USU hosting nationally-recognized PR conference

For the third consecutive year Utah State University is hosting the Mountain West Regional Public Relations Conference Thursday and Friday (March 24-25) on campus at the Eccles Conference Center. “This is an event for professionals and students,” said Preston Parker, faculty member in USU’s department of Journalism and Communications. “Professionals come for further career development and students come to learn more about the field of public relations and communications in general. “Hopefully they get to meet one another and line up internships or shadowing experiences or simply learn from one another.” Parker said the conference begins with an opening keynote address Thursday morning followed by breakout sessions where speakers lead discussions on various topics. “You can choose different sessions,” said Parker. “There is a lunch each day and more breakout sessions afterward. Thursday evening includes a dinner in the Sky Room in USU’s Taggart Student Center. Friday follows a similar schedule, with the closing keynote address that night.” Parker said the breakout sessions are meant for specialized topics like social media, event planning, crisis management and how to work with the media. He said invited guests, all specialists in their fields, conduct all breakout sessions. Keynote speakers are Linda Walton and Gerry Corbett. “Linda is from the Walton Group,” said Parker. “She is a PR professional here in Utah and she will be our Thursday morning keynote speaker. Jerry is coming out of California; he is the CEO of Red Flag Communications and will be the Friday night speaker. We’re excited to have both of them, they are both big names in the western states in public relations and communications.” Parker said this week’s conference is one of 12 such events nationally as sanctioned by the National Public Relations Student Society. Parker said registration will still be accepted the morning of the event, beginning at 8 o’clock Thursday or earlier at

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