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ONU student elected to national PRSSA position

Joseph Clarkson, an Ohio Northern University junior communications major from Huntingdon, Pa., was elected to the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) National Committee as the national vice president for internships and job services. This position requires that Clarkson develop and promote national internship directories, services and programs for members of PRSSA nationwide.

“I’m delighted with Joseph’s election to PRSSA’s national committee, and I know that he’ll do a great job,” said Dr. Steve Iseman, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor of communication arts and public relations at Ohio Northern. “There are more than 10,000 PRSSA members from 300-plus chapters around the country, and his election reflects his thorough preparation and strong presentation at the National Assembly in Seattle.”

Clarkson is the 10th ONU student to hold a seat on the PRSSA National Committee. The process requires the candidate to be an active member of a PRSSA chapter, maintain a PRSSA membership, and be a full-time student from the time they are elected through the fall semester/quarter. To be nominated for a position, candidates must submit an essay and a letter of recommendation from the chapter faculty or professional advisor. While at National Assembly, the candidates must give a presentation and answer questions. Candidates are elected by 125 delegates representing chapters all over the country.

On his election, Clarkson says, “I am so excited for the upcoming year. I cannot express how passionate I am about PRSSA. It is a society that has had such a positive influence on me professionally, academically and personally. I have the opportunity to work with great people who are passionate about the society and our profession.”

Active in the campus community, Clarkson serves as PRSSA treasurer and a member of the ONU Bateman team, ONU Mortar Board and ONU men’s volleyball team. He is a First-Year Experience student assistant, Bear Ambassador and Good News Bear and works in the University’s Sports Information Department. This summer, Clarkson will intern with Hunter Public Relations in New York City.