May 2013 PR Visions Posts

Presidents Award Luncheon May 15

Please join Cincinnati PRSA as we honor Catherine Roma with the 2013 Presidents Award on Wednesday, May 15. The Presidents Award is presented by Cincinnati PRSA and its past presidents, who serve as special patrons of this annual event. The award honors those who use PR toward achieving a significant improvement in the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati. This year’s luncheon will feature a special performance by members of MUSE, Cincinnati’s women’s choir.

Catherine Roma is the founder and artistic director of MUSE, which is dedicated to musical excellence and social change. She was co-chair of the Local Music Advisory Committee of the World Choir Games, during which MUSE won a Gold Medal in the Women’s Choir Champions Competition.

Catherine is also professor of music at Wilmington College. Through her association at Wilmington, Catherine founded and directs UMOJA Men’s Chorus at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio. She is minister of music at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church in Cincinnati, and is co-founder and director of the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale.

Date:Wednesday, May 15


St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church

320 Resor Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-1698Time:

Registration Opens – 11:30 a.m.

MUSE Performance – 12 p.m.

Lunch Program Begins – 12:30 p.m.

$25 for PRSA Cincinnati Chapter Members

$25 for PRSSA Members

$35 for non-members.


Reservations are required.

Deadline is 5 pm on Wednesday, May 8

Click here to register.

All reservations are considered a financial commitment. Any cancellation requests must be made before the deadline listed above to be honored.

Jonathan Kissell, APR

Past President

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New pros happy hour tonight

Join our Cincinnati PRSA New Pros group for a happy hour tonight at CRAVE at The Banks. We will be meeting by the Wine Tower for half-priced drinks and appetizers, and to cheer on our Reds as they beat the Cardinals. Click the link for more information on the event.

Email me at with any questions. Hope to see all the new pros there!

Cori Sherman

New Pros Chair

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Save the date: PR and the Pig

Mark your calendar to join us May 29 for a BYOB (bring your own breakfast) event that will be free for members and just $5 for non-members. We’ll take 30 minutes to hear from Jackie Reau from Game Day Communications about the PR behind the Flying Pig marathon. She’ll give us some insight into what takes place to make the Flying Pig a success each year, and specifically, what considerations and plans were made for this year following the tragic events at the Boston Marathon. More details and registration information will come to your inbox mid-May.

Shara Clark

Vice President, Programming

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Congrats to the chapter's newest APR: Barbara Grimsley, APR

Barbara Grimsley took her computer-based APR exam on April 13 and recently received notice that she has earned her Accreditation in Public Relations. Congratulations, Barb!

APR Spotlight: Kathleen Williams, APR

Kathleen Williams, APR, is a graduate of Miami University. Her first career was as a journalist, and she has successfully transitioned to PR. She serves as the youth and public information coordinator at the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, which oversees policy and funding for the public workforce system in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Kathleen serves on the Blacksmith Awards committee.

Why did you decide to earn your APR? I joined PRSA shortly after transitioning to the PR profession and began to learn more about the APR credential. To me, the credential offers credibility and says that you have a good understanding of the basics and principles of PR.

What advice can you offer PR practitioners thinking about earning their APR? Candidates MUST take the APR prep courses offered locally. They gave me a better understanding of what was likely to be on the exam and how to prepare for my Readiness Review. 

I appreciated the time so many local APRs dedicated to the prep classes … preparing their lecture, providing us with handouts, answering our questions, etc. They were wonderful, and I thank them all: Debbie, Gail Myers, Tom Schick, Maureen Richmond and Stephanie Honan. 

As you went through the process, is there one thing you learned that will benefit you as a practitioner in the future? I have a much better understanding of the RPIE process: Research, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. I plan on using it in the future. Having this broader understanding of PR has enabled me to see my new profession in a totally different light, one that goes far beyond media relations, which, given my background in journalism, was the area of the profession with which I was most comfortable. 

