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PRSA Christmas Gift Exchange Pics

GFW PRSA members met on Tuesday, December 10 at Times Ten Cellars for a PR book gift exchange.

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From left to right: Lisa Albert, Richie Escovedo & Carol Murray, APR

PRSA Luncheon – Overcoming Challenges to Tell the F-35 Story Worldwide

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Join the Greater Fort Worth PRSA chapter for its first luncheon of the new year, as we learn about the highly integrated, 24/7 strategic public relations network that supports the world’s most advanced fighter plane, the F-35 Lightning II. Speaker Mike Rein will share how the F-35’s rocky start, marked by development delays and frequent negative media coverage, has turned the corner in the past 12 months and recently celebrated completion of its 100th aircraft. In addition to being a stealthy “fifth generation” fighter, the F-35 is an economic engine that provides 40,000 jobs in Texas and more than 125,000 across the United States. To learn more about the F-35, visit www.F35.com.

Wednesday, January 8 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76109)

Complimentary valet parking provided!

Click here to register.

Cost:

  • GFW PRSA Members – $25
  • National PRSA Members – $30
  • Non-members – $35
  • Students – $20

Walk-ups: Add an additional $5 to the above prices

To account for additional costs associated with walk-ups and other meeting services, the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA uses the following reservation policy: Online reservations are due no later than 5 pm the Friday prior to the luncheon, and cancellations must be made by 5 p.m. the day before the luncheon. No-shows will be billed or a representative may attend in that person’s place at no additional charge. Walk-ups are accepted for an additional $5 if space is available.

About the Speaker:

Michael J. “Mike” Rein
Mike ReinMichael J. “Mike” Rein is the Director, Fighter Group Communications for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth. He leads a staff of eight and is responsible for all Communications activities associated with Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Rein was Communications and Customer Relations manager for United Launch Alliance, a Lockheed Martin – Boeing Company joint venture, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. He was responsible for developing and executing all external communications for ULA’s 3,800 person workforce and was the lead communicator for all ULA rocket launches. Before joining ULA, Rein served at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as Chief, Media Services. He led a 52-person team that included public relations, broadcast television and world wide web operations covering all aspects of KSC programs ranging from Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Expendable Launch Vehicle programs. Mike also served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of Communications and leadership positions. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Southwest Texas State University and two Master’s degrees – one from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies and one from Golden Gate University in Public Administration.

 

PRSA Black Friday Special

your_next_strategic_breakthrough_PRSA_Fort_worthPRSA is offering a Black Friday special to prospects the week of Nov. 25–30. Those who join PRSA National by Nov. 30 can choose a free one-year Chapter membership! That’s a $45 savings to join the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA! For more information, visit http://www.prsa.org/JoinUs/HowToJoin.

Exploring the PR Classroom of the Future

CollegeStudentsLRJoin the Greater Fort Worth PRSA Chapter as it explores “the PR Classroom of the Future” during the group’s December luncheon.

Texas Christian University professors Dr. Julie O’Neil and Margaret Ritsch, APR, along with University of Texas at Arlington professor Dr. Shelley Wigley will share their perspectives on changing technology, innovative classroom approaches, and what the public relations profession can expect from graduates of their programs.

This luncheon, the last for 2013, will also feature the presentation of chapter awards and student scholarships, plus a special presentation by the chapter historian.

Wednesday, December 11 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76109)

Complimentary valet parking provided!

Click here to register.

Cost:

  • GFW PRSA Members – $25
  • National PRSA Members – $30
  • Non-members – $35
  • Students – $20

Walk-ups: Add an additional $5 to the above prices

To account for additional costs associated with walk-ups and other meeting services, the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA uses the following reservation policy: Online reservations are due no later than 5 pm the Friday prior to the luncheon, and cancellations must be made by 5 p.m. the day before the luncheon. No-shows will be billed or a representative may attend in that person’s place at no additional charge. Walk-ups are accepted for an additional $5 if space is available.

Speaker’s Bios:

Dr. Julie O’Neil
Dr.JulieONeilLRDr. Julie O’Neil, associate professor and director of the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication graduate program, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations, research and evaluation, social media measurement and corporate social responsibility at Texas Christian University. Her areas of expertise include measuring and evaluating communication programs and corporate social responsibility. She has published close to 20 research articles and white papers in leading academic and professional public relations journals and is the recipient of many conference awards. A former PRSA Board member in both Fort Worth and San Antonio, O¹Neil currently serves on the Measurement Commission of the Institute for Public Relations, the editorial board of the Public Relations Journal, the International Public Relations Research Advisory Committee and as co-chair of PRSA’s National Research Committee.

Margaret Ritsch, APR
MargaretRitschAPR-LRMargaret Ritsch, APR, is the faculty advisor for Roxo, a student-driven agency for strategic communication at Texas Christian University. This fall she also became a Coleman Fellow, a program of the Coleman Foundation and the Neeley School of Business that introduces students to concepts of self-employment and entrepreneurship. In her 20-year career, Ritsch has directed public relations and communications for a thriving ad agency, a science museum, two companies and a journalism association; worked as a reporter for newspapers in Virginia; and run her own consulting business while raising a family. Ritsch has provided strategic and tactical public relations services to clients in a range of industries, from a regional bank and pharmaceutical company to a natural gas industry group and a private foundation. Ritsch earned a master’s degree in journalism and a certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary. She has served in a variety of leadership positions with the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA, most recently as leader of the Worthy Awards.

Dr. Shelley Wigley
Wigley-fullLRDr. Shelley Wigley, assistant professor of public relations at The University of Texas at Arlington, teaches courses in the undergraduate public relations sequence and currently teaches Theories of Persuasion at the graduate level. Wigley’s research interests include crisis communications, corporate social responsibility and media relations. She has published articles in several journals including Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Public Relations Review and Corporate Reputation Review. Wigley earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.