Feb. 25: Deadline to Submit Proposals for PRSA Houston Website Redesign
Proposals must be received by 5 p.m.
Is your company submitting a proposal for PRSA Houston's website redesign project? If so, all proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) question and answer window is closed. All RFP questions received during this period and their corresponding answers are posted on the bottom of the Communications Committee page under "Documents."
The PRSA Houston Board of Directors will vote, select, and notify a vendor on April 6, 2011.
We are currently requesting proposals from vendors to transform prsahouston.org into an updated, dynamic site that is both visually appealing and engaging to site visitors. All qualified vendors are invited to submit a proposal for consideration.
March 1: APR Study Group Begins
Is becoming Accredited in Public Relations one of your 2011 goals? No matter where you are in the process, join the six-session Study Group beginning March 1.
This is the first in a series of events that will meet to review several topics:
Tuesday, March 1
Basic Concepts of PR; Publics and Public Opinion
Tuesday, March 8
Communications Theory and Diffusion
Tuesday, March 15
Research and Research Methods
Tuesday, March 22
Tuesday, March 29
Law and Ethics
Tuesday, April 5
Registration for this event includes the entire series. Please register in advance as materials will be sent only to those registered.
Date: Every Tuesday between March 1 and April 5
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: The Ammerman Experience
4800 Sugar Grove Blvd. Suite 400, Stafford, 77477
(Free visitor parking available on the top level of the
Contact: Kelly George, APR, at 281-575-4009.
Save the Date! - APR Bootcamp Coming to Houston Aug. 17 - 20
PRSA, in conjunction with PRSA Houston, will present an APR Boot Camp in the Houston area Aug. 17-20, 2011. This four-day intensive program allows qualified candidates to prepare and take part in the Readiness Review™. If advanced from the Readiness Review™, candidates may then take the computer-based Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations on August 20 at a local Prometric testing site.
The boot camp is designed to provide a setting that will meet the needs of busy professionals whose schedules don’t permit extensive preparation time. The first three days of the Boot Camp will take place at the United Way of Greater Houston.
Candidate pre-requisites include:
- Must be a PRSA member and/or a member of a Universal Accreditation Board participating organization
- Approved application and Examination fee of $385 must be received by PRSA National
- Must register for the Boot Camp one month in advance (required to clear Prometric examination authorization)
- Download and complete the Readiness Review Questionnaire one month in advance of the Boot Camp
Check the PRSA National calendar of events for registration details in May.
Registration Fees for members of UAB Participating Organizations:
Day 1 – Readiness Review Preparation $80
Day 2 & 3 - Computer-Based Examination Preparation $270
Full three days $350
More information about the Accreditation process.
Contact: Kelly George, APR
March 1: PRSA Houston Rep to Take Part in PR News Conference
Register and receive a $300 discount!
Join PRSA Houston’s president-elect Ed Davis at PR News’ PR Measurement Conference, March 1, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Davis, director for Media & PR at United Way of Greater Houston, will participate in a panel discussion on “Media Measurement: From Mainstream to Social Media.”
This is a great opportunity to learn the must-know trends for 2011, how to establish measurement benchmarks and ensure your PR efforts are in line with the goals of the C-suite.
PR News is offering PRSA Houston members a discounted rate of $300 off its regular $895 rate to attend!
Don’t miss this one-day event packed with practical lessons in measurement - from measuring mainstream media to social media, linking PR efforts to business objectives, measuring employee communications, reputation management and how to make the most of your dashboard. Providing solid results of PR's role has never been more critical for communicators.
Don’t delay – register today! (Enter “SPEAKER” in the discount code box on the registration summary and payment page.)
Friday, February 25
Your Employee Engagement Survey Is Launched. Now What?
Join the PRSA Employee Communications Section for this virtual idea swap on the opportunities and challenges that arise after your employee engagement survey has launched. This call will cover:
· How can communicators add value to the survey analysis and action planning?
