Announcing the #PRStudChat March 2011 Session

We’re gearing up for the #PRStudChat March 16th session at 8:30 p.m. ET, which is being developed, coordinated and run by several of our #PRStudChat senior classmates.  Valerie and I thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to learn the student perspective on social media, trends on campus, what interests students about the field of PR, what they are looking for in employers and much more.

We have a special guest moderator this month.  It’s Lauren Gray who will be working with a panel of senior students to prepare the chat questions in advance. Of course, we welcome any ideas you may have for the session and encourage you to share your thoughts in our LinkedIn group. Our goal, as always, is to have a conversation that everyone in the community (educators, professionals and students) can participate and learn from, highlighting the special insights and contributions our panel/special guests can offer.

For those of you who don’t know Lauren, she has been an active member of the PRStudChat community this year and recently moderated a national PRSSA chat.  Here’s a little more background information on our moderator:

Lauren Gray is a senior public relations student at Western Carolina University. She is her Chapter PRSSA President, an Editorial Assistant with Social Fresh, and holds three other jobs within public relations and journalism. She blogs regularly on her website and is very active on Twitter in various tweet chats. You can tweet her @laurenkgray.

Our guest panel is comprised of the following students:

Lindsay Bray: Lindsay is a senior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD majoring in Business Communications, which has given her an ever-growing love for PR and event planning. Lindsay’s Twitter handle is @lrbray and you can visit her website at

Harris Walker: Harris is a senior at High Point University studying strategic communications and political science. With interests in new media and political communication, he hopes to move to Washington, D.C., upon graduation to work in public relations within the federal government and/or national advocacy organizations. You can find Harris on LinkedIn and visit his website at

Keri Kochenour:  Keri is a senior at Shippensburg University studying communication/journalism with an emphasis in public relations and minoring in political science. Keri has long held a passion for the area of education, particularly higher ed. Upon graduation, she hopes to work at an agency with education clients or for an education association in the Harrisburg, PA area.  You can find Keri on LinkedIn and visit her website at

Sarah Tiambeng: Sarah is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in journalism with an emphasis on strategic communications and a minor in business. She has previous agency internship experience in both B2B and B2C public relations and hopes to take her talent to the south upon graduation. You can find Sarah on Twitter and LinkedIn and you can visit her website at

We hope you will join us for a dynamic discussion about social media and PR with our senior students to learn more about their perspective and we look forward to hearing insight on the topic from our community members.  We want to thank our senior students for volunteering to participate in this panel session and we look forward to chatting with everyone on the 16th.