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PRSA Houston News, Events Dec. 1, 2010

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Tomorrow: The Big Huge Holiday Mixer


The Big Huge Holiday Mixer, hosted by the Houston Communications Alliance, is back to beat, whip and puree its way back into your heart.

Put your blender setting on "mingle," and join us for the grandest, multi-organizational, variable-speed networking event of the season, including Houston's favorite advertising, marketing and communications professionals for. Highlights include:

  • The Fantastics
  • The Harbor Lights Choir
  • Free Buffet
  • Free Parking
  • Cash Bar

Don't forget to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots! Cash donations can be made online at or bring a nonperishable item to help the Houston Food Bank.


Download the event flyer


Date:           Thursday, December 2, 2010

Time:           5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location:      The Courtyard on St. James Place



PRSA Houston Thanks PR Day, Holiday Party Sponsors


PRSA Houston thanks all of the sponsors for their gracious support of yesterday’s PR Day 2010 event and last night’s Let it Glow Holiday Party.


Photos courtesy of Hiebert Photography will be posted soon.

Holiday Party sponsors

PR Day 2010 sponsors





‘Tis the Season to Give to the Foundation


As the recession collides with tuition hikes, college students are stretching their budgets more than ever to pay for school. With the costs of attending a four-year educational institution on the rise, students need additional avenues to finance their education.


We are asking you to make a donation to the Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH), the philanthropic arm of the Houston Chapter of PRSA.


Please consider contributing $25, $50, $100 or more this season as it directly helps deserving students studying communication disciplines right here in our own community. Every amount helps! And for every $25 you contribute, your name will be entered into our drawing to win $25 gift certificates to area restaurants, the theatre and more.


Giving to the PRFH is fast and easy. Visit the PRSA Foundation site, which links to the Greater Houston Community Foundation who manages our fund. On the page’s Program Designation line, select Public Relations Foundation and indicate your contribution level. Donations are tax deductible. 


Contributions made by check should be made payable to the Greater Houston Community Foundation with the ‘PRFH fund’ noted in the “for/note” section. Mail to:


          Public Relations Foundation of Houston

          c/o Greater Houston Community Foundation

          4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 100

          Houston, Texas 77027


The PRFH awarded its 2010/2011 scholarship to Ally Hugg, a University of Texas graduate student pursuing further studies in Public Relations and Advertising. Meet Ally via the PRSA Foundation site.


Thank you in advance for your support!


About the Public Relations Foundation of Houston

The PRFH was formed to support the growth and development of the public relations profession by awarding scholarships to college students at regional universities. Our $3,000 annual scholarship is the largest of its kind offered by any PRSA chapter in the country, a feat made possible by everyone’s collective support.


The 2011/2012 scholarship application is posted on the PRSA Foundation site. So if you know of a PR student who qualifies, please pass this news along.


Contributions through Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, and designated to the PRFH fund are tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional for advice.


Want to Network and Boost Your PR Career? Monthly Luncheons Deliver

Join PRSA Houston at the Briar Club on the first Wednesday of each month to build your networks and boost your PR industry knowledge.

Each event features a guest speaker who delivers timely, relevant information to today's aspiring and practicing PR and communications professionals.


The cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $20 for students.

Stay tuned for the upcoming luncheon speaker roster, and mark your calendar to attend on the following dates:


Luncheon Sponsorships Offer Good Marketing Value 


Are you a company looking for exposure to more than 2,000 communications professionals? PRSA Houston has monthly luncheon sponsorship opportunities available.


Thanks to KUHF 88.1, The Ammerman Experience and The University of Houston Alumni Association School of Communication Alumni for sponsoring our November luncheon, featuring University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston (UH) president Renu Khator, Ph.D., Other sponsorships are available. Luncheon sponsors get the following benefits for $500:  


  • mention in promotional e-mail sent to database of 2000-plus subscribers
  • mention and text link in ePRo, the PRSA Houston newsletter sent to 2000-plus subscribers
  • text/Logo link on PRSA Houston Web site for one month
  • ability to distribute materials to all luncheon attendees
  • table in room to talk with luncheon attendees before and after the event
  • speaking opportunity at the luncheon (no more than 3 minutes)
  • one free lunch registration at the President's table; others available at $30 member rate
  • One time use of an electronically provided member list of physical addresses for all 440 PRSA Houston members.

Multi-event sponsorship agreements are also available.


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717.

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Transitioning from Journalism to Public Relations: Steps You Can Take For a Smooth Move


Join Peter Himler as he speaks with former journalists who have made successful transitions to the public relations field. Hear about the jobs they performed as journalists and reporters, why they left journalism and why they chose public relations. Receive tips and advice about the transition process, and gain insight into what it takes to find new work and job satisfaction.


Tuesday, Dec. 7

Workplace Strategies for Managing Successful Millennials: How Boomers Can Manage and Work With the Tech-Savvy Generation


Much has been written about millennials, the tech-savvy generation born between 1980 and 2000. Some say millennials are “entitled.” Others say “spoiled.” As 33,000 millennials attempt to enter the public relations industry each year, what are the best strategies for managing this new generation and motivating it to succeed? Learn strategies for recruiting, retaining and managing the best and brightest new talent.


Survey Participants Needed, Effort Helps Chapter Earn Funds

Complete the survey, receive a free personalized career assessment report valued at $250!


PRSA Houston and Birkman International, one of the world’s leading behavioral research companies, are collaborating to provide our eBlast readers with a free career assessment and the chapter with much-needed funds.

Birkman needs 44 qualified* individuals to complete an online assessment to update its public relations specialist career assessment. Qualified individuals who complete the survey will receive a free personalized career assessment report valued at $250. PRSA Houston will receive $25 for each completed survey. Test results are completely confidential.


*Qualified Individuals:

·         Are 18 years of age or older, an English speaker who can read and write in the English language and who validly complete the questionnaire;

·         Are employed as a public relations specialist as defined by the US Department of Labor: “engage in promoting or creating goodwill for individuals, groups or organizations by writing or selecting favorable publicity material and releasing it through various communications media; and may prepare and arrange displays and make speeches;” and


·         Hold one of the following job titles: Account Executive, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Relations Specialist (PR Specialist), Public Information Officer, Communications Director, Communications Specialist, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations Coordinator, Corporate Communications Specialist, Marketing Director.


Take your free assessment, now.

For more than 50 years, Birkman International’s The Birkman Method® survey results have helped companies maximize human potential and achieve superior, sustainable results. More than 2.5 million individuals have taken The Birkman Method®. Clients include corporate human resources professionals, independent consultants, executive coaches, educational institutions and other not-for-profit organizations.

Questions? Contact Birkman International.


Business Directory Offers Great Exposure


What do Newman & Newman, Inc., The Mills Agency, The Writing Workshop and Bernstein & Associates have in common? They all recently posted or renewed a Business Directory listing at


These companies know that PRSA Houston site visitors are the ones they need to reach. Business Directory listings at help increase Google search engine rankings. 

A directory listing is just $100, which gives businesses exposure to site visitors for one year. PRSA Houston's site got 11,309 visits and 40,146 page views in the most recent month. Let your business start benefitting from this traffic today.


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717. 


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