FPRA Helps Students Prepare for Job Search at UCF Comm Day

April 18, 2011

FPRA recently prepared communication students for their first steps into the professional world.  On April 8, FPRA hosted a roundtable program for 45 graduating seniors as part of the University of Central Florida’s annual Communication Day.

Public relations professionals were on hand to share advice on how to polish a resume, prepare for an interview and network like a pro.  Students rotated through each roundtable and participated in discussions on each topic.

The program was such a success that FPRA will be making this an annual event.  Here are a few student remarks about the program:

“Please continue to share the amazing information and extremely helpful speakers with UCF students each year!”

“I just want to extend my gratitude and thanks for providing your insight and time.”

“Awesome speakers and information – thank you.”

“Thanks to the professionals who took time out for us!”

“Great inaugural event!”

Special thanks to all the FPRA members who participated:

  • Amanda Forbes, APR
  • Jennifer Izzo
  • Wendy Jo Moyer, APR
  • Bob O’Malley, APR
  • Lenora Spence
  • Allie Stevens

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Conference

April 11, 2011

1) Learn from some of the best in the public relations profession! Every year, the FPRA Annual Conference features speakers who have a high-level of knowledge and experience in their craft. PR legends such as Harold Burson and Aaron Cushman are among the great speakers who have been heard at an FPRA conference. Conference has also featured senior-level communicators from companies such as Ford Motor Company, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, NASA, Disney, and Universal Studios!

2) Network with your professional peers. Every year the FPRA Annual Conference attracts hundreds of PR practitioners from around the state to engage in a four-day professional development conference. During this time, attendees are given multiple opportunities to network with their peers in both professional and casual settings.

3) Receive recognition for your professional accomplishments. A conference highlight is FPRA’s Golden Image Awards. For more than 50 years, PR professionals have been competing to bring home the “Gold” and stand before their peers to be recognized for their quality work.

4) Get reenergized and inspired! There’s no better way to get motivated and excited about your next big project than to break away from your daily routine and spend some time in a beautiful resort where you are learning about new PR tools and tactics while connecting with other professionals in your field that are focused and dedicated to their PR profession.

5) Build your professional resource library. One of the most valuable treasures conference attendees come home with is information! Information in the form of resources tools such as books from our PR library; speaker presentations; speaker handouts and notes; and product and service information from vendors who are in the business of supporting professional communicators.

6) Get credentialed! If you’re thinking about becoming Accredited in Public Relations (APR) or getting certified (Certified Public Relations Counselor), then the FPRA Annual Conference is where you need to be. Every year at the FPRA conference an APR and CPRC class is provided to conference attendees to help qualified candidates successfully prepare to sit for the APR and CPRC exams.

7) Celebrate accomplishments with your professional peers. Join your professional peers at FPRA’s Past Presidents’ Luncheon for the time-honored tradition of recognizing chapter and individual professional accomplishments. Who knows … you might be the one walking the isle to receive your APR and/or CPRC pin. Sounds good … doesn’t it?

8) Be in the know. People who have attended an FPRA conference have often said … “I heard about ‘that’ six months ago at the FPRA Annual Conference.” Be among the first to hear about the latest trends in our business. The conference planners are always seeking to bring the latest and greatest information and practices to the attention of the attendees … giving them a competitive advantage in their work place to do their jobs better.

9) Get direct access. There’s no better way to get face time with some of the most influential PR people in the state of Florida then to attend an FPRA Annual Conference. If you’re looking for feedback on a project or just want to talk with other professionals in your industry, or an industry you want to be in, then the FPRA Annual Conference is where you need to be.

10) Enhance the profession. By attending an FPRA Annual Conference you have joined an elite group of PR professionals who have been helping to enhance the public relations profession since 1938. Every year the FPRA Annual Conference seeks to elevate the profession by not only providing a stellar speaker lineup, but by hosting a scholarship fundraiser designed to help raise funds to support the education needs of both public relations students and professionals.


Don’t miss the Image Awards Gala on April 28

April 11, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages…

The 2011 Image Awards Gala, PR Under the Big Top, is right around the corner! Join the FPRA Orlando Area Chapter as we celebrate our craft and colleagues and put some of Central Florida’s best PR projects in center ring. Mitch English, host of television’s “The Daily Buzz,” will serve as “ringmaster” of ceremonies and help us honor all of our award winners as well as the 2011 PR Professional of the Year.

This can’t-miss event is happening Thursday, April 28, at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, located at 200 West New England Avenue in Winter Park. The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the main attraction starts at 7 p.m.

We have plenty of surprises in store, so reserve your seat today at http://www.fpra-orlando.org. Prices are: $50 for FPRA and PRSA members, $60 for non-members, $30 for FPRA student members and $35 for student non-members. Corporate tables of eight are also available for $375. The last day to register is Friday, April 22.

