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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.



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.





Awesome list of why blogging is awesome August 31, 2016

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Photo Credit: inju via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: inju via Compfight cc

For some students maintaining a weekly blog is a time-consuming task they loathe; for others it’s a welcomed writing outlet. No matter your perspective, there is no lack of support on the merits of blogging.

At the ground level, blogging can strengthen your writing and enhance your online presence, but with initiative and determination, the sky is the limit when it comes to blogging. As with most everything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

Here are some awesome reasons why you should put serious effort into your blogging assignment.

The 20 Biggest Benefits of Blogging: No. 1 on this list is probably enough to keep students reading, and No.2 can certainly serve as inspiration. But as a college student, No. 4 on this list is a good reason to keep blogging because the only way you become a better writer is to write…and write…and write.

10 Important Reasons to Work Seriously on Your Small Business Blog: Whether you are stoking your own entrepreneurial spirit or counseling a future client, understanding the value a blog can bring to a business is important. Former students have used their blogging experience to put this marketing tool into practice for internships and post-graduation jobs.

Little Known Benefits of Having Your Own Blog: Credibility, creativity, connections, confidence, career kick-starter…the benefits are endless, and there is no reason you can’t start now!

What other awesome reasons do you have for making the most out of this class assignment? Pull up a chair and let’s talk!



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