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University Relations

University of Central Missouri
Administration 302
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943

News Bureau

Meet the Team

The University Relations team is composed of marketing, communication, design, web development, news, video production and photography professionals. As experts in our areas, we bring a "big picture" perspective to projects and offer proven strategies that relay information in the most useful and integrated way possible.

Kelly Waldram

Kelly Waldram Cramer, director for marketing and promotions
Waldram Cramer is the primary contact for University Relations job requests. She is responsible for managing critical projects in areas like recruitment, presidential initiatives, special events and the like. She also meets with a wide range of on-campus clients on a regular basis to determine their marketing needs. She uses her experience with marketing research, strategy and communication to support clients with marketing plans, including ways to analyze and evaluate marketing efforts.

Waldram Cramer has worked in the marketing industry for more than 15 years and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both with marketing concentrations, from UCM. She is the 2014 recipient of the Carl B. Foster/John M. Inglish Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations.
Contact: 660-543-8377,

Jeff Murphy

Jeff Murphy, assistant director for media relations
Murphy is the senior news writer and lead media relations representative for UCM, with major responsibilities that include responding to media requests, initiating press conferences, placing stories in print and electronic media, and serving as a university spokesperson for key issues, including crisis situations. With more than 35 years of combined journalism and public relations experience, he works closely with the news bureau manager in providing supervision for the student-led public relations firm, Innovative Public Relations, and is part of the multi-hazard emergency management planning and communication team for the university.

Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations degree and Master of Arts in Communication degree from UCM. The father of one daughter, and grandfather to three children, he is a recipient of the Carl B. Foster/John M. Inglish Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations and the 2015 recipient of the John P. Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff.
Contact: 660-543-4376,


Ruth Dickson, assistant director of marketing
Ruth Dickson is the assistant director of marketing for University Relations. She has over a decade of experience leading creative teams to develop printed and digital marketing materials. Ruth's background is in writing, and she has worked internationally as a marketing professional to produce materials including email campaigns, digital marketing, white papers, blog posts, news articles and press releases.

As assistant director, Ruth works with clients to develop marketing strategy, design, and vision, as well as advise on UCM brand and best practices.

Ruth has a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom).
Contact 660-543-8487,

Mike Greife

Mike Greife, news bureau manager
Greife is responsible for creating and distributing news releases about UCM events and faculty, staff and student achievements to media. He is also responsible for maintaining news content on the UCM Daily website and social media, and editing the content of UCMDaily, the online daily newsletter.

He also co-supervises Innovative PR, a student-led public relations firm housed in University Relations.
Greife has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in speech, journalism and English from UCM. Prior to his work in public relations, he was a high school English and journalism teacher and worked as a newspaper publisher, editor, reporter and photographer. He lives in Warrensburg, Mo., with his wife, Jo.
Contact: 660-543-4708,

Mike Greife

Sam Schleicher, communication specialist
Schleicher is the primary manager of the university’s social media platforms. With his journalism background and multimedia production experience, he is dedicated to sharing dynamic stories from the UCM community and highlighting the university’s presence on the web. Prior to working in higher education, he created digital advertising campaigns and served as an online content editor for a variety of television and radio stations.

Schleicher received his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 2010. He currently resides in Green Ridge with his wife Liz and their daughter.
Contact: 660-543-4640,

John Kennedy

John Kennedy, web and multimedia producer
Kennedy serves as producer, writer, editor and voice-over talent for University of Central Missouri promotional videos, television and radio commercials, as well as online video content. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in video production.

Kennedy has a Master of Arts in Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting and Film, both from the University of Central Missouri. He and his wife Laura, a UCM alumna, are the parents of three children and reside in Warrensburg.
Contact: 660-543-8956,

Brittan Williams

Brittan Williams, video and multimedia producer
Williams serves as a videographer, producer, and editor for University of Central Missouri promotional videos, television and radio commercials, as well as social media video content.

Williams has a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production with an emphasis in film and video from the University of Central Missouri. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication from the UCM. He and his wife, Abby, a UCM alumna, reside in Warrensburg with their dog, Zoe.
Contact: 660-543-4640,

Bryan Tebbenkamp

Bryan Tebbenkamp, photography manager
Tebbenkamp is responsible for providing images for use by the Office of University Relations and campus community, as well as documenting the visual history of the university and archiving it for generations to come. He and his team of student photographers cover a wide variety of university events and campus needs for photography.

Tebbenkamp has a Bachelor of Science in Photography degree and a Master of Science in Technology degree from UCM.  He lives in Holden, Mo., with his wife Melisa and their two sons.
Contact: 660-543-4893,

Sarah Chamberlin, senior designer and brand specialist
Chamberlin designs print and web collateral for a variety of areas on campus. She also develops promotional items for use by campus offices and departments.

Chamberlin has 20 years experience in the marketing communications industry. She has been privileged to work with some of Kansas City's best in advertising and marketing communications. Her career has included national clients from both private and public sectors. Chamberlin has a passion for working with national and regional not-for-profit organizations.

Chamberlin has a Master of Arts in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from UCM. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree with an emphasis in painting from CMSU in 1997.
Contact: 660-543-4389,

An Quigley

An Quigley, senior designer
Quigley designs promotional materials for a variety of areas on campus. She has more than 20 years in the design industry--from individual and to corporate clients. She recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arsts in Commercial Art from Central Missouri State University.
Contact: 660-543-4989,

Linda Harris, designer
Harris designs promotional materials for a variety of areas on campus. She has over 25 years of experience leading and serving on creative teams. Prior to working for University Relations, Harris worked for a marketing firm where she developed print, digital and content marketing campaigns for local, national and international clients. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Art from Central Missouri State University.

She lives in rural La Monte, Mo., with her husband, Shawn, a UCM alumnus, and their son.
Contact: 660-543- 8557,

Shawna Bell

Shawna Bell-Newman, senior marketing specialist
Newman serves as a writer, editor, event leader in the development and leadership of marketing plans that integrate a variety of media platforms. Her media integration background includes, Web writing and marketing, video script writing/storyboarding, e-communications, promotional/community events, and traditional collateral pieces. 

With nearly 10 years of combined marketing experience in the entertainment and educational industries, she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of events such as UCM's annual Choose Red Auditions and the annual community street fair event, Get The Red Out.  She has also interacted and produced concert collateral in conjunction with artists such as Chubby Checker, Pam Tills, Sammy Kershaw, the Little River Band and more.

Newman graduated from UCM with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations degree from UCM in 2006. She is currently pursuing her master's degree at UCM.
Contact: 660-543-8642,

Marcy Bryant

Marcy Bryant, marketing specialist
Bryant is a writer, editor and marketing advisor, and assists with promotional events. She has more than ten years’ experience working in marketing. Prior to working for University Relations, she worked as a marketing supervisor for a non-profit organization where her duties focused on writing, promoting and assisting with events.

Bryant received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UCM. She will graduate in May 2016 with her Master of Arts in Communication. She is the 2015 recipient of the Carl B. Foster/John M. Inglish Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations. 

She resides in Warrensburg with her husband Jason and two children.
Contact: 660-543-8590,

Julia Kerr, office professional
Kerr is the office professional and assists with Contribute training.  She has more than 15 years in experience working in secretarial work and has worked at the University of Central Missouri for more than 10 years. 


Kerr received her associate degree in Secretarial Training and her bachelor's degree in Social Work, both from the UCM.  She is the recipient of the Employee of the Quarter Award and resides in Warrensburg.

Contact:  660-543-4640,