As a transfer student, senior public relations major Hannah Riffle had only three years at Ball State. That didn’t stop the Evansville native from packing in four years’ worth of real-world experiences.
When I arrived on campus, I sought opportunities that would provide a well-rounded college experience, and I met some of my best friends through student organizations. Getting involved helped make Ball State feel like home.
Hannah found her place in Ball State’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Cardinal Communications, a student-run marketing, advertising, and public relations agency. From her first semester, she’s helped create campaigns for real-world clients like the Martin Luther King Dream Team, which promotes civil rights history in east central Indiana. In 2016, Hannah led a team to host the PRSSA National Conference, which brought 1,000 students to Indianapolis.
At the recent CreateAthon, Hannah and 30 other students worked for 24 consecutive hours to develop communications strategies for local nonprofit partners. The event in the Holden Strategic Communications Center was a great way to gain hands-on experience while making a difference in the community.
Hannah’s internships at leading PR firms in Chicago and Indianapolis confirmed her desire to work in a large agency. Working with a variety of clients at a fast pace put the skills she’s honed at Ball State to the test, and her hard work paid off. After her graduation in May, Hannah will head to Indy to begin her career at Hirons, an award-winning advertising and public relations agency where she previously interned.
Class of 2017
Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
Major: Public Relations
Activities: Public Relations Student Society of America, Cardinal Communications