PPRS is a professional society of more than 150 active public relations professionals throughout Central Pennsylvania. Our members represent various types of organizations with expertise in all facets of public relations.

Nance McCown, PhD, co-chair of the Department of Communications and Associate Professor of Communications at Messiah College, was honored as the 26th recipient of the prestigious Ernest R. McDowell Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a PPRS member. The award was established in 1991 to recognize an individual for sustained excellence in the field of public relations, in both the profession itself and the community... Read more


From celebrities and business moguls to aspiring YouTube stars and even local professionals, self-promotion is rampant. But what differentiates blatant self-promotion and personal branding? How important is a strong personal brand in today's digital age? 

Personal branding establishes a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others about an individual, group or organization... Read more


Nance McCown, PhD, co-chair of the Department of Communication and Associate Professor of Communication Messiah College, Grantham, PA, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations. Her duties at Messiah College include serving as Faculty Liaison for Enrollment Management, Leading the Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Communications and Public Relations, serving on the Long Range Plan ‘Theme Two’ Team (Fall, 2015), Actively involved with alumni engagement, Nance serves on the advisory team for “The Bridge,” Messiah’s college alumni magazine, and provides strategy for and oversees maintenance and updating of department social media Facebook page, department website (including strategizing and editing work of student writers completing articles on department news, alumni profiles, and her department’s blog)... Read more