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PRSSA-SIUE hosts fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association November 16, 2016

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The SIUE Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America is hosting a night of unlimited bowling and laser tag at Edison’s Entertainment Complex in Edwardsville, Illinois. Pre-purchased tickets are $10 each with $5 of every ticket sale being donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

As we enter into the holiday season, many of us can reflect back on wonderful memories spent with family and friends. These memories are priceless, but even though we all have probably uttered the words, “I will never forget this day” or “I will never forget you,” the truth is, we might. Until a cure is found, Alzheimer’s can steal our memories, our loved ones and our lives away from us.

Memories matter. So let’s make Monday, Dec. 5 a “Memories Matter Monday!” If you would like to purchase tickets to help us in our fight against Alzheimer’s, please contact me. Deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 4.




Do a little BIG thing September 24, 2016

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donateWe are counting down with only six hours to go before the Walk to END Alzheimer’s. I sincerely need all my Facebook friends and family to take 66 seconds and click this link to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. If 525 people would click and donate…66 cents or $6.66 or $66, we could make a big difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Take a few minutes to think of a special occasion in your life: winning a championship game, graduating from college, marrying the love of your life, welcoming a new baby into the world or maybe just going for ice cream with your grandchildren. We all have memories we want to hold onto forever, and even though we have all probably uttered the words, “I will never forget this day,” the reality is we may all forget.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. But memories are worth fighting for, and if we all give a little, we will someday find a way to slow, cure and prevent Alzheimer’s disease from stealing our memories…stealing our lives.

So like, react, comment and share, but please don’t forget to donate. If we all give a little, we can make a big difference in this fight. Donate today to the Alzheimer’s Association.



66 hours to go: Make your 66 donation now September 21, 2016

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We are 66 hours away from the 2016 Walk to END Alzheimer’s; have you taken 66 seconds to click this link and make your donation? If you have, thank you. You are helping to stop the clock on Alzheimer’s disease. If you haven’t, I want to encourage you to do it right now.

Many of us give our time and resources to many worthy causes, but the reality is Alzheimer’s disease takes our time and resources…without asking!



In 2015, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. That care had an estimated economic value of $221.3 billion.

Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1 trillion (in 2016 dollars). Costs to Medicare will increase 360 percent. This dramatic rise includes a nearly five-fold increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and a nearly five-fold increase in out-of pocket spending.

But something can be done, if we all work together. We can stop Alzheimer’s disease from stealing our time, our resources, our memories…and our loved ones.

Take the next 66 seconds to click this link and make your donation…66 cents, $66, $6,600 or any amount in between. If we all join the fight, we can stop the clock on Alzheimer’s disease.



PRSSA-SIUE Walking the Walk September 19, 2016

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walk-footprintMembers of the SIUE Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America don’t just talk the talk; they walk the Walk–the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Every fall the Alzheimer’s Association-St. Louis Chapter hosts several area Walks to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and to raise funds for research, advocacy and support for those living with the devastating disease. As part of its community service initiative, the PRSSA-SIUE Chapter supports the annual Edwardsville Walk, which takes place on the SIUE campus. This year’s Walk is Sept. 24.

SIUE alumna Lindy Noel is the marketing and communication coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association-St. Louis Chapter. She began her involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association six years ago as a member of the SIUE PRSSA Chapter.

“I didn’t know much about the Alzheimer’s Association or the Walk, but my grandma had the disease so my interest was piqued,” Noel said. “I had already volunteered my time with Relay for Life so I thought this would just be another Walk. I was wrong. I volunteered and found the cause to be amazing. I also started fundraising to help fund the mission. Later, when a position opened up at the Alzheimer’s Association, I knew I had found my place, my passion.”

Noel works extensively with media to help raise awareness about all the area Walks. It was her efforts that helped bring the SIUE Walk to the front page of the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

“In my role as the marketing & communication coordinator I feel like I’m making a small difference in the world. I know I don’t necessarily make as much as I could in the private sector, but I make good money and feel good about what I’m doing,” Noel said.

PRSSA members don’t just talk the talk when it comes to their professional goals either. They walk the walk by being active Chapter members and taking advantage of the professional development and networking opportunities their membership offers. Noel’s success should serve as inspiration to current PRSSA members. Her PRSSA membership introduced her to the Alzheimer’s Association, which resulted in her obtaining an internship with the organization and ultimately a full-time position.

The same can be said for Emily Kaiser, a senior applied communication studies major and PRSSA member. She got involved in the SIUE Walk, and she is now serving as an intern with the Alzheimer’s Association. Although the Association may not have an opening to hire Kaiser after graduation, she has gained a lot of industry experience, broadened her professional network and definitely secured some strong recommendations as she moves forward in her career.

