Condolences to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Fred Chapman, APR

Frederick "Fred" Chapman, APREarlier this week, Frederick "Fred" Chapman, APR passed away at the age of 82.  Fred earned his APR and was inducted into the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows in 1991 - making him one of only a handful from the state of Michigan to earn that distinction. Many WMPRSA members likely remember him fondly as he continued to attend monthly programs until very recently.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 30, 2012, 11 AM at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ionia. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, July 29, 2012, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Lake Funeral Home, 3521 S. State St. Ionia, and at 10 AM on Monday, July 30, prior to the 11 AM Mass. The family suggests donations to SS. Peter & Paul Education Trust or the Grand Valley State University School of Communications Scholarship Fund. Internment will be at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Ionia Township. On-line condolences may be made at

From the obituary:

CHAPMAN, FREDERICK Frederick A. Chapman, age 82, of Orleans Township, passed away in Grand Rapids, MI on July 25, 2012. He was born in Detroit to Frederick A. and Aurelia Denk Chapman of Ionia, MI on May 13, 1930. He was predeceased by his wife of almost 55 years, Helen "Pat" Chapman. He married Neonila (Nila) Chapman in March of 2010 and gained a step-daughter, Irina Perry and her husband, Michael, and a step- grandson, Alexander (Sasha). [...] A graduate of Wayne State University with a B.A. degree in journalism and a Master's degree in social science from the University of Detroit. He served in Korea with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Fred was a public relations executive and retired as press information manager from Mercedes-Benz of North America in Montvale, NJ, after 36 years in corporate advertising and public relations. Returning to West Michigan, he was an associate professor of communications at Grand Valley State University and retired from GVSU in 2000. Chapman was accredited and a Fellow in the Public Relations Society of America. He was president of the New England and the West Michigan chapters of PRSA as well as a national delegate to the association's national assembly. (More)

APR in April

West Michigan PRSA is pleased to announce an APR Prep "drop-in" day!Have you always wanted to gain Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)? Maybe you have questions about accreditation and how the process works? Now is the time to check it out! West Michigan PRSA is hosting an APR Prep "drop-in" day on Friday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. at Ferris State University's downtown Grand Rapids campus in the Applied Technology Center Room 180 (map available here). You can stop by at your convenience, ask questions, learn about the process, and pick up a hard-copy of the APR study guide. There's no pressure, no cost, and no reason why you should wait any longer to learn about gaining your Accreditation in Public Relations!

Questions? Email WMPRSA Accreditation Chair, Dr. Patrick Bishop, at

Announcing WMPRSA’s APR Bootcamp

If you ever wanted to gain Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), now is the time! West Michigan PRSA is pleased to offer an APR bootcamp on Friday, October 7 from 1-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on the Grand Rapids campus of Ferris State University. The cost is $40 and includes 10 hours of instruction, lunch on Saturday, an APR study guide, and other helpful resources. Space is limited, so RSVP today at add link.

Why Become Accredited?

Accreditation sets you apart as a certified expert in the field of PR. It gives your employer and clients more confidence in your knowledge and skills. Accreditation demonstrates your expertise to the executive suite and positions you for career advancement as a proven industry leader.

Did you know… research shows that accredited PR professionals make nearly 20 percent more than non-accredited practitioners? Plus, more and more job postings are requiring the APR designation for hiring. Become accredited and gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are among the most dedicated, knowledgeable, and determined PR professionals in the nation.

Questions? Contact WMPRSA APR Chair, Dr. Patrick Bishop, at