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December 2017  

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

Eat. Drink. Be Merry.

Join Arkansas PRSA Friday, December 15, for the chapter's annual holiday party. It's a time for us to gather, socialize and network with other professional communicators. Don't miss out! RSVP today!

Friday, December 15
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Register for this Arkansas PRSA meeting

Holiday Food Drive

Did you know that Arkansas is ranked No. 2 in the nation in hunger? This holiday season, PRSA Arkansas will be collecting nonperishable food items, as well as other household items that SNAP (food stamps) won’t buy, such as toothpaste, paper products, deodorant, soap, dishwashing liquid and other items of daily living. All items will be donated to a local food bank through the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Bring your donations to the December meeting. Monetary donations also accepted!

Fast Forward

January Chapter Meeting
Friday, January 19
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Kick off the New Year with PRSA! Join us on Jan. 19 for officer installations and Roby Brock's annual business and politics forecast.

As the CEO of Talk Business and Politics, Brock will give his prediction for the local business and political climate, as well as discuss how national politics could potentially impact Arkansans at the state-level. We will also install our 2018 officers.

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Call for Nominations: Diamond and Crystal Awards

The chapter is currently accepting nominations for the annual career achievement awards: the Diamond Award (for those outside the profession of public relations) and the Crystal Award (for members of the Arkansas chapter of PRSA). Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. to Becca Green, APR, immediate past-president, at beccainlr@gmail.com. Awardees will be chosen by the Past Presidents Council in January and honored in Spring 2017.

The Diamond Award

The Diamond Award is an external award presented by the Arkansas Chapter of Public Relations Society of America to an individual who, in the opinion of the Past Presidents Council, has made significant contributions resulting in the enhancement of the image of Arkansas, and who has performed outstanding service to the State in which the principles of public relations have played a major part.

Criteria:

  1. Nominee’s personal or professional contributions have enhanced the image of Arkansas.
  2. Nominee’s public relations practices played a major part in these enhancements.

Eligibility:

A recipient of the Diamond Award can receive only one such award in a lifetime. No award can be presented posthumously.

Nomination Procedure: 

  1. Nominations may only be made by current members of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.
  2. The number of nominations for the same person is not limited.
  3. No member may nominate his or her employer, a client or anyone associated with him or her in the practice of public relations.
  4. Nominators must submit a nomination form and biographical sketch of the person being nominated (not to exceed 1,500 words.)
  5. Optional support materials such as newspaper/magazine articles or letters of support may be included with nomination form.

Download a nomination form for the Diamond Award here.

Crystal Award

Members of the Past Presidents Council may award the Crystal Award to an internal member of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA who, in the collective opinion of the council, has made significant and continuous contributions to the public relations profession over a period of years and / or their career.

Criteria:

Nominees for the Crystal Award must meet the following criteria. Eligible candidates must be:

  1. Current member of and in good standing with the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.
  2. Experienced in serving the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA through one of the following:President OR Elected board member OR Committee member for period of one calendar year or twelve consecutive months
  3. Accredited in Public Relations (APR).
  4. Experienced in supporting the community through their public relations efforts as evidenced by their resume

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. A recipient of the Crystal Award can receive only one such award in their lifetime.
  2. The Crystal Award may not be presented posthumously.

Nominating Procedure:

  1. Nominations may only be made by current members of Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.
  2. No member of the chapter may nominate his or her employer, a client, or anyone associated with him or her in the practice of public relations.
  3. The number of nominations for the same person is not limited.
  4. Nominations may be withdrawn by the nominating member before a vote by the PPC is taken.
  5. Nominators must submit a nomination form and cover letter including a biographical sketch of the person being nominated (not to exceed 1,500 words). Optional support materials such as newspaper/magazine articles or letters of support may be included with nomination form.

Download a nomination form for the Crystal Award here.

Nominations should be sent to Immediate Past President Becca Green, APR, at beccainlr@gmail.com by Friday, Jan. 5, by 5 p.m.

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PRSA National

 

MyPRSA

Have you explored MyPRSA? MyPRSA is PRSA’s members-only, secure, private community that empowers PRSA members to create meaningful communication and share resources. In addition to this versatile community and resource library, you will have access to all of your membership account information. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.


New Survey for PRSA Board of Ethics & Professional Standards

You are invited to participate in an academic survey on moral reasoning. We’re interested in how people make decisions in certain situations and value certain attributes. This research is being conducted by Dr. Erin Schauster at the University of Colorado-Boulder in collaboration with the PRSA Board of Ethics & Professional Standards.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to read a series of short paragraphs and to give your responses to a set of questions about each. You will also provide your demographic information. The entire study should take about 30 minutes to complete. You may opt out at any time.

The data from this study will be anonymous. Your name will in no way be connected with the responses you provide.

Select this link to take the survey, or copy and paste the URL into the address window of your Web browser.

https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_acaKCSf7k3g0nBz

You may request a copy of the results upon completion of the study. The results will be submitted to academic conference and journals.

Contacts/Questions: If you have any questions, you may contact the principal investigator, Erin Schauster via email erin.schauster@colorado.edu or303-492-7149.

If you have any questions or concerns with the study and would like to talk to someone other than the researcher, contact the University of Colorado’s Office of Human Research and Campus Institutional Review Board at 303-735-3702.

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Member News

We want to hear your good news. Notify Nikki Heck, APR, at membership@arkprsa.org to be featured in the next newsletter.

 

Connect with a Mentor

Interested in finding a PR mentor? Nikki Heck, APR, is leading our chapter’s efforts to connect emerging leaders with experienced pros in our chapter. If you’d like help getting connected with a potential mentor, contact Nikki at nheck@cosl.org. Visit our website to learn more about the mentor program.


Maximize Your Network: Join a PRSA Committee

Looking to make new connections, get more involved in PRSA and help advance our field? Sign up to participate on a PRSA committee. We can use your help with Programming, Hospitality, Prism Awards, PRSSA student/chapter outreach, Membership, Communications and APR process/programs. Email Sarah Kinser, APR, at skinser@arcf.org to learn more.


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