Congratulations to Natalie Gloady, junior public relations and sports information major, for earning the most points in her respective class this semester. Gloady serves the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter in many ways; she is the public relations director for the Chapter, an assistant firm director with Red Brick Communications, account executive for the Salvation Army team through RBC and the Regional Conference registration chair.
Gloady began attending Waynesburg University in 2013 and did not hesitate to get involved.
“Brittany Semco, former public relations director, was looking for someone to help her with the Chapter newsletter. I had worked on a newsletter previously and felt this was a way I could get involved and still be familiar with the process of how everything worked,” said Gloady.
The official title she had during her freshman year was assistant-to-the-editor of the newsletter and media manager. As a sophomore, the title transitioned to assistant-to-the-editor of the newsletter and social media coordinator.
At the end of Gloady’s sophomore year she ran for the position of Public Relations Director.
“The newsletter is something I’m so invested in already, I couldn’t see myself holding or running for a different position,” said Gloady. “I had a lot of plans to make our online presence more successful and build our newsletter. It is something that I’m passionate about and wanted to pursue.”
Each role Gloady holds includes different responsibilities and stretches her skills. As public relations director, she is in charge of generating all content for the newsletter, social media, blog, composing press releases, holding weekly meetings with committee members and planning for the future. Her duties for the firm include meeting with Jordan Mitrik, firm director, to talk about the firm and how to best work with each client and member. This semester she also helped with national affiliation application for Red Brick Communications.
Her involvement with the firm does not end there; she also serves as an Account Executive for the Salvation Army client team. Her dedicated team meets weekly to produce pieces such as press releases, fliers, media lists and promotional design pieces for the Salvation Army to utilize.
Gloady’s work as registration chair for regional conference involves weekly meetings with the committee, handling all registration questions and tracking the information for the registrants.
Gloady’s encouragement to members is to take the initiative and get involved. She began participating as soon as she began college and has committed herself to improving the quality of the Chapter.
“You have to remember that PRSSA is critical to your development as a professional. I took the initiative because I wanted to strengthen my skills,” said Gloady. “If I hadn’t taken the initial step in working with Brittany my freshman year I do not think I would be in this position now.”
It is hard to balance school, PRSSA and sports admitted Gloady. To stay on top of everything she uses a daily planner and to-do list; using both helps her to keep track of all her meetings, assignments, practices and tasks.
Gloady is already planning for next semester; she is brainstorming ideas for blog topics, arranging to have points awarded for writing for the blog, implementing a new editing system for the monthly newsletter, creating a Chapter style guide and planning to write at least two press releases a month about the Chapter and its success.
Gloady’s advice is to get involved early and stay committed to the Chapter. She has greatly benefited from her involvement with Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter and she wants all students to have the same experience.
Hannah Morris and is a current senior public relations major. She serves as secretary for the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter and as co-director for our Chapter’s first regional conference – “Caffeinate Your Career” taking place April 8 and 9, 2016. As an emerging public relations professional, Hannah is interested in pursuing a career with higher education. She currently works with Waynesburg alumni in the Office of Institutional Advancement, and is active in musical groups on campus. Hannah also enjoys music, tea and swing dancing.