Current Officers

Allie Hitchcock

President, albhitch@umail.iu.edu
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Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Media School Ernie Pyle Scholar, research assistant to Professor Mike Conway through Cox Research Scholars program, Vice President of New Member Education for Sigma Kappa sorority

Internships: Editorial intern/columnist for Evansville Courier & Press, development intern for Silver Bay YMCA conference center in the Adirondacks, Editorial intern at BigChoice Group marketing firm in London, development intern for Silver Bay once I get back to the US in July

I remember hearing about PRSSA when I toured IU as a high school student. To be honest, I had no clue what PR really even was at the time. Fast forward to today, and I couldn’t imagine my college experience without PRSSA! It has allowed me opportunities to travel to Indianapolis, Chicago, Atlanta and Austin. It has helped me build life-long connections and friendships, and it has given me a tremendous boost in my understanding of this industry. After graduation, I would like to get some experience in agency work before transitioning into the nonprofit sector. In my free time, I love to travel, bake (and eat!!) desserts and spend time with my friends, family and pets. I am so excited for this year in PRSSA.

Benjamin HoustonBenH_S.png

Vice President, bkhousto@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism, Political Science

Campus Involvement: WIUX Pure Student Radio

Internships: Media Relations and Marketing Intern at Franciscan St. Francis Health

 

I’m an avid follower of politics and news in the U.S. and globally and love discussions about them. When I’m not doing school related things, I’m probably working or hanging out with friends and doing nerdy stuff like playing video games or talking about movies way more in-depth than the average person. My favorite movie is Jurassic Park, but The Godfather Part 2 is a close second.

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Director of Membership, mgorsky@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Vice President of Operation Smile Student Association

Internships: Special Events & Donor Relations Intern at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, Lifestyle & Entertainment Intern at June Media in Chicago, IL

 

For some people, coffee is what gets them through the day, but for me it’s chocolate. I am constantly quoting movies and will break out into song at the most random times. Reality television and boybands are my ultimate guilty pleasure, but I’m still not ashamed. I am obsessed with anything and everything about weddings, hence my love for event planning. My love for reading and writing grows day by day and I can’t wait to spend this year learning more!

Caitlin BlackfordCaitlin_S.png

Secretary/Historian, cairblac@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: IDS

Internships: Social Life Marketing

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Evansville, Ind. so therefore I have always been a true Indiana Hoosier. If I am not working for PRSSA, I am most likely sippin’ Starbucks on Krikwood or jammin’ to my favorite songs at a country music concert. I also love to travel and explore all the beautiful places that the world has to offer, especially if there is a beach. I love the sand and surf, and I like to think that in another life I would have been a mermaid!

Kelsey HardingKelsey_S.png

Treasurer, kelmhard@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: IUDM Public Relations Committee, Intramural Sports and Hutton Honors College

Internships: Marketing intern for School Datebooks, Social media intern for Find8 Digital Marketing

 

If I’m not busy balancing our books or slaving away in the J-school, you can catch me drinking yet another cup of coffee, staying up late to finish a mystery novel, and hysterically screaming in Assembly Hall. At work, I enjoy writing (preferably sarcastically), focusing on the big picture, and collaborating with other people. On the random occasions that I remember I can’t stay at IU forever, I like to think I’ll work in the PR and marketing world of Chicago, where I can spend my days happily eating deep dish pizza and cheering on the Cubs.

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Co-Director of Communications, baibrisc@indiana.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Member of Theta Phi Alpha, The Body Project peer leader

Internships: PR/Social media intern at BLASTmedia, Writing intern for IU Communications, Corporate Communications Intern at Finish Line

As the Co-Director of Communications for the second year in a row, it’s obvious that I love all things social media. Most of my skills and experience fall into the realm of internal communications, and that is where my PR/communications interests lie. I was born and raised in small town Indiana, but I’ve spent my past two summers interning in Indianapolis. I fall more in love with the city every day and hope to start my PR journey there after graduating this year. When I’m not posting photos of my food on Instagram, I can be found browsing the websites of my favorite fashion bloggers, watching too much Netflix and shopping. My PRSSA goal this year is to increase member engagement, and my personal goal is to cross more things off my IU bucket list.

