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  • December 20, 2022 8:53 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for OHSPRA's January Virtual Lunch and Learn. Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12-1 p.m. for a power-hour of learning and networking. 

    Hear from members of the Indian School Public Relations Association (INDSPRA) about how to welcome a new superintendent to your district. Then, we'll show you around OHSPRA's new website and highlight the tools and features that will help make your membership even better. 

    This January Virtual Lunch and Learn is sponsored by Class Intercom and free for OHSPRA members only. 

    Register here: https://www.ohspra.org/events


  • December 07, 2022 12:56 PM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    Meet The PowerPRos: Staci Adelman Vincent

    We are proud to share more about one of our five 2022 PowerPRo recipients: Staci Adelman Vincent as she answered our slate of questions in her own words.

    How long have you been in school PR and where/what titles? 
    This is my 13th year working for the Orange City School District as "Communications Assistant." Prior to this, I was a television news journalist in Washington, DC covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and international news for more than a decade and then worked at WKYC-TV where I won an Emmy, Best of Gannett and Society of Professional Journalist awards. I am honored and humbled to have received OHSPRA’s Best of the Best Award nine times (eight in photography) as I am well-aware of and inspired by the extraordinarily talented people in the OHSPRA circuit.

    What attracted you to school PR?
    After I left television news and raised my boys in their formative years, I wanted to do something that would allow me to continue to be a storyteller but still permit me to be near my young boys and not be on call to travel 24/7. I was looking for something that would fulfill my writing, photography, and videography storytelling passions. I reached out to the Orange Schools Communications Director (and OHSPRA Board Member) Lou DeVincentis whom I knew through my work as Orange Alumni Association President for some insight. He let me know that the Orange Schools Superintendent at the time had just initiated a program called "The Orange Story." It turned out to be a perfect fit for me. Once hired, I was sharing stories of the amazing programs and initiatives at my Alma Mater which also happened to be the school system where my boys were thriving. I had majored in Broadcast Journalism with a specialty in education at the graduate level at Northwestern University, so it truly felt like I was "coming home." In effect, I was.

    Tell me a bit about yourself, family and outside interests.
    Following my dual MSJ/BSJ degrees in journalism from Northwestern, I began my career in Washington, DC covering stories ranging from politics to national news like the Oklahoma City Bombings to international news like Princess Diana's funeral in London for a group of stations around the country. I first served as a Washington Correspondent for Newslink and Hearst Broadcasting and later as Director of News for Tribune Broadcasting’s Washington Bureau. 
     
    While in DC, I joined a singing/performing chorus (much like the Singing Angels organization I had grown up in) and met my husband, Leland, who proposed to me in front of the entire group which later sang at our wedding! When he began law school in Cleveland, I returned to be with him after covering one of my most emotionally challenging stories -- the death of JFK, Jr., whose extended family I had known and covered for years. I have a wonderful photo of my husband with JFK, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy at the Washington Correspondents Dinner just a couple months before the tragedy happened. 
     
    After working at WKYC-TV as Assistant News Director and Executive Producer for Special Projects, I left the business to raise our two boys before getting into School PR. I am a product of the Orange City Schools so I was proud to bring my children back to my Alma Mater.  Ryan, our oldest, is now a senior at the College of William and Mary and is studying to be a history teacher because of the influence his educators have had on him; Caden is a freshman in Ball State's Honors College where he is majoring in sports journalism/broadcasting in the Sports Link program there. My husband is an employment attorney with Dennis Seaman & Associates.
     
    Along with work and my family, I have enjoyed a 35-year career coaching and instructing competitive color guards and drill teams throughout the country and have been honored to be a judge in both the ASJA and MEPA Circuits. I also announce and emcee at various events in the community including the most recent Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Orange. I still enjoy singing with my various show choirs. 
     
    And the buried lede....in 2019 I was elected as a Councilwoman in Orange Village where I have served for the past three years (it's a four-year term). I was the inaugural Co-Chair of the REDI Committee (Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and a volunteer with our Orange Cares program. I also serve as the Orange Schools liaison to the Kiwanis Club of Lander Circle. I wear a lot of “orange-colored” hats. 

    What interested you in applying for the Power PRo designation?
    First and foremost, I am competitive and love a good challenge! When I saw the opportunity to delve more deeply into doing what I already love and further collaborate with School PR colleagues, it was a no-brainer for me! It has been a lot of fun; it has enabled me to build new bonds and friendships with colleagues in the school PR community; and (OHSPRA Board Member) Crystal Davis's enthusiasm is contagious! Now that I have had the title in my email signature for the past few months, it is definitely a source of pride. 

    What did you think of the Power PRo program? Would you recommend it?
    I LOVE it! It has not only allowed me to get more involved in OHSPRA, but I have already learned and grown from the experience. I am excited to show my pride for the program by showcasing the logo that I helped inspire and "wearing it" as a Badge of Honor. I also love the opportunity to further serve my OHSPRA and NSPRA chapters and network and connect more closely with colleagues experiencing the same things I am. I have already recommended it wholeheartedly and signed up to continue for next year!

    What did/do you love about OHSPRA's Spring Conference and/or about being an OHSPRA member?

    I have always enjoyed participating in the various conferences throughout the last decade-plus, and it has been a joy to meet so many fascinating colleagues from around the state who all offer inspirational ideas. Engaging with these colleagues as a Power Pro candidate was particularly memorable for me. We had spent the better part of the last two years in a two-dimensional world on Zoom, and now I had the unique opportunity to create multiple ice-breakers and getting-to-know-you sessions that allowed everyone to collaborate without feeling stuck in a box, literally and figuratively. The exchange of ideas at the Spring Conference is phenomenal; the professional development is amazing; and I always leave the conference feeling motivated and inspired with huge takeaways. I am so very grateful to all who volunteer their time and effort to be a part of the Board and offer such a wonderful range of experiences for all of the OHSPRA members. I am honored to be a part of this incredible organization.

  • November 17, 2022 9:40 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    OHSPRA is planning our 2023 Spring Conference and we're seeking sponsors! Check out the full menu of sponsorship levels on our website!

    Know of a great vendor partner we should contact? Please forward the company name, primary contact email and phone number to Cristina Capretta at ccapretta@bereaschools.org. If you send us contact info and the vendor signs on as a sponsor, you will win extra OHSPRA swag at the Spring Conference!



  • November 16, 2022 9:37 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    We love our Ohio PR community! Have you ever thought of expanding your reach further than Ohio? Grow your professional community, expand your knowledge, learn best practices and more by joining National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Reap the benefits of belonging to OHSPRA and NSPRA! Become a Chapter + National member today!


  • November 14, 2022 9:15 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    Each year, OHSPRA honors individuals, school districts and others for their outstanding contributions in school communications. You've worked hard. Get the recognition you deserve and submit your work by January 23, 2023!

    Distinguished Individual Awards:

    Crystal Award - Established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have dramatically and positively impacted school public relations, the Crystal Award is the highest honor bestowed to an OHSPRA member. Submit your Crystal Award Nomination. Submit your Crystal Award Nomination.

    Friend of Education Award - School public relations is more than a one-person or one-department job. With that in mind, OHSPRA annually sponsors the Friend of Education Award to recognize those unofficial members of the school public relations team. Recipients can be individuals or groups of students, parents, volunteers, employees or community partners. Submit your Friend of Education Nomination. Submit your Friend of Education Nomination.

    Innovator Award - Established by OHSPRA in 2010 to recognize individuals who have introduced or utilized new methods of communication to dramatically advance or impact school public relations locally, state-wide, or nationally. Submit Your Innovator Award Nomination. Submit Your Innovator Award Nomination

    Professional Awards:

    These awards provide recognition for the outstanding communication efforts of members and non-members of OHSPRA. 

    E-Newsletter
    Electronic Quality Profile/Annual Report
    Marketing Materia
    Photography Award
    Podcast
    PR & Marketing Plans
    Print Newsletter 
    Print Quality Profile/Annual Report
    Social Media
    Social Media Campaign
    Special Purpose Publication
    Student Video
    Video
    Website
    Writing


    Entry Fee and Submission:

    Appropriate payment must be submitted to OHSPRA with a postmark date of Monday, January 23, 2023 or before to avoid disqualification.

    OHSPRA cannot accept purchase orders. Fees cannot be returned.

    OHSPRA Members: $75/one entry $200/four entries (new for 2022) 
    Non-members: $100

  • November 04, 2022 9:57 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    OHSPRA and OSBA will once again team up to host the 2022 Fall Communications Virtual Workshop on October 27. Based on anecdotal and survey input from OHSPRA members and suggestions from OSBA staff members, we will be addressing the following topics during the Fall Workshop:

    • Safety. With safety -- particularly school safety -- top-of-mind, how are you communicating with your community this school year about what you have in place to keep your schools safe?
    • Communications Plans. After 2-1/2 unique school years when most “plans” went out the window, how can you take your communications plan off the shelf, dust it off, and make it relevant again?
    • Editorial Calendars. How do you set up an editorial calendar so you have a visual workflow that helps a team of content creators/collaborators schedule their work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and keep your work life organized.
    • Staff Recruitment. What unique and effective things are communications/PR people doing to assist their districts in recruiting staff members?

    We know the talent pool is deep among our OHSPRA membership, so if you have expertise with (or just an interest in!) sharing how you/your district are doing any of these things really well, please consider throwing your hat in the ring as a presenter for the Fall Workshop.

    Please contact Kari Basson, director of professional development, at kari.basson@ketteringschools.org or at 937-499-1468, if you would be willing to serve as a workshop presenter and for additional information on the workshop and/or topics.


  • November 04, 2022 9:56 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    Please help us welcome Mary Stephens to the OHSPRA Board of Directors as our newest Secretary! Mary is the PR & Communications Coordinator at Vandalia-Butler City Schools (and she also just earned her PowerPRo designation through OHSPRA).

    Mary takes on this role as former Secretary Cristina Capretta will transition into her new role as Director of Partnerships. 


  • November 04, 2022 9:40 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    A gift is coming soon from the OHSPRA Board of Directors! Keep an eye on your mail for your membership gift and an invoice for the upcoming year’s membership.

    We value you as a member and look forward to another year of professional development, support, and camaraderie.

    If you haven’t already created your purchase order for your membership, now is a great time to do so.

    Cost of Membership:
    Membership year runs from Sept. 1, 2022 - Aug. 31, 2023

    Early Bird Pricing (if postmarked by Sept. 30, 2022)
    Individual membership - $75
    Institutional Membership (Includes 3 members) - $168

    Regular Pricing
    Individual Membership - $90
    Institutional Membership (Includes 3 members) - $ 200


    Renew your membership here:


  • October 19, 2022 9:42 AM | Mary Beddell (Administrator)

    OHSPRA's 2022-23 Spring Conference is taking place April 27-28, 2023. More details and information will be coming soon as the Board is already discussing topics, speakers, and mixers.


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