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Happy New Year OHSPRA!

I hope 2022 has been good to you thus far. I look forward to the potential of what the year holds. January is a meaningful month for me personally. It is the month my daughter Isabella was born. This year will be kind of different. She is away at college so this will be the first time we won’t be celebrating her birthday with her in person. I’m sure we will adapt by sending her gifts and singing Happy Birthday via Facetime on her big day, but it will be different. 

Kind of like our school year (don’t you love my tie-in and transition…LOL!) The last couple of Januarys have been different than we are used to in school communications and January 2022 is no exception. We will publicize students’ accomplishments and promote our kindergarten information nights, but it will be different. We will inform our stakeholders on the happenings of their school districts and career centers, but it will be different. Community concerns around masking, mitigations, and vaccines amid a politicized pandemic will have that effect on school PR.

So, while 2022 is starting out differently, we can look ahead with hope for a better year in the long run. 

For OHSPRA, that means starting off the year with a great Lunch & Learn online on Jan. 25. Then, looking forward to our in person Spring Conference and Annual Achievement Award luncheon in April. Please stay tuned to our monthly newsletters and our social media feeds for updates on these events and others from your OHSPRA Board.

Here’s wishing you and yours an amazing 2022. You got this! Let’s go!

Stay safe and stay healthy,


Lou DeVincentis
President, OHSPRA

Did you hear?

There's still time to submit your OHSPRA Achievement Awards

You’re a star, so we want to recognize you for the stellar work you’ve done for the 2021-22 school year! Watch OHSPRA President-Elect Alicia Mowry speak with Director of Contests & Awards Scott Marshall to hear all the details on how/when you can submit your OHSPRA Achievement Awards!

All entries must be submitted, postmarked or date-stamped by January 24, 2022. Entry forms are now live on our website. Enter your great work today - www.ohspra.org/ContestAwards.aspx

Calling all do-it-yourselfers!

Have you ever considered having a communications audit performed for your district, but balked at the cost?

For OHSPRA's first Lunch and Learn of 2022, join Greg Viebranz, Executive Director of Communications & Family Engagement at Westerville City School District as he helps participants in this session learn the basics of conducting a communications audit themselves.

Register for the Jan. 25 OHSPRA Lunch & Learn here.


We're doing it! The 2022 Spring Conference is coming!

Mark your calendars for the 2022 OHSPRA Spring Conference coming April 28-29 at the Renaissance Westerville Polaris!

Have a topic you'd love to hear about? Let us know! Email Kari Basson, OHSPRA’s director of professional development, today!

Better yet, do you rock Instagram reels or crush it when it comes to video production? Our OHSPRA PR pros have a wealth of experience and make great presenters! Click here to submit your presentation proposal for the 2022 spring conference.


New year, new you: The School PR Power PRo


Get membership perks and other benefits by earning the new OHSPRA Power PRo designation! This unique -- and FREE -- membership award allows you to earn points for things you may already doing with OHSPRA. Earn seven points within the membership year (Sept. 2021-Aug. 2022) by completing activities of your choosing. Watch our video and learn more on our Contest and Awards webpage.
OHSPRA members are invited to attend the 2022 BASA Women In Leadership Conference, March 10-11 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris!

An exciting line-up of speakers includes keynotes from Marissa Orr, bestselling author of "Lean Out: The Truth about Women, Power and the Workplace."

Click here to learn more. Registration is now open.
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