Give Yourself an Accreditation Jump Start
Accreditation Jump Start will be held Friday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is free, but please register in advance.
Speaker: Karen Blanchard, APR, PRSA Accreditation Chairman, The Padgett Group
This six-hour workshop is a framework for further study. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations introduced in 2003, to acquaint you with some essential subject matter and to demonstrate the four-step planning process by working through a case problem.
Location: Corporate Office Centers
2100 W. Loop South, Ninth Floor, Houston, TX 77027
Interested in accreditation but can''t make the jump start? Begin the process by applying for eligibility at www.praccreditation.org. There you will also find answers to frequently asked questions, a short bookshelf of textbooks and a candidate’s preparation guide. Karen Blanchard, APR, accreditation chair, is available to guide you through this formal credentialing process. She can be contacted at Karen@ThePadgettGroup.com.
Get Excalibur Entries in by April 12
Mark your calendars now to enter your work in the Excalibur competition on April 12. This annual competition honors outstanding professional accomplishments in the development and execution of comprehensive public relations programs and individual communications tactics.
The 2006 Excalibur Award entries are due by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. Late entries are due by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, and will be assessed a $25 late fee. The Call for Entries packet is available online.
Sponsorship of this key event will give your organization visibility with influential decision makers who communicate to their employees and stakeholders every day. For more information on table, custom and in-kind sponsorships opportunities contact Paula Ruth, APR, at (281) 870-1717. Donations are also needed for our Silent Auction, which benefits the Public Relations Foundation of Houston and its scholarship programs. Contact Susan Schmaeling, APR, to make a donation at (713) 349-0780.
The next Excalibur Committee meeting is at 6:30 p.m., March 14, at GolinHarris. This is the time to get involved in this key event for the chapter. For more information, or to join the committee, contact Excalibur Co-chair:
Mari Pillar (Awards)
Can you help with AV?
PRSA Houston is assembling a Request for Proposals for AV equipment at
our meetings and professional development events. If you would like to be
included in this RFP, or better yet, are willing to supply all needs
for free, please contact Paula Ruth, APR, at email@example.com .
Get More Business by Listing Your Firm in our Business Directory
Do you own a public relations firm? Are you a freelance writer? A
graphic designer? A photographer? Do you do research? Media Training? No
matter what your firm does for PR firms and buyers, use PRSA Houston''s website
to promote it. For the low advertising price of $100/year, your firm can
be featured on a website that gets about 25,000 visits/month of bona fide
buyers of your services. Because of our web marketing, PRSA Houston
ranks in the top five of most search engines bringing traffic to your site
through ours. Find out why those who list in the business directory are
renewing! Design your own ad and choose your category. Pay with a credit card.
Questions? Call Paula Ruth, APR, at 281-870-1717.
Dir, Pub Affrs
Mental Health Association of Greater Houston, Inc.
2211 Norfolk, Ste 810
Houston, TX 77098
tel: (713) 520-3470 fax: (713) 522-0698
Roy R. Reynolds
Media Rel Rep
Haynes & Boone, LLP
1221 McKinney St, Ste 2100
Houston, TX 77010
tel: (713) 547-2098 fax:
Connie Chavez Villarreal
Media Rel Spec
Harris County Hospital District
2525 Holly Hall, Ste 125
Houston, TX 77054
tel: (713) 566-4370 fax: (713) 566-5490
1500 Louisana, 37th Fl
Houston, TX 77002
tel: (832) 854-6190 fax: (866) 741-5151
Holly Hagerman Caughron
Fund Devel Spec
United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
PO Box 3247
Houston, TX 77253
tel: (713) 685-2320 fax:
Sr Commun Spec
M.D Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 229
Houston, TX 77030
tel: (713) 745-6109 fax: (713) 563-9735
Asst Prof, Mass Commun
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341
tel: (936) 294-1344 fax: (936) 294-1888
Taste of PRSA Membership Offer Continues
If you join as a new PRSA member in February or March, you will not only save, but you will also get a complimentary taste of what PRSA has to offer as well.
Julie B. Fix, APR, PRSA Houston secretary, is a panelist for PRSA’s Feb. 28 teleseminar, “The Write Way: Tips for Becoming a Better Writer,” sponsored by the New Professionals Affinity Group. She is also presenting a “mini” “Tighten Up Your Writing” workshop at the PRSA Southwest District Conference in Fort Worth, March 3.
