The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a national pre-professional organization established in 1968. In 1983, a few students at Wayne State University decided it would be beneficial to communication majors to have an opportunity to join this organization. Through hard work and the support of Professor James Measell, they raised enough support to gain recognition as a national chapter.
In 2005 the WSU chapter was named the “James S. Measell Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.” This name is a tribute to Measell, a former WSU professor of communication and current associate historian of the Fenton Art Glass Company.
Membership in Wayne State”s PRSSA chapter offers many opportunities and benefits. Some of these opportunities include luncheons with the Detroit Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and attending workshops and district or national conferences. Members participate in national PRSSA competitions and are eligible for scholarships. The WSU chapter also has its newsletter, Salute, which members produce.