Meet The E-Board Series: Jordan House, Vice President of Client Relations

Well hello there! My name is Jordan House, pretty easy to remember right? This year, I am the Vice President of Client Relations, and the CEO of PRSSA’s student-run public relations firm, Rapid PR. Taking a step back, let me give you a little information to get to know me better!

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I am the youngest child of four, with two older brothers and an older sister in between. My loving parents have known and crushed on each other since they were children, and dated while my father attended Ferris State College way back in 1976! I’d love to say that I chose Ferris because my father went there, and I knew it would be a great choice, but then I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth.

Let me elaborate! While in high school, I began dating this handsome young fellow that enjoyed playing sports, football especially, and boy was he good. He was a year older than me and was offered an impressive scholarship to play football at Ferris State University. Hmm, Ferris eh? Well, I supposed I could give it a try; small class sizes, friendly and welcoming campus, and involved organizations pertaining to all majors, and the love of my life went there? Sign me up!

Now, I wanted to be a veterinarian and play with puppies all day long since I was approximately seven years old. After taking all of my general science courses at once first semester freshman year, I learned that science was not my strong suit. A few career tests later, public relations sort of stood out to me and I decided to give it a shot. Man was that a good decision!

As the VP of Client Relations, I’ve got some big plans for our chapter, and some of those plans have already been set into motion. With the development of the new website under way, and our student-run firm, Rapid PR, getting an official name and image, I can honestly say I am so excited and unbelievably nervous to see what this year has in store for us.

I’m always up to go see a football game, so if you ever need a tailgating companion or are just looking for a chat about some of the players and football gossip then hit me up! I’ll always be in the mood to talk about my favorite little nephews and niece, and will never be short on pictures- yes, I’m THAT aunt. If you ever have any puppy pictures or need a dog-sitter, you know how to find me.

I try to keep a good sense of humor with every situation in life, so don’t let a dry sarcastic joke rub you the wrong way. I’m always open to a conversation, and my goal is to be a valuable helping hand and resource within PRSSA, among the many other resources available to you! I’m looking forward to meeting any new members, and reconnecting with the current members after the summer is over, so get ready to rumble peeps, cause we have a University to conquer!
See you in the fall!

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Meet The E-Board Series: Megan Heck, Vice President of Administration and Finance

Hello, PR Peeps!

My name is Megan Heck, and I am the Vice President of Administration and Finance of Ferris State’s PRSSA Chapter. I am a senior majoring in the Public Relations and minoring in Integrated Marketing Communications.

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I am 21 years old, and I’m from Wyandotte, MI, a small town that is just south of Detroit. My family is very important to me; my parents are my backbone, I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support. Not many people know this, but I also have an older brother who is adopted from South Korea.

I spent two years at Henry Ford Community College after high school jumping from major to major every other semester. I struggled to find a program that I felt passionate about until I came across Ferris State’s Public Relations program. After reading more about it, I knew that I had found a perfect fit for me. Once I arrived on campus and attended a few of the PRSSA meetings, I knew I made a great decision, not only to help me grow personally but professionally as well.

I’m currently doing a virtual internship for a fashion blog called Sorority Fashion. I plan on pursuing my career in public relations within the Fashion Industry; I can’t wait to see what other opportunities this internship will lead me to.

I’m excited to get this year started and see our chapter grow!

A few of my favorite things…

Guilty Pleasure: Peanut M&M’s

Favorite TV show: Gossip Girl

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite animal: Husky puppies

Favorite Celebrity Couple: Eric and Jessie James Decker

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Meet The E-Board Series: Kate Bewak, Vice President of Campus & Community Outreach

Hello! My name is Kate Bewak and I am a senior here at Ferris State in the PR program. I love cats, pickles, coconut, and anything cheetah print. I have a cat named Tobey, who I love. I am interning at Ericsson this summer, a global telecommunications company, and I am working out of the Mountain View, California location. I transferred to Ferris State last year after attending Oakland Community College for two years.

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I joined PRSSA as a junior, which was kind of intimidating because I thought everyone had been in PRSSA since they were a freshman (which isn’t true). When I had finally decided that PR was the right program for me, I knew that I should join PRSSA. I remember my first day going in, there were so many people there and everyone was talking and all I could think was how I am going to fit in here. After attending the first couple meetings though I realized quickly how friendly everyone really was and how it was so easy to talk to them if I had questions, comments, or concerns.

Throughout the year I made sure I was a part of every event possible and went to every single event PRSSA was a part of or that would help me or the organization grow. And I think this was one of my favorite things, I am so glad that I made time to attend all these events because it helped me get to know fellow PRSSA members as well as learn and grow within myself. Since I am only away for college for two years I wanted to take advantage of as many things as I could. And that is my one advice to everyone in PRSSA, take advantage of your time here at Ferris. Go to events, make friends, live and learn through PRSSA.

