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On behalf of PRSA/Southwest District, welcome to our Accreditation page! 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential. What a great year to celebrate our credential AND your achievement!  Think about it. Perhaps you’ve mulled over APR, giving it thoughtful consideration over the last couple of years, but just haven’t quite made up your mind. We know you’re “APR Ready to Roll” and we’re here to help!

With PRSA/Southwest District, you have not only the APR resources of PRSA National at your fingertips, but accreditation chairs from across our six chapter district. Below you’ll find these helpful sections:

  • APR in the news;
  • Celebrating 50 Years of the APR;
  • Contact info for each accreditation chair and their chapter’s accreditation web page and/or resources;
  • PRSA/Southwest District incentive to achieve your APR (money!);
  • Resources;
  • APR: Q & As; and
  • Testimonials.

Please don’t hesitate to call your chapter’s accreditation chair or contact me. We look forward to helping you in your professional development and achieving your APR!

Sincerely,

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Accreditation Chair, PRSA/Southwest District
Director of Communications & Business Development
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way
Little Rock, AR  72202
(501) 364-6441)
Twitter:  @danmcfaddenapr

Need Incentive to Achieve Your APR?

Apply for the PRSA Southwest District APR Stipend

Newly accredited members who are a part of a chapter within the Southwest District can apply using the stipend application below.

 

Did you know Southwest District/PRSA offers an APR stipend program for members who earn the APR?

The stipends are given to the first candidates who pass the exam, meet the requirements and apply for the stipend each year. The process is quick and easy, and a great way to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our newest APRs. Click here forAPR Stipend Application

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Value of APR? 
The District is also seeking testimonies from accredited members on the "VALUE OF APR TO YOU." Please send a brief testimony and a headshot to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll share the information on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your story!

 

 

APR in the News
Special Feature:  APR=Austin’s Proudest Resident
Ryan C. Sheehy, APR, Austin chapter APR chair, shares her journey to reach APR in this special feature, “APR=Austin’s Proudest Resident.” Sheehy showcases the value APR presented when she relocated to Austin just one year ago -- after spending 16 years building her career in Orlando, Florida. “As pros consider making dramatic changes in their careers, especially relocating to new markets, this story may resonate with/inspire those PRSA Southwest District members,” explains Sheehy. Visit http://www.prsa.austin.org/apr---austin-s-proudest-resident to read the full article.

 

Tulsa Chapter Update:  5 APR Candidates Set for Exam
(Posted 5/27/14) -- Kristin Turley, APR, Tulsa chapter APR chair, reports their chapter has five APR candidates proceeding through the APR exam process. In addition, Tulsa's next series of APR study sessions begin May 28, with 20 possible candidates identified. The Tusla chapter will host in September or October its second APR dinner to honor their existing APRs. For more information, please contact Kristin Turley, APR.   

 

APR CakeNifty 50: Kansas Chapter Celebrates Half-Century of APR

(Posted 5/27/14) -- PRSA Kansas Accreditation Chair Denny Bender, APR, shares that his chapter celebrated at its April monthly meeting with a themed luncheon, “Nifty Fifty – Celebrating a Half-Century of Accreditation!” Bender will share his PowerPoint along with a photo of their APR “anniversary cake” and a pencil game used for table favors. For more info, contact Denny at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

PRSA Dallas APR Hosted "NuPros" APR Twitter Chat
(Posted 5/27/14) -- The PRSA Dallas Chapter hosted on April 15 its NuPros APR Twitter chat, #NuProsChat. Dallas Chapter APR chair, Reace Alvarenga-Smith, APR, answered questions about the accreditation process for followers/participants. For more info, contact Reace at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
APR: Michelle Clark, APR PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:36

2013 APR Scholarship Recipient

Michelle Clark, APR
Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA

Testimonial:

 

For me, the greatest value associated with becoming accredited was the process itself. I learned a lot about myself as a professional – many things I was so proud of professionally weren’t actually in line with APR best practices, and the Readiness Review in particular offered me an opportunity to frankly assess them and explore how they could be improved. The accreditation process isn’t easy, but I continue to encourage my PRSA colleagues to undertake it. This academic approach to theories, laws, ethics and the RPIE process can help a public relations executive add a strategic underpinning to what, too often in practice, can be a tactics-driven discipline.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 05:08
 
