June 2, 2015
Knights and Squires Program Begins with a Bang
By: Jacqueline Kooser
While mingling with UCF Ad/PR alumni in New York City this past spring, FPRA board member Shaloni Prine approached students about a new mentoring program that would be piloting this spring. The Knights and Squires program brings together a handful of communications students with professionals in the field. For three months, pairs of mentors and students are required to meet three times, as well as communicate effectively about obstacles, achievements and ideas for their future. Mentors and students came together to meet for the first time on April 8 at a breakfast. Once pairs were revealed, participants were able to discuss their plans for the summer and get to know each other one-on-one.
As someone who recently changed her major, I was very eager to be paired with a mentor who I had heard great things about. Jamie Floer, APR, CPRC has been my mentor for the past two months. When I learned that she would be guiding me through this program, I was nothing short of ecstatic. When telling her my goals for the summer and my opportunities that needed decision making, she gave me professional feedback and advice. Seeing her in action at professional events such as the FPRA Image Awards and the latest FPRA breakfast has been a learning experience within itself, for she always greets me with networking advice and asks how things are going.
The Knights and Squires program isn’t just a way to make connections and expand your network, it’s a way for professionals to give back to the UCF community, and for students to further their knowledge of the field before graduation. I have been lucky enough to keep in touch with those I traveled to NYC with who are a part of the mentorship program, and it’s nice to know that we can all agree that this program has been an amazing opportunity. I am eager to see how the program grows through the semesters to come, and I can’t wait to hear from future students the benefits they find through what UCF Alumni has to offer them.
Special thanks to Shaloni Prine for introducing students to the Knights and Squires program. We are very thankful for all that you do for the community!
September 9, 2014
A Reflection of My Experience with Quotes
By: Shaloni Prine
VP of Student Outreach
I know it’s cliché, but time really goes by fast. It seems like yesterday that I was a student studying public relations at the University of Central Florida and was a member of Quotes, the PR Club at UCF. Looking back on that time, Quotes enhanced my student experience. It offered programming that connected me with some of Central Florida’s most skilled public relations professionals and it allowed me to learn industry best practices. The friendships that I formed and the networking that I did were priceless. Most importantly, coupled with my bachelor’s degree, Quotes provided me with the tools necessary to land a job out of college.
One of my best experiences as a Quotes member was the opportunity to attend FPRA’s State Conference in Sarasota in 2008. My classmates and I were each given a chance to take advantage of incredible professional development, and I am confident that the lessons that we learned prepared us to be successful in our careers. Luckily, I have managed to stay in touch with most of these individuals as our paths cross often in the field. Majority of us all work in the PR industry and we are in mid-level positions across the country. We stay connected and help each other when we can. As a result, I have a strong professional network with people that I can rely on and that motivate me to be my best. For me, this is what Quotes is all about.
As the VP of Student Outreach, it is my hope to continue the tradition of providing exceptional member benefits to students. Over the next year, I look forward to working with my fellow VP of Student Outreach, Lindsay Hudock, and the Quotes leadership to find innovative ways to enhance programming, connect students with seasoned PR professionals, expand their network and prepare them for a career in public relations. The best thing about Quotes is that it is an introductory membership to one of Central Florida’s best professional development organizations, and I am excited about sharing this opportunity with the community’s future PR leaders.
June 3, 2014
What is your title and company name?
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
UCF College of Sciences
Give a brief explanation of your job.
As a member of the UCF Alumni Association staff, I oversee the development and execution of alumni relations programs that are designed to cultivate relationships with the College of Sciences’ 46,000 alumni. Specifically, I am responsible for volunteer and event management, board development and alumni engagement.
How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
In 2006, I joined FPRA as a student member while pursuing my bachelor’s degree in advertising-public relations at the University of Central Florida. Through my involvement with Quotes, I was fortunate to expand my professional network and learn best practices in PR. This still holds true today and that’s why I continue to be a member.
What was your favorite FPRA event?
Image Awards, because it’s a great opportunity to celebrate all of the talented PR professionals that work in Central Florida.
Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
The completion of my master’s degree, which I earned in May! I somehow managed to juggle my full-time job with school all while learning how to be a new mom. It’s been one of the hardest things I have ever done but was completely worth every exhausting minute.
Tell us something people may not know about you.
My dog was the flower girl in my wedding