Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shhhh! Loyalist PR gives up SM for a cause!

Thanks to one of our classroom colleagues, Logan Morrison, we're embracing a new challenge here in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program.

From 9 a.m. on December 1st until 9 a.m. on December 2nd, our students are pledging to go without using any form of social media (including blogging, Twitter, Facebooking, texting, even emailing). That's 24 hours of online silence!

The purpose is three-fold: a) to see if we can do it (!) b) to encourage us all to connect with one another using face-to-face communication and c) to help raise awareness for a great cause, War Child.

This last aspect of the challenge is what makes it so exciting for us. More than 2/3 of children in the world are affected by war -- and many of them are silent victims. By holding this 24 hour "silence" on social media, we hope to bring attention to the fact that we are the voice of these children. Our theme for this project is "One Voice".

In the days leading up to our social media fast, we'll be tweeting, blogging, Facebooking, texting and emailing to encourage others to join us. Then from 9 a.m. on Dec. 1st to 9 a.m. on Dec. 2nd -- SILENCE.

Please join us, and be sure to check out the War Child web site to learn more about what you can do to help.

Thank you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Loyalist PR at National Philanthropy Day

Loyalist PR students enjoyed a great day of speakers and networking at yesterday's National Philanthropy Day Conference in Kingston.

Sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the conference was aimed at celebrating philanthropy and instructing fundraising professionals from across southeastern Ontario.

Loyalist PR students assisted in a variety of roles, including readying gift bags for conference participants, welcoming delegates to the conference, manning the registration tables, writing news releases and speaker bios, creating PowerPoint presentations and much, much more.

Thanks for your incredible display of professionalism yesterday, everyone. You did us proud!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Loyalist PR helps film "War Child" video

Thanks to all those Loyalist PR students who stuck around at the end of a long day to help out with the filming of a War Child video with one of our grads, Sara Hamil.

Step one: paint a mountain of toy soldiers (just a few are pictured above).Step two: film a montage of messages, including the key concept that "War is not a game."

Step three: Get giddy, have a fun time and support a great cause.

Thanks for helping out, everyone!

And thanks to Sara (pictured right) for letting us be a part of such a worthy cause.

Peace, all.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Loyalist PR helps host College Open House

Loyalist PR students stepped up big-time this past week when they did a superb job hosting the Loyalist College Open House.

Decked out in their bright green t-shirts ("Ask me!"), students filled a wide range of roles and duties, while acting as excellent college ambassadors.

Thanks for your enthusiasm and professionalism, everyone!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Loyalist PR raises $15,000+ for United Way!

Congrats to the Post-Grad Public Relations students who raised a combined total of $15,300 for the United Way with its October 21st and November 4th fundraising events.

Wow - this has truly been a record-breaking year!

Of course, the big winner here is the United Way of Quinte, a cause we're proud to be a part of.

Way to go, everyone - enjoy a well-deserved rest this weekend!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Loyalist PR grad (now with Ottawa Senators) drops by to chat with this year's students

As they returned from study break today, Loyalist PR students were treated to a visit from program graduate Chris Thompson (07/08).

Now a full-time Graphics Designer for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, Chris shared some great job hunting and internship tips with this year's Loyalist PR crew.

He also stressed the importance of time management as one of the key factors he learned while a PR student at Loyalist College, and encouraged students to make the most of their college experience as a springboard for entering the professional workforce.

His final words of advice: "Sometimes you've just got to take a leap of faith." So true!

Thanks for dropping by and inspiring us all today, Chris! It was fantastic to see you again.