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Aimee Woodall, The Black Sheep Agency: Baahh

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First off, got my very first comment from Kade (founder of redalertsocialmedia.com)! How awesome is that!!

As I had mentioned in the previous post, I was going to write another post about Aimee Woodall, one of the many speakers at PR Day in Houston.

Aimee’s presentation that day was not only hilarious but it definitely caught the attention of the young professionals and college students in the room. I’m sure all the older, more structured professionals were caught a little off guard with everything because her presentation was a bit “out there” for them. I’m definitely sure they were shocked at her use of streaking as an analogy for public relations and the usage of the words “balls” and “getting naked” throughout her presentation. I, however, found it inspiring!

It’s the “SHOCK” and “AWE” factor this agency has that intrigues me.

 

Check them out:

The Black Sheep Agency

 

I’m going to apply for her spring semester internship, wish me luck!

GREAT Day for Networking!

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BOO! It’s Halloween!!

Today, a few members of the PRSSA Texas A&M University chapter and I took a road trip to visit our sponsor chapter, PRSA Houston.

PRSA Houston hosted an event called PR Day where companies from all over came to share information about their company and look for potential clients. There were also speakers from various public relations companies/agencies/firms and individuals who deal with social media, print and other communication related jobs.

It was a great experience. The day started off with a luncheon where they had a guest speaker. Not sure who he was but he had a clever Willy Wonka themed powerpoint presentation (I was enjoying my lunch way too much… didn’t have breakfast). There were ten of us who went and the luncheon tables only sat eight so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and sit at a different table, thankfully Jason tagged along to join me.

We actually did a little mingling and met with a guy who works at United Way where the event was being held. Coincidentally, he was a Texas A&M University Alumn. There was also another guy, Ari, who worked at this company called CISION. It was pretty cool to hear what they do. Basically the company is like a giant archive of content from different media sources that you can call hire to find content on a specific topic. For example, let’s say you work for Pepsi… well they can look up anything from newspapers to tv footage to social media on anything that mentions Pepsi. Cool, right? The other guy wasn’t that interesting cause he was on his cell phone majority of the time.

After lunch were the breakout sessions with various speakers. Our first session we chose to listen to Kade Dworkin, the founder of Red Alert Social Media, a social media agency that deals with communication crisis. It was crazy to hear the work he does and how much of a time commitment it is to work in communication crisis. Aimee Woodall was our second speaker. She’s the founder of The Black Sheep, a small PR agency. She basically compared PR to streaking, which was pretty funny. I’ll be writing another post just about her but to continue the rest of the day… there was a short drawing for door prizes, we engaged with others, learned something new and networked our butts off.

iPhoto taken by: Angela Lin

Thanks and Gig’em!

The Return of PRSSA- TAMU Chapter

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This upcoming fall semester brings many new opportunities for me, as well as fellow students. As the new vice president of PRSSA, I am happy to bring back this student organization for the 2012-2013 school year along with our newly selected officers. We hope to accomplish a solid foundation this year to keep this organization running for as long as possible.

Currently, I am following this years new National PRSSA President Lauren Gray. Reading her blog posts has inspired me to do more with this organization than just getting it going and gaining as many members possible, but to give these members invaluable experience and knowledge in PR.

Something from Lauren’s Blog stood out that I wanted to share:

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them toward a certain goal.” —Walt Disney 

Bad for BSE but Great Work for PR

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It was confirmed April 24, 2012 that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in a dairy cow in central California.

“BSE is a progressive neurological disease among cattle that is always fatal,” said USDA Chief Veterinary Officer, John Clifford.

The carcass of the animal was held under State authority. It was reported that the animal was not intended to be slaughtered for human consumption.

For more information, see the full statement given by USDA Chief Veterinary Officer, John Clifford.

Farmers Fight Flash Mob

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A “flash mob” defined by dictionary.com, is… a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration.

Farmers Fight held a flash mob this afternoon by the fountains of the newly renovated Memorial Student Center (MSC).

This wasn’t your typical flash mob, it was more of a mob like gathering (minus any riots) listening to the flashy spoken words of one individual. After a couple Yell Leaders shouted out Texas A&M University’s traditional “Farmers Fight” yell, on came Jasmine Dillon to the stage and here’s what she had to say…


 
Even though the advocacy day for Farmers Fight has come and gone, doesn’t mean we can’t keep passing on the message.

Etiquette Dinner & Elections for Officers!

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Today, a few ACT members were invited to join Dr. Holub’s Animal Science class in attending a dinner where we learned proper etiquette techniques.

The speaker of this event, Dr. Susan Quiring  explains how these techniques will help us be successful in business. “Good manners are good business,” said Quiring. She continues to tell us how some companies may use a dinner setting to see how potential employees and new hires act in a social environment.

The skills we learned can be applied to both our personal and professional life.

Fun Fact: When asked to pass the salt.. you must pass the pepper with it, it’s like they’re married and can’t be separated!

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Following the etiquette dinner was our ACT meeting where officer elections were held.

You are now looking at the editor of ACT! 🙂

Also, congrats to:

  • Megan Hass- President
  • Lesli Garrett- Vice President
  • Macy McCasland- Secretary
  • Jackie Hill- Treasurer

Let’s keep ACT going!!!

Farmers Fight Communication Team

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The ACT TAMU Chapter has joined in with FAST, Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha, Beef Cattle Association, Collegiate 4-H and FFA, Saddle & Sirloin, Texas Aggie Cattlewomen, I Love Farmers, ALEC Aggie Reps, and COALS Council to form a student-led movement reconnecting American society back to the world of agriculture.

We are advocates for agriculture.

Social Media Sign

(left to right) Dakota Fleming, Jackie Hill, Angela Lin (me), and Tray Heard.
A few of us working on the banner for the Farmers Fight social media booth!

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, contact farmersfight2012@yahoo.com.

Farmers Fight will be a part of “agvocacy” day on April 12, 2012 at Texas A&M University! WHOOP!