Category Archives: Benefits

A Town and Gown Forum

The Perry D. Sorenson Distinguished Lecture Series presented A Town and Gown Forum on Tuesday, November 13. The distinguished lecturer this year was Shauna Bona, who’s lecture was entitled “Help Wanted: Why Business Needs Good Writers”. 

Shauna owns her own editing company, where she proofreads materials sent to her from companies before they are published. Her lecture focused on how we can eliminate the middleman of editing by producing great writers in the education system so that they are more marketable to businesses and can receive promotional positions. 

It was a very interesting lecture and a great reception! 


We’re Back!

Although we have been MIA for the better part of the semester, we have been working behind the scenes to get PRSSA up and running. Upcoming events include: 

PRSSA Holiday Social 
Thursday, November 29, 4:00pm 
Room TBD 
This will be a holiday social that will also serve as an open house. Bring yourselves and anyone who might be interested in joining PRSSA. We will have food and drinks and talk a little about PRSSA and what we do. We will be able to answer any questions you might have. Going to this event does not require you to join, its just to get everyone more information.


PRSSA Chapter Meeting 
Thursday, January 31, 4:00pm 
Room TBD

Save the date, this will be our first official chapter meeting.


The fall semester is well under way. Some of you, like me, have already survived your first exams or they are right around the corner. Utah PRSSA is no different, we’ve got events coming out our ears in the next 3 1/2 months.

Here’s what we’ve got coming over the next 8 weeks;

September 28
Social Media Seminar
We are inviting some of Salt Lake’s most influential among social media to come and speak to us. Come prepared to learn more about the ever growing world of social media.
6 PM LNCO Faculty Lounge (Upstairs)
Light refreshments 

October TBD (Week before Fall Break)
Resume Building and Interview Tips

Join us as we have a panel tell us what they are looking for. Learn how to build a resume that stands out. How to ace that interview.
Light refreshments 

October 26
Nightmare PR

Our BIG first event for fall semester. Join your fellow chapter members in small groups to solve an impromptu “PR Nightmare.” We will have coaches to guide us along  the way.
Light refreshments 

October TBD
Wendy’s Community Night
5-8 PM Wendy’s 562 East 500 South

Well Wendy’s duh!
We are creating committees, it’s a great way to get even more involved and leadership experience. Email us at UtahPRSSA{at}gmail{dot}com
Have a great week!
Amanda N.
Utah PRSSA Director of PR

Motivation Monday – Utah PRSSA Yard Sale

Welcome to our new series, Motivation Monday, where Utah PRSSA will bring you new motivation tips each Monday. Start your week of right with our Motivation Monday series.

Today join Utah PRSSA at Salt Lake City’s Extreme Yard Sale! Grab your family and friends and join us for yardsales, live music and activities for everyone!

Motivation Monday – 10 Healthy Tips

Welcome to our new series, Motivation Monday, where Utah PRSSA will bring you new motivation tips each Monday. Start your week of right with our Motivation Monday series. 

I have one of the worst class schedules ever, I’m in classes back-to-back from 9 AM to 4 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a long day with no microwave, fridge or cash for daily food. I have to pack a lunchbox the day before with enough food to keep me full and awake through 7 hours of learning. I’ve spent hours looking up quick and easy fixin’s for a day on campus.

1. Baby Carrots and Hummus – Yum! The hummus keeps me full through 2 classes and it’s a healthy snack.

2. Granola bars with protein – Protein is what keeps you full and they are surprisingly delicious.

3. Drink plenty of water – I down a least 32 oz of water a day. Keeps me full and alert.

4. Limit the carbs – Avoid that napping feeling after a big lunch by avoiding heavy carbs.

5. Peanut Butter – The all-natural kind will all sorts of nutrients, add a banana, apple, some grapes anything. It’s a quick and easy snack that keeps you full.

6. Greek yogurt – If you’re slow to this trend like me, wait no longer, get greek yogurt today. It’s delicious, healthy and keeps you full. It’s got a lot protein.

7. Eat breakfast – I’m extremely bad at this, I always forget to eat breakfast. But I always feel better when I do, I’m more alert.

