September 2017 IABC Harrisburg Newsletter Print

Next Professional Development Event

Video Killed the Writing Star: Maximizing Low-cost Video for Communication
presented by Dr. Kim Garris

Wednesday, September, 20, 2017  •  5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nino's Bistro
1801 Market St.
Camp Hill, PA 17011

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: registration & networking
6:00 p.m.: dinner
6:30 p.m.: program

Video is the single most consumed medium on the planet. Still, many companies and organizations rely on email and print media to engage their audiences. Whether it's to encourage event attendance or promote a new service, Dr. Kim Garris, Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Shippensburg University, will share her insight on how to produce low-budget videos that prompt action, measure effectiveness and create social engagement. We hope you can join us on September 20 at 5:30 p.m.!

Menu details:

Pollo Piccata (chicken piccata),
served with pasta
Those with food sensitivities (vegan, gluten-free, etc.), please notify Beth Ann McCoy at by Friday, September 15

About Kim Garris

Dr. Kim Garris brings 16 years of experience in television news to her position of Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Shippensburg University. Dr. Garris' professional experience includes work as a news reporter at ABC, NBC and CBS television affiliates from Alabama to Maine. Along the way, she has worked for a large regional cable network in New England and even reported on the space and science industry through her work for the Sci-Fi Channel. Her most recent stop was a 10-year stint in Harrisburg at the ABC affiliate as a reporter and the morning anchor. She landed her first job in broadcast news in AM radio. Her professional career has not been limited to news reporting. She has been a producer, weather anchor, sports anchor and even videographer and editor.

Register by 4:00 p.m. today

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Save the Date

Ask a Recruiter: Job Hunting Hacks for Experienced Professionals
October, 18, 2017  •  5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location TBD

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: registration & networking
6:00 p.m.: dinner
6:30 p.m.: program

College students are often schooled on the ins-and-outs of applying and interviewing for their first real-world job, including what to wear, say, and do. Yet while the basics may remain the same, times and trends can change, putting experienced job-seeking professionals at a disadvantage.

Join IABC Harrisburg on Wednesday, October 18, as we host recruiting professionals Masai Lawson of Gannett Fleming and Johanna DiCosimo of Global Data Consultants to learn how experienced communications professionals can market ourselves more effectively, write the perfect cover letter, make our resume stand out, and ace the interview.

Stay tuned for more details and registration.

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IABC Heritage Region Conference

Get your career moving with the 2017 IABC Heritage Region Conference on November 5-7 in Pittsburgh. For three days, join approximately 200 communication, public relations and marketing practitioners as you discover the possibilities for your career, now and in the future.

You can now download the complete conference brochure to review the schedule and learn more about the speakers for this year’s 4 KEYNOTES and 21 BREAKOUT SESSIONS. Be sure to check out the schedule and explore the complete list of speakers.

Learn something new, make meaningful professional contacts and experience beautiful downtown Pittsburgh.

Register today to receive the Early Bird Pricing!

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IABC Member Spotlight

Beth Ann McCoy

Beth Ann McCoy is the marketing manager at Noelker and Hull Associates, a Chambersburg-based architecture and interior design firm. In her role, she is responsible for developing the firm’s marketing collateral, social media efforts, and website messaging and maintenance. Beth Ann interacts with clients and consultants, creates content, and monitors social media channels. She also assists with the firm’s business development efforts.

A long-time attendee and sponsor of IABC programs, Beth Ann joined the IABC Harrisburg Chapter board of directors in November 2015 as the professional development co-chair. She was elected the professional development chair in December 2016.

In working with the IABC board, Beth Ann loves the opportunity to meet area professionals and the ability to learn and share how their work impacts IABC members. She also appreciates the professional development resources available to IABC members through meetings, conferences, webinars, and other outlets.

Beth Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism with a concentration in public relations from Shippensburg University and holds a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University. Her career has included broad public relations and communications experience ranging from small nonprofit organizations to large international corporations and everything in between.

Thank you Beth Ann, for your ongoing contributions to IABC Harrisburg!

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Membership News


Karl Lasher
Internal Communications Specialist, Ahold USA


Scott Elliott
Communications Manager, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency


To become an IABC member go to renew your membership go to If you have any questions about becoming a member, please contact us at

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IABC Gold Quill Awards

Get your best work samples ready! The launch of the IABC 2018 Gold Quill Awards is coming and details will be announced soon about how you can submit your best work. To get ready, start reviewing your work samples over the past year, and take a look at these Gold Quill case studies for examples of work that received recognition. IABC expects to announce details in about two weeks. And don't forget, IABC members get a discount on the entry fee. Stay tuned and good luck!

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Member Month

Get ready for another great opportunity for you to join or reinstate your IABC Harrisburg membership because October is International Member Month!

Why should you join IABC?

  • Connect. Make new friends with communication professionals throughout Central Pennsylvania.
  • Exclusive members-only resources. Stay abreast of the latest innovations and trends in the field.
  • Job Centre. Find hundreds of communication jobs at all levels of experience.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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Career Opportunities



Digital Media Manager
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®

Website Coordinator
Walter Prosperity, LLC

Marketing Content Developer
PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency)

Marketing Communications Coordinator
DAS Companies, Inc.

Digital Communications Specialist
Central Penn Business Journal

Communications Assistant and Graphic Design Specialist
City of Harrisburg

Digital Communications Specialist
Cumberland County, PA

Marketing Assistant
JFC Staffing Companies

Public Relations

Communications Manager
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Digital Content Writer
JPL Integrated Communications, Inc.

Event Production Manager
Klock Entertainment


Marketing Assistant (part-time)
Home Sweet Home In Home Services LLC

Digital Marketing Account Manager
Shyft Careers

Marketing Assistant
Friendship Community

Social Media Coordinator
White Good MARCOM Agency

Event Production Project Manager
Shumaker PDT

Social Media Specialist 
Liberty HealthShare

Digital Marketer
Web Talent Marketing

Digital Marketing Associate 
Income Store

Lancaster Campus: Adjunct Communications Instructor 
YTI Career Institute

Marketing Assistant

Senior Social Media Specialist
Income Store


Marketing/Business Development Specialist
First Capital Federal Credit Union



Communications Internship
Penn State Harrisburg

Linwood Creative Marketing Intern 
The JDK Group

The Bond Creative Marketing Intern 
The JDK Group

Social Media Marketing & PR Intern
The JDK Group

Fall 2017 Graphic Design Internship
Phoenix Contact


Marketing Graphic Designer - Fall 2017 Part-Time Internship 


Media Production Intern 
York County Policy Council

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