Chapter President –
As long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer and a vocalist. It was only a matter of time until I found a passion at a collegiate level where I could fulfill my passion for writing and speaking. My name is Lauren Palazola, and I was born and raised in the lovely city of Peabody, MA. After graduating high school and attending college for a year at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, I had planned to earn my English degree there, but life had other plans for me. I decided to take some time off from school to travel, during which time I lived in California as well as Arizona. I believe I found a second home in the desert.
After living away from home, though my heart missed my family and friends, and I yearned to continue my education. After driving across the country, and completing a semester at North Shore Community College, I transferred to Salem State University as a Communications Major with an undeclared concentration. Within the first week of classes, I heard about PRSSA and knew not only that I needed to go to a meeting, but also that I was going to declare Public Relations as my concentration. Right away, I knew this group was where I belonged. After two years in the group, I felt confident enough, as a Junior, to become more involved. This year, I’m this chapter’s President, and I’m very excited to lead the group fearlessly into the future.
When I’m not in class, I’m working as a Pet Stylist at PetSmart, where I have worked for
the last six years, or teaching my dog new tricks. I’ve also taken up yoga and meditation, I love the physical and mental strength I’ve acquired along the way. When I have time, I love reading, listening to music, both in my car and at live performances, and shooting my bow.
This will be the first year that I’ll be attending the National Conference, and I’m so excited to network with new people, and fall more in love with PR!
VP of Chapter Development –
Hi, guys! My name is Andrea Osborne and I am a junior at Salem State who is studying Communications with a focus in public relations (PR) also minoring in marketing.
I joined the club last year to learn and figure out if I actually wanted to pursue PR after I graduate. Joining was extremely helpful in finding out that there is so much more to PR and it was a very interesting field. Learning more about PR you will find that there is PR in everything that we do in society. How we present ourselves, to the job that you work at. Knowing more about how PR worked, made it more interesting to me. This lead to my continuation of the club and the major. Trying different things for the club and being more active on campus made it easy to want to be a leader in the club. Now, I am currently the Vice President of chapter development for Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
Joining PRSSA is very simple and the people are extremely laid back, which is very nice for people who are introverted. Even going to a few meetings you will find that everyone is close and become amazing friends that you can lean on. Eventually, it is more of a family that is constantly reforming and adding members to it.
In my personal life, I don’t really like long walks on the beach, but I do like to binge watch the show ‘Blacklist’. In my free time, I enjoy listening and discovering various types of music and being around people. Learning about people is quite interesting and comparing stories about common interests. As much as I like learning about people, I have a lot of animals that I love being with and teaching people about. I can pretty much tell you anything you want about rabbits.
This year, I am excited to see what PRSSA will do to impact the community of Salem State. Lastly, I am eager to start stepping up and fill the very big, but awesome shoes our previous VP left for me.
VP of Public Relations –
Hey, everyone! My name is Jessica McDonough and I am a senior here at Salem State University. I am majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Music Technology. I joined PRSSA my second-semester junior year and loved it.
I have lived in Wakefield, MA almost my whole life and decided to live on campus my freshman year. I started commuting to school in my sophomore year. Since I have been commuting, I have had the opportunity to record my first EP in Boston. I have had many different jobs since I was sixteen. My last job was a secretarial position at Olsen Curtis Fence in Salem. I also worked as an intern this summer with Fire+Ice’s marketing team through Salem State. I learned a lot about marketing and social media branding.
In my free time, I like to hang out with my boyfriend and explore new places in Boston, spend time with my sister and friends, and shop at thrift shops. I spend most of my time in the Berklee are making music in the studio and occasionally singing with bands. Hiking and biking are my two favorite activities. I love that I picked communications for my major because I can apply it to my passions.
This year I will be going to the National Conference for the first time and I am so excited to see what the PR world has to offer. PRSSA showed me that there are so many opportunities through PR and you can do anything you set your heart to. I am very thankful for PRSSA for its guidance and support.
