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February 2015
Meet OHSPRA's new chapter manager

The Ohio School Public Relations Association is pleased to announce Mary Beddell will serve as the association's new chapter manager. OHSPRA shared a job posting for a chapter manager in December. Twenty-three people applied and, after each member of the OHSPRA Board of Directors had the opportunity to review the resumes and recommend their top candidates, four candidates were offered interviews. Learn more about the selection process on the OHSPRA website.

Welcome Mary Beddell to the OHSPRA team
Plain Local Schools Public Relations Director Mary Beddell will begin her work with the association this month. Learn more about Beddell, including the nonprofit group she co-founded, on the OHSPRA website.
 
Early bird conference registration deadline nearing
Feb. 14 is the last day to save with early bird registration for OHSPRA's 2015 Spring Conference, April 16-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Worthington. Or apply for the scholarship to attend the event by March 6.
OSU PR director to speak at Spring Conference
Gary Lewis Jr.senior director of media and public relations at The Ohio State University, will address crisis communication as the keynote speaker at OHSPRA's Spring Conference. 
PR news you can use

Why Facebook is becoming the new school website
Facebook has changed the way many school districts communicate with their communities. Check out these insights from districts around the country about leveraging the social media platform. Read more at edtechmagazine.com.

Tools to help you communication new graduation options
Students will soon have multiple pathways to earn a diploma, giving them more flexibility in preparing for their futures after high school. Use these resources to effectively communicate these new options. Read more at education.ohio.gov.

10 ways to work smarter and elevate your career in 2015
Boost your productivity and take a fresh approach to your work with these helpful tips. Learn how to make better to-do lists, prioritize your workflow and keep your sanity when things get busy. Read more at Fast Company.

Member spotlight

Lancaster City students participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters
For the past several years, Lancaster City Schools students have been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County to serve as role models for younger children.

Participating Lancaster High School students are assigned a Little Brother or Little Sister based on personality matches and interests, then take time out of their study hall or lunch sessions to help their "littles" with their day. The program gives some much-needed care to the littles, but also teaches valuable life lessons to the "bigs." Watch the video below for more on the initiative.

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Video: A look at the new options for students to earn a high school degree http://ow.ly/HOLh7

Here are the best times to post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram http://ow.ly/HcEdh

Make your goals stick: Public relations resolutions for 2015 http://ow.ly/GPQ3E
Members
Finneytown: Congratulations to a Finneytown grad on his commercial! David's Gigalife http://buff.ly/1tqnYWU 

Mahoning County ESC: MCCTC welding students hope to enter oil and gas industry. http://ow.ly/HMtfe

Dublin: Dublin Biz Academy students create T-shirts for companies, non-profits, and individuals. Visit: http://www.dublinschools.net/dba.aspx for details.
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