Central PA PRSA

Let your work shine in the 2016 Keystone Awards. 

crow_WEB1 (1)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.

Save the Date: 2016 Keystone Awards Luncheon and Awards, Thursday, November 10

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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.

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PRSA 2016 International Conference—Oct. 23-25

Just Announced!


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

Register by August 26 and save $200!

PRSA National Events

This month there are a lot of great opportunities for networking and learning for PR professionals, as well as deadlines that are quickly approaching.

Here is what you should be on the lookout for this month


Wanted: PR volunteers to make a difference in Capital Region

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,-Feb.-10-eventJohn 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.

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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!

Interested or have questions? Contact Jason Kirsch, APR at 717-541-7717 or Bob Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA at 717-580-8162.

PRSA Mid-Atlantic District APR Boot Camp—April 6-9, 2015

Richmond, Va.
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.


jointJoint Winter Social

Thursday, December 3


Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey

See Election Results

2015 Keystone Awards Recap

See the winners

Central PA Plays Major Role at PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Mixer

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 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.

PRSA Mid-Atlantic District leaders pose for a photo with presidents and president-elects from chapters in the district.

PRSA Mid-Atlantic District leaders pose for a photo with presidents and president-elects from chapters in the district.

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.

PR Skills Donated for a Day Helped Central PA Nonprofits In Big Way

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.

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Didn’t make it to the 2015 Joint Summer Social?

See what you missed!

 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

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

Volunteers included: Emily Nardella, Christy Leo, Debra Tingley (front), Jeff McCloud, Molly McGowan, Elizabeth Smith (back).

Volunteers included: Emily Nardella, Christy Leo, Debra Tingley (front), Jeff McCloud, Molly McGowan, Elizabeth Smith (back).

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.

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