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.

2020-21 Executives
Courtney Stucker
Vice President: Alexa Ganzeveld
Treasurer: Katie Hirv
Secretary: Haley Meyer
Social Media Coordinator: Taylor Webb

2021-22 Executives
President: Jenna White
Vice President: Della Whittaker
Secretary: Katie Claman
Treasurer: Britt Avery
Social Media Coordinator: Olivia Foster

Questions about Wartburg PRSSA?
Contact courtney.stucker@wartburg.edu.

Want to become a member?
Contact alexa.ganzeveld@wartburg.edu.

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 to PRSSA social media.
  • PRSA Sponsor Chapters. Meet current professionals, ask questions and get professional advice through Central Iowa PRSA, our sponsoring PRSA chapter.
  • 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.

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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.

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Dr. Penni Pier, PRSSA Faculty Advisor
Professor, Department of Journalism and Communication
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.