February 2018  

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

Learn the art of positive communication with Dr. Julien C. Mirivel 

Friday, March 16
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Register for this Arkansas PRSA meeting

During our March chapter meeting, Dr. Julien C. Mirivel will introduce us to the art of positive communication. His talk is built on the premise that “the spoken word, spoken honorably and well, can make a difference that no other form of communication can equal.” He will share a simple model to inspire change in one's personal communication and ignite the co-creation of better worlds. With personal examples and stories, Julien will invite everyone to practice concrete behaviors that will have a positive effect at work, at home, and in the community. By the end of his talk, each of us will be able to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel is Professor of Applied Communication and Interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is “among the founding scholars in the emerging field of positive communication” and an award-winning teacher and scholar. Julien has published in the best journals in the field of communication and is the author of two books on positive communication: The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice and How Communication Scholars Think and Act: A Lifespan Perspective. In the last five years alone, he has delivered more than 90 keynotes, trainings and workshops on how to communicate effectively across contexts. He is a TEDx speaker whose mission is to inspire individuals and groups to communicate more positively at work and at home. For more information and resources, please visit

Fast Forward

April Chapter meeting: Diamond Crystal Awards
Friday, April 20
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

PRSA members free, non-members $40, students $20

Join Arkansas PRSA in March as we present the PRSA Diamond Crystal Award to Alison Melson, APR. Melson has enjoyed a more than 25-year career in public relations and communications, most recently serving as manager of communications with Entergy Arkansas. 


Design Sponsor – Mangan Holcomb Partners

Floral Sponsor – Access Group

Table Sponsor – Entergy Arkansas

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Member News


Great news! Arkansas PRSA has hit its goal of 100 chapter members! 

New Member Promo: #PRSAThinkLocal

If you have a PR or communications colleague that has expressed interest in joining PRSA, now is the time!  PRSA has rolled out a new member promotion, #PRSAThinkLocal, that offers $100 off a chapter membership when joining PRSA National.   The promotion is for new members joining as AM3 members or regular members.  To take advantage of this offer, visit and use Promo Code: CHAPTERS18.  This offer is good through April 30. 

Share this offer with friends! Having access to thousands of communications professionals through the PRSA is a wonderful thing, but there is also something special about being a part of something local.  #PRSAThinkLocal     

RESTRICTIONS: Offer is not valid for current members, renewing members, PRSSA Graduates, Graduate Students, Associate Members, Associate Members 1 or Associate Members 2. The offer is a stand-alone offer and cannot be combined with any other offer.

New and Reinstated Members

Welcome to the members who joined or rejoined our chapter! We look forward to getting you plugged into Arkansas PRSA. 

  • Amanda Lance – University of Arkansas Community College at Hope

We want to hear your good news. Notify Heather Haywood, APR, at 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 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 to learn more.

Our chapter is also forming a committee to explore programming for PRSA Diversity Month in August. If you're interested in being a part of this committee, email Pam Jones at

Are you a new PRSA professional Looking for a chance to get plugged in? NewPros is a committee formed by PRSA members who have been practicing public relations less than six years. This peer group will meet monthly, beginning March 29th, to talk about PR topics and trends as well as brainstorm ways to connect with other NewPros outside of the chapter. Join us on Thursday, March 29th at 5 p.m. at Zin Wine Bar downtown Little Rock for our first meeting! For more information, contact Lea Whitlock or 870-692-0524.

Job Bank

Search for employment or submit a classified through our online job bank.  

Advertising Specialist - Heifer International 

Email Marketing and Fundraising Specliast - Heifer International 

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PRSA National


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.

Why Arkansas PRSA?

We know the more involved you are in your profession and community, the more likely you are to be engaged in the workplace. The Arkansas Chapter of PRSA provides our members with knowledge, training and the opportunity for professional growth and connections.  Why should you be connected with our Chapter?  Here are four great reasons:  

·       Be with Your People – By attending our Chapter events, you get out of the office and are able to mingle with people who share your passion for PR and communications.

·       Networking – Our Chapter members are able to connect with other members and industry experts in a variety of ways, such as in-person meetings and by building one-on-one relationships.

·       You Are Not Alone – If you are an independent practitioner or work in a small communications/PR department you might not have many people around to bounce ideas off of. However you are not alone, we have many members that know what you’re going through and are more than happy to give you advice and feedback.

·       Career Connections  No one knows more about what is happening in the PR/communications industry with regards to career opportunities, job openings and potential future connections to advance your career than the members of our Chapter.

Come join us on March 16 and be with your people – network, make connections, learn.  And, dilly, dilly – you will be glad you did.  #PRSAThinkLocal

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