Kansas City-Area Alumni Welcome School’s New Dean

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Columbia, Mo. (July 31, 2015) — More than 75 alumni and friends welcomed David Kurpius as the new dean of the Missouri School of Journalism in Kansas City on July 23.

The event was the first stop on a listening tour that Kurpius will conduct during the upcoming months. Beyond the School’s faculty and staff, he will meet with alumni, news media and strategic communication leadership and others to determine how best to strategically focus available resources.

Diane O’Byrne, BJ ’79, and Caitlin O’Byrne, BJ ’11, hosted the reception at the Indian Hills Country Club. Diane founded Competitive Resources, a marketing firm with a focus on sales training, more than 20 years ago. Caitlin is an account manager at CBIZ.

“I’m excited to lead the world’s No. 1 school of journalism and look forward to working with professionals and alumni to build on the storied success of the J-School,” Kurpius said.

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Neville Miller, BA ’06, BS ’06; Laura Brandt Miller, BJ ’06.

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Caitlin O’Byrne, BJ ’11; Dean David Kurpius; Diane O’Byrne, BJ ’79.

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Buffet table.

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Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism Randy Smith and Joyce Smith; John Campbell, BS BA ’75, JD ’78.

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Professor Suzette Heiman; strategic communication seniors Rachel Green and Allie Mehr.

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Brooke Pearl McGrath, BJ ’05; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynda Kraxberger.

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Strategic communication seniors Rachel Green and Allie Mehr; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynda Kraxberger.

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Jeffrey Zumsteg, BES ’84, MBA ’86; Jeff Linville, BS AD ’92.

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Keith Chrostowski, BJ ’75; Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht; John Spaar, BJ ’80.

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Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism Randy Smith; Mark Maassen, BJ ’80; John Campbell, BS BA ’75, JD ’78.

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Steve Doyal, BJ ’71; Cathy Yoder Doyal, BJ ’71; Carol Gee, BJ ’72.

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Katie Vaughn and Dean David Kurpius.

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Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp; strategic communication seniors Allie Mehr and Rachel Green.

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Laura Clark, BJ ’91; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynda Kraxberger; Eric Bradley.

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Adam Bean, BJ ’10; Mark Larrabee, MBA ’81.

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Steve Doyal, BJ ’71; Laura Brandt Miller, BJ ’06; Neville Miller, BA ’06, BS ’06.

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Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht; Mark Maassen, BJ ’80; Keith Chrostowski, BJ ’75.

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Dean Davison, BJ ’82; Jeff King, BJ ’92.

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Shirley Rose, BA ’41; Steve Rose, BJ ’71.

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Francie and Brian Bradley; Dean David Kurpius.

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Laura Brandt Miller, BJ ’06; Neville Miller, BA ’06, BS ’06; Matt Snively, BJ ’05.

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Hosts Caitlin O’Byrne, BJ ’11, and Diane O’Byrne, BJ ’79, introduce David Kurpius as the new dean of the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Alumni and friends enjoy comments during the program.

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Dean David Kurpius addresses the more than 75 Missouri School of Journalism alumni and friends at the July 23 reception at the Indian Hills Country Club in Kansas City.

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Executive Director of Advancement Colin Kilpatrick; Jennifer and Charles Schollenberger, MA ’79; Dean David Kurpius.

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Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp; Kirstin McCudden, BJ ’99, MA ’10; Mark Shelley, BA ’00.

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Terry Bauman, BJ ’74; Cathy Yoder Doyal, BJ ’71; Carol Gee, BJ ’72.

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Russell Hickey, BJ ’98; Lauren Robinson Hickey, BJ ’99; Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht.

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Adam Bean, BJ ’10; John Spaar, BJ ’80.

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Mary Kate Metivier, convergence journalism senior; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynda Kraxberger; Paul Lampe, BJ ’08.

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Dean David Kurpius; Beth Hammock, BJ ’84.

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Rosanne and G. Fred Wickman, BJ ’68; Mark Maassen, BJ ’80.

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Maria Davison, convergence journalism senior; Patricia Davison, BJ ’82; Diane O’Byrne, BJ ’79.

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Amy Blair, BJ ’05; Professor Suzette Heiman; Matt Snively, BJ ’05.

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