February PRestige 2015


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IMAGE Prep – the time is Now

Image-graphicSet up your brushes, stencils and canvases and prepare to showcase your tour de force!

Your Ocala Image Awards Committee is proud to announce the official partnership with the College of Central Florida’s Appleton Museum of Art.  For a snapshot of the 2015 Mid-Florida Local Image and Communicator of the Year Awards Competition, we broke down the elements of our upcoming masterpiece.

 

What to Know: The Art of Public Relations Mid-Florida Local Image and Communicator of the Year Awards Competition

Theme: The Art of Public Relations

Image Awards: The Image Awards competition recognizes outstanding public relations programs while encouraging and promoting the development of public relations professionals. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of public relations innovation, planning and design. For additional information, check out the 2015 Mid-Florida Local Image Awards Call for Entries and Competition Guidelines
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015, 5 p.m.

The Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards: Individual recognizes the person who uses his/her position to enhance Marion County’s community causes, advance the field of public relations and uphold the ethical standards representing the Ocala Chapter. The Institutional recognition honors the institution, business or media outlet that has gone above and beyond to provide timely, accurate and critical information to the community, and has demonstrated mastery of communications skills and strategies. There is no fee to submit a nomination. Who will you nominate? Submit Communicator of the Year Nominations.

  • Deadline to submit nominations: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Save the Dates

  • February 24, 2015: Image Workshop No. 1: Entry Submissions/Q&A McPherson Complex Auditorium | 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • April 24, 2015: Image and Communicator of the Year Awards Gala at the Appleton Museum of Art. | 5:30 – 8 p.m. |4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala

Paint a Canvas and Purchase a Friend’s

In our efforts to raise funds for the chapter, your image committee has put their artistic talents to the test.

If you attended the January luncheon, you received a personal canvas to create your own work of art. We look forward to you adding your mini masterpiece to our extravagant collection.

Need a piece of art for your office or maybe a Valentines gift for that special someone? Well, you’re in luck, $10 and you will go home with lovely art and a smile, we promise!

Questions?

For additional information, contact Image Co-Chairs Barbra Hernandez, APR, 352-438-2310, Barbra.Hernandez@marioncountyfl.org or  Ryan Kirby, 352-401-3978, rkirby@ocalafl.org.

Improve Yourself at the Toolkit for Success Seminar - May 6

Change yourself and your audiences’ actions when T-rexes and zombies invade Ocala at our 2015 Toolkit for Success professional development seminar on May 6, 2015. Tina Banner, APR, CPRC, will untomb more information at our February meeting. All speakers are lined up for the year.

The next Toolkit for Success Seminar is Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Ewers Century Center Teleconference Center. Price is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Lunch and continental breakfast included.

February Professional Development Speaker - Dr. PR

Moon-LeeMoon J. Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor – Department of Public Relations Ph.D., Mass Communication/Public Relations, University of Florida, 2001

 

Moon J. Lee (Ph.D., 2001, University of Florida) is an associate professor in the Department of Public Relations at the University of Florida. She was previously an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Lee’s research focuses primarily on development and evaluation of communication technologies (e.g., Hansen, Lee, & Forer, 2002; Lee, 1998, Lee, Tedder, & Ferguson, 1999; Lee, 2002), health communication campaigns (e.g. Lee & Ferguson, 2002; Lee, 201; Lee & Shin, 2011; Lee & Chen, 2012), and information processing and decision-making process of individuals (especially young adults). Lee serves as a PI and a co-PI for several grant projects.  They include the development and evaluation of  “Self-voicing Test” and “Generator of Accessible Tests” at Educational Testing Service , “Expanding Hypertext,” a new text presentation technology, and “Effective Communication with Rebels for the Prevention of Binge Drinking” with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at WSU.

She was previously an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Lee’s research focuses primarily on development and evaluation of communication technologies (e.g., Hansen, Lee, & Forer, 2002; Lee, 1998, Lee, Tedder, & Ferguson, 1999; Lee, 2002), health communication campaigns (e.g. Lee & Ferguson, 2002; Lee, 201; Lee & Shin, 2011; Lee & Chen, 2012), and information processing and decision-making process of individuals (especially young adults). Lee serves as a PI and a co-PI for several grant projects.  They include the development and evaluation of  “Self-voicing Test” and “Generator of Accessible Tests” at Educational Testing Service , “Expanding Hypertext,” a new text presentation technology, and “Effective Communication with Rebels for the Prevention of Binge Drinking” with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at WSU.

PRestident's Perspective - February 2015

JeniferLoweIt is the nature of a PR professional to always have a full plate – our bonfire pit is piled high. We are all very busy. Truth be told, everyone is his or her own version of “very busy.” From the stay-at-home mom to the CEO of a million-dollar corporation, most people pack their schedule with plenty of personal and professional tasks. How do we get it all done? Most of us know the answer is time management skills, prioritization and multitasking. But are we applying these concepts all the time? Some days I feel like my fire is burning too hot and too high. Although I encourage you all to be “on fire” for your professional life, we do have to keep the blaze in check. I’m taking this time and this message to remind myself of these helpful tips:

 

  • Make a list! Make multiple lists if you need to.
  • Take into account the giver of the assignment and prioritize accordingly.
  • Delegate what you can.
  • Kill two or three birds with one stone whenever possible.
  • Do not take on any additional tasks or assignments that you don’t feel you can complete 100 percent with results you can be proud of.
  • Finally never deceive yourself with the idea that you don’t need to make time for yourself or your family. These two things are critical for your sanity.

I hope you find these reminders helpful as we move forward into the busy spring season of fundraisers, festivals, weddings and all things hectic! I will certainly find the time to attend our chapter’s monthly luncheon on February 20 and the FPRA State Board Meeting in Cocoa Beach on February 21.

On fire for FPRA,

Jen Lowe

Ocala Chapter, President

 

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