2017 Fall Workshop


2017 OCPRA Fall Workshop
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame  
4040 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC

Nominations open for the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award. Learn more.
Nominations open for the Randy Talley Rising Star Award. Learn more.
The deadline to nominate a worthy candidate is Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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A Better Balanced You

10-11:30 am     Productivity & You                 

How to: only touch a piece of paperwork once and be done with it, reduce file space needs, not need lists, get 3 extra nights a week with no work “homework.” 

1. Your Personal Productivity: working hard all the time; doing well organized work; the ability to grow and change with the job; meeting goals with work.

2. Your Personal Work Style: Cooperatively; in a top-down model; as individuals; as equals.

Break    11:30-11:45 am

11:45-12:30 pm     Stress Is Not a Four Letter Word and You Can Turn It Into Power            

Explore Physical, Behavioral, Emotional and Psychological: actions and reactions related to stress and flip it all in your favor.

12:30 pm     Awards Presentation

Presentation of the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year and the Randy Talley Rising Star awards

12:45-1:30 pm     Lunch


Fall Workshop Registration is only $60 and includes lunch catered by the OKC Petroleum Club. Payments accepted include:

  • Paypal (button below)
  • Purchase order - email brian.adler@swosu.edu
  • Pay with cash or credit card at event
  • Pay from invoice 

The OCPRA Fall Workshop

Each year, OCPRA members tackle a relevant issue in our fall workshop, open to colleagues in all PR related fields and others interested. Co-sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Communicator’s Council, our fall workshop provides excellent networking and learning opportunities. Recent fall workshops have examined leadership, emotional intelligence, crisis communications, admissions marketing, and more.

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Cindy Dougherty is Dean of Students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where her office serves 5,500 college students and supports 90 on campus clubs and organizations.  She serves as advocate and ombudsman for SWOSU students in every aspect of university life and conflict. Her office coordinates all activities and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, in addition to campus discipline, appeals and related community service.  She serves as judicial officer for the campus.

As a “Visiting Executive” since 1999, she serves beyond Oklahoma by annually teaching non-profit management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  As a long time Board member of the Allwin Initiative at Dartmouth, she assists with fundraising, strategic planning and intern placement.

Dean Dougherty has been invited to address universities, businesses, churches and civic groups across the country. She has worked with the Zig Ziglar Corporation, Child Welfare League of America, Aramark Corporation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, federal and state Mental Health Departments and many others. 

From 1996 to 2005, she was president of the National Benevolent Association, a nonprofit corporation, with nearly 100 facilities nationwide serving more than 22,000 people each year.  Prior to that Dr. Dougherty served as dean, vice provost and vice president at Chapman University in Orange, California, and Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. As a third generation teacher, she began her career teaching journalism in the Enid Public Schools in Enid, Oklahoma where she was Teacher of the Year in 1982.

She holds a BA in English, a BA in secondary education, and a BA in mass communications, an MLS with a journalism thesis and a Doctorate of Humane Letters.