The Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will host the Prisms on Thursday, September 22 at 6 p.m. at Next Level Events in Little Rock. The annual event celebrates the public relations industry and work in Arkansas.

The exceptional public relations programs of the state’s practitioners, businesses, and organizations will be showcased during the Prims Award presentations. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Senior Editor Rex Nelson will receive the chapter’s Diamond Award, which recognizes an individual outside the field of public relations that has made significant contributions to the enhancement of the image of Arkansas. Arkansas PRSA will also present its Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Markham Howe, who was a longtime PRSA member, public relations practitioner, mentor and instructor, who passed away earlier this year.

The Prisms are sponsored by Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C., The Peacock Group, Talk Business & Politics and MHP/Team SI.

Tickets to the Prisms can be purchased here.

About Arkansas PRSA
The Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is dedicated to developing and enriching the professional lives of public relations practitioners. The chapter seeks to build an understanding and support for public relations throughout the business community and within the academic community for future practitioners. From monthly meetings and professional development seminars to awards competitions and promotion of the profession, the chapter provides opportunities to enhance professional growth and networking throughout the year.

About Rex Nelson
Rex Nelson is the senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His long career in journalism, government and public affairs has included time at Simmons First National Corp, Arkansas Independent Colleges & Universities and The Communications Group public relations firm. He was part of Gov. Mike Huckabee’s senior management team and was a presidential appointee to the Delta Regional Authority. His civic engagement includes the Political Animals Club of Little Rock, Arkansas Natural & Cultural Resources Council, Arkansas Humanities Council and the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. He also helped establish the Little Rock Touchdown Club and the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

About Markham Howe
Markham Howe, a 1961 alumnus of Arkansas State University, taught journalism and public relations at his alma mater before becoming its director of university relations and later executive director of public relations. His public relations career included stints with Little Rock PR company Mangan Holcomb and Partners (now MHP/Team SI) and Entergy-Arkansas, then called AP&L.