April 2016  

APR News

Central Iowa PRSA Recognizes Newest APRs 

Members of Central Iowa PRSA gathered on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the Botanical Gardens in Des Moines, to celebrate the five newest chapter members who successfully achieved their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). Pictured above are instructors Darin Leach, APR; Jane Kearns, APR; and Dr. Kelly Bruhn, APR. Also pictured (left to right) are: Ryan Johnson, APR; Courtney Shaw, APR; Amanda Wanke, APR; and Kathy Krafka Harkema, APR. The chapter also recognized member Laura Sprague, APR, who could not be present for the special event.

Photo courtesy of Dick Tremain, APR.

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PRSA Luncheon

Best of Show: Social September

April 21, 2016
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sheraton West Des Moines
1800 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Hear from Nathan Huss and Jessica Wardenburg about why their internal communications program — and award entry — were successful and how you can apply that to your next campaign and PRIME submission.


$20.00 PRSA Central Iowa Chapter Member ticket
$25.00 after 7 p.m. April 18

$10.00 Student ticket
$15.00 after 7 p.m. April 18

$30.00 Non-member / Guest ticket
$35.00 after 7 p.m. April 18

Presentation description
When the team at Two Rivers Marketing brainstormed the idea of an internal communications program called Social September, an award didn’t even cross their minds. They saw a need and set out to create a fun, fresh way to meet that need. They were passionate about the idea and wanted to see it succeed. The campaign did succeed — and even won Best of Show at the Central Iowa PRSA PRIME Awards in October. Hear from Nathan Huss and Jessica Wardenburg about why the program — and award entry — were successful and how you can apply that to your next campaign and PRIME submission.

Bios: Nathan Huss serves as a Public Relations Director at Two Rivers Marketing. With more than 15 years of marketing and public relations experience in environmental consultation, higher education and B2B marketing, he is passionate about building credibility with target audiences. Nathan’s work in higher education was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with awards for best practices in communication and marketing and outstanding achievement in fund-raising. At Two Rivers Marketing, his clients include both national and international B2B companies.

As an active blogger and former journalist, Jessica Wardenburg has found her niche in social media and public relations at Two Rivers Marketing. In her personal blog, she shares stories of her first-time experiences. In her professional life, she manages social media, blogs and media relations. Jessica loves that every day brings new challenges and opportunities to tell stories through a variety of mediums.

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New Members

Welcome New Members

Samantha Borcherding

Troy Johnson, Media Communications, Performance Marketing

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Milestone 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

Valerie A. Taylor Hill, Public Information Specialist, Grant Wood Area Education Agency

10 years

Jaime G. Naig, Senior Content Strategist, Principal

20 years

Aaron A. Putze, APR, Director, External Relations, Iowa Soybean Association

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Save The Date

Mark your calendars to attend the annual PRSA Central Iowa OctoPRfest on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Look for more details in upcoming newsletters.

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UNI PRSSA Chapter Hosts PR Professional Karmen Johnson

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) PRSSA chapter regularly invites public relations professionals to speak at their meetings. In February, the chapter hosted Karmen Johnson, a PR professional with more than 20 years of experience in public relations, corporate communications and creative services. Karmen has worked with companies such as Starbucks, Expedia, and Edelman.

If you are a UNI alumnus and want to stay in touch with the PRSSA chapter, you can connect with them on a variety of social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Job Opportunity

New Job Opportunities Await You

Are you looking for a new career opportunity? Visit the Central Iowa PRSA Job Bank on our website to access a list of current positions available in the Des Moines metro.

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.

Communications Consultant 2 - Wells Fargo

Public Relations Executive - Two Rivers Marketing

Marketing and Communications Coordinator - Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Events

4/14: Balancing the Art and Science of Communication (Webinar)

4/21: Media Pitching for 2016 (Webinar)

5/11-5/12: “Cut Through the Clutter” Writing Workshop

5/16-5/17: PR Measurement Conference

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General News

Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date

Have you changed jobs, updated an email address or changed a phone number? Be sure to update your contact information with All contact information is maintained by the national PRSA organization and then shared with our chapter. If you update your information at the national level, it will be automatically updated at the state level. Updates completed at the state level are not provided to the national organization and you may be missing out!

Go to Use your membership number and password to log in.

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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.

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