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PRSA Houston News, Events June 24

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Excalibur Winners, Gala Highlights, Photos


Congratulations to all of the 2010 Excalibur Awards for Excellence winners. To view the complete list of winners, visit the PRSA Houston Web site.

Pictured left: PRSA Houston president Stephanie Dedeaux, APR presents the Communicator of the Year Award to Greg C. Garland, CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP.
If you were unable to join us last Thursday for the 2010 Excalibur Awards Gala presented by Brookwoods Group, here were some of the highlights:

  • Debra Fraser from KUHF 88.7FM hosted a lighter program full of laughter, awards and special memories.
  • The Public Relations Foundation of Houston raised more than $4,000 to benefit its scholarship program.
  • Kris Taylor, APR gave a moving acceptance speech after receiving the Legacy Award.
  • Greg C. Garland, CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP, reminded the crowd during his CEO Communicator of the Year acceptance speech about the importance of internal communications and its affect on employee engagement.
  • Miya Shay from KTRK Channel 13 stopped by to give Kim Padgett of The Padgett Group the inaugural Media Relations Professional of the Year award.
  • Hill & Knowlton’s Houston team took home three special awards:
    • Young PR Professional of the Year – Cynthia Miller
    • PR Professional of the Year – Bronwyn Wallace
    • Communications Team of the Year – Hill & Knowlton Houston Energy Team
  • Vollmer Public Relations won the Grand Excalibur Award for a record 5th time for its TexanPlus Wii Bowling Championship entry.

Share your Gala memories on PRSA Houston’s Facebook page.

Gala Photos


Thanks to Shelly Chetty and SPC Creative Photography for the wonderful Gala photographs.


Order prints or download images from SPC Creative before July 15, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Public Relations Foundation of Houston.


Unclaimed Award Entries – Pick up by June 26
Forgot to pick up your entry binder? Contact Eric Herrera, 713-867-9807, to make arrangements for pick up by June 26 at FrogDog Communications located at 4707 Eigel St. Houston, 77007.

One More Round of Thanks


PRSA Houston and the Excalibur Committee would like to once again thank all of our wonderful sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Reception Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors


Bulldog Project Management
Yummers Indulgence



PRSA Houston thanks the following organizations
for purchasing tables

Knights of the Roundtable





The Vanguard
The Landed Gentry

Stephanie Dedeaux, APR



Free Oil Spill Crisis Teleconference Call on Proactive PR


The PRSA Travel and Tourism Section will host a FREE special Brown Bag Teleconference call on the oil spill crisis: Proactive PR for Oil Spill Region Hotels, Destinations and Attractions.



Date:           Friday, June 25, 2010

Time:           1:00 p.m. EDT

Duration:     90 minutes

Click here for more information on the teleconference call and to register. 


Note: When registering, enter promotional code “GulfChapterTT10” to receive the teleconference free. You will be asked for your credit card information, but you will not be charged.


PRSA Offers Exclusive Deals to Tweeters


Follow PRSA on Twitter (@PRSA) for PR tips, tools, news and membership promotions. Read PRSA’s wall, now, for hot summer savings through June 30.



July 7 Seminar & Luncheon: What Powers Fortune 100 Communications Groups?


What differentiates the top leaders?  What's the best defense in managing change and difficult situations, or driving change?


Next month, David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, will lead a morning workshop in addition to the monthly luncheon and explain how the most effective leaders and successful organizations use leadership communications to drive their business. PRSA Houston members and guests can register online for the morning seminar, luncheon, or both.


Grossman is the founder of The Grossman Group, a Chicago-based communications consultancy that specializes in organizational consulting, strategic leadership development and internal communications. He is also the author of You Can’t NOT Communicate: Proven Solutions That Power the Fortune 100.



Date:        July 7, 2010

Time:        8 a.m. - 11 a.m. (seminar)
                11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (luncheon)

Location:   Briar Club

Contact:    Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717, for event information
                and additional sponsorship opportunities


Thanks to our July sponsor



APR Study Group Meets Through July 15
Want to become accredited? The APR Study Group has three sessions remaining in the six-session series. Session dates and subjects include:


Thursday, June 24    Planning Process
Thursday, July 8       Law and Ethics
Thursday, July 15     Business Literacy

Previous sessions covered Basic Concepts of PR: Publics and Public Opinion, Communications Theory and Diffusion and Research and Research Methods.

Register now
. Registration for this event includes the entire series. Study Group materials will be sent only to those registered.

Time:           6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:      University of St. Thomas Basilian Room, Welder Hall, 1st Floor

Parking:       Street parking minimal; Moran Center parking garage available near W. Alabama/ Graustark


Contact:       Kelly George, APR, 281-575-4009


APR Spotlight: Amy Self, APR

APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. APR candidates are selected based on their broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound professional judgment. PRSA Houston talked to Amy Self, APR who earned her accreditation recently.

PRSA Houston:  What made you decide to become Accredited at this stage in your career?

Amy Self: Accreditation has been a goal since college - I think it's important to establish and support a standard for our profession, and it's a chance for development. I chose to do it now because I realized I had the right mix of experience and opportunity to complete the process.   


PRSA Houston: How did you prepare for the Readiness Review and computer-based exam?

Amy Self: I used the chapter resources - an APR jump start with Julie Fix to better understand the process and the six-week study course with Kelly George, which was very valuable in helping me prepare for my Readiness Review. To prepare for the exam, I relied on the APR Study Guide download, supplemented by my notes from the study course, Cutlip and Center's Effective Public Relations, and, of course, my own experience.


PRSA Houston: What advice do you have for others who are considering Accreditation?

Amy Self: Just do it. It takes a time commitment, but going through the process allows you to step back from life in the trenches and think strategically. It's a great refresher and helps to realign your perspective. I had several “A-ha!” moments while studying that I was able to translate to real-world projects and plans.


PRSA Houston: Do you have any other comments or suggestions for people thinking of becoming accredited?

Amy Self: I appreciate the support that I received from our local PRSA chapter and the national organization as I moved through this process. I would encourage others to take advantage of the available resources, and reach out to fellow PR professionals. The exchange of ideas and experience is always helpful. 


Aug. 4: After Ike: Communicating UTMB's Recovery

How many PR professionals do you know who have ridden a bicycle through hurricane debris to deliver a message to the media? Following Hurricane Ike, a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) staff member did just that.


At PRSA Houston's August 4 luncheon, UTMB director of media relations Raul Reyes will describe the role communications played in the crisis immediately following Ike, through the legislative challenges to the institution's survival and to its recent financial triumphs. Throughout, Reyes' team reminded key audiences of UTMB's vital importance not only to Galveston but also to patients throughout Southeast Texas. 


Reyes served as a reporter and editor at numerous organizations before joining UTMB in 2005. Most recently, he was an editor at the New York Times, national editor at the Dallas Morning News and assistant managing editor at the San Antonio Express-News. A graduate of the University of Houston, Reyes began his career at the Houston Chronicle, where he advanced from copy boy to become a city hall and Texas Capitol bureau reporter.

Register now



Date:        August 4, 2010

Time:        11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (luncheon)

Location:   Briar Club

Contact:    Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717, for event information
                and additional sponsorship opportunities


Thanks to our August sponsor


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