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Aminda Rice

Executive Director at Beebe Chamber of Commerce

Mass Communication, Public Relations Option

Minor in Sport Management

Graduated in 2002

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

My mother graduated from Southeast. I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Dr. Karie Hollerbach, Dr. Roy Keller and Mr. Ron Hines.

Share your best college memory.

In my Junior year at Southeast, I was named Sports Editor at The Capaha Arrow. I was the first female to hold that position. I went on to be the Editor, then worked in Sports Information for Ron Hines. It was the experience I gained from both that got me my previous job working nine seasons in Media Relations for the Memphis Grizzlies.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

Hard work pays off in the end. Don't be afraid to network and use your connections to land the job you want. You can be confident in your ability to succeed, after all you have an education from an excellent university.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Complete college experience

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

In my opinion, my greatest accomplishment has not been obtained yet. I am in the process of going through the Community Development Institute at University of Central Arkansas at Conway. Upon completion, I will take the PCED exam to earn my certification as a Professional Community & Economic Development.
I am also studying to take the Accreditation in Public Relations exam through the Public Relations Society of America. Upon completion, I will have earned my APR credential.
Those will be my greatest professional accomplishments.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Attend as many conferences, workshops and seminars as you can. Not only do you learn more about your field, the networking opportunities are just as valuable. You will need those fellow professionals during your career for advice and references.


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