Communication and Sociology
Public Relations Major
Guest Speakers Mike Swenson and Lisa Qualls
|Innovative Public Relations hosted two guest speakers last spring semester: Mike Swenson and Lisa Qualls.
Mike Swenson, president of Crossroads, presented to the PR campaigns and integrated marketing communications classes, as well as an open presentation about today's changing public relations landscape.
|UCM PR alumna Lisa Qualls, vice president of interactive strategy at Summit Marketing, presented successful PR campaigns she was involved with for clients including John Deere, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and Applebee's.|
Spring Welcome Back Social at Fitter's
After a month apart during winter break, UCM PR students were ready to get back in the swing of things! Forty-five PRSSA members attended the Welcome Back Social at Fitter's on February 7. Talk about a great turnout! Congratulations to Stephanie Barnes, the newly elected secretary and Robert Fischer, the newly elected treasurer. Looks like it's going to be another great semester for PRSSA!
Thanksmas (A Thanksgiving- Christmas event)
PR students, alumni and friends gathered on December 4 to celebrate the holiday season. The event was complete with food, a white elephant gift exchange and tacky sweater competition. Ian Rowland and Jordan Lee (upper-right) were finalists for the tacky sweater competition. The PR Program hopes to make Thanksmas an annual event!
KC PRSSA Day
Eight PR students represented the University of Central Missouri at the annual KC PRSSA Day on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Kansas City Public Library. Events included "A Day in the Life of a PR Pro" panel discussion, a career fair, and keynote speaker Spike Jones, Senior Vice President for Word of Mouth/Digital at Fleishman-Hillard.
PR Pro Day
The UCM chapter of PRSSA hosted its annual PR Pro Day on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the UCM Elliott Union Ballroom. PR professionals participated in a panel discussion as well as a breakout session to address the questions of individual students. Thank you to the following pros who gave their time to engage with UCM PR students:
Shawn Arni, Director of PR and Marketing, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Sue Evers, APR, Earthquake, HAZUS, Dam Safety, FEMA Region VII Mitigation Division
Vanessa Figg, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Western Missouri Medical Center
Tom Heapes, Senior Communications Consultant, Trozzolo Communications Group
Caroline Howard, Sr. Account Manager, The Wellington Group
Tammie Nichols, Marketing Director, Missouri State Fair
Terry Oehrke, President/Owner, OnTarget
Erica Ostroski, Special Events Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC
Eric Prill, V.P. of Marketing and Communications, Sports Car Club of America
Chris Ruhnke, E-Communications Coordinator, The Salvation Army