Public Relations Student Society of American (PRSSA)

PRSSA- Regina Bell

President Alexandra Baccari, Advisor Regina A. Bell, MA, and Vice President Hailey Cowan at the ceremony announcing the national accreditation to PRSSA, April, 2014.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is a student-run campus organization that educates students in the professional fields of public relations, marketing, journalism and communications.  PRSSA members are afforded the opportunity to participate in numerous professional development experiences from attending regional/national conferences to participating in robust conversations in PRSSA’s blog:  Progressions. In addition, numerous scholarship opportunities are available to PRSSA members.

The academic year 2013-2014 was a remarkable year for the members of the URI chapter of PRSSA.  With support from the Rhode Island State Chapter of PRSA and our corporate sponsor, Steve Zenofsky from FM Global, the URI chapter received its national accreditation as a Public Relations Student Society of America. The dedication and unwavering determination of Alexandra Baccari and Hailey Cowan (2013-2014 President and Vice President, respectively) propelled what was an idea of PRSSA status at URI to become a reality.  As a result of their determination and the support from the Rhode Island PRSA, numerous opportunities now await the Public Relations students at URI.

As the advisor for PRSSA, I look forward to the positive educational opportunities afforded to our PRSSA members.  I am most appreciative of the opportunity to be part of this enriching professional development opportunity.

Regina A. Bell, MA
Public Relations Program
Harrington School of Communication & Media

Meet the 2014-14 Executive Board for the URI Chapter of PRSSA

Nick VenerNick Vener, President
Hometown: Marblehead, Massachusetts

Major: Public Relations, Business Minor
Hobbies: Running, watching movies, swimming, going to the beach, skiing/snowboarding

Internships: The Marblehead Reporter - Intern – Composed articles, interviewed for articles, wrote and organized police logs section of the newspaper, attended events to document for the newspaper, attended various advertising meetings with the Editor and Chief.



emma-clarke_5183Emma Clarke, Vice President 
Hometown: Clifton, New Jersey

Major: Public Relations, French

Internships: Tag Online, Inc. - Marketing Intern, 2013 – Generated web content and social media updates for both Tag Online, Inc. and clients.

HudsonMOD Magazine - Editorial Intern, 2014 – Supported associate editor by writing web features, magazine content; Supported events manager during 3rd Annual Anniversary Event (500+ attendees)





kimdKimberly DeLande, Public Relations Director
Hometown: East Providence, Rhode Island

Major: Public Relations and Journalism
Hobbies: Reading, writing creative fiction, spin biking, yoga, tea brewing

Internships: Harrington School – Web Editor & PR Intern, 2011-Present –  Created quality web content that has attracted over 21,000 unique visitors to the Harrington School website since its launch in September 2013.

Save the Bay – PR Intern, Summer 2013 – Wrote press releases, edited website copy, promoted Save the Bay events through social media campaigns and attended Save the Bay events as a volunteer and an organizer.

 Worldways Social Marketing – PR Intern, Spring 2014 –  Assisted Worldways in the planning and implementation of “My Life My Plan,” a comprehensive campaign to empower teenagers living Delaware to set goals and create plans in regards to their health, education, relationships, and reproductive life planning.

Initiative to Educate Afghan Women - Department Head of Media Relations, Spring 2014 –  Guided and mentored a team of four students to create web content that would demonstrate the impact the IEAW has made, ensure that IEAW events had proper coverage, and broaden the IEAW donor base.

FM Global – PR Intern, Summer 2014 – Wrote and pitched news releases to local media, monitored media coverage in Vocus, created influencer lists in Traackr and monitored influencers for social media engagement opportunities, and assisted with media coverage for FM Global events. Secured media coverage for the Resilience Index, an online supply chain risk tool created by FM Global for PR purposes.

gina-mainella-pictureGina Mainella, Secretary
Hometown: Dighton, MA

Major: Public Relations
Hobbies: Travel, read, and spend time with family and friends

Internships: Regan Communications Group – PR Intern, Fall 2014

Seventh House Public Relations – Summer 2014 – PR/Press Coordinator Head Intern

R.A.M. G.O.A.L.S (Responsible Alcohol Management for Greek Organizations and Leaders) – Intern in the URI Office of Greek Affairs, Fall 2013

Habitat For Humanity – Intern in the URI Office of Greek Affairs, Fall 2012