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Issue 190, March 25, 2015
In this issue...

Feature Story
From TSPRA President Lorette Williams

Other Stories
 Rookie of the Year Award winner
 Crystal Award Winners
 NSPRA approves bylaws changes

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GOOD TO KNOW

Words to Delete from Press Releases

We all know how important it is to avoid jargon in our writing, but it's not easy to banish corporate-speak from press releases and blog posts. We want our communications to be clear, concise, and not sound like they were written by a focus group with a thick thesaurus.
 
Look for better words than bland constructions such as "end-user," "value-added" and "mission-critical." Try substituting "use" for "utilize," "outcomes" for "deliverables," and "expandable" for "scalable."
 
All the contacts and connections in the world don't mean anything if your audience can't understand your message. Watch your vocabulary to make it easier for them. 

- Becky Gaylord, Gaylord LLC  

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Kari Hutchison, director of communications for Comal ISD, served as the 2006-2007 president of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). Kari HutchisonKari is a graduate of Trinity University where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation in 1982, she took a position as an editor and writer for the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio. Later, she became public relations director for Incarnate Word College, now known as the University of the Incarnate Word.

Kari and her family then moved to Anthony, Texas, the town where she grew up. She then took a position as a communications specialist for El Paso Electric. In 1989, she made the move into public school communications when El Paso ISD hired Kari as a communications specialist. A promotion soon made her executive director of communications and business partnerships, a position she held for the next ten years. During this time, Kari earned her master's degree in communication studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

In 1999, Kari and her family moved to the New Braunfels area where she was hired by Comal ISD as director of communications. According to Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal, "Kari is really the consumate professional in everything she does. She's passionate, sincere, honest, modest and sought out by others. And she is a leader of the people."

At her installation as president during TSPRA's 2006 Annual Conference, Kari presented "TSPRA, a Voice of Trust" as her presidential theme. One of the goals she set for her year was to increase membership.

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