April 25, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. –
Oklahoma State’s branch of the Public Relations Student Society
of America (PRSSA) launches STATEments; a new student-run public relations firm that will
benefit the students of OSU and the surrounding Stillwater community.
Professor Gina Noble first approached Oklahoma State’s branch of PRSSA in the fall of
2008 about the possibility of starting a student-operated PR firm. Branch PRSSA president,
Marie Kadavy, immediately supported the initiative, recognizing it as a good learning experience
for OSU students.
“This opportunity to gain experience will allow PRSSA members to improve their public
relations skills and be competitive when applying for scholarships, awards, internships and jobs,”
Kadavy said. “I think that offering this experience will set OSU apart from many universities
and can also provide immediate impact in the Stillwater community.”
So far, the firm has had no shortage of interest from prospective clients. Before
STATEments even received its name, clients had signed up to receive its services. OSU Student
Foundation, OSU Racing, Smart Start of Payne County and Mobile Meals are some of the clients
STATEments served in the spring of 2009.
One of the biggest draws of the firm is that it does not bill clients for services rendered.
STATEments operated on a zero-dollar budget last semester.
“We’ve had a very successful first semester,” Meagan Wheeler, firm director, said. “We
are still trying to lay the groundwork for how the firm will operate, however. We will work out a
billing system once we know our budget.”
STATEments performs several types of client work including conducting research,
creating traditional and social media plans, and designing and dealing with branding issues.
STATEments is very flexible and willing to take on different capabilit