​GVSU PRSSbaes,    As Allendale/Grand Rapids welcomes us back to our snowy, sub-freezing campus, we are reminded to never take non-winter seasons in West Michigan for granted. How many days until spring?

Our executive board has a fantastic semester planned for the organization and we are thrilled to introduce a few new fundraisers, networking opportunities, and agency trips for members.

We are kicking off January with our first general assembly meeting of the semester Wednesday, January 13th 2016 at 9pm in Niemeyer Honors College Rm 148. Joining us at our meeting will be Jason Dodge from Black Truck Media + Marketing, who specializes in SEO, SEM and digital marketing. As always, we will begin our meeting with a mixer and a few activities to acquaint ourselves with new and old members.

GVSU PRSSA has a great opportunity to attend ‘Creativity: The PR X-Factor’, a conference hosted by DePaul University in Chicago. In addition to this forum, DePaul has arranged for us to attend agency tours with them, some of which include:  Ketchum, FleishmanHillard, Ogilvy PR and more. More information to come at this week’s assembly!

We are lucky to have two regional conferences hosted in the Midwest region this year! GVSU PRSSA members have the choice to attend a regional conference in Detroit hosted by WSU/MSU or in Cincinnati hosted by the University of Cincinnati. Again, more information to come at this week’s assembly on Wednesday.

Our Vice President of Chapter Development, Ashley Mamula, and I have been planning several fundraisers for this semester, which we are excited to share with you at this week’s meeting. We encourage you to get involved and participate as much as possible this semester.

During winter semester, it is often much harder to find the motivation to attend classes, PRSSA, or other commitments one would normally attend during fall semester when the snow is less plentiful. We can get through this together. Don’t give up, finish the semester strong, and be the kick-butt PR person you are working to be!


Tyler Lehner is a senior advertising and public relations student at Grand Valley State University. He serves as the President of GVSU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). A natural, passionate storyteller, he found his love for marketing communications and all that it encompasses during his studies at GVSU. He is a Swiss Army Knife in the public relations and advertising fields. With superb writing and design capabilities accompanied with a stellar creative mind, he crafts fresh, innovative and eye-catching content for all needs. He has previously interned with 834 Design & Marketing and Lambert, Edwards & Associates. Currently he interns with Truscott Rossman in the Grand Rapids office.