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URI to launch public relations series

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KINGSTON, R.I. –September 25, 2008—The University of Rhode Island will launch a four-part series called “Public Relations Summit: Making Connections.”

“Anytime we can give students the chance to meet and talk with experts, the better prepared they become. Our goal as educators should be to give our students a thorough, practical base of knowledge, but also to do whatever we can to help them establish career relationships. The summit will help do that,” said Robert Beagle, vice president, University Advancement.

Martha Murphy, manager of marketing and communication for South County Hospital Healthcare Systems, will kick off the series. Murphy will share her experience in the public relations field and talk about the importance of building relationships with the community. Her talk, “So you Want to be in Public Relations, What Next?” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. in the University Club, 95 Upper College Road, Kingston. It is free and open to the public. Murphy will share her experience in the public relations field and talk about the importance of building professional relationships.

“Although this is the first year for the PR Summit, my goal is to continue this exciting learning opportunity next year so that students can explore the many facets of the world of public relations,” said Regina Bell, director of the Public Relations Program in URI’s Communication Studies Department. “As career opportunities continue to evolve, it is critical we encourage students to consider the various options available to them. The series is designed to give students and the public an informal yet informative way to make connections with leading public relations professionals. I am confident our speakers will illuminate the dynamics of this career and impart the importance of making connections as part of a career path.”

The rest of the schedule follows:

• Jan. 26, Robert Beagle, vice president, University Advancement, who will discuss, “Fundraising Makes the World Go Round.”
• Mar. 11, Jennifer Stuart an event producer/project manager from Interference Inc. will discuss, “Do You Want to be an Event Planner?”
• Apr. 8, Regina Bell, director of the Public Relations Program in URI’s Communication Studies Department. She will discuss, “Ready, Set, Go: Get Ready for the Job Interview.”

For more information, 874-2857.