Central PA PRSA

Register Today for Media Panel and Dinner!
6 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2017
At the Ware Center, Millersville University – Lancaster, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, Pa.

Our experienced media panel is excited to answer your questions:

  • Barbara Hough Roda, Executive Editor at Lancaster Newspapers
  • Meredith Jorgensen, Reporter at WGAL
  • Leah Kirstein, Reporter at Fox 43
  • Katie Meyer, State Politics Reporter at WITF Public Radio

This event is sponsored by PRSA Central PA Chapter and the Millersville University PRSSA Chapter. All PRSSA Central PA student chapters are encouraged to attend.

Please register by April 15.

Pay online or by cash or check at the door.
$20 PRSSA members and students
$30 PRSA members
$35 Nonmembers are encouraged to join us, too.

PRSA Mid-Atlantic District APR Boot Camp—April 5-8, 2017
Richmond, Va.
Jefferson Lakeside Country Club

Ready to take the next step in your public relations career?

The PRSA Mid-Atlantic District is hosting the country’s third-ever District APR Boot Camp April 5 – 8, 2017 at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Richmond, Va.! (Our Mid-Atlantic District hosted the first and second one, too.)

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.

The Presenters are all from our Central PA Chapter

Liz Smith, APR, MBA, 2015 chair, PRSA Mid-Atlantic District and president, PRSA Central PA Chapter and Integrated Communications Ventures
Liz facilitates the Readiness Review preparation (Day 1).

Jason S. Kirsch, APR, senior director, communications and brand engagement, Capital BlueCross
Jason facilitates the computer-based Examination preparation (Days 2 and 3).

Amy Beisel Hill, APR, communications director, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC)
Amy facilitates the computer-based Examination preparation (Days 2 and 3).


Day one: Readiness review preparation in the morning, followed by a readiness review panel in the afternoon

Day two: Full day preparation for computer-based examination

Day three: Morning preparation session for computer-based examination, afternoon peer study time

Day four: Computer-based exam at the Prometric Testing Center in Glen Allen, Va.

Please note: There is an additional $385 fee to take the APR exam; however, those fees are at least partially reimbursed by PRSA National, pending successful completion of the exam.

Spots are limited to 18 participants, so register soon on PRSA National’s website: http://goo.gl/Nrexlt.

Have questions? Email PRSA Richmond APR Chair Lindsay Grant, APR at or the PRSA National APR Chair Kathy Mulvihill.

PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Quick Start Leadership Training  for Chapter Leaders at Springfield (Va.) Golf and Country Club

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

2016 Keystone Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 Keystone and Honorable Mention Awards winners!

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recognized outstanding communications programs at its Keystone Awards at the annual banquet on November 10 at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

In addition to awarding five Keystone Awards and four Honorable Mention Awards, the Chapter also honored Amy Hill, APR, with the Frederick E. Leuschner Award for outstanding leadership to the chapter, the community and the profession.

2016 Keystone Award Winners

Category Company Project
Overall Public Relations Program LM Gnazzo Promotion Strategies and Nell McCormack Abom Communications Red Land Little League 2015 US Champions
Student Revolution Communication, A Millersville University Student-Run Agency for Campus Cupboard Take a Look Inside
Magazines or periodicals: Print Gannett Fleming Forces of Change
Digital Public Relations Bravo Group for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Healthy Me PA
News Release/Public Service Announcement Gannett Fleming Hulton Bridge Wins Figg Award


2016 Honorable Mention Award Winners

Category Company Project
Annual Report Gannett Fleming 2015 Gannett Fleming Annual Report for Employees
Student COGENT Public Relations, a Millersville University student-run agency, for Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Growing Up Means Growing Stronger
Student Bloomsburg University Public Relations Workshop Class and and Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR, Fellow PRSA, Assistant Professor for Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Farm to Fork Initiative
Student Elevate Public Relations, a Millersville University Student-Run Firm for the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative


The Proof is in the P.O.P.


Learn about this year’s winning projects here.

2016 Frederick E. Leuschner Winner: Amy B. Hill, APR

As communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) Amy Hill advocates the public policy agenda of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania. As such, she researches and develops strategic communications to advance awareness of the Church’s teaching and concern about morality, health, welfare, education, and human and civil rights.

Her duties include managing the PCC Communications Department, comprised of communications directors and Catholic newspaper editors from the 10 dioceses who advise the Conference on its mission of fostering a public understanding of the Catholic perspective on public policy issues. Additionally, she manages media relations, writes a monthly column for the Commonwealth‘s Catholic newspapers, and produces many written and electronic materials to educate Catholics, the general public, government officials and others.

In her professional life, Amy is Accredited in Public Relations and active in her local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In her spare time, she sits on the board of directors for Harrisburg’s historic Broad Street Market, she does prison ministry with female inmates in the Dauphin County Prison, and is active in her Catholic parish, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Harrisburg.

Holiday Party 2017 for PRSA, IABC and PPRS at Castlerigg Wine Shop

PRSA 2017 Central PA Chapter Board Members

Upcoming APR Coaching Sessions

The Central PA PRSA Chapter is again offering a series of APR Coaching Sessions to help professionals on their journey to earn the distinguished APR credential.

Sessions begin Saturday, February 11 and continue on February 25, March 11 and March 25 in the Technology Center of Central Penn College. Each session will run from 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m. The cost for all four Saturdays is $55 for members and $75 for non-members.

The sessions will be led by Chapter 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, who have presented APR Boot Camp programs across the country, have the highest passing rate for the APR exam nationally.

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!

Have questions or ready to sign up? Contact Jason Kirsch, APR at 717-541-7717  or Bob Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA at 717-580-8162.


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


2016 International Conference—Indianapolis

2016 Joint Social

social logo Wednesday, August 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Midstate Distillery

See other past events



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