“My experience working with the Alzheimer’s Association has been amazing,” Kaiser said. “I have learned so much about writing, connecting with an audience and public relations in general. I would encourage everyone to get an internship, even if it’s just over the summer. I also think the nonprofit sector is a good place to start; it has given me a lot of experience and writing opportunities.”

Kaiser wrote two feature stories about upcoming Walks. The first one was published in The Rolla Daily News, and the second one in the Farmington Press. Noel and Kaiser serve as excellent examples of what PRSSA membership can do for you.

So what are you waiting for? The PRSSA fall membership drive ends Oct. 12. If you want to learn more about membership benefits, contact David Gallaher, PRSSA-SIUE Chapter president, at or Desiree Bainbridge, PRSSA-SIUE Chapter vice president, at Both of these professional leaders can share multiple success stories regarding their own experiences as PRSSA members.

No matter what your professional goals are, find out how PRSSA membership can help enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career.

You can also join the PRSSA Walk team or make a donation by going to this link.

Pull up a chair and let’s talk.




Wanted: First survivor of Alzheimer’s disease September 17, 2016

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The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you. Click this link to make your donation today.


What can you do in 60 seconds? September 14, 2016

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I still remember my 4th grade teacher, Gloria Troute, reciting this encouraging little mantra: 60 seconds makes one minute, what can I do in it? 60 minutes makes one hour, now I’ll work with all my power!

You may not think you can accomplish much in 60 seconds, but in reality, you could do a lot. In 60 seconds, you could click this link and make a tax-deductible donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In 2012, every 68 seconds someone in the United States developed Alzheimer’s disease; in 2014, it was every 67 66seconds. Now in 2016, every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. But your donation could stop the clock on this devastating disease.

I am asking everyone I know to please make a donation. It can be 66 cents, $6.66, $66 or $6,600! Honestly, I will appreciate every single 66-cent donation, so PLEASE consider making a donation! You may not think it will make much of a  difference, but those 66-cent donations could be a game changer in the heartbreaking numbers game that Alzheimer’s disease is playing in our country. Consider the following staggering statistics:

The statistics are frightening, but when you or someone you love become one of the numbers, the fear becomes much more real. I remember, so I fight. I remember, so I walk. I remember, which is why I am asking you to join me.cover-photo

60 seconds makes one minute, what can you do in it? You can click this link and make a small, but significant donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Together, we can stop the clock on Alzheimer’s…now that’s working with all our power.

Join the fight; pull up a chair and let’s talk.


5 reasons to intern and 3 ways to do it and still pay your rent September 7, 2016

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I just had this conversation with some PRSSA members last week, and I don’t think anyone argued the value of an internship. However, the fact remains that some students cannot afford to take time away from paying jobs to take an unpaid internship. Hopefully, we will continue to see an increase in the number of employers offering paid internships, but until then, there are ways for students to gain internship experience and still pay their rent!

1. No course credit. If you do not need course credit from the internship, you give yourself much more flexibility with the number of hours you have to commit to as an intern. Be willing to discuss these options with a prospective internship employer; many employers are willing to work around an intern’s school and work schedules.

2. Volunteer vs. intern. If you cannot commit to a full semester internship, consider serving as a volunteer for your favorite nonprofit organization. Walk in the door of any nonprofit organization offering your services, and you will most likely be greeted with open arms! Most nonprofits work with limited paid staff and rely heavily on volunteers. This gives college students ample opportunities. It might mean giving one hour a week of your time or maybe just helping out on a specific project or event. Either way, you can work with the organization to find a schedule that works for both of you. You gain experience and build your professional network, and the organization gets some much-needed help.

3. Job Shadow. Another way to gain insight into your career field is to job shadow for a day…or even a half day. Most professionals are willing to share their time and expertise with college students who are driven and eager to learn. Job shadowing can give you the chance to see inside different organizations and learn how public relations works in a variety of industry sectors.

The point is with a little determination, you can gain the benefits of an internship even if you cannot make a full-time commitment. So don’t despair; even if your resume doesn’t reflect internship experience in the traditional way, reaching out to gain similar experiences through other avenues shows a prospective employer that you take the initiative to find ways to overcome obstacles.

Paying your way through college is no easy task, and you should take pride in that accomplishment too. Don’t sell yourself short. You can gain the experience you need to be competitive in the job market while still paying your rent, it just takes a little more creativity…kind of like these creative ramen recipes. Who doesn’t love this 25-cent pantry staple!

If you’ve gained professional experience in nontraditional ways, please share in the comments. Your experiences can serve as encouragement for current students. In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.





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