is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Chapter of PRSA and mentored by two professional PRSA members: Director of Corporate Giving at Watson Pharmaceuticals Tim Massie and Ketchum Executive Vice President/Director of New York Client Service Michael O’Brien.

Marist Contacts

Twitter: @MaristPRSSA
Pinterest: MaristPRSSA
Chapter President: Michael Bernardini (’13), michael.bernardini1@marist.edu
Faculty Adviser: Jennie Donohue, jennie.donohue@marist.edu