WARTBURG PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. We seek to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. We advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession. The Wartburg chapter is among 300 top public relations programs across the U.S., Argentina, and Colombia.

We will help you:

  • Network and build relationships with public relations professionals and student peers.
  • Develop leadership skills to add to your résumé.
  • Gain access to national scholarships and competitions, internships, and potential jobs after graduation.
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Questions about Wartburg PRSSA?
Contact kathryn.kreis@wartburg.edu

Want to become a member?
Contact alexis.bodzioch@wartburg.edu 

Need more guidance?

Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Penni Pier or
Professional Advisor Chris Knudson, M.A.

Member Benefits

Enhance Your Education

  • Events. Network, learn and interact with other public relations students from around the country at PRSSA events like National Conference, National Assembly and Regional Conferences.
  • Competitions. Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom, add to your portfolio and work with high-profile clients by taking the opportunity to compete in one of our many case study competitions.
  • Leadership. Add to your résumé and gain valuable leadership skills by running for office in your chapter, student-run firm or the PRSSA National Committee.
  • Scholarships and Awards. Be recognized for your accomplishments or let us help you fund your education through one of the many scholarships and awards PRSSA offers students each year.
  • News and Intelligence. Stay current on industry news and the latest trends in public relations through PRSSA and PRSA news and intelligence resources.
  • Writing. Add to your portfolio and be published nationally by taking the initiative to write for FORUM® or PRSSA’s blog, Progressions.

Broaden Your Network

  • Events. Develop valuable relationships with future colleagues and current professionals through local, national, and regional events.
  • Social Media. Start discussions and connect with PRSSA members from all over by plugging in toPRSSA social media.
  • PRSA Sponsor Chapters. Meet current professionals, ask questions and get professional advice through our Chapter’s PRSA Sponsor Chapter – Central Iowa PRSA..
  • Champions for PRSSA. Browse the Champions for PRSSA Directory to see this network of professionals dedicated to supporting PRSSA members and your education.

Launch Your Career

  • PRSA Jobcenter. Browse career resources and search for public relations employment opportunities all over the world with PRSA Jobcenter.
  • Internships. Get job-hunting tips, upload your résumé and find the most recent internship opportunities through the PRSSA Internship Center.
  • PRSA Associate Membership. Start networking and get connected to 20,000 public relations professionals when you join PRSA as an Associate Member for only $60 up to five months before or two years after graduation. Professional membership is usually about $250.
  • PRSA Sections. PRSA Professional Interest Sections connect you to others who work in a niche industry, such as sports, health care or the military. Check out PRSA’s Section specifically for New Professionals.

WHAT WE DO

PRSSA members have opportunities to connect and network locally through our chapter events and throughout the country by attending the Leadership Rally, Regional Conferences, National Conference, and National Assembly, all in different locations varying throughout the year. At these events members are able to connect with other PRSSA members, network with professionals, and learn about the industry in cities other than their own. Along with events PRSSA also hosts speakers to share their experience in the real world including interview and resume tips.

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WARTBURG PRSSA EXECS

Katie Kreis

President
Name: Katie Kreis

Twitter: @house_of_kreis
Email: kathryn.kreis@wartburg.edu
Katie Kreis is a fourth-year from DeForest, Wisc. She is majoring in journalism and communication with an emphasis in public relations, with minors in Spanish, leadership, and women’s studies. Katie works as E-Communication Assistant in Alumni and Parent Programs and as a Copyright in Marketing and Communication at Wartburg. She is on the Parade Subcommittee of Homecoming Committee, serves as the Social Media/Events Coordinator of Tower Agency, sings alto in St. Elizabeth’s Chorale, participates in Dance Marathon and is a member of Students UKnight. Katie hopes to join the advocacy and nonprofit worlds after graduation.

Lexi Bodzioch

Vice President
Name: Lexi Bodzioch
Twitter: @bodziocham
Emailalexis.bodzioch@wartburg.edu
Lexi is a fourth-year, journalism and communication major concentrating in PR, with minors in German Studies and Leadership. She has been a part of PRSSA for three years now and is on the leadership teams for ETK and The School Newspaper. She excited to end her college career with good friends and lots of memories Wartburg has given her. 

Gabrielle Olejniczak

Treasurer
Name: Gabrielle Olejniczak

Twitter: @gabbyolejniczak
Emailg.olejniczak@wartburg.edu
Gabby is a third-year journalism major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her concentrations are in public relations and multimedia journalism, and she has a minor in leadership. Gabby is a member of the tennis team and a part of dance marathon on campus. 

Alex Buchheim

Secretary
Name: Alex Buchheim
Twitter: @abuchheim15
Emailalex.buchheim@wartburg.edu
Alex is a second-year journalism and communication major from DeForest, Wisc. On campus, he is involved with Entertainment ToKnight, Dance Marathon and Students UKnight. In his free time, Alex likes to play basketball and shoot videos.

Jenna Winter

Social Media Manager
Name: Jenna Winter

Twitter@jennalewinter
Emailjenna.winter@wartburg.edu
Jenna Winter is from Alpha, Iowa. She is a fourth-year journalism and communication major with an emphasis in organizational/public relations. She is also majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been involved with PRSSA, Tower Agency, the National Society of Leadership and Success and Lambda Pi Eta while at Wartburg. On campus, she works in the Marketing and Communications office, at The W and for athletic events. After college, she hopes to find a job in marketing or advertising. She enjoys combining marketing with social media.

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Chris Knudson, M.A., PRSSA Professional Advisor
Director, Wartburg Marketing & Communication Office
Emailchris.knudson@wartburg.edu
Chris serves as strategic counsel for the vice president of advancement and generates marketing approaches for the college. He is an account executive and manages the Marketing & Communication Office and Digital Print Center staff of Wartburg College. As an independent consultant, his clients have been based in Washington, D.C., New York, Charleston, S.C., New Orleans, and other locations around the Midwest. He is a past national vice president for PRSSA National and has been a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) member since 2003.

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Dr. Penni Pier, PRSSA Faculty Advisor
Professor, Department of Journalism and Communication
Email:
penni.pier@wartburg.edu
Dr. Pier holds a B.A. degree in communication from Minnesota State University at Moorhead, an M.A. degree in communication from Missouri State University at Springfield, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Pier is a member of the National Communication Association and International Communication Association. She is the co-author of three books, Campaign ’96, published in 1999, The Primary Decision: A Functional Analysis of Debates in Presidential Primaries, published in 2002, and Campaign 2000, published in 2003. 

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