Monday, April 20, 2009

LEA Ranked 2nd Among State PR Firms; Top 100 in Nation

Lambert Edwards and Associates (LEA) moved up 20 spots from last year in the annual rankings of PR firms to the 83rd spot. LEA is the second largest PR firm in Michigan this year, and remains the largest PR firm in West Michigan.

The rankings are based on 2008 net fees.

LEA's most recent new client is Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a leading provider of information-based process improvement solutions for non-contact measurement and inspection applications based in Plymouth, Michigan.

GVSU Places Third in Regional Ad Competition

A team of students from Grand Valley State University's School of Communications placed third last week in the regional round of the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). The team advances to the national competition.

The team of Advertising/Public Relations majors was coached by my colleague, Professor Roy Winegar.

I'll share more information about the campaign when the final national results are determined. 

Meanwhile, I'm hoping to hear any day from the judges regarding my team of students competing in this year's Bateman PR Case Study Competition.

Monday, April 13, 2009

French Prof, Me, on WGVU Wed a.m.

Thomas Hoerber, a professor from ESSCA visiting this week (see earlier post), and I will be guests with Shelly Irwin on WGVU 88.5 FM on Wednesday morning.

We will be part of the regular "Global Connections" feature on the WGVU Morning Show, airing live from 9:30-10 a.m.

(Update--you can listen to an MP3 of the archived interview).

Michigan Represented on National PRSSA Board

The state of Michigan is well represented on the new national board of the Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA). GVSU alumnus Lisa Travnik was PRSSA's first VP of Advocacy a few years ago. While the current board has no Lakers, the Michigan is well represented, with officers from Michigan State and Wayne State for the coming year:

  • President — Rebecca Timms, Rowan University
  • Vice President of Advocacy — Janelle Hueslman, Ohio University
  • Vice President of Chapter Development — Kion Sanders, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Vice President of Internships and Job Services — Michael J. Wilson, Brigham Young University
  • Vice President of Member Services — Mary Rose Macaranas, Georgia State University
  • Vice President of Professional Development — Nick Lucido, Michigan State University
  • Vice President of Public Relations — Jason Sears, University of Texas at Austin
  • Vice President of Regional Activities — Jenna Huskinson, Wayne State University

Friday, April 10, 2009

Visiting Professor to Discuss Role of Europe

PR people whose clients or organizations have anything to do with Europe may want to come to a free public lecture April 14 at 4 p.m. in Room 2215 of the Kirkhof Center on Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus. 

Thomas Hoerber is from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers (ESSCA) in Angers, France. He will be at Grand Valley April 13-17 to give  talks in political science, business and communications classes.

His public lecture on the 14th will focus on "The Role of Europe in the World." This is especially timely given President Obama's recent trip to the G20 summit and subsequent discussion about US vs European leadership in world affairs. This changing diplomatic climate may also affect international PR done by businesses, governments and NGOs.

I've had the opportunity to teach at ESSCA, a partner school of GVSU, several times (you can see some of my photos of France on my Facebook page--see link at right). Dr. Hoerber's visit here is part of a faculty exchange. I enjoyed meeting him last fall when I weas in France. A German by birth who did his doctoral thesis at Oxford on the historic origins of the EU, Hoerber taught in Vancouver, Canada before moving to France. He has a deep and interesting perspective on EU relationships. I hope you can find time away from work--or students, class--to come hear him.

For more information, call the Padnos International Center at (616) 331-3898.