I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy being a member or Ferris State PRSSA. I can’t wait to see all the things we are going to do with PRSSA this year, and I can’t wait to meet new members, and bond with current members this year.

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Meet The E-Board Series: Scout Sparks, Vice President of Social Affairs

Hi everyone!

My name is Scout Sparks and I am the VP of Social Affairs for Ferris State’s PRSSA chapter. I am a junior majoring in the Human Resources Management program and I’m minoring in Public Relations and Spanish. This is my first year on our executive board and I’m so excited and eager for what this year has to bring! But first… Here’s a little bit about me!

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I’m from Fowlerville, Michigan, a small town about thirty minutes east of Lansing. I have the BEST parents EVER (yes Mom, I know you’re reading this) a brother, sister, and two step brothers. I played tennis throughout high school and spent most of my time with family, friends and my horses. I made the decision to attend Ferris State when I was a junior in high school. My older brother goes to Ferris as well… I’d like to think he was excited when I told him I was following him to college too, but I’m not so sure he was!

My first week as a freshman was tough. The hardest part was leaving behind my family and diving into college life. As a freshman I struggled with taking advantage of every opportunity presented in front of me. I made a few friends but mostly kept to myself, focused on my schoolwork and went home Every. Single. Weekend. of my freshman year. Little did I know how much I was missing out on! I was involved with PRSSA, and that was where I made all of my friends. PRSSA was where I began to grow into the person I am today.

As a sophomore, I chose to force myself to stay on campus more, talk to different people, stay on the weekends, and most importantly become more active as a member of PRSSA. Once these simple changes were implemented I noticed a change in myself. Today, I am able to talk confidently with others, I seek opportunities to grow as an individual and best of all, I have learned how to enjoy my time as a student at Ferris State University.

This year I hope to help the nervous and ambivalent new members, that I once was. My biggest goal is to make every new member of PRSSA feel as welcomed as I felt at my first meeting, just two short years ago.

Now for some fun facts!

  • I love Salt and Vinegar chips
  • I love Bob Seger
  • Everyone calls me Scooter, Scoot, Scoots (“shrugging” emoji)
  • I have Addison’s disease
  • I like reality TV
  • When I get stressed out, I go on a drive (I know that’s like a weird mom thing but it works, I swear) LOL
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Meet The E-Board Series: Mari Ann Loucks, Vice President of Chapter Development

Hi guys!

My name is Mari Ann (I know, two first names!) I’m a senior in the public relations program at Ferris, and I’m the Vice President of Chapter Development for the Public Relations Student Society of America!

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I’m 21 years old, and I’m from Charlotte, MI, a small town near Lansing. I eat a grapefruit everyday and I’m a dog mother to a Pomeranian named Chanel and a Pug & Boston Terrier mix (also called a Bugg) named Stanley. My parents are some of my best friends and I have one older brother, who lets me cuddle my niece and nephew as much as I want. I love to spend time outdoors and try new things- I went fishing for the first time last month!

My parents, who met at Ferris (so did Emma’s parents), took me to a Ferris hockey game every February to celebrate their anniversary, for as long as I can remember. I always loved our visits to Ferris, finding the people friendly and campus charming.

When I was trying to decide which college to attend, I had narrowed it down to Michigan State University and Ferris State University. Ultimately, I chose Ferris because of the smaller class sizes, the personalized learning approach, and campus I had learned to love as a little girl.

Even though I came to Ferris as a sonography major, I knew it was not the program for me. After looking at the different programs that Ferris had to offer, I found the public relations program. After taking my first public relations class, I knew I had found the program for me. I joined PRSSA last year, and it was the best decision I’ve made in my college career.

I can’t wait to see the changes in our chapter this year, and I’m especially looking forward to the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta!

After interning with Make-A-Wish® Michigan, I know without a doubt that my future is going to be in nonprofit public relations. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you realize you have made a difference in someone’s life.

A few of my favorite things…

Guilty pleasure: Cherry slush with Nerds® from Sonic®

Favorite TV show: The Astronaut Wives Club

Favorite food: Breakfast! (I love all breakfast food- I don’t discriminate)

Favorite book: The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

Favorite animal: Elephants- it’s actually an obsession.

