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Alden Open invites Athens community to explore and enjoy

April 25, 2011

By Myranda Owca                                                                                                                                                                     Associate, ImPRessions account

Ohio University students prepare to putt into a fourth floor hole at the first annual Alden Open Golf Tournament

Last Friday Alden Library held the first annual Alden Open Mini Golf Tournament. Alden’s third through sixth floors were filled with parents, kids and Ohio University students having fun while putt-putting through the eighteen holes from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“Our main goal for the event was to raise awareness to students,­ and to get students to come into the library and check out the different floors,” said Nina Bressau, co-account executive of the University Libraries account.

Door prizes included tickets to the B.o.B. Concert, tickets to two Cleveland Browns pre-season games in Aug, and various gift cards along with numerous other things.

“The event went great I thought,” said mini-golfer Jessica Newton. “It was all very family friendly and a great environment to relax on a Friday.”

The event was a success and the mini-golfers agreed. All enjoyed spending time with loved ones and close friends while wandering through the floors exploring freely as they played.

Participation cost $10 per person or $50 for a team. Teams could pre-register online or simply walk in. The course wound through book shelves and even down the stairs for the eighteenth hole. The Alden Open had delicious pizza and refreshments for the participants. There was also a chance to get your picture professionally taken with your team before you started to play.

Bressau said, “I think the event went well. The students who played seemed to have a really good time. However, we are now coming up with strategies to make it more successful next year.”

January associate of the month

January 25, 2011

By Smantha Caulfield                                                                                                                                                                         Associate, ImPRessions account

Between classes, participating in OU History Association, PRSSA, and interning with the Athens County Historical Society and Museum, it is no question that Brittney Venturella is a busy student. However, she still finds the time be an active and successful member of ImPRessions. For this reason, she is the Impressions January Associate of the Month!

Originally from Wapakoneta, Ohio, Venturella is a sophomore majoring in History and Journalism. Her sequence in Journalism is public relations, but for a while she was unsure of what her sequence would be. Venturella joined ImPRessions in hopes of learning more about public relations and gaining practical experience and networking.

Venturella is an account associate for the University Libraries account. Currently, the account is working on their PR plan. Their goal is to raise awareness about the library and its services among Ohio University students.

Venturella is benefiting from her experience with ImPRessions in many ways. “I have learned how to interact better with the public. I am currently learning how to make a PR plan and also how to blog,” she said. Venturella helped promote the Archive Show homecoming weekend and passed out fliers when a local artist came to speak at the Library. She also will be writing an entry for Alden Library’s blog soon.

When she is not busy with school, Venturella enjoys hanging out with her friends, attending OU basketball games, and listening to music. As for her future goals, Venturella explains, “I actually do not have a dream job in mind just yet. I want a job that will mix my passion for history and my love for journalism. Recently, I have thought about non-profit PR at a museum.” Whatever the future holds for Brittany Venturella, ImPRessions is very proud to have her as a member.



ImPRessions to make impact in 2010-2011

June 25, 2010

By R. Devin Hughes
CEO

Ohio University students don’t know what is about to hit them next year (though hopefully, with our PR efforts, they will).

Last year, ImPRessions took part in its largest event ever, collaborating with the Black Student Council Programming Board, University Programs Council and Backdrop Magazine to put on the first MAYDAY event, a large outdoor concert featuring artists Clipse and Consequence. It was estimated that more than 800 people  attended. The success of this event opened our eyes to our potential to be a part of major campus and community events, an initiative we plan to continue next year.

The year has not even begun, and already some big ideas are flowing (I have to stress that these are ideas, so don’t yell at me if they are scrapped). Another MAYDAY (Backdrop). A drag show (ButtOut Ohio). A putt-putt tournament in the library (University Libraries). A dance marathon (Up til Dawn). Ohio University students will not be able to avoid the ImPRessions ImPAct next year; we will have our hands in too many fun things.

That’s not the only impact we will make, however. Let’s not forget the pro bono work we do. Raising awareness to the dangers of smoking (ButtOut Ohio). Fighting prescription medication abuse (Cardinal Health). Giving puppies a home (Athens Humane Society). Helping African children receive an education (Empower).

All told, there has never been a better time to get involved with ImPRessions, because our impact will be felt among Athens-wide, nationwide and worldwide audiences next year. By joining our firm, you won’t just be benefitting themselves from valuable PR experience—they’ll be making a difference.

Presenting the new ImPRessions website!

June 20, 2010

by R. Devin Hughes, CEO

I am delighted to write the introductory post for the new ImPRessions website, moved over from Blogger to WordPress. Aside from needing to fill out a few biographical segments in our Leadership section, the site is complete and ready for public viewing. As this is a new venture, we would really appreciate any comments and/or suggestions you have for the page; please feel encouraged to comment on this post or e-mail us at ouimpressions@gmail.com. This website needs to accurately portray the excellence of our firm, so we welcome all constructive feedback that will help us to do so.

The creation of this new site dates back to last year, when I asked the ImPRessions account to analyze the websites of top-notch PR firms around the country to see what was traditionally done in the field. The team came through, presenting a list of suggestions for the design of a new ImPRessions website as well as producing some sample copy for the pages. Because of the various projects we were involved in,  I pushed the potential creation of the new website to the future, mentally storing the ideas the account members had suggested. Now, with the free time that summer offers, the ideas have become a reality.

Why model ourselves after these top PR firms? Because we are a top PR firm. The firm-wide oversight I had last year as assistant director showed me as much. We have a truly exceptional group of students with extraordinary amounts of enthusiasm, and time after time I heard reviews from clients who were extremely pleased with the work we had done for them. Stepping into the role of CEO, I realized it was time for the entire firm to own its potential.

This new website is a major step in a new way of branding ImPRessions. We are more than just a “student PR firm.” We are a credible, viable and exemplary public relations service. We provide tangible value to any client we take on. Looking at ourselves as just a “student PR firm” only creates psychological limitations within ourselves.

My vision for this firm is to move forward to a place where we are not just a great student PR firm; we are a great PR firm that happens to be employed of students. Re-branding ourselves as such removes the perceived qualitative and geographical limitations of our work; we can, in fact, go anywhere and do anything. This vision began to become reality in the past few months, when we chose to move from nine clients to 13, a 30 percent increase in client base.

We added a company that is #17 on the Fortune 500 (Cardinal Health), two clients that impact, oh, every student at Ohio University (University Libraries and the OHIO Performing Arts Series) and partnered with a firm that is a global leader in public relations (Fleishman-Hillard). Oh, and our work is so highly regarded that we added a client that is only the greatest journalism school on the planet (E.W. Scripps School of Journalism).

As ImPRessions steamrolls forward, we refuse to grow complacent with our already high-quality work or set any limitations on ourselves.  It is an exciting time to be involved with this firm and I cannot wait for next year to begin.

Alas, with only week two of summer vacation set to begin, we will have to settle for a new website for now. There will be blog posts throughout the summer so I encourage you to subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date. Again, we would really appreciate any thoughts on the new page in the comments section, or e-mail us if you are shy.

With the introductory post complete, and by the powers vested in me by the Public Relations Student Society of America, I hereby pronounce this website open and operational. Happy visiting!

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