For more information, to purchase a corporate table, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Hanigosky at 407.649.8101 or ahanigosky@engauge.com. You may also contact Kendall Litton Jensen at 407.708.2286 or littonjensenk@seminolestate.edu.


Dan Ward Named 2011 Inductee into UCF Nicholson School of Communication Hall of Fame

April 11, 2011

Curley & Pynn Vice President Recognized for Major Professional Accomplishments

MAITLAND, Fla. (April 8, 2011) – The University of Central Florida Nicholson School of Communication Alumni Association has selected Curley & Pynn vice president and partner Dan Ward, APR, as its 2011 Hall of Fame inductee.  The award recognizes alumni of all Nicholson School of Communication majors for their career accomplishments and professional contributions.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this award,” said Ward.  “As the second-largest university in the country, UCF has produced some incredible alumni who do great things in the Communication profession.  To be named among some of the best graduates the Nicholson School has produced is humbling.”

Ward earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida in 1992.  An active member of the university community, Ward serves on the UCF Alumni Association board of directors and UCF Nicholson School of Communication board of visitors.

Ward has practiced public relations in Florida for the past 18 years and started with Curley & Pynn in 1995.  He is an accredited member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), for which he served as president of the Orlando Regional Chapter in 2004.  In the community, he serves as the volunteer chair of the Red Cross of Central Florida Public Relations Committee.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Dan,” said Curley & Pynn Founder and President Roger Pynn, an inductee into the School’s Hall of Fame in 2000.  “His commitment to the public relations profession is matched only by his dedication to his alma mater. “

The Nicholson School of Communication Alumni Association presented the honor to Ward at a special luncheon on Friday, April 8, at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center as part of its day-long event, COMM Day, which brings together industry professionals and communication students.

About Curley & Pynn

Founded in 1984, Curley & Pynn provides counsel and advice and total program management to Florida professionals and corporate clients who recognize that in today’s business environment it is essential to communicate with all who have an interest in their success.  Curley & Pynn is the Central and North Florida affiliate of MSLGroup, one of the world’s largest public relations firms.  For more information, visit www.TheStrategicFirm.com.


Achievements & Celebrations

April 11, 2011

Elizabeth Buccianti is now senior account executive at Vantage Communications in Orlando.

Ann (Vuonganh) Ngo is now Heart Walk Director at American Heart Association.

Bree Balchunas, Communications Consultant with Orlando Health, welcomed daughter Elizabeth Rose April 5.

Heather Fagan (formerly Allebaugh), City of Orlando, married Sean Fagan March 19.


Save the Date: Why Social Media? Mayo Clinic Success Stories

April 11, 2011

For more than a century, word-of-mouth recommendations have led patients from around the world to Mayo Clinic. Social media, the most far-reaching communications revolution since Gutenberg’s printing press, has made word-of-mouth even more important. Today, Mayo Clinic is extending its reach even further by accelerating its adoption of social media and is helping other health-related organizations get started. Hear from Kathy Barbour, APR, Communications Manager with Mayo Clinic, as she shares examples of how social media tools transform healthcare and learn how your organization can use social media to do well by doing good at the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association’s May 26 breakfast event. You’ll also learn why social media is a key to higher productivity, not a time-waster to be blocked by IT.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 26 at the University Club, located at 150 E Central Blvd., Orlando. Registration and buffet breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $10 for students. Register by Friday, May 20 at www.fpra-orlando.org.

About Kathy Barbour

Kathy Barbour, APR, is a communications manager at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Her experience ranges from executive communications and strategic employee communications to media relations, crisis and issues management, and marketing. Barbour has worked with CEOs and senior management teams in enhancing culture and effective two-way communication to assist executives in improving their communication skills and in supporting organizational goals and objectives. She also is a member of the executive team for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media.

Barbour previously served in various public relations roles at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida such as senior manager of media relations and executive communication responsible for leadership communications, internal and external communications and financial public relations.

Throughout her career, Barbour has been active in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is serving in a national leadership position as PRSA’s secretary in 2011 and a member of its executive board.

Barbour is a member of the University of Florida’s Advisory Council for the Department of Public Relations, her alma mater. She also is a member of the University of North Florida’s Department of Communication Executive Advisory Board.

She has won national and state awards for her work including the PRSA Bronze Anvil Commendation and the Florida Public Relations of America Golden Image Award. Barbour also has received the prestigious honor of Best of the Blues Marketing and Communications Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. She speaks about a variety of communications-related topics to different audiences at both national and local functions.

Barbour received her accreditation in public relations in 2005. She holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the University of North Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida.

She’s on Twitter @KathyBarbour.