Interested in Earning Your APR? Cincinnati PRSA offers a six-week APR Prep Course in September and October. The fee for Chapter members is $100. Readiness Reviews are conducted the first Saturdays of June and November.

If you are interested in learning more about the APR process, please contact me

Debbie Copeland-Bloom, APR

APR Chair

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Join the Blacksmith committee for judging night

It’s not too late to sign-up to be a reciprocal judge. This year, the chapter will be judging the Buffalo/Niagara PRSA Chapter’s Excalibur Awards. They will in turn judge our Blacksmith Awards this fall.

Judging is a great way to see first-hand what other companies are doing, and it provides a unique perspective in preparing your own award entries. If you’re an APR, you can earn credit. New this year, we are hosting judging nights allowing participants a one-stop option to network with peers and complete evaluations. The judging nights will take place:

Monday, May 13, 5-7 p.m.

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

441 Vine St., Carew Tower (3rd floor), Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Tuesday, May 14, 5-7 p.m.

Cincinnati Library – Hyde Park Branch

2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

Please come as soon as you can join us on either or both nights. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact us at if you are interested in helping.

Stephanie Honan & Sarah McGee

Blacksmith Co-Chairs

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Featured chapter member

Name: Jessica Kelly

Current position: Account manager at Northlich

How long have you been a Cincinnati PRSA member? I’ve been a member for almost three years.

What do you find most beneficial about Cincinnati PRSA? The monthly programs continue to provide great tips and ideas to stay on top of the latest topics and tools for working in PR. It’s always nice to catch up with friends from other agencies.

What social media outlets do you use? As many as I can. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Tumblr are the ones I use most often.

Twitter handle: @Jess_Kelly3

Whom do you suggest your fellow chapter members follow on Twitter and why? I love following all of the major news networks. I don’t watch the news on TV as much, so this helps to keep up on world events. For industry tweets, I like@PR Daily and, for a good laugh after a busy day, I like @BuzzFeed or@PitchAintOne (anyone in PR could relate to this one).

You’re in PR, which means you’re interesting by default! Tell us one fun fact about you: In high school, I absolutely hated to run. I couldn’t understand how people thought going for a run would be a fun way to exercise. But, in college after a few grueling first runs and my first attempt at a 5K, I was hooked! Now I’m getting ready to run my third Flying Pig half. I encourage anyone to try running and training for a half marathon. If I can do it, you can, too!

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New member welcome

Name: Kateri Kosta

Current position: I am currently the PR and special events coordinator for the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. I also do PR consulting and event publicity for FUNKe FIRED ARTS.

Education: I have an English degree from Xavier University.

I live in Walnut Hills. I’ve been there for seven years and love the neighborhood. I have my own pottery business in addition to my full-time job and consulting work.

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Job bank tip of the month

For job interviews, always have a story to tell and make sure you tell it well.Learn more here.

Sheila Veits Roth, APR

Job Bank Coordinator

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From one Ohio PRSA member to another...

Do you have a 10 minute or less to complete a survey to help with a fellow PRSA member’s research?  The survey will be used to investigate how PR practitioners are utilizing the social media tools Twitter and Facebook in their daily practice.Dr. Alisa Agozzino, assistant professor of public relations at Ohio Northern University, is the principle researcher who will be using the results from this survey in her research.

This survey asks some basic questions about you, yourcompany, your use of Facebook and Twitter and informationregarding your concern with privacy of social media tools. All responses will be kept confidential.You will never be identified by name or bycompany the research results.

The survey is completely voluntary and should take approximately10 minutes to complete. You may exit the survey at any time.

The survey will close May 6, 2013.If you have any questions about this survey, please email Dr. Agozzino at Thank you in advance for your help!

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Editor’s note

Thanks for reading the newsletter this month. Please consider joining the Blacksmith Awards committee for the judging nights. And, if you don’t already have plans tonight, join the New Pros for their happy hour! (Chapter members of all level of PR experience welcome.)

If you have any PR news to submit, please reach out to me

Megan Haughney

Newsletter Editor