The Beth Wood Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Indiana University is dedicated to enabling IU students to explore and prepare for careers in public relations. Members have opportunities to apply classroom concepts and develop professional skills through practical experiences, make networking connections with practitioners, and develop leadership and career skills in a learning environment that is open to all. The experiences and resources offered by the chapter enable students to build their portfolios and enter the field as qualified, sought-after young professionals.
Beth Wood was a senior lecturer for the IU School of Journalism. A 1973 graduate of the of the school, Wood joined the journalism faculty in 2002 teaching public relations classes on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Wood was instrumental in launching the IU chapter of PRSSA in 2004 and led it to become the seventh largest chapter in the nation. Upon her passing in 2009, the chapter was renamed in her honor.
Chapter members include graduate and undergraduate students who major in journalism, communication and culture, and business. The Beth Wood Chapter hosts monthly events featuring professional practitioners from agency, corporate, non-profit, and government. Topics include resumes, interviews, and portfolios. Members can also get involved in committees working on the Bateman Competition, Greek Media Training, Campus and Community Relations, Fundraising, Publicity, and Regional Events. Committees offer members hands-on public relations experience.