ALSPRA

Alabama School Public Relations Association

NSPRA Honors Two ALSPRA Members

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The Alabama School Public Relations Association (ALSPRA) is proud to highlight two of its own who have been recently recognized by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).


Meagan Dorsey, Public Information Officer for Dothan City Schools, was notified that the NSPRA Executive Board has awarded her a Foundation for the Advancement of Education scholarship to the 67th Annual NSPRA Seminar, to be held July 11-14, 2021, in New Orleans. This scholarship covers the Seminar registration fee plus a $250 stipend for expenses. As an honoree, Dorsey has also been invited to attend NSPRA’s Annual Meeting/Celebration of Achievement at 1:00 p.m. on July 11, along with other NSPRA honorees.


ALSPRA member Mitzi Clayton, Public Information Liaison for Eufaula City Schools, has also been recognized by NSPRA. Clayton was notified in late-April that she is the recipient of the Don Bagin Memorial Scholarship to the 67th Annual NSPRA Seminar. This scholarship is made possible thanks to generous contributions from the Bagin Family Education Foundation. This scholarship covers the cost of Clayton’s Seminar registration.


The NSPRA 2021 National Seminar - “Reconnect/Refresh/Recharge” - brings the best in school public relations professional development to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and to an online event platform during July 11-14. The Seminar is the go-to place for high quality, thought-provoking sessions full of actionable ideas and strategies to elevate a practitioner’s work.


See more info on NSPRA's 2021 Seminar and register via https://www.nspra.org/national-seminar


Dorsey and Clayton will also be formally recognized at the upcoming ALSPRA Conference on May 7 (details below).

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ALSPRA 2021 Student Scholarship Winners

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The Alabama School Public Relations Association (ALSPRA) proudly announces its two Student Scholarship Winners for 2021: Lydia Scoper (Saraland High School) and Sadie Logan (Hewitt-Trussville High School).


Logan plans to pursue a marketing degree from Samford University. Her high school achievements include National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Peer Partner Club, Student Leadership Team, Student Ambassador, Honor Graduate, and more.


Scoper plans to major in communications/advertising either at Auburn University or the University of Alabama. Her high school achievements include Lions International Club, Alpha Leo Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Class Council, National Honors Society, Student Council, Yearbook, Theatre, and more.


Both students secured the ALSPRA scholarship through an application process that included not only a look at their high school achievements, but also a written essay on trends currently facing communication professionals.


ALSPRA, the statewide coalition of professional school communicators, offers scholarship opportunities to students who plan to enroll in an Alabama college or university after high school and plan to seek a degree in communication, public relations or a related field. Students who are eligible may apply for the education scholarship program offered at the beginning of each

calendar year and awarded at the annual ALSPRA Conference in mid-Spring.

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ALSPRA Quarterly Meeting / Excellence in Communication Awards 2021

Dear ALSPRA Members,


We are almost through 2020-2021, yet we know our work is not done.


The ALSPRA Spring Meeting is just days away - Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS (details below). As always, the meeting will serve to recharge and reconnect practitioners across our state!


The meeting will be both in-person and virtual (link details coming next week) and will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST.


Dr. Jeff Langham, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of External Affairs, at the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), will be our (virtual) keynote speaker. We look forward to hearing from Dr. Langham as we round out this most unusual school year - and look ahead to 2021-2022.


As a health precaution, please note masks are required for those attending in-person. In-person attendance will be capped to the first 25 individuals who select that option on the RSVP Form.


IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE DETAILS:

Friday, May 7, 2021 | 9 am - 3 pm

Huntsville Area Association of Realtors

535 Monroe St NW

Huntsville, AL 35801


VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE DETAILS:

Login credentials will be shared as we approach the meeting.


We will have other speakers and sessions as usual for this ALSPRA meeting - and of course - recognize those who have earned ALSPRA Excellence in Communication Awards for 2021! If I can be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email.


Sincerely,


Jason Gaston

ALSPRA 2020-2021 President

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It's Time to Renew Your Membership

It’s time to renew your annual membership in the Alabama School Public Relations Association! On behalf of our Executive Board, I’d like to personally invite you to join us for another great year of professional learning and networking.


Over the past year, we’ve provided our members top-notch learning in many of the issues you and your colleagues around the state are managing:


  • Crisis readiness and communication plan development
  • Digital storytelling with innovative, affordable tools
  • Public relations data analytics and reporting
  • ADA compliance for websites and public documents


In addition, we’ve refreshed the ALSPRA website with a new, members-only archive of marketing plans, social media guides, and much more.


You can continue enjoying unlimited access to our resources and quarterly workshops by renewing your ALSPRA membership.


  • Institutional Memberships, for you and up to 2 of your team members, are now our lowest price ever — just $199 per year
  • Individual Memberships are $79 per year
  • Associate and Affiliate Memberships (for students, retirees, business leaders, and out-of-state members) are $49 per year


You can renew your membership by visiting our website and completing the online registration form.


If you or your school system have questions about ALSPRA billing, POs or invoices, please contact ALSPRA Treasurer Nicole Knight at nknight@pelhamcityschools.org.


Thank you for your continued support of ALSPRA!


Jason Gaston, APR
ALSPRA President

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Alabama School Public Relations Association

ALSPRA is the statewide coalition of professional school communicators showcasing the best of Alabama educators, staff and students. Our chapter enables our members to learn and expand their expertise in school PR. Our chapter is an award-winning organization with a passion for strategic communications in education. Become a member today!