GrandPR will host an open house

GrandPR, the student-run public relations agency of Grand Valley State University,  announced the organization dedicated more than 2,050 hours during the last eight months providing public relations assistance to local business and organizations, including ArtPrize, Boardwalk Subs, the Crohn’s and Coltis Foundation of American, and the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan, among others.

GrandPR is comprised of 19 students studying public relations and other various communication majors at GVSU. While being a staff member of GrandPR requires as much time as a “real” job, staff members volunteer and dedicate their time to gaining real-world experience providing public relations services such as media relations, social media, and event coordination.

“ArtPrize worked with GrandPR to be my arms and legs during some of the busiest  moments leading up to the 2011 event,” said Brian Burch, public relations director at ArtPrize. “They provided me with a dedicated account team who I would recommend to any future employer.”

While there are more than 100 student-run public relations firms nationwide, GrandPR has received national affiliation from the Public Relations Society of America, naming the agency as one of the top 32 agencies in the country.

“GrandPR staff members are among the most talented and dedicated public relations students in Michigan,” said GrandPR CEO, Katlynn Downey. “Through GrandPR, we are able to combine our skills and creativity to help business achieve their goals, while gaining the experience we need to prepare each of us for careers in communications.”

Sunday, April 15, 2012, GrandPR will host an Open House showcasing all client results achieved this year.  Client presentations and case studies will be available for viewing.  All GrandPR staff members will be present.

The GrandPR Open House will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 215 at the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s downtown campus.  Desserts, refreshments, and GrandPR swag also be available. For more information on GrandPR, visit

About GrandPR:
GrandPR commits to providing strategic public relations counsel with innovative communication tactics from a fresh, young perspective.  With a genuine enthusiasm for what we do, GrandPR produces results that enable clients to reach their objectives by establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. Our staff implements and executes quality campaigns while adhering to the highest of ethical standards.