Melanie Brenneman, PRSA Houston membership coordinator, is now with DataCert.
Suzanne Lammers, PRSA Houston New Pros chair, is marketing assistant for Nevada Gold & Casinos.
UH PR Students Want To Hear True Stories From PR Pros
Some 43 University of Houston public relations students taking the Principles of Public Relations course from Julie B. Fix, APR, this semester have asked to hear from “real” practitioners about what you do, what challenges you have and what gets you up and to work every morning.
Fix has reserved two class days, Thursday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 25, for PR panelists to interact with her students. The class meets from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Anyone interested in volunteering to share “true stories” should contact Fix at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-494-6097.
PRSA Houston and GSUSA Cancel Public Relations Interest Project Award Workshop on Feb. 18 Event to be Rescheduled in March
Sponsored by KHOU Channel 11
PRSA Houston cancelled the Feb. 18 event at KHOU Channel 11 Studios with the Girl Scouts of America. The event will be rescheduled in March. Please check the PRSA Houston event calendar for updates.
We are calling all interested volunteers to come out and join us! Give back to the public relations profession and the community by volunteering for this educational and fun event! The event will allow our volunteers to apply their knowledge of public relations to the work of tomorrow’s leaders.
Who: Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts
Where: KHOU Channel 11 Studios, 1945 Allen Parkway
When: TO BE ANNOUNCED – CHECK PRSA HOUSTON EVENT CALENDAR
For more details, contact Kelly Papinchak, PRSA Houston, 713-507-2034 or www.prsahouston.org.
A Look at PRSA Houston in February
Harris County Judge Robert Eckels described actions by the Joint Information Center during Hurricane Katrina and the efforts used to communicate evacuation plans during Hurricane Rita at the February PRSA. (Photo courtesy of Lori Richard, director of publications for Judge Eckels.)
PRSA Houston Chapter President Sally Ramsay greets County Judge Robert Eckels after his speech. (Photo courtesy of Lori Richard, director of publications for Judge Eckels.)
PRSA Houston President Sally Ramsay (left), Pierpont Communications, greets the February sponsors after Judge Robert Eckels'' speech. Sally thanks Jackie Whitley, U.S. Newswire; T. Ray Purser, Time Warner; PRSA Houston treasurer Aaron Woods, APR, and Kim Foley, Lyondell Chemical Company, Judge Eckels, Mike VanDerSnick, Gayden Cooper and PRSA Houston President-Elect Lisa Martin, all with Lyondell.
Suzanne Lammers, chairman of New Pros, presents a certificate to PRSA Houston Board member Wendy Burkeen, APR, of KHOU after the New Pros briefing on the new show, "Great Day Houston," which will debut on March 6 at 9 a.m. The show features a live studio audience and encourages groups to book their seats ahead by calling 713-533-5206.
The rest of the KHOU Great Day Houston set viewed by PRSA Houston New Pros. Photo courtesy of Chris Lopez.
Thank You Sponsors!
Thank you to to Lyondell Chemical Company, Time Warner Corporation and
U.S. Newswire for sponsoring the February luncheon with Judge Eckels and also buying
tables. We also would like to thank El Paso Corporation and The Creative Group as sponsors of our March 3 luncheon and LifeGift Organ Donation Center for its early
commitment to sponsor our April 5 luncheon (back at the Courtyard on St. James).
Our luncheon sponsors make it possible to fund post cards to the membership
and to bring in other speakers and still maintain a break-even luncheon
price for our members. To purchase a table for the March 3 luncheon (please
note this is a Friday at the Doubletree Downtown) or be a sponsor at any
luncheon, please call Paula Ruth at 281-870-1717.
Sponsorships also are available for the PRY event at the University of Houston on March 31.
At that event, we are trying to keep registration costs extremely low for
students and young professionals and could use your support.
Michael Bybee, Time Warner Corp., a sponsor of the Feb. luncheon, presents a year of free cable service to Rodolfo Guerra, LifeGift Organ Donation Center, after the luncheon. The original presentation was made by T. Ray Purser, vice president of public affairs for Time Warner, and June Lohman, manager of community relations. (Photo courtesy of Lori Richard, director of publications for Judge Eckels.)