Let your work shine in the 2016 Keystone Awards.
The 2016 Central Pennsylvania PRSA Keystone Awards shine a light on the area’s outstanding public relations projects from the past year. Enter your best work–a campaign that drove traffic to a website, a press release that earned major media coverage, a video that changed the public’s perception about your company—and the spotlight could be on you as one of our 2016 Keystone Award winners.
- Full details, including deadlines, pricing and more
- 2016 Keystone Submission Guidelines
- 2016 Keystone Categories
- Individual Awards
- Submit your entry
Thanks to our sponsors and partners.
Volunteers from Central PA Chapter Offer Leadership and Training
The PRSA Mid-Atlantic District and its members orchestrated the country’s second successful PRSA Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) district boot camp, April 6 to April 9, in Richmond, Va.
PRSA 2016 International Conference—Oct. 23-25
Opening Keynote Speaker: Capt. Scott Kelly
Pioneering U.S. Astronaut and Navy Test Pilot Scott Kelly, just back from a record-setting year aboard the International Space Station, will inspire you with a thrilling account of his space odyssey, orbiting 229 miles above the Earth’s surface. While his adventures were truly out of this world, Capt. Kelly will share valuable advice on pushing one’s own limits.
At the PRSA International Conference, enhance your personal and professional network, while engaging with some of the world’s most influential companies and organizations that call Indiana home. Connect with thousands of colleagues and over 150 industry experts from all career levels, sectors, work environments and industries for three days of practical insight and networking. Learn more
This month there are a lot of great opportunities for networking and learning for PR professionals, as well as deadlines that are quickly approaching.
PRSA Central PA Chapter
PR for a Day
Friday, April 29, 2016 (…or another day that’s convenient for you!)
We have 24 nonprofits in the Capital Region registered for “PR for a Day,” and we need more volunteers!
Sign up by filling out our volunteer registration form.
If you aren’t available on Friday, April 29, 2016, we can still pair you with a nonprofit, and you can coordinate a volunteer day and time that works better for you. Just indicate you’re unavailable on April 29 with your contact information in the volunteer registration form.
PR for a Day Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/682LS7B
Cal Ripken’s PR Pro Entertains Crowd and Shares Advice
John Maroon, who owns his own agency and represents the Iron Man Cal Ripken, shared baseball stories and public relations insights at a joint event by PRSA Central PA and PRSSA York College of Pennsylvania on Feb. 10.
PRSSA students and faculty from colleges throughout Central PA attended the dinner event in York College’s Yorkview Hall and networked with PRSA professionals.
APR Coaching Sessions
The Central PA Chapter will again offer a series of APR Coaching Sessions to help professionals on their journey to earn the distinguished APR credential.
Sessions on February 20, March 5 and March 19 in the Technology Center of Central Penn College. Each session will run from 9 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m. The cost for all four Saturdays is $55 for members and $75 for non-members.
The sessions will be led by Accreditation Co-Chairs Jason Kirsch and Bob Saline, along with faculty leaders Amy Hill, Josette Myers, Liz Smith and other chapter APRs. Candidates coached by our Central PA team have the highest passing rate for the APR exam in the country.
Detailed information about the APR process is available at praccreditation.org. But the best way to get started is to sign up for the upcoming sessions offered by your very own chapter!
PRSA Mid-Atlantic District APR Boot Camp—April 6-9, 2015
Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
Ready to take the next step in your public relations career?
The PRSA Mid-Atlantic District is hosting an APR Boot Camp April 6-9 at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Richmond, Va.! Click here for information: PRSA Mid-Atlantic District APR Boot Camp Details
Why register for the APR Boot Camp?
The APR Boot Camp is a four-day intensive course for candidates to prepare and advance through the Readiness Review™ and take the computer-based Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) or Accreditation in Public Relations + Military Communication (APR+M)
This course is designed to provide a setting that will meet the needs of busy professionals whose schedules don’t permit extensive preparation time.
Thursday, December 3
Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey
2015 Keystone Awards Recap
Central PA Plays Major Role at PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Mixer
Mid-Atlantic District Mixer at Pulse Bar
PRSA Mid-Atlantic Mixer, Pulse Bar
Dinner at Two Licks Urban Restaurant with members
Dinner with PRSA Mid-Atlantic District members in Atlanta
District members with Atlanta background
Mid-Atlantic District Meeting Group
Mid-Atlantic District and Chapter Leaders Share Ideas at
2015 Leadership Rally
The PRSA 2015 Leadership Rally for chapter, district and section leaders provided attendees with a wealth of information. “The meetings and sessions offered many opportunities to network and share ideas with chapter leaders in our district,” said Liz Smith, APR, MBA, chair of the Mid-Atlantic District and president of the Central PA Chapter. Also, it was great for Kevin Gaydosh, APR, chair-elect of the district, and Smith to meet with many of the presidents and president-elects from chapters in the Mid-Atlantic District to learn more about their needs. The district is very involved in mentoring and supporting chapter leaders and members.
From left to right, seated: Kevin Gaydosh, APR, chair-elect Mid-Atlantic District: Sultana Fatima Ali, APR, president-elect National Capital Chapter; and Kimberly Ciesla, president-elect, Philadelphia Chapter.
From left to right, standing: Michael Brown Sr., president, Virginia Peninsula Chapter, Marc Apter, APR, president-elect, Central Chesapeake Chapter; Liz Smith, APR, MBA, chair of the Mid-Atlantic District and president of Central PA Chapter; Christine Brantley, president-elect, Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter; Andrew Ryan, APR, president-elect, Richmond Chapter; and Leon Tucker, president-elect, Delaware Chapter.
On Friday, April 24th, our Chapter orchestrated a new program called PR For A Day connecting volunteer members with nonprofits throughout the region.
More than 15 chapter members partnered with nonprofit agencies in their communities for a day to donate their experience and skills in public relations and marketing efforts.
Didn’t make it to the 2015 Joint Summer Social?
Telling Your Company’s Story in the Digital Age
Wednesday, May 13
Joy Beachy, the “Marketing Maestro”
Spring Event Featuring Baltimore Ravens’ Vice President of Public Relations—A Big Success
PRSA Central PA leaders with York College PRSSA leaders
Liz Smith, President of PRSA Central PA Chapter and and Chair of PRSA, Mid-Atlantic District with Alexa Cohen, President of PRSSA York College Chapter
Kevin Byrne, Baltimore Ravens with Students
Kevin Byrne with Super Bowl Ring
Kevin Byrne with students
Kevin Byrne shares insights
Diana from Elizabethtown College tries on Super Bowl Ring
A. Liz Smith's hand with Super Bowl Ring
A. A group photo with pros and students with Kevin Byrne
At our March member and student event, Baltimore Ravens’ Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations, shared his insights and experiences about the Ray Rice controversy and how he and his team managed this crisis that received worldwide attention. Read more…
Chapter members judge Kentucky awards program
Six members volunteered their time to judge entries from the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter. The judges met at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 24, to review entries from the Kentucky-base chapter.
Speaking of awards, it’s not too early to start thinking about projects you would like to enter in the 2015 Keystone Awards. The deadline will be in late September or early October, but look for details on this year’s program in mid-May.