Spring 2016 is a VERY busy semester with everything that is happening.  Here are dates that I hear about that you might want to know about.



  • February 16:  PRSSA Guest Speaker: Erik Qualman, Author of “Socialnomics” and many other books, videos and international keynote speaker.  He will be Skyping into the Olivet PRSSA meeting.  More about Erik:  (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • February 23:  PRSSA Workshop:  LinkedIn for Success (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • February 26:  Olivet PRSSA students have been invited to DePaul University for a full day professional development and networking event with professionals across Chicago.  (Chicago, IL; All Day event)


  • March 1:  COMM 331:  PR Writing Guest Speaker:  Brian Basilico, Author of “It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon: Relationship Marketing in a Social Media World”.  (Weber 002, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
  • March 1:  Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn with Brian Basilico (Weber Leadership Center, Cost involved, register through the chamber)
  • March 1:  PRSSA Guest Speaker:  Brian Basilico, Author of “It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon: Relationship Marketing in a Social Media World”.  Brian will be on campus all day and will conclude with PRSSA Tuesday evening.  (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • March 2:  Central Illinois PRSA quarterly meeting and dinner in Bloomington, IL.  Topic:  There’s Good Days and Bad Days:  How social media and web analytics are used by a larger public university to inform reputation management strategies and tactics.  Cost:  $30 for members and students. (Bloomington, IL at 6 p.m.)
  • March 7 – 11:  Olivet Spring Break!
  • March 15:  PRSSA Workshop:  Networking for Success. (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • March 17:  Green with Networking Envy, co-sponsored networking event produced by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Network, Olivet PRSSA and Inspired Strategies Agency.  Free for students and professionals.  Learn more:  (Olivet Nazarene University Warming House, 4 – 6 p.m.)
  • March 18 – 19:  PRSSA Regional Conference in Detroit, MI.  A group of PRSSA students are heading to Detroit for the PRSSA National regional conference.  There is a cost to this event.  Please see PRSSA leadership for more information.  (Detroit, MI; All Weekend Event)
  • March 22:  PRSSA board will host an information session about executive leadership opportunities and board positions for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  The round table will take place during the general meeting and all students are invited to hear what the board does and consider running for a board position for the following year.  Get involved!  (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • March 29:  PRSSA Meeting – Topic TBA   (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • March 31:  Prof K speaking at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce seminar:  Utilizing Smart Social Media Marketing.  (Downtown Chicago from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)


  • April 5:  PRSSA Meeting – Topic TBA   (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • April 7/8: @MIDWEST Social Media Conference in Bloomington, IL.  Prof K and 2 students will be presenting during this conference.  Topic:  What do businesses need to do with social media in order to cater to the rapidly changing social media usage trends of Generation Z.  (Bloomington, IL; conference is 2 days but Olivet group speaking only one day – TBA)
  • April 12:  PRSSA Meeting – Executive Board Elections for 2016 – 2017   (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • April 19:  PRSSA Meeting – Topic TBA   (Weber 306, 6 p.m.)
  • April 26:  PRSSA Social as the final meeting of the year, passing of the “gavel” to the new board officially and awards!  (Location TBA, 6 p.m.)
  • April 27:  Communication Department Senior Speeches.  12 students will present their senior speeches.  (Location TBA, 6 p.m.)


  • May 7, 2016:  Olivet Graduation!
  • Summer school?


  • Summer school over!


  • Relax and enjoy!


  • School is back this month!  Can’t wait to see you!

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