January 2018 Print

Letter from the President

The new year presents a great opportunity to push ourselves in new and different ways, and your Central Iowa PRSA Board of Directors is pleased to unveil exciting changes designed to enhance your membership. Read more from our 2018 Chapter President, Dr. Kelly Bruhn, APR here.


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Upcoming Events

Join us for the first PRSA Central Iowa program of 2018!

By 2019, it is estimated that 80 percent of all Internet traffic will be video. The problem? Most of us don't know how to make quality videos.

In this hands-on workshop, Drake University associate professor Chris Snider will provide tips and tools for making compelling videos using your smartphone. You'll learn about core video techniques as well as apps and hardware to turn your phone into a high-end production machine.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Location: Drake University Knapp Center - Shivers Courtside Club
2601 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Time: 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.


About Chris Snider

Chris Snider is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University. He teaches classes in multimedia, social media and web design. Prior to joining Drake, he was a digital editor at The Des Moines Register and editor of Juice Magazine. Read more about Chris on his website.

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Volunteer Opportunity

Committee Volunteers Needed!

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are huge to you, your family, and your community. It can help reduce stress, present networking opportunities, allow you to learn new skills and improve your overall health and well-being. And, PRSA Central Iowa has an opportunity for you to get involved! 

The OctoPRfest and awards committee is looking for volunteers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in the coordination of OctoPRfest by working on communication pieces, soliciting speakers, help awards chair coordinate awards and work closely with the sponsorship committee.

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Teresa Roof, APR.


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Bookmark This

2018 Young Professionals Goal: Create your personal brand

Whether you’re a freshman in college or in the early stages of your career, make it your goal this year to develop your personal brand. Read more.



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APR Prep Course

APR Course Begins in January

One of the benefits of being a member of the Public Relations Society of America is the opportunity to earn your Accreditation in Public Relations. The new year means new opportunities to showcase your knowledge of the public relations profession by earning your APR.

Register online by clicking here.

Have questions and want to learn more? Contact Patricia Howard, APR at


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Congratulations to Chapter members, Dawn Buzynski, Executive Director of Public Relations at Strategic America and Jeff White, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Flynn Wright on their recent feature in the 12/15/17 issue of the Des Moines Business Record, speaking on cyber attacks.


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National News

Will you become the Chapter’s next Fellow?

Nearly three decades ago, PRSA strived to honor the ‘best of the best’ in the public relations field. Learn about the application process to become a Fellow PRSA. Learn more.


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Member Profile

Get to know our members!

Interested in learning more about members of the PRSA Central Iowa Chapter? We'd like to introduce you! This month, get to know the Chapter's Newsletter Co-Chairs, Ashley Dalsing and Taylor Rookaird. Read more about them here.


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Milestone Anniversaries

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

One Year

  • Aaron Michael Potter, Cambridge

10 Years

  • Shawne Ungs, APR, Karwoski & Courage Public Relations

20 Years

  • Emily Abbas, APR, Bankers Trust

25 Years

  • Richard Tremain, APR

35 Years

  • Mary Ellen Kimball, APR, Kimball & Associates


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Contact Information

Make sure you're keeping your account information up-to-date. Log into your PRSA account to check or update your information.


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The PRSA Central Iowa Job Bank has a list of many 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 Erin Campbell

Below are some of the listings on our website:

Digital Marketing Analyst - Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Assistant Marketing Strategist - Strategic America

2018 Internship, Tournament Administration - Principal Charity Classic

Media Relations Coordinator - HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

Social Media Strategist - Principal Financial Group

Senior PR/ Content Strategist - Principal Financial Group


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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Plan your 2018 career advancement and training with the following professional development opportunities:


1/18: What's Next in PR Writing?

1/30: How to Develop the Mindset of a Futurist

2/6: New Rules for Media Pitching in 2018

2/15: Modern Ghostwriting: Helping Senior Leaders Create Authentic Communications

Click here to view the entire library of on-demand webinars.


3/22/2018 - 3/23/2018: Secrets of a Media Relations Master

4/4/2018 - 4/6/2018: APR Boot Camp

Section Conferences

4/11/18 - 4/13/2018: Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) Senior Summit

4/25/18 - 4/27/18: Health Academy Conference

5/6/18 - 5/8/2018: Counselors Academy

5/16/18 - 5/18/18: Employee Communications

6/3/18 - 6/6/2018: Travel & Tourism

6/14/18 - 6/16/18: Public Affairs and Government (PAG)


You can check out all PRSA professional development opportunities here.

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Meeting Minutes

To access minutes, you must be logged in to the PRSA Central Iowa site. From there, go to the "Member Area" on the right side, then use the left-hand navigation to access "Board Meeting Minutes." Scroll down the page to find the most recent meeting minutes. The website 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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