Ellie Boggs, a senior in the School of Journalism and Communication, was recently chosen to act as the Public Relations Student Society of America’s Vice President of Career Services. Boggs is the first University of Oregon student in more than ten years to be on the PRSSA National Executive Committee. As the VP of Career Services, Boggs will assist nearly 10,000 students in more than 280 universities across the world in their job searches.
Currently, Boggs serves as the 2012 – 2013 Chapter President for the University of Oregon’s chapter. As President, Boggs hoped to inspire fellow students to become passionate about professional development and PRSSA. “The School of Journalism positively pushed me to go out of my comfort zone,” admits Boggs. “I feel like I am much more quiet than the typical leader, but I was encouraged to try a leadership position.”
Although Boggs may not see herself as a typical leader, her professors and peers have a different view. “Ellie has mentored a number of UO PRSSA members on professional development opportunities,” PR adjunct instructor John Mitchell said. “In my 20 years as advisor for UO PRSSA, I have to say that Ellie is in my top three chief executives during that time,”
“Ellie has been a great president this year. She has taken the chapter into her own hands,” Oregon’s Chapter Vice President, Jessica Hamel said. “My favorite quality about Ellie is that she is a born leader.”
Boggs’ ability to lead and mentor others will serve her well on the National Executive Committee for PRSSA. She will reach out to employers on a daily basis to approve internships to post online. She will also interact closely with campus chapters across the nation to inform them of the resources available. “It’s amazing to think about my current efforts being put on a grand scale,” said Boggs. “Instead of 100 members, it’s 10,000 national members who are looking up to the National Committee. It is also very inspiring.”
Boggs will graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Fall 2013. She currently works for the SOJC in Faculty Services.
—Taimarie Locke, SOJC Communications