· How can we partner with HR to create a sense of ownership for survey results and action plans among managers?
· How can we use the results to drive real change in our organizations?
Send additional discussion questions and experiences to PRSA staff in advance.
Wednesday, March 16
Making History with Strategic Communications: Lisa Murkowski’s Re-Election to the U.S. Senate
When Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) lost the Republican primary election in August 2010, many pundits counted her out of the race. Only once before in U.S. history had a write-in candidate won election to the U.S. Senate. What followed her primary election loss is a fascinating case study about the role strategic communications can play on the national political stage.
Webinar attendees will get the inside story directly from Kristin Pugh Bundy, the Senator’s campaign communications director, and Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior campaign communications volunteer, who will share strategy and lessons learned from this historic campaign.
Participants earn 1.0 APR Accreditation Maintenance Credits for a webinar. More APR Accreditation Maintenance Credit information
Rachelle Khalaf is now Sr. Media Relations Specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
Jill Sinden is at the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas.
RoShelle Gaskins is now account executive with Love Advertising.
Mauren Kunz is Marketing Communications Advisor with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.
Argentina James opened Hill Day Public Relations.
Welcome to Our New Members
(Date Jan. 25, 2011 – Feb. 21, 2011)
Kim Jordan, Hill and Knowlton
Tara Mullee Agard, Halliburton
Erin Dillard, Hill and Knowlton
Dionne Moore, Gilbreath Communications
Rick Hagar, Total (reinstated)
Willard Hubbard, Chevron (reinstated)
Sarah Schimmer, AAA Texas (reinstated)
Mary Jo Caliandro, Schlumberger (reinstated)
Laura Sussman, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
(Dec. 23, 2010-Feb. 21, 2011)
Dean Acosta, The Boeing Company
Paul Babb, APR, Babb Houston Public Relations
John Barnett, APR, Southern Union Co.
James Bartlett, ConocoPhillips
Ann Brimberry, APR
Lindsey Brown, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Roxanne Butler, Houston Airport System
Jennie Craig, Stewart itle
Ania M. Czarnecka
Alan Dodd, APR, Aramco Services
Julie Fix, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA Houston Board member, University of Houston
Melissa Foteh, Safety Vision
Jennifer Friedmann, APR, The Point Group
Kelly George, APR, PRSA Houston Assembly Delegate, Halliburton
Louise Henry, APR
Eric Herrera, PRSA Houston Board member, FrogDog Communications
Barbara Hyman, APR, Hopkins & Associates, Inc.
Saki Indakwa, Houston Works
Rachelle Khalaf, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Michael King, FMC Technologies, Inc.
Suzanne Lammers, Public Relations Foundation of Houston
Christine McGee, APR, Weatherford International, Ltd.
Kristina Michel, National Pharmacy Technician Association
Cynthia Miller, Hill & Knowlton
Nancy Mills, APR, The Mills Agency
Zeljka Momirovic, City of Houston Airport System
Claudia Morlan, Elmore Public Relations
Tere Perry, Hilton Americas
Russ Roberts, ExxonMobil Corp.
Korie Robertson, Noble Energy, Inc.
Robert Ross, Jr., The Ensemble Theatre
David Roznowski, APR, LyondellBasell
Erin Schwartz, PRSA Houston Communications Chair, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Shari Stafford, CMP, Southern Union Company
Meagan Stangle, PRSA Houston Board member, Hopkins & Associates
Thomas Stewart, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA Houston past president, TKS Public Relations
Kris Taylor, APR, PRSA Houston past president
Pamella R. Thorne, The Thorne Group
Priscilla Thorne Tinsley, PRSA Houston past president, PTT Group
Gus Vaeza, III, Marion, Montgomery, Inc.
Ashley Wehrly, Wehrly Entrprises
Aaron Woods, APR, PRSA Houston Assembly Delegate, DuPont
Brook E. Wootton, Noble Drilling Services, Inc.