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Public Relations Specialist (Relocating to Washington D.C.)

Cockeysville, MD, 21030
October 21, 2008

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Rachel S. Irving

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Cockeysville, MD 21030




Morgan State University

B.A. Speech Communications - 2005 Summa Cum Laude - Major GPA 4.0


Spanish (Proficient), Korean (Conversation)

Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish, MSU 2005

Certificate of Program Completion, Kulkulcan Spanish Language School


Fulbright Scholar 2005, Pi Kappa Delta Speech and Debate Honorary Society; Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honors Society; Dean’s List for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Fall Semester

Work Experience

Public Relations Coordinator

WEAA 88.9 FM

Baltimore, MD – June 2008 - Present

Coordinate internal and external outreach events and programs. Liaison between WEAA, current and new sponsors, and the community. Assist in planning and coordinating WEAA’s marketing and branding campaign. Public relations consultant for talk show hosts and producers. Produce written material for website production and mass release within the media and loyal listener contacts.

Freelance Writer

The Morgan Mix Magazine

The National Society of Black Engineers Magazine/ NSBE Bridge Magazine

Baltimore, MD – June 2008 – Present

Writer and contributor for local magazine publications.

Communication Assistant

Office of Public Relations and Communications (OPRC)

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD - January 2007- Present

Coordinate guest lecturers on behalf of the University. Coordinate guest appearances on WEAA 88.9. Coordinate advertisements in publications and sponsorships of events for the University. Write for the Morgan Magazine. Assist in editing the Morgan Magazine. Assist in editing The Alumni Newsletter. Write and edit press releases, public service announcements and media advisories. Pitch stories for coverage in local media. Create talking points for guest speakers. Direct reporters and media personnel for news stories and events. Assist the Director and Assistant Director of the OPRC. Perform office managerial duties and other administrative duties.

Announcement Secretary /Public Relations Assistant

Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ

Baltimore, MD - November 2007 - Present

Collect and present information from church leaders and members for Sunday morning announcements. Write for the Carter Memorial Newsletter. Assist church leaders in promoting events through local media outlets. Chairman of Public Relations Committee for 2008 SummerFest, hosted by Carter Memorial C.O.G.I.C and First Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Freelance Writer / Photographer Assistant

Flywire Magazine

Baltimore, MD – August 2007 – June 2008

Contributing writer for Flywire Magazine. Assist staff photographer in preparing and conducting photo


Substitute Teacher

Baltimore County School District - November 2006 – January 2007

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant

Grant Recipient for the Korean-American Educational Commission

Baekyang Middle School, Busan, South Korea - July 2005 - July 2006

Taught English language and American culture classes to over 700 Korean students. Coordinated special cultural and educational projects for several school festivals. Organized and taught Baekyang Middle School’s first English camp.

Public Relations Intern

Office of Public Relations and Communications (OPRC)

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD – August 2004 – December 2004

Composed press releases and public service announcements. Assisted in producing publications.

Resident Assistant

Office of Residence Life

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD – August 2003 – June 2005

Managed a floor of 40 female residents. Organized educational, social, and cultural programs for Harper Tubman House. Voted 2005’s Harper Tubman House Resident Assistant of the Year.

Summer Communication Intern

California State Treasurer’s Executive Office, Sacramento, CA – June 2002 – August 2004 Maintained press contact information database. Assisted in writing and proof-reading letters and preparing staff for press conferences. Accompanied the Treasurer as his assistant to several special events and fund raisers. Volunteered as hostess for inaugural banquet.

Computer Skills

Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Publisher, Power Point, Excel, Access, Outlook, PhotoShop, Macintosh OS X, Internet

References are available upon request.

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