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PRSA Houston News May 3

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Meet Houston Chronicle’s Jeff Cohen This Wednesday

Join PRSA Houston Wednesday, May 5 as we welcome one of Houston’s foremost leaders in journalism - Jeff Cohen - executive vice president and editor of the Houston Chronicle. How can PR pros succeed as epic changes are taking place in the news business? Cohen will address this issue and identify trends you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.


Cohen, a Wyoming native, spent his childhood in Houston and has a special interest in state and city affairs. He is a graduate of Bellaire High School and a journalism graduate of the University of Texas. Cohen began his career as a sportswriter for the San Antonio Light then made his way up the ladder as an award-winning editor of the Albany Times-Union. He joined the Houston Chronicle – the seventh largest newspaper in the U.S. – in 2002. Cohen is a pioneer in newspaper website design and management. has won many awards.


Register now


Day:                Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Time:           11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
:      Briar Club

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


Thanks to our sponsor

Nominate a Colleague Today for the 2010 Excalibur Legacy Award


PRSA Houston members and guests will gather at the annual Excalibur Awards June 17 to honor outstanding professional accomplishments. We will also honor a lifetime of professional achievement with the 2010 Excalibur Legacy Award.


We are now accepting nominations for the Legacy Award, which will be awarded to someone who exemplifies the highest ideals of professional public relations practice.


Chapter members are encouraged to nominate a colleague, mentor or role model for the Legacy Award who meets the following criteria:


·         Candidates should be a PRSA member and either a current or a former PRSA Houston chapter member.

·         Candidates should have at least 25 years of experience in public relations.

·         The award may be given posthumously.


Nominations and a brief summary highlighting why you have nominated this candidate should be submitted by Friday, May 7 to Terri Larson. Please limit the nomination to two pages.


Nominations should demonstrate the candidate's leadership and expertise in the field of public relations through:


·         outstanding service to his/her company, community, organization or educational institution

·         outstanding service to PRSA Houston

·         honors, awards and recognition, accreditation

·         advancing the body of knowledge and public image of the profession through teaching, writing, speaking, mentoring and/or PRSA volunteer/leadership positions


Former Legacy Award Winners:

2009: Julie B. Fix, APR, Fix & Associates

2008: Phillip Taggart, APR

2007: Dr. Bob Heath, APR

2006: Graham Painter, APR

2005: Guy Brown, APR

2004: Will Osterloh, APR, Fellow PRSA

2003: Gayle McNutt, APR, Fellow PRSA

2002: Sabra Gill, APR, Fellow PRSA

2001: Tom Stewart, APR, Fellow PRSA

2000: Ralph Frede, APR, Fellow PRSA

1999: James W. Hart

Calling All Sponsors


Sponsors who commit by May 15 will be included on the invitation. Download the sponsorship package, now, and get tapped into our network of hundreds of PR and communications professionals.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor

PR Foundation Challenges Houston to ‘Ste
P Up and SuppoRt’


Step up, take the lead and support the future of your profession. The Public Relations Foundation of Houston will host its annual silent auction June 17 in conjunction with the 2010 Excalibur Awards for Excellence.

You can directly impact future PR professionals by
supporting the auction with a donated item or purchasing an item at the event. 


You will get a great product and support the Foundation, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Here are just a few of the great donations you can purchase at the auction:


·         St. Arnolds Brewing Company gift basket

·         Overnight get-a-way for two at the Houstonian Hotel

·         Chi hair care products from Farouk USA

·         Bowling party at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

·         City-wide family membership to the YMCA of Greater Houston

·         Houston Texans jerseys from Gulf States Toyota

·         Ensemble Theater tickets

·         Performance tickets from the Houston Ballet

·         Membership to the Museum of the Fine Arts 


The Foundation awards a $3,000 scholarship to support a local, deserving student studying PR or communications each year. The Excalibur Awards auction is PRFH’s largest fundraising event.


To donate an item for the auction, contact: Tricia Bentley or Ania Czarnecka

KUHF's Debra Fraser to Emcee Excalibur Awards Dinner June 17

PRSA Houston is pleased to announce the emcee for the 2010 Excalibur Awards for Excellence Dinner - Debra Fraser from KUHF Houston Public Radio. Ms. Fraser has been a great help supporting this year’s awards behind the scenes. We look forward to having her as our special guest at the awards dinner June 17.

Ms. Fraser is the station manager and chief operating officer of KUHF. As station manager, she oversees the combined cultural programming and news departments, as well as the station's public information, online initiatives and fundraising through corporate support and individual gifts. Ms. Fraser has been with KUHF for 22 years. PRSA Houston members may also recognize her as the former news director for KUHF and current president of the Houston Press Club.


Please join us June 17 to hear more from Ms. Fraser about what’s happening at KUHF and help honor Houston’s best and brightest PR professionals.

Contact Ed Davis for sponsorship information, or visit the Excalibur Awards site for complete details.

Mark Your Calendars for PR Day 2010 – Nov. 30

PRSA Houstons PR Day 2010 a one-day workshop and expo event – is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. This year’s theme is PRSA: Promoting Relationships and Surviving Adversity.
Interested in showcasing your communications talents to others in our community? Join the PR Day planning committee at its next meeting Wednesday, May 12 at the United Way Resource Center at 50 Waugh Dr., from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Your time, skills and resources are still needed to make this year’s PR Day a hit. Committee contributions include programming, logistics, communications and more.
Contact: Lady Oliver or Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717

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