8. Laughing Cow cheese – These little bite size guys are great for on-the-go snacking. Pair them with apples, crackers, bagels, english muffins and more.

9. Avoid greasy food – Like carbs this can weigh you down and make you tired.

10. Chocolate – That’s right chocolate. It’s good for keeping you energized, alert and it’s a great antioxidant.

Do you eat out or bring food to work/school? What are some of your healthy tips?


Motivation Monday – 5 Tips for Going Back to School

Welcome to our new series, Motivation Monday, where Utah PRSSA will bring you new motivation tips each Monday. Start your week of right with our Motivation Monday series. 

For us University of Utah students fall semester starts today, or tomorrow, and that means football season is right around the corner. This is my final year of college and I’ve learned a few tricks about going to back to school, saving money, and staying motivated.

1. Get a planner/calendar. Whether you are a Type A, like me, who needs every day planned out and schedule, with everything accessible at my fingertips. Or a simple monthly calender with big events to keep you on task. Keep track of your assignments, football games and social events. Having things to look forward too is motivating.

2. Buy books after the 1st day. Unless of course you have required pre-reading. I can’t tell you how many classes I really didn’t need a book, test questions all came from lectures. Or the teacher will vote on online articles or a new textbook, majority of the class will vote for online articles. Classes that do require a textbook, check Amazon Student and get a used textbook. Last semester I found a brand new edition that in the bookstore was $85 for $5 used on Amazon!

3. Put your schedule in your phone. It’s always with you, so you’re sure not to lose it. This has saved me a few times when mistaking room numbers or start times.

4. Get a buddy. Make friends with someone on the first day, exchange emails. If in a math or biology class offer to go halfsies on a textbook, guaranteed study buddy and save cash. Class Buddies are also great if you miss days, or want to study together for a test. It’s also a great way to build your network.

5. Get involved! Join a club (Utah PRSSA), a study group, go to a event, take a free class. The first 2 weeks of the semester mean free classes, or no commitment to groups. Take the time to learn about different clubs and see what one(s) are perfect for you.

Have a great first week of class!

What keeps you motivated during the semester?

Motivation Monday – Quotes

Welcome to our new series, Motivation Monday, where Utah PRSSA will bring you new motivation tips each Monday. Start your week of right with our Motivation Monday series. 

It’s August 1st toady. Awkward. School starts in 21 days, that’s right, I’ve started my count down. I’m Type A. I’m about to embark on my final year, my senior year. It’s really quite exciting and nerve wracking, although I’ve been working full-time my whole college career, I’ve never not been a student. It’s Bittersweet.

Whether this is your freshman or senior year, it’s always nice to start the week and “Back-to-School Lists” with some wisdom collected from around the web…

What motivating quotes to you keep? Do you keep them posted in your study area, on your notebooks, textbooks?

Have a topic for Motivation Monday? Email us at UtahPRSSA{at}gmail{dot}com

Have a great week!!
Director of Utah PRSSA Public Relations

Motivation Monday – 5 Ways to Organize

Welcome to our new series, Motivation Monday, where Utah PRSSA will bring you new motivation tips each Monday. Start your week of right with our Motivation Monday series. 

This week’s topic is organization, with school starting in 6 weeks it’s time to clean out your school bag, laptop and desk. Whether you have your own desk or do most your homework at the library, it’s always good to clean up after each semester.
1.Go digital . There are many sites that allow you to store your files and keep them public or private. I personally use Dropbox and drop all assignments, projects, readings and papers into files created for each class. Don’t forget assignments from your internships or job. It’s a great way to keep old assignments but save file space on your jump or hard drive.
2. Folder, folders and more folders. Create folders within folders, it might seem overboard at first but it will make searching for items easier. A minimum create a folder for each class and keep all assignments, readings, web links, etc.
3. Build your portfolio. As PR students we are always doing work that can be added to our portfolio. Mock projects, pitches, press releases, and a majority of projects can be added to your portfolio. As mentioned in #1 don’t forget about projects you helped create at work or your internships.
4.  Throw away. Yes, it’s seems opposite of what I’m saying but all those revised papers, half written thoughts, or useless links. Delete.
5. Use a planner. This is the best advice for keeping and staying organized. Writing down your tasks keeps you accountable, and gives you something less to thing about. It’s a single place that will keep all your tasks, assignments and commitments in one place.
With smart phones it’s easier than ever to stay organized. What are some of your organization tips?
Have a great week!