Carrie LatimerCarrie

Co-Director of Communications, carlatim@umail.iu.edu

Major: Media

Campus Involvement: Media School Ambassador

Internships: Electronic Marketing and Social Media Intern at Indiana University Press, Assistant to the Communications Director at The Media School

I enjoy Mexican food, petting strangers’ dogs and working out. When I’m not staring at a computer in the Media School Communications office, I’m helping brides find their dream dresses at David’s Bridal. I think I am the only person in the entire PR/communications industry without a caffeine addiction. Sometimes I try to be funny on Twitter (@812carrie).

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Director of Publicity, anrytheo@umail.iu.edu

Major: PR/Advertising

Campus Involvement: IUPRSSA 2015 National Bid Committee, logistics director, Member of Alpha Chi Omega (apparel chair, philanthropy marketing committee member)

Internships: F.C. Tucker Company Intern

 

IU, dogs, music, brunch, friends, #fam, and exploring the world around me are just a few of my favorite things. I’m a huge fan of life, and making the absolute most out if it. With the skills I’m learning through the Media school, hard work, and a bit of humor, I plan on someday conquering the world!

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Co-Director of Programming and Professional Development, aefagin@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism/Communications & Culture

Campus Involvement: Hip Hop ConnXion Dance Team Captain, Social Media Director and Reporter for IUSTV

Internships: Public relations internship with Wordsworth Communications in Cincinnati, public relations internship with Isaac M. Wise Temple, radio and broadcasting internship with The Ryan Seacrest Foundation at Cincinnati Children’s hospital, editorial intern at Big Choice Group in London, a communications intern at Cedar Village retirement community, and an additional intern experience at the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Who I Am: Storyteller: Passionate about the written word. Persuader: Rhetoric is my middle name. Brainstormer: Let’s share ideas. World Traveler: 11 countries = A world lens. Volunteer: Passionate about social issues. Hip Hop Dancer: My outlet. Seeking: A chance to be the voice to a community, to tell the story of an organization, to determine the best ways to get the audience’s attention, and to motivate that audience to feel or act.

Kelly_S.pngKelly Morgan

Co-Director of Programming and Professional Development, morgkell@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Culture of Care Safe Sisters

Internships: Business Development intern for TiER1 Performance Solutions, 14WFIE News Intern

Outside of school and work you can catch me snap chatting, playing golf, heading to Barre 3, and being a professional dog walker for my 10 pound little dog. I love looking up new recipes and attempting to make them. I also secretly love watching dramatic Lifetime movies with my mom.

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C0-Director of Public Relations, kkhogue@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Media Scholar, Hutton Honors College Member, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Member

Internships: Human Resources intern for VeriClaim Inc., Media Intern for SocialMedia.org, Corporate Communications Intern for Ace Hardware, Media Analytics Intern at Starcom Mediavest Group

When I am not working for PRSSA you are likely to find me reading a book under my covers or enjoying the great outdoors. I love to spend time hiking, kayaking, skiing, or even scuba diving. Anything that is active and involves nature is usually something I enjoy. I also consider myself to be somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur and am always searching out new flavors to try or new shops to visit. This year, as one of the Directors of Public Relations I am looking forward to increasing the Beth Wood Chapter’s prominence at the national PRSA level and improving my own press release writing skills.

Nicole_S.pngNicole Johnson

Co-Director of Public Relations, nicejohn@umail.iu.edu

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Theta Phi Alpha, Inside Magazine, employee at IMU

Internships: Summer Intern at The Door Chicago

 

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a junior at Indiana University. I’m from Chicago, and love hiking, traveling, writing and kayaking! Although I am relatively new to PRSSA (this will be my second year on the committee), I am so excited to be a part of the amazing group and I cannot wait play a part in helping it become the best it has ever been!

Melanie Metzman

Director of Alumni Engagement, mmetzman@umail.iu.eduMelanie Metzman

Major: Journalism

Campus Involvement: Indiana Daily Student, Ed2010

Internships: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Time Inc., and Black Frame, Cosmopolitan

 

I am originally from New York City, and have loved writing since elementary school, so a major in Journalism was a natural choice for me. I have had diverse experiences with internships in PR and magazine publishing, and see a career in the magazine industry in my future. On a more personal note, I love chocolate, good books, and online shopping. I can’t wait to get involved with PRSSA this year as the Director of Alumni Engagement.

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