Member Group

Accreditation Committee

PRSA/Arkansas Chapter has an Accreditation Committee that serves in an advisory capacity to all members who want to become accredited. The committee organizes APR Readiness Review training and recruits RR panels, plus provides APR exam training sessions led by our chapter’s accredited practitioners. In addition, the Accreditation Committee acts as a liaison with national PRSA and members to ensure all processes are followed. For more information, contact: Heather Haywood, APR


The Communications Committee is responsible for development of chapter communications. Committee members keep members involved and knowledgeable of chapter activities and job opportunities and engage in broad outreach to the greater community. For more information, contact Adena White, APR at

Compass Award

Instituted in 2009, this award recognizes Arkansas PRSA members who have an outstanding record of mentoring in public relations. It honors the memory of Tom Steves, Sr. who during his long and distinguished career was an inspiration and mentor to countless young professionals. For more information contact past president Becca Green, APR

Crystal Award

Awarded to a chapter member for service to the community or to the public relations profession, the Crystal Award recipient is selected by the Past Presidents' Council. Any member of the chapter may submit nominations. For more information contact past president Becca Green, APR

Diamond Award

The Diamond Award is an external award presented to a person who has, in the opinion of the judges, made significant contributions resulting in the enhancement of the image of Arkansas or who has performed outstanding service to the state in which the principles of public relations have played a part. For more information contact past president Becca Green, APR


The Hospitality Committee is responsible for hosting monthly meetings and development of chapter networking events. For more information, contact Jason Brown, APR at


Members of this committee collaborate with PRSA National to support recruitment and retention efforts at the chapter level. For more information contact Nikki Heck, APR at

Past Presidents Council

Chaired by the chapter president from two years prior, the Past Presidents' Council is composed of all chapter past presidents, who provide senior level advice on the challenges of continued growth and prosperity of the PRSA Arkansas Chapter. The council judges nominations and selects recipients for the Diamond Award (an external award to someone who has made significant contributions resulting in the enhancement of Arkansas' image), and annual Crystal Award (given to a chapter member for service to the community or profession of public relations). For more informaton contact Becca Green, APR

Prism Awards

The Prism Awards ceremony is an annual event recognizing outstanding public relations programs and skills of companies, organizations and practitioners. Open to both members and nonmembers of the chapter. Entrants have 19 categories -- 10 for multi-element campaigns and nine for single-element pieces -- from which to choose when entering their work.  For more information, contact 2012 PRISM Award co-chair Stella Prather

Programs Committee

Chaired by the chapter president-elect, the Programs Committee is responsible for scheduling programs at the chapter meetings (normally held on the third Friday of each month). Monthly programs are one method of continued professional development, focusing on timely, or timeless, public relations issues with community or social interest. Contact Kristen Vandaveer Nicholson, APR at

Public Relations Student Society of America - PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Committee functions as a liaison between the professional chapter and student associations throughout the state. Committee members work with student chapters within the state to plan the fall Professional Development Seminar, Student Prism Awards and spring public relations Tour of Little Rock events.

The committee also offers national conference grants, a mentoring program, internship placement and a speakers' bureau for college and university professors to use in securing guest lecturers on a variety of public relations topics. Active PRSSA chapters in Arkansas include Arkansas State University, Harding University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas, Arkansas Tech University and the University of Central Arkansas.  For more information contact Denver Peacock, APR