San Francisco Alumni Host Reception for New Missouri Journalism Dean

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The Event Is Part of a Listening Tour to Learn from Graduates and Industry Professionals

San Francisco¬†(Aug. 6, 2015) — In the 107 years since the Missouri School of Journalism turned out its first graduates, there have been 19 US presidents, 18 California governors, 16 San Francisco mayors, 10 popes, 15 presidents of the University of Missouri, 20 head football coaches at Mizzou – but just nine deans of the journalism school.

“Dave, this is certainly a prestigious appointment, but it also may be a life sentence,” said Brad Whitworth, BJ ’75, as he introduced Dave Kurpius to approximately 45 alumni and friends during an Aug. 4 reception in San Francisco.

Whitworth then engaged Kurpius in what he described as a “fast and shallow” interview: Who’s your favorite dean: James Dean, Paula Deen or Jimmy Dean? Your favorite tiger: Mike from Baton Rouge, Tony from Battle Creek or Truman from Columbia? Kurpius aced these and other questions.

Whitworth, a senior communication and marketing manager at Cisco in San Jose, along with Pat Patton, MA ’71, a news executive who recently retired from KRON-TV, hosted the event. San Francisco-area alumni helping to plan the event were Sally French, BJ ’13, social media editor, MarketWatch; Sarah Frueh, BJ ’12, account supervisor, MSLGroup; and Carson Reese, BS BA ’11, financial operations analyst, Zendesk.

The San Francisco reception is one of the first on a listening tour that Kurpius will conduct in the upcoming months. The inaugural event was held July 23 in Kansas City. 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.

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Guests listen as Brad Whitworth, BJ ’75, introduces Dean David Kurpius.

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Dean David Kurpius shares some of the School’s accomplishments, including the more than 560 awards and honors won during the 2014-15 academic year.

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Hosts Brad Whitworth, BJ ’75; Pat Patton, MA ’71.

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Pat Patton, MA ’71; Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp; Associate Professor Earnest Perry.

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Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht; Executive Director of Advancement Colin Kilpatrick; Sally French, BJ ’13; Carson Reese, BS BA ’11; Dean David Kurpius.

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Quinn Wageman, BS BA ’01; Cody Horvat, BJ ’15; Professor Mike Jenner.

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Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp; Dennis Wilcox, PhD ’74; Marianne Wilcox, MS ’75.

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Dean David Kurpius, Cody Horvat, BJ ’15; Quinn Wageman, BS BA ’01; Christopher Tritto, MA ’02.

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Emily Morris, BJ ’12; Kelly Turnure, friend.

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Pat Patton, MA ’71; Professor Amy McCombs.

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Kelly Bogdanov, BJ ’91; John Bogdanov, BJ ’91; Executive Director of Advancement Colin Kilpatrick; Associate Professor Earnest Perry; Sara Weaver, BJ ’84.

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Katie Nielsen, BJ ’03; Professor Mike Jenner.

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Sally French, BJ ’13; Veronica Polivanaya, BJ ’13; Carson Reese, BS BA ’11.

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Associate Professor Earnest Perry; Julie Willbrand, BJ ’12; Sarah Frueh, BJ ’12; Meghan Krane, BJ ’08.

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Beth Ward, friend; Dean David Kurpius; journalism student Jack Parodi; Carolyn Parodi.

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Mark Calvey, friend; Mary Huss, BJ ’76; Professