Manship School Students in PRSSA at LSU Take Home Star Chapter at PRSSA National Convention

Manship School students won the Star Chapter Award at the PRSSA National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 7.The Star Chapter Award is a special distinction for PRSSA chapters that meet specific performance requirements each year.  The convention is "the largest gathering of public relations students in the country," and it gives students the opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in the PR field. The speakers at this year's PRSSA National Convention included Heather Abbot from the Heather Abbot Foundation, Meghan Keaney Anderson from HubSpot, John Iwata from IBM and crisis management expert and author Judy Smith. 

photo: PRSSA Group with Mary Klemenok


On the second day of the convention, Manship School senior Mary Klemenok had the honor of speaking alongside Lori Steele and Kirsten Heintz from the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency at the "Heartbeat Heard ‘round the World: PR is Nonprofits Lifeline" session at the convention. On Father's Day, Bill Conner met the recipient of his deceased daughter's heart, Loumonth Jack, Jr., and the video of the pair meeting has since been viewed over 100 million times. View the viral video here. During the panel, Klemenok discussed her experience working with LOPA to promote this emotional meeting in her Campaigns class this summer. Of course, the LSU chapter was there to cheer her on from the front row. Check out some of the responses to her moving presentation below.


photo: tweet Rt if you're choked up & teary eyed at the Heartbeat Heard Around the World video 🙋 #GeauxPRSSA #PRSSANC


tweet: Wow... such a powerful message about the impact PR makes in the nonprofit world. Thank you LOPA, @DonateLifeLA & @prssalsu #PRSAANC



tweet: What a wonderful panel about #DonateLife , inspiring to those wanting to go into service oriented PR. Thank you @DonateLifeLA #PRSSANC


From everyone at the Manship School, we are so proud of our PRSSA students and the great work they do. Geaux Manship and Geaux Tigers!