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Meet The E-Board Series: Arielle Borkovich, Vice President of Professional Development

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When I was given the ultimatum of moving or staying in the early summer of 2013 I felt as though my world had literally broken into a million pieces and shattered all around me. I was 24 years old and completely lost in finding the direction and purpose in my life. I had lived in Mount Pleasant my whole life. At the time, my boyfriend of five and a half years was literally my savior, continuously pulling me out of my dark cloud of depression caused by an unforeseen death in my family my senior year of high school that I just couldn’t cope with. I didn’t see how anything would ever be okay if I moved. However, my parents were moving. They could no longer shoulder my living and educational expenses with the cost of building a new home, so if I decided to stay then I was officially on my own.

I transferred to Ferris State University in the fall of 2013. I had previously changed my major three times with no luck and had decided to flip to the opposite end of the spectrum by trying out the world of business. I entered my first semester at Ferris in the human resource management program and quickly realized that this was not the correct fit for me. After a long discussion with my advisor about my likes and dislikes, dreams and aspirations I switched to the public relations program in the spring 2014 semester and I can honestly say it was one of my best decisions to date.

Spring semester was full of new opportunities for me. I had started a job in University Advancement and Marketing’s News Services Office and quickly started making friends with my co-workers, who were also in the same program. After about a semester of them poking and prying, I finally decided to join PRSSA. I was apprehensive at first due to my age. I thought that I wouldn’t have anything in common with people in the organization because I would be labeled as the failure and the girl who was still in school at the age of 25.

My first day of PRSSA, all my worries were put to rest. The people in the organization quickly became my friends and offered great support not only during the semester, but outside of the classroom as well. I took an event coordinator position for Senior Sendoff within Internal Relations the first semester of joining. I then applied and was offered the position of Vice President of Alumni Relations my second semester with PRSSA.

Alumni Relations was a new position that consisted of networking with alumni, planning alumni events and building the organizations LinkedIn page and alumni contact list. I spent the semester continuing to plan senior sendoff, planning and hosting our first ever alumni mixer, and connecting with alumni to update them on what was going on and to confirm their contact information.

In the spring of 2015 I was reelected for my position, however we as an eboard decided to add more job duties to the position. Because of the new job description, my title was renamed to Vice President of Professional Development in the summer of 2015. My current position consists of everything that it did before and now includes networking with Western Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA) and hosting events highlighting them or attending events that they host.

I believe that professional development is a great opportunity for all members. Networking with professionals and gaining mentors is invaluable to one’s success not only while in college, but once they are graduated as well. Members have obtained internships and careers from establishing relationships with PR professionals and additionally gained invaluable information from networking events; events that the professional development team will be planning and hosting this year. It is crucial that members do not miss out on these events and workshops.

I am excited to continue building my position up from ground-level and inspiring new and old members during my last year at Ferris State. Ferris helped me find my path, but Ferris PRSSA helped change my life and allowed me to find myself again and for that I am truly thankful

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Meet The E-Board Series: Emma Thibault, President

‘Sup #PRPeeps!

My name is Emma Thibault, and I am the President of Ferris State’s PRSSA Chapter. I’m a junior in the Public Relations program and will be minoring in Integrated Marketing Communications.

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The purpose of this blog post is to help others get to know myself. An easy task, right?

Wrong.

I’ve realized how challenging it is to write about myself, or rather, how to make me seem like an interesting human being. But, we’ll give this a try…

I have a 14-year-old brother named Blair, a shih tzu dog named Oreo, and two loving parents who coincidentally met at Ferris! Family is everything. I’ve played softball all my life and was 99.99% sure that I would play in college until realizing that college athletics wasn’t for me. I have a tendency to commit to too many things; I often ask myself how I keep my sanity. One of my main goals this summer is to incorporate more ‘me time’ into my schedule such as working out, blogging, and reading.

I’m from Downers Grove, Illinois, a fairly large suburb that lies 25 miles southwest of Chicago. My high school had roughly 3,200 students and I graduated with a class of 800 students (mind you—these numbers account for only one of the two high schools within my town). Coming to Big Rapids after growing up in such a populous area was a big change, but it also taught me how to be a driven, insightful, and sociable individual.

I have no idea what area of the Public Relations field I’d like to indulge in. My future is an open book. This is both frightening and empowering. Ask me about my future in May of 2017 and hopefully I’ll have a more solidified answer!

I work best in a tough-love, real, setting. Sarcasm and humor are frequent in any of my relationships. I strive for reaching my goals and watching others obtain personal growth as well. I have high hopes for Ferris State PRSSA and I’m excited to see where this next year takes our Chapter. Warning: One of my goals is to have an open relationship with each and every PRSSA member. Heads up!

And now for a few of my favorites…

Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

TV Show: Keeping up with the Kardashians (insert sigh here)

Color: Red

Food: Anything. Everything.

Sports Team: Green Bay Packers

Type of Music: Country

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life

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