Every week, AU PRSSA recognizes a member for their involvement in PRSSA and on campus. We love hearing about member’s backgrounds and PR interests! Check here as we update this post with our ongoing featured members.

December 11th, 2016
Our finals week spotlight goes to Anastasia Maragos. Anastasia is finishing up her first semester at AU and already managed to join PRSSA. We wanted to give her a shoutout for her amazing networking and blogging skills. Here’s more on Anastasia:
Name: Anastasia Maragos
Year: Freshman

Majors: Journalism

Minors: Political Science and Literature

Hometown: Winnetka, IL

PRSSA member since: October of 2016

Favorite drink: Ginger Ale

Favorite restaurant in DC: Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company

Best PRSSA memory: Attending PRSSA Friendsgiving and getting to know all of the people in the organization who are passionate about Communications

Favorite Job: Working at her father’s Law firm as an administrative assistant. She had the opportunity to hone in her communication skills by working with clients and had a great time learning about the law profession!

Social media handle: Instagram: mara_go_round

Fun fact: She’s played the French Horn for 9 years and the piano for 10 years!

December 4th, 2016

Our member spotlight this week happens to be our newly elected Director of Events for the spring, Lauren Webb! Lauren is a grad student with an impressive array of PR, marketing, social media, and event planning experience. Learn more about Lauren:

LaurenName: Lauren Webb

Nickname: Lola

Year: Grad Student graduating in May 2017

Major: MA in Strategic Communication

Hometown: Washington DC “but I rep NYC too”

PRSSA member since: Fall 2016

Favorite drink: Alcoholic: Moscow Mule Non-Alcoholic: Shirley Temple

Favorite restaurant in DC: Toki Underground

Best PRSSA memory: Doing the Mannequin Challenge with the chapter

Current job: Graduate assistant to SOC Chairperson, Professor Kumar and social media freelancer for several companies in NYC

Social media handles: Instagram: @LolabyLola | Twitter: @LolabyLolaNYC | LinkedIn: LaurenWebb3

Fun fact: She has worked on the set of GQ as an assistant to stylist, Michael Nash and helped him style both Justin timberlake and Nikki Minaj! Also, the first person she ever dressed for YSL on the red carpet was Sienna Miller for her premiere of GI Joe!



November 28th, 2016

Our post-Thanksgiving member spotlight goes to Janine Fiasconaro. Janine is a senior and a PRSSA mentor who joined her freshman year. Janine hopes to do digital marketing for a nonprofit when she graduates in May and hopefully take a trip abroad this summer. Here’s more on Janine:

0d9fe6_15c88829776a4cbb94cff841614d39feName: Janine Elise Fiasconaro
Year: Senior
Major/minor: PR major and Marketing minor
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
PRSSA member since: spring 2014
Favorite drink: Pina Colada
Favorite restaurant in DC: Bodega in Georgetown
Best PRSSA memory: Going to Ketchum for a site visit
Previous internships: an app startup based in the 1776 offices, a firm that does advertising for the Safeways in the DMV area
Social media handle: Twitter – @Ja9Fiasco | Instagram – @jjfiasco
Fun fact: She’s seen a black bear each time she’s gone to Shenandoah National Park. This summer it was a black bear cub!

November 21, 2016
For our Thanksgiving week edition we chose Mary Elder, and not just for her wonderful cooking skills (even though she makes some great mashed potatoes). Mary has been in PRSSA for her entire college career and has been a regular at meetings.  She has also made great contributions to the blog and attended national conference in October. Here’s more on Mary:
Mary 3Name: Mary K. Elder
Year: Senior
Majors: Public Communication (major) & International Studies (minor)
Hometown: Pleasant Gap, PA
PRSSA member since: Freshman Year
Favorite drink: Coffee
Favorite restaurant in DC: Medium Rare
Best PRSSA memory: Attending the National Conference this year and getting to know members of PRSSA better while exploring Indianapolis.
Current job/internship:  Levick Strategic Communication & Seven Oaks Media Group
Social media handle: Twitter – @marykelder | Instagram – @mary.k.elder
Fun fact: Mary’s hair used to be bleach blonde before it turned into the gingery color it is today

November 14th, 2016
Our featured member this week is Bethlehem Gebre. Beth immediately became an active member when she joined this semester and has come to several meetings, joined the mentorship program, and written for the blog. We asked Beth about some of her favorite things. Here’s what we learned about her:
Name: Bethlehem Gebre
Year: Junior
Majors: Public Relations & Strategic Communications AND Law & Society
Hometown: Falls Church, VA
PRSSA member since: Fall 2016
Favorite drink: Oreo milkshake
Favorite restaurant in DC: Bucca di Beppo
Best PRSSA memory: getting to bond with the speaker at the ColorComm event (you can find Beth’s blog about the event here)
Current job/internship:  Working for an international law professor. She enjoys the work she does and especially likes when her boss brings in their dog!
Social media handle: @BethlehemGebre (Twitter)
Fun fact: Beth was published at 16 and has dual citizenship in the US and Canada

November 7th, 2016
This week we chose Rosalie Black for our member spotlight for her dedication to PRSSA and willingness to help with our Instagram and writing blogs. We asked Rosalie about her interests and PR dreams. Here’s what she said:
Name: Rosalie Black
Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations & Strategic Communications
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Amherst, MA
PRSSA member since: Spring 2016
Favorite influencer: Molly Yeh
Favorite drink: Water
Best PRSSA memory: Hearing all of the amazing speakers who speak at our chapter meetings
Dream Job: Public Relations Executive for a Food Magazine/Organization
Social Media Handle: @rosalie_black18 (Instagram & Twitter)
Favorite Job/Internship/Class: Orientation Leader for AU this past summer!