September 2, 2015
By: Marisa Fiore, @marisafiore1
Samantha Pelham is a junior at Ohio University double majoring in Strategic Communication at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Theater in the College of Fine Arts. Pelham is the newly named Human Relations Director of ImPRessions. She has been involved with ImPRessions and many other student organizations since her freshman year. She is excited to get a chance to work with each individual person in the firm and to be a mentor when handling problems that arise!
This is will be Pelham’s third year in ImPRessions. Her freshman year she started out as an account associate on the Scripps account. After her freshman year, she moved accounts to be an account associate on the AVW Productions account. After her fall semester, she was promoted to Assistant Account Executive of AVW for the spring semester.
Pelham has previously worked for the University Communications and Marketing Department as the PACE External Relations Assistant for and is currently working as a PACE Public Relations Assistant for the College of Fine Arts. In addition, Pelham was also a Public Relations intern at Cedar Point this past summer. “The experience I gained this summer was unlike any other, I never thought I would walk away with as much knowledge of the field or with as many friends as I did.”
In addition, Pelham is a dues-paying member of PRSSA, the Brand Strategist and a writer for Backdrop Magazine, a singer in the Ohio Women’s Ensemble and an actor in the Lost Flamingo Company. Pelham will be performing in Steel Magnolias as M’Lynn this November.
Pelham hopes to someday work for Broadway or an entertainment company doing PR and Media Relations. She is also an avid traveler who loves to go off the beaten path and find the hidden beauty of this country. She is ecstatic to be traveling overseas to Spain for the first time during Winter Break this year!
Pelham’s favorite part about Athens is how eclectic and friendly it is. “No matter where you go in Athens, someone is always there to lend a helping hand or smile and there is just no other place in the world like it here,” says Pelham. There are so many amazing foods on campus, but her favorite being either Bagel Street Deli or Casa Nueva.
“ImPRessions is not only an organization that is going to give students hands-on experience they can use on their resume and in the real world but it gives you all this with 100 so other members helping you along the way,” said Pelham when asked why someone should join ImPRessions. “Everyone is pretty much in the same boat, trying to get a job or at least continue succeeding after college and I think ImPRessions does a very good job of preparing students for the real world while making long lasting relationships that are both professional and personal.”
Pelham’s favorite thing about ImPRessions is the amount of diversity in the firm. “Since we have so many different clients, associates are able to dig deep into many different types of PR. Whether you’re interested in social media or media relations, with ImPRessions I like how I was able to try it all and figure out where my strengths and weaknesses lie and most importantly seeing what I enjoyed doing in a non-intimidating setting,” said Pelham. “Also, everyone in ImPRessions are so encouraging and amazing people all around. I couldn’t imagine spending these years without all these talented people; they really make it something to look forward to going to.”
To get to know Samantha Pelham better, follow her on twitter, @SamanthaPelham.