Get involved through chapter committees!
Chapter committees serve as a way for our members to become involved in the public relations community through specific projects. Committees plan professional events, create bridges between students and professionals, host the annual local Image Awards competition and run internal chapter communications, to name a few. Below is a list of all FPRA Gainesville committees with contact information for the committee’s board liaison. Join a committee by contacting the chair!
The Accreditation Committee is responsible for generating publicity and distributing information to members eligible to take the APR or CPRC accreditation exams. Prior to the exam date(s), the Accreditation Committee organizes study sessions for those eligible, as well as coordinating the exam itself.
Board Liaison: Stella Harbilas, APR, CPRC
The Communications Committee is responsible for performing public relations functions for the chapter. The committee writes or approves all press releases and coordinates dissemination of releases to the media. The committee also organizes the authoring of in-depth articles and case studies for posting to the chapter Web site and for possible publication. The committee is also responsible for collecting information and designing, updating and coordinating the chapter website. This committee is constantly seeking new ways to make the chapter Web site a more effective and useful tool.
Board Liaison: Catherine Seemann
Community Relations Committee
The Community Relations Committee is the chapter’s service entity. This committee provides programs and other communication services to the Gainesville community to help promote FPRA. Each year the committee selects projects from local non-profit organizations. In the past, the committee has also coordinated seminars and events aimed at non-public relations professionals that are both affordable and educational.
Board Liaison: Patty Carroll
Educational Services Committee
The Educational Services Committee serves as a liaison between the Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and public relations students in north central Florida. The committee plans networking events for students and professionals, and student field trips. It also supports career preparation programs and promotes internships to help students acquire expertise in “real-time” public relations situations, and to help public relations professionals meet the demands of “real-time” situations using qualified, skilled pre-professional student assistants. The committee works with graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, particularly those who are members of the Alpha Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). All students attending Santa Fe College, Lake City Community College and UF are welcome to participate.
Board Liaison: Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC
Image Awards Committee
The Image Awards Committee is responsible for developing and instituting an annual local Image Awards program. This committee first creates and distributes a “call for entries” for the awards. It also organizes, implements and coordinates a fun, exciting event to recognize Image winners and publicize winners through local media and chapter events. The committee may be called upon to coordinate the judging process for another chapter.
Board Liaison: Patricia Vernon
Member Services Committee
The Member Services Committee is responsible for the recruitment of new members and the retention and general service to the chapter membership. This committee’s responsibilities include keeping a current member database with contact information and continuously updating it throughout the year, developing nametags and coordinating chapter luncheons. The committee is also responsible for developing and maintaining the electronic chapter member directory.
Board Liaison: Sarah Coulson
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee is responsible for planning and organizing an educational seminar for the membership each year. The event is typically a full-day program and includes a series of speakers on public relations topics and a sponsor trade show area.
Board Liaison: Rachael Smith
The Programs Committee organizes the speakers for the chapter’s monthly luncheons. The programs should keep members interested, educated and updated in public relations issues and trends. Also, the monthly programs should keep members informed of timely local, state and national issues and in touch with community leaders.
Board Liaison: Joey Martinez