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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 4, 2012) – As Rosemary Olas looks forward to opportunities to pursue a new phase of life with new endeavors, the University of Central Missouri’s Office of Broadcasting Services is celebrating her retirement and her 18 years of service, most recently as the office’s interim director. Open to everyone in the UCM community, the retirement reception is planned for 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 6 in Wood 19.
An alumna with two degrees from UCM, Olas became interim director in July 2011, and held positions in Broadcasting Services that began in 1995 with work as utilization specialist, responsible for providing in-school training for teachers and instructional video services to 93 subscribing school districts. After four years in that position, she became coordinator of Instructional Telecommunications Services, overseeing all marketing, programming negotiations and purchase of rights and was responsible for an Internet dial-up service for teachers and expanded K-12 services.
In 2003, her position changed to manager of Educational Services and Outreach, which encompassed community engagement activities, grant writing and management and a variety of projects on and off air to enhance broadcasting. As interim director, her responsibilities included overseeing the daily operations of both KMOS-TV and KTBG-90.9 FM The Bridge.
“The time here at UCM Broadcasting Services has been a wonderful journey, and will always be treasured memories,” she said. “My husband and I plan to remain in the Warrensburg area and look forward to being involved in community activities and, of course, volunteering at KMOS-TV.”
Among her many accomplishments, Olas was instrumental in helping KMOS-TV to secure millions of dollars in federal grant funds to help the station complete its digital transition. She was also part of KMOS-TV’s annual Kids Day, which put tools in the hands of more than 10,000 young parents and their children to encourage parent/child engagement. Through Kids Day and the Ready to Learn project, KMOS-TV distributed more than 20,000 books to children who might not otherwise have been able to purchase a book on their own. Olas was also involved in grant-funded programs such as the Happy Healthy Missouri Kids project which provided resources and training for 10,500 families to teach children to live a healthier lifestyle. KMOS-TV received a national award for community impact from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because of such efforts.
Olas is known for her work on-air. She has hosted programs on KMOS-TV to reach thousands of rural Central Missouri residents, providing information they need to know about important issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, Medicare, consumer fraud, and how families can make decisions about higher education.