Treasurer – Tal Rimoni
My name is Tal Rimoni, I am a junior communications major specializing in Public Relations and I am currently Treasurer for PRSSA.
I like to consider myself a very active person, though funny as it may be I do not workout on a regular basis. Born and bred in Boston MA, I come from a Jewish family household of classically trained musicians. I am a classically trained violinist; I’ve been playing since the age of 6. I also ran my own Lemonade stand at my local farmers market, making quite a bit of profit during the summer time. Lastly, I have a pretty popular youtube channel in case anybody is interested to check it out (www.youtube.com/talrimoni).
When I first joined SSU I was actually a theater major. My strategy was to become a successful actor by after the first semester. I know I know, that’s a lot of wishful thinking. Well, when I finally realized that I sucked at acting, I turned my attention to media. I joined the SSU’s radio station, WMWM, and have my own show (www.facebook.com/621Radio) which is one of the most popular shows on campus. I fell in love with media after joining the radio station and I decided to switch my major to communications. Ever since that switch, I have not looked back.
Besides the radio, I am part of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity as well as a part of the SSU’s chamber orchestra. But my biggest role is in PRSSA. I joined PRSSA during my sophomore year because I wanted to meet new people and get a feel with public relations. After the first PRSSA meeting, I knew this was the right club for me. When summer was just around the corner, I decided to run for Treasurer so I could contribute more time to the club.
PRSSA to me is a great opportunity to meet a variety of new and old faces as well as learn more about the PR industry. I’ll tell you this, the most important way to move up in the world are connections. All previous jobs I have had were all thanks to the connections I had within the organization. If you want to make connections, join PRSSA!
Managing Editor –
Hi, Everyone! I’m Jess Freeman and I’m a senior at Salem State University. I’m a double major of Communications, with a concentration in journalism, and a second major in Geography.
This is my first year being part of PRSSA. I’ve been searching for a club to a part of since my freshman year, and PRSSA’s active membership, activities, and connections to jobs/internships convinced me to join. As a journalism concentration, I look forward to being part of the public relations world and writing stories for PRSSA’s blog through my e-board position.
Over the summer, I interned at the Peabody Essex Museum, as part of the Native American Fellowship Department. I loved working in a museum setting and gaining new skills, like marketing and event planning, through this internship.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and thinking about food! I love eating at restaurants, visiting museums, and traveling. I hope to integrate these interests into whatever I do in the future in the communications field. I’m always on the lookout for the next internship or opportunity, and I hope to do something in the communications field related to museums or one of my other interests.
I look forward to being part of PRSSA’s e-board this year, and can’t wait to share updates about the world of public relations through our blog!
You can follow me and all my adventures on Instagram @jess_xo_26 or Twitter @jessiefree263 and if you would like to submit a blog post for our website, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Robert Brown – Faculty Advisor
Robert Brown is a professor of Communications at Salem State College. He has held full-time faculty positions for 20 years in departments of Communication at Boston University, Bentley College, and Emerson University, and has been an adjunct professor at Harvard University Extension School, where in 2004 he was honored for distinguished teaching.
Professor Brown’s corporate communications background includes speech writing positions at two former Fortune 500 companies, Atlantic Richfield (now BP) and W.R. Grace & Co, and a consultant to Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc. investor relations, as well as a facilitator and trainer at local area PR firms. He is a member of the editorial board of Public Relations Review, an academic journal, and research and writing are cited in textbooks on speech writing, research methods, public relations and writing for mass communication. His byline has appeared on the op-ed pages of the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, and Honolulu Advertiser.
Professor Brown is a member of the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association (N.C.A.). He is faculty advisor the Public Relations Student Society of America and a member of the Publicity Club of New England, where his students at Salem State won two Bell Ringers (first place) in three tries. His education includes a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of Finance/University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester.
Cindy Vincent – Co-Faculty Advisor