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.

Questions about Wartburg PRSSA?
Contact Molly Schmitt

Want to become a member?
Contact Jesse Smith

Need more guidance?
Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Bill Withers 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.


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.

Journalism & Communication Visit Day
University of Minnesota Graduate School
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Minnesota Vikings - PRSSA Agency Crawl


Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith, President
Email: jesse.smith@wartburg.edu
Jesse Smith is from the small, charming town of Hopkinton, IA. He is currently a fourth year majoring in Communications Arts with an emphasis in Organizational/Public Relations, with minors in Business, Graphic Design, and Leadership. He is involved in Entertainment ToKnight, Tower Agency, Orange EXCELeration, Dance Marathon, and Service Trips. After college Jesse is looking to start his career at an advertising agency with no limitations on location.


Kathryn Kreis, Vice President 
Twitter: @house_of_kreis
Email: kathryn.kreis@wartburg.edu 
Katie Kreis is a sophomore from DeForest, Wisconsin. She is majoring in communication arts with emphases in public relations and multimedia journalism with a minor in Spanish. Katie works as E-Communication Assistant in the Alumni and Parent Programs office at Wartburg and is a member of Tower Agency, sings alto in Kantorei, and is looking forward to being a UKnight Day champion. After college, she hopes to find a career in the public relations field.

Dani Gordon

Danielle Gordon, Secretary
Twitter: @danigordon21
Email: danielle.gordon@wartburg.edu
Dani is a fourth year journalism and communications major from Fairbank, IA. Her emphasis is in organizational and public relations with minors in graphic design and leadership. During her time at Wartburg she has been captain of the softball team and involved in Tower Agency, homecoming committee, Students UKnight and the Ambassadors program. Dani is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and is the digital and print marketing coordinator for Service Trips. She hopes to use the skills attained through Knight Vision and her work in the alumni office where she is an event planning intern to land a career in sports marketing and promotion.

Meg Harper

Meg Harper, Social Media Manager
Twitter: @mharp_21
Email: meg.harper@wartburg.edu
Meg Harper is a senior from Independence, IA. She is a communication arts major with a concentration in Organizational/Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. During her time at Wartburg, Meg has worked as the Social Media and Marketing manager for Wartburg’s Sustainability department and as an editor for the Trumpet. Meg is also involved in several organizations on campus including Tower Agency, Homecoming Committee, Dance Marathon and the National Society of Leadership and Success. After college she plans to pursue a career in the public relations field. 


Chris Knudson, M.A., PRSSA Professional Advisor
Director, Wartburg Marketing & Communication Office
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.


Dr. Bill Withers, PRSSA Faculty Advisor
Professor, Department of Journalism and Communication
He has over two decades of management and leadership experience in both business and education, and his research has been presented multiple times at the International Conference on Business in Honolulu. Bill has both studied and served organizations such as Proctor & Gamble, Ritz-Carlton, Disney, Four Seasons, and Starbucks over the last two decades, and he was also a contributing writer to three books in the areas of leadership and customer service.