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Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, meets with Texas State University students following the daily media briefing.

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Members of Bobcat Promotions (BPR), the student-run media strategies firm at Texas State University, will be returning to New York Jan. 7–13, 2018, for its 4th Annual Professional Development Tour.

The trip provides BPR members and select others the opportunity to learn from other professionals in the industry. Students apply what they learn in New York to their work at Bobcat Promotions.

“The trip never fails to achieve its mission of developing students professionally,” said Chuck Kaufman, BPR adviser. “Students return to Texas fully charged to take on the world. They also get to digest life in the most exciting city in the world, America’s media capital.”

The group of 15 students will visit with top officials at Fleishman-Hillard, Edelman, Rubinstein PR, OgilvyPR and Cohn & Wolfe. Students will tour and meet with communications executives at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Another highlight will be experiencing the United Nations through a daily media briefing with Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The week-long visit opens Sunday evening with a mixer with Texas State SJMC alumni at the Park Central Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Texas State alumna Taylor Carfield, former member of BPR, said the trip motivated her to strive for excellence at Bobcat Promotions and in all aspects of life.

“This trip really taught me to be confident, and that if I want something, I can work hard enough to get it,” Carfield said.

Daniel Martinez, BPR current executive director, said the opportunity to sit in on the UN media briefing and hear about real news before it came to press was simply incredible.

“The institution is so full of history, diversity and human rights,” Martinez said. “It was truly a remarkable experience and a college memory I will carry with me forever.”

Members making the trip will meet in December to finalize preparations as a group.

ABOUT BPR
Bobcat Promotions is a professional, student-run firm at Texas State University, specializing in public relations and media promotion. Founded in 2006, BPR has worked with numerous clients in the San Marcos area on a wide variety of projects. The firm draws top students from all sequences of mass communication, integrating these different facets to create a robust agency that can serve the needs of clients. Visit www.bobcatpromotions.com and Bobcat Promotions on Facebook.