PRSSA Chapter Feature: Wayne State University

By: Megan Peterson

PRSA Detroit has a rich history of PRSSA chapter relationships. This month we’d like to feature the Wayne State University (WSU) PRSSA chapter. The students from the past academic year (2015 – 2016) were phenomenal, accomplishing things that no previous WSU chapter group has.  Here are some highlights:

  • The chapter became accredited by PRSA. This is a huge accomplishment as it is only the second PRSSA chapter in Michigan to achieve accreditation. This involved an application process, a three day visit from various PRSA members and more. This accreditation was culminated in being honored at the 2015 PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta. Speaking of which…
  • The chapter’s students hosted a professional development session at the 2015 PRSSA National Conference, providing tips to over 1,600 PR students from all over the country.
  • The WSU chapter, in partnership with the MSU PRSSA chapter, hosted the PRSSA regional conference “The Tale of Our City: PR’s Role in Detroit’s Revitalization” in March of 2016. Several hundred students from all over the country convened here in Detroit to improve upon their PR knowledge, hearing from local metro Detroit PR pros.

Not only are the students exceptional, there are notable advisors – that are PRSA Detroit members – that help ensure their success: Mary Henige and Shelly Najor. Mary is the WSU PRSSA chapter’s professional advisor, and Shelly is the faculty advisor. The pair have held these roles for over two decades, allowing students consistent resources to set them up for success. Mary and Shelly have assisted a numerous amount of chapter members in identifying internships and post-University positions.

Thanks for all your hard work WSU PRSSA Chapter students, and thank you Mary and Shelly for all the work you put in to the future generation of PR Pros. To learn more about the WSU PRSSA chapter visit  Also, be on the lookout for details about the chapter’s upcoming, 2017 spring annual luncheon.