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Waldram Cramer Honored with 2014 Foster/Inglish Award

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 4, 2014) – Applying skills in marketing research, strategy and communication to benefit the University of Central Missouri, Kelly Waldram Cramer, assistant director of university relations for marketing and promotion, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Foster/Inglish Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations.

Foster Inglish Prize 2014

Honored for her outstanding work in the University of Central Missouri Office of University Relations,
Kelly Waldram Cramer, left, assistant director of university relations for marketing and promotion, receives the 2014 Foster/Inglish Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations from Robin Krause, director of marketing and promotion.

The award was created in 2000 to honor achievement and service by members of the university’s public relations staff. John Inglish, director emeritus of public relations, established an endowment through the UCM Foundation the year he retired to honor his longtime friend and mentor, Carl Foster, who retired as director emeritus of public relations in 1986 after 19 years of service. Inglish devoted more than 27 years to UCM’s public relations office before he retired.

An alumna with two degrees from UCM, Waldram Cramer becomes the 12th member of the Office of University Relations staff to receive the award since its inception. The award includes the addition of the recipient’s name on a plaque, which is displayed in University Relations, Administration 302, and a monetary prize that is made possible by the endowment.

Robin Krause, director of marketing and promotion at UCM, made the award presentation, noting that Waldram Cramer joined the University Relations staff two years ago following an administrative reorganization that centralized the marketing functions of University Relations. She came to the office after serving for many years in UCM’s University Housing area and Student Life areas, where she handled marketing and public relations functions.

“It’s because of that centralization that the university as a whole has benefitted from Kelly’s expertise,” Krause said. “I believe her biggest strength lies in her ability to develop plans based on research and not just anecdotes, feelings or ‘the way we’ve always done it.'"

Krause pointed to Waldram Cramer’s educational background at UCM as strengths in the work she provides in University Relations. She completed a Master of Business Administration degree in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1999, both with concentrations in marketing. Through her education and professional experiences, she has gained a strong understanding of research and how to effectively apply it to benefit the university.

In presenting the award, Krause commended Waldram Cramer for her contributions and leadership in promoting the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion and The Crossing – South at Holden to prospective students.

“Under her watch, several academic departments have implemented marketing plans that have resulted in significant gains in enrollment and she has been instrumental in developing stronger partnerships with various offices around campus,” Krause said.

He added, “Having seen her work with her office colleagues, clients from other offices on campus, and with students working in our office, I believe our staff all agree that Kelly has made a significant impact on the marketing efforts of UCM.”  

Waldram Cramer has worked at the university since 2000. Before joining University Relations in 2012, she served from 2007 to 2012 in University Housing and worked from 2000 to 2007 in Student Life. 

She currently resides in Greenwood with her husband and two children.