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  • Member Spotlight: Rebecca McKnight
    Education General Studies, Pellissippi State Technical Community College (2001 – 2004)  Bachelor of Science, Communications, Public Relations; Minor, Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2004 – 2008) Employment Public Relations & Communications Coordinator, Helen Ross McNabb Center What’s the most important PR practice you use in your work? Effective communication. In my role I interact… Read More »Member Spotlight: Rebecca McKnight
  • Member Spotlight: Becky Huckaby, APR, Fellow PRSA, A.A.E.
    Education Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from East Tennessee State University Master of Science in Communication & Information from the University of Tennessee Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2008  Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E) – one of only 15 PR professionals in the US – in 2018  Inducted into the PRSA College of… Read More »Member Spotlight: Becky Huckaby, APR, Fellow PRSA, A.A.E.
  • Graduate Spotlight: Public Relations Certificate Program – Shay Trembley
    Did you know the Volunteer Chapter launched a Public Relations Certificate Program last year with the University of Tennessee Non-Credit Programs? The certificate required completion of four elective modules and three core modules: Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Ethics and Legal Issues. Among the students seeking certification was Shay Trembley (pictured), and she… Read More »Graduate Spotlight: Public Relations Certificate Program – Shay Trembley
  • Member Spotlight: Caitlin Darras
    Education: B.S. in Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2012); Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Memphis (2019) Employment: Senior Public Relations Specialist for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority What’s the most important PR practice you use in your work?Be accessible and be transparent. When working with local media, my boss has… Read More »Member Spotlight: Caitlin Darras
  • Member Spotlight: Matt Kothe
    Education: B.A. in Political Science, Minor in English; University of Tennessee, Knoxville Employment: Corporate Communications Specialist, PerfectServe Why did you choose public relations as a career?This is an interesting question for me, because public relations wasn’t part of my future plans when I graduated from college. I worked at a law firm for about a… Read More »Member Spotlight: Matt Kothe
  • Member Spotlight: Jeff Gary, APR
    Education: B.S. Journalism, University of Tennessee; M.S. Communications (Public Relations), University of Tennessee Employment: Director of Creative Services, Communications Division, UT-Battelle LLC (Contractor to the US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Why did you choose public relations as a career? It’s an honor to represent an organization and have the opportunity to craft… Read More »Member Spotlight: Jeff Gary, APR
  • Mentor a UTK PRSSA Student
    In order to enrich the student-professional connection for professional development, the PRSSA students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seek to establish a mentorship program with the Volunteer PRSA chapter. The members who elect to participate are asked to commit to the program from February-May 2019. What is a Mentor? A PRSA mentor is a… Read More »Mentor a UTK PRSSA Student
  • 3 Ways to Keep Work Conversations Productive, Appropriate
    Tough conversations are a part of everyday life. It’s not easy to talk to an employee about his or her performance, initiate a business break up or even ask for a raise. We don’t like it when people disagree with us. We avoid confrontation. We dread delivering bad news. However, maintaining the status quo often… Read More »3 Ways to Keep Work Conversations Productive, Appropriate
  • Member Spotlight: Ally Wofford
    Education: BA from the University of Tennessee Employment: Business Relations Coordinator at Asen Marketing and Advertising Why did you choose public relations as a career? I love people and having a career in a field that centers around connecting with people through the media is the dream! I have always been fascinated by the impact media… Read More »Member Spotlight: Ally Wofford
  • Member Spotlight: Scott Brooks
    Education: BS in journalism, broadcast news, from West Virginia University Employment: Public Relations Specialist at Tennessee Valley Authority Why did you choose public relations as a career? I worked for 14 years as a broadcast journalist before someone suggested my skills might be useful in public relations. I had never considered that my ability to… Read More »Member Spotlight: Scott Brooks