Motivation Monday – 5 Ways To Enjoy Your Summer

Welcome to our new series, Motivation Monday, where Utah PRSSA will bring you new motivation tips each Monday. Start your week of right with our Motivation Monday series. 

How is it the second week of July already? School starts in another 7 weeks and while it seems far away, we all know that it will be here sooner than we would like. Or for those of you enrolled in classes this summer it’s even more important to enjoy your summer.

Summer in Utah is unlike anywhere else and we have a lot of close, free (or really cheap) and fun summer entertainment. It’s time to take advantage of all Utah has to offer during the summer. Don’t forget to take advantage of Student Discounts using your student ID, they aren’t always advertised but always ask.

1. Enjoy a body of water. Summer isn’t summer without spending it by a body of water, even in a land locked state. Whether it be a day boating, a walk around a lake in the mountains, or your apartment’s pool, take in the sun rays and enjoy the cool water. Gather a handful of friends and make an adventure, play Chicken, Marco Polo, or grab a book and soak up the sun.

2. Take a hike. Utah is known for its mountains and outdoor activities, there are countless hiking trails for all experience levels. Grab a camera and take pictures of all the wildlife you see, or challenge yourself on a hard trail, and get a workout at the same time. For hiking trails around Utah visit

3. Get out of the house. Do nothing, do something, whatever it is, get out of the house. Just do it; Nike style. Enjoy a day in the sun, take a walk, buy some chalk and create art, go for a picnic in the mountains, take a drive, just get out of the house.

4. BBQ. No summer is complete without a BBQ, who doesn’t love a hamburger, hot dog, corn on the cob and some juicy watermelon. Give each of your friend a food to bring and cook up a delicious summer feast.

5. Take in a summer concert. Gallivan Plaza holds free summer concerts every year, Red Butte Gardens has concert series, USANA or Sandy amphitheater, even Park City and Deer Valley have great summer concert series. While some of these shows may put you back $20-40, it’s worth the memory and relaxation of summer.

What are your favorite summer activities? How do you enjoy our hot Utah summers?

Have a great Monday!


5 Tips on Branding Yourself

I’m entering my final year as a student and slowly starting to build my brand. It’s quite the process, especially with my portfolio being a constant work in progress. Creating a brand for yourself is a great way to gain hands on experience with Brand Strategy and Development and Campaign Management. It could lead to future job offers, freelance work and even money.

1. NETWORK – I can’t stress this enough, network, network, network. Create business cards with your contact information and 140 characters of your major and career aspirations, keep them with you all.the.time. You will use them, you never know who you’ll meet. When receiving business cards send a follow up email/LinkedIn message to solidify the connection.

2. PROFILES – Keep your profiles updated. I update mine every 4 months or after every semester. I add the new skills I learned, the ones I advanced, and other accomplishments. A profile is a chance to showcase all your talents, portfolio and experience. Get creative and restructure sentences if nothing has changed. Remember to keep your profiles clean, they have privacy settings for a reason.

3. STRENGTHS – Play up your strengths. Are you a great writer, start a blog or contribute to an online magazine. Pick a couple of your strengths and focus on showing those; you’ll be prepared for that dreaded interview question.

4. SPEAK UP – In class, during interviews, doctor appointments, everywhere. I’ve worked as a server for 2 years and the connections I’ve made are helping me with job placement next May. This also goes along with 1, in networking, swap business cards and see where it will take you.

5. RESEARCH – See what other students, young professionals are doing to market themselves. Look at the businesses in your industry of choice. Learn what others are doing and make them your own, it’s great for brainstorming.

I hope these tips help with your branding strategy. I’d love to hear how it works for you.

Utah PRSSA Director of PR