The Belmont Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter hosted the PRSSA Region 5 Conference, March 30-31 on the Belmont campus, attracting 125 students from 14 different university chapters from several states. The conference centered on the theme “Southern Hospitality” and was planned and organized by Belmont Public Relations students and faculty advisers Dr. Bonnie Riechert and Dr. Susan Barnes. Speakers at the conference included Brandi Boatner of IBM, Gary McCormick of Scripps Networks, Krista Dial of Dial Krista Media, Rich Dalrymple of the Dallas Cowboy’s PR department, Ashley Capps of Bonnaroo, and Julie Davis of Cracker Barrel.
A concert Friday night featured Half Priced Hearts. A YouTube video and website were developed by the students to promote the event. Students involved in planning the conference gained real-world experience in public relations and event planning. Allison Durfee chaired the conference committee. Katie Siklosi is president of Belmont PRSSA.