Accreditation Chairs - PRSA / Southwest District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan McFadden   
Monday, 26 May 2014 22:29

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Chapter

Brandon D. Morris, MPA, APR+M

Public Information Officer

AR Dept of Emergency Mgmt and Homeland Security
(501) 554-4182

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Northwest Arkansas Chapter  

Leigh Allison Stidham, APR

Communications Manager

Sam's Club

(479) 652-1200

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KANSAS

Kansas Chapter  

Dennis H. Bender, APR

Executive Director

Union Rescue Mission of Wichita, Inc.

(316) 687-4673

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Kansas City Chapter  

Jake B. Potter, APR
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LOUISIANA

 

Baton Rouge Chapter

Kristi Barnett Williams, APR

Vice President of Communications

Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

(225) 324-2474

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New Orleans Chapter  

Cheryn Robles, APR

(504) 658-8046

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NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Chapter  

Jennifer V. Kemp, APR

(505) 250-5020

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OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City Chapter  

Robert Scott Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA

(405) 325-1793

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Oklahoma City Chapter  

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR

Sr. Communications Specialist, Libraries

Oklahoma State University

405-744-7331

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Tulsa Chapter  

Christopher E. Payne, APR

Executive Director of Public Information

Tulsa Public Schools

3027 S. New Haven Ave.

Tulsa, OK 74114

Phone: (918) 746-6898

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Tulsa Chapter 

Kristen Colleen Turley, APR

Communications Specialist Staff

Magellan Midstream Partners

(918) 574-7208

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TEXAS

 

Austin Chapter

Ryan C. Sheehy, APR

Founder

SHEEHY creative

(512) 296-2448

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Dallas Chapter  

Reace Alvarenga Smith, APR

Sr. Staff Consultant-Internal Communications

Dex Media

(972) 453-3642

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Greater Fort Worth Chapter  

Carolyn G. Bobo, APR,Fellow PRSA

Human Resources Communications

Univ. of North Texas System

(817) 263-0704

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Greater Fort Worth Chapter  

Linda Jacobson, MA, APR

Chief Marketing Officer

CTC, Inc.

(817) 228-1862

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Houston Chapter  

Elise A. Hasbrook, APR

Sr. Communications Manager

Academy Sports + Outdoors

(317) 209-3373

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San Antonio Chapter

Monica A. Faulkenbery, APR

Asst Dir, Commun

Northside School District

(210) 397-8551

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:16
 
APR: Holley Mangham, APR PDF Print E-mail

holleymangham2011 APR Scholarship Recipient
Holley Mangham, APR
Oklahoma City Chapter of PRSA
 

Testimonial:

Earning my APR has been quite the journey. Never a good test taker, I took the exam in 2007 with less than desirable results. After encouragement from mentors within the Oklahoma City chapter, I chose to once again work toward accreditation in 2010.

The second time around I changed my attitude and focus. I looked at earning my APR as a journey rather than preparation for the exam. I set aside time each week for quality discussion with another professional. We examined each of the KSAs and applied real life scenarios to them. I was able to see real life application of what I was learning. When looking at the material in terms of real life application rather than trying to memorize a plethora of information, everything seemed to fall in place.

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APR: Jeff Pounds, APR PDF Print E-mail

JeffPounds2011 APR Scholarship Recipient
Jeff Pounds, APR
Tulsa Chapter of PRSA
 

 

Testimonial:

 
 

 

I think that the APR process is a must for all public relations professionals who want to maximize their potential in their career.  It’s about a commitment to a strategic, researched-based approach to communications that will add the most value to your client or your organization.  I think it also underscores the importance of continuous learning and education in our careers – of always striving to understand and apply the theory that underpins what we do every day.

Going through the APR process, particularly preparing for the examp, demands that you really think about how you work every day and fills voids in your knowledge base. Also, developing your portfolio and preparing for the Readiness Review provides an opportunity to take stock in your career and focus on areas for development. I would highly recommend all PRSA members who are serious about deepening their knowledge base and enhancing their career to consider going through the APR process. You won't regret it!

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

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