Member Benefit Alert: FREE headshots!
As a special benefit to all PRAM Central members in good standing, we are offering free headshots at our July membership luncheon.

To sign up for your free headshot:

  • RSVP to the July meeting HERE.
  • Choose your ticket type, and be sure to ALSO choose the ticket type for the free headshot.

If you have any questions, email PRAM Central Secretary Jason Scott at
Register now for the 
SPRF Annual Conference in Orange Beach

It's fun in the sun for this year's SPRF Conference at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala.!

Special hotel room rates are available now until Aug. 29

Find out all the details here:
APR News

Register now for the APR Jumpstart Workshop

Greetings fellow PRAM Central members,

I am writing to share the news about the APR Jumpstart Workshop set for  Friday, August 9 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Department of Education. This workshop is for those pursing accreditation or interested in the process.

The facilitator will be John Forde, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA. He will provide an overview of the process for achieving the Accreditation in Public Re
John Forde
lations credential and answer any questions that you may have. If you have any members strongly considering pursuit of this professional achievement, this workshop will be the perfect time to start in advance of the 2019 SPRF Annual Conference in Orange Beach, AL, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The conference is an ideal time to arrange for a panel presentation because many APR professionals will be in attendance.

Also, current APRs can literally pay it forward by donating money to cover the cost of breakfast items and lunch that will be provided to participants. If you want to contribute to the professional development of your friends and colleagues, or if you are interested in attended the workshop, email me at

Registration for SPRF Members
$60 Early Bird: must be received by Friday, July 19
$75 Regular Fee: must be received by Friday, July 26
For SPRF nonmembers:
$100 Fee
Thank you,
Patrice Guilfoyle
PRAM Vice President, Accreditation

PRAM Central APR Inquiries

Christian Patterson, APR+M, PRAM Central's VP of Career Development, has taken a new position as Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (E RDC) in  Vicksburg. Congratulations Christian! 

As a result, however, Christian can no longer fulfill his duties as VP of Career Development. Filling in for the interim is Mary Margaret Busby, APR, PRAM Central's President-Elect.

All APR inquiries should now be directed to Mary Margaret  at .

Meet our new members
PRAM Central President Liz Densmore and new member Corie Jones
PRAM Central's ranks just keep growing! In the second quarter of 2019 we've added four new members for a total of 11 so far this year.
  1. Corie Jones - Mississippi Department of Education
  2. Todd Adams - Pear River Resort
  3. K.K. Williams - Mississippi Hospital Association
  4. Camille Young - Cornerstone Government Affairs Group


Member Spotlight
Three PRAM Central members were recently honored with Golden Achievement Awards by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

Jean Cook, APR, Director of Public Relations, and Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications, both of the Mississippi Department of Education, received three awards. The projects honored were the Mississippi Department of Education Ends State Contract, the  Mississippi High School Diploma Endorsement Options Campaign and the  Mississippi Succeeds Report Card.

Sandi Beason, APR, Public Information Officer for the Clinton Public School District received the award for the "We Are Arrow Nation" 2018 School Bond Campaign.

Upcoming Events
We've got some great speakers lined up for our upcoming luncheons!

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
@ The Capital Club
Speaker:  "Vicksburg Park Shutdown Response" with Beth Everett of Vicksburg National Military Park
Register HERE.

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
@ The Capital Club
Speaker: "Mississippi Best Robotics Competition" with Lydia Allison of Mississippi State University

Watch your email inbox for more details soon, and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news. We've got some exciting things in the works!