June 2015  


Congratulations to Central Iowa Chapter President Lori Vodraska and her family on the birth of their daughter! Taylor Jane was born May 27, weighing in at 7.5 lbs and 19 inches.

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APR Prep Course

Participate in the APR Short Course, September 2015

Central Iowa PRSA’s accreditation committee is pleased to announce a special APR prep “short course” this September. The course, to be held Thursday, September 17 to Saturday, September 19, would condense the typical eight-week APR study course into a three-day intensive study program. The course will be a great refresher for anyone who has taken APR classes in the past or if committing to an eight-week course in Des Moines is too difficult.

Please let Dr. Kelly Bruhn, APR, or Darin Leach, APR,  know if you are interested in participating. There will be an information session on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Drake University.

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The Principal's "Campus Blueprint" Up for Silver Anvil Award

Congratulations to Sheila Streicher, senior communications consultant at The Principal, and Sara Wille, contractor at The Principal, on being named Silver Anvil finalists for 2015.

Their entry in the Internal Communications category showcases work on Campus Blueprint, a renovation of the downtown Principal campus. This annual event honors organizations that have successfully addressed a contemporary public relations issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. This year's competition drew a total of 804 entries. Of those, only 136 organizations were selected by the Silver Anvil judges as finalists. "Campus Blueprint" also received a 2014 PRIME award. Streicher and Wille will travel to New York City June 4 to accept the award. Silver Anvil winners and Award of Excellence recipients will be announced at that time, along with the "Best Of" Silver Anvil.

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Education and Professional Development Scholarships

Don't miss the opportunity to submit your application for a chapter scholarship. Available to students and professionals, these scholarships aid in the pursuit of public relations education.

All scholarship applications are due no later than Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Mailing information is included on each of the applications. If you have questions, please contact Christine Jensen at or 515.724.2046.

Education Scholarships
For more than 25 years, the chapter has recognized a student with the Ferne Bonomi and Dr. Henry Milam Undergraduate Scholarship. Five years ago, the chapter added a graduate degree scholarship for practicing public relations professionals.


Professional Development
The chapter also provides PRSA members a $500 professional development scholarship that can be used in many different ways to further your career. Here are just a few ways the professional development scholarship can be used:

  • Reimburse your expenses for attending PRSA chapter or national events, such as National Conference, monthly luncheons, webinars and teleseminars, or on-site conferences that further your public relations expertise.
  • Fund your pursuit of the APR process. The money can be used to pay for books, study courses and testing fee.
  • Pay for your national and chapter memberships.


Be creative and give us your proposal for this scholarship. Complete scholarship application.

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New Members


We’re happy to welcome our newest members to the Central Iowa PRSA chapter!

Emily Price, Communications Director, City of Johnston, Johnston

Steven Cherry, Account Executive, Media Relations, Cambridge Investment Research, Fairfield

Elyssa Rachel Shapir, Corporate Communications Director, Mittera Group, Des Moines

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Milestone Anniversaries

Member Anniversaries

In each issue of this newsletter, we recognize Central Iowa PRSA Chapter members who are celebrating milestone PRSA anniversaries that month. A special congratulations goes to the following individuals who will celebrate anniversaries this month:

1 year
Laura Holoubek, Public Relations, The Meyocks Group

Lindsey Petermeier, Producer and State Communications Manager, National Pork Board

Courtney Shaw, PR Account Manager, Strategic America

Katie DeVore

5 years
Tara Deering-Hansen, Assistant Vice President, Communications, Hy-Vee, Inc.

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Congratulations, Drake PRSSA!

Drake’s PRSSA chapter was named Outstanding Student Organization of the Year by the university this spring. The group was chosen out of more than 160 student organizations to receive the honor, which recognizes their work in growing membership, collaborating with other campus organizations, and planning a regional conference.

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Meeting Minutes

To access minutes, you must be logged in to the Central Iowa PRSA site. From there, go to the "Member Area" in the upper right corner, then use the left-hand navigation to access "Board Meeting Minutes." It will prompt you to download the minutes.

This is a great way to stay informed of chapter happenings.

View available minutes

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Job Opportunity

Looking for a New Career?

The Central Iowa PRSA Job Bank has new job postings on a regular basis. Find your next opportunity here!

If your organization is interested in posting a position, rates are $25 for member postings and $50 for non-member postings. Members can also post unlimited jobs for an annual cost of $100. For posting your job or getting Job Bank questions answered, contact Erica Turner.

New May 2015 job listings

Communications Director - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

Public Relations/Communications Director, Trilix

April 2015 listings

Public Relations Account Director, Two Rivers Marketing

Public Relations Supervisor, Two Rivers Marketing

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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Events

6/5: Tight, Bright, and Scannable: Writing for Digital Readers

6/8-9: Ragan's Visual Communication and Infographics Summit

6/14-17: PRSA/SATW 2015 Travel and Tourism Conference: Distilling the Power of PR — Strategies, Tactics and Relationships That Are Full Proof

6/18-19: IMC Strategy and Implementation: Planning Campaigns Across Multiple Platforms to Achieve Synergy and Success

Upcoming Webinars

6/11:What Journalists Want in an Online Newsroom

6/16: Building Concensus With Executives: Mastering the Art of Pre-Selling Your Ideas

6/23: Go Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Master the Feature-Style Story Structure

6/25: Making Soup: Integrating Digital, PR and Advertising for a Public Awareness Campaign

6/30: Balancing Acts: Managing Social Media Work With Your Other Professional Responsibilities

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