URI’s PR Summit to feature state director of Obama campaign

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KINGSTON, R.I.—March 31, 2009—The University of Rhode Island’s PR Summit continues with Rep. Raymond J. Sullivan Sr. (D-Coventry) who was state director for the Obama Campaign in Rhode Island.

His talk, “From Newsroom to the Obama Campaign,” is free and open to the public. It will be held Monday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the University Club, 95 Upper College Road, Kingston.

Sullivan will share his experience in the political arena with respect to public relations and journalism strategies. He will speak of the importance of building relationships while developing a professional career path.

Sullivan began his career as a reporter for the Kent County Daily Times before journeying into politics. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and most recently was named deputy majority leader.

“Anytime we can give students the chance to meet and talk with experts, the better prepared they become. Our goal as educators should be to give our students a thorough, practical base of knowledge, but also to do whatever we can to help them establish career relationships,” said Robert Beagle, vice president for University Advancement.

“What a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet Rep. Sullivan and learn of his hands-on experiences as part of a presidential campaign,” says Regina Bell, director of the Public Relations Program in URI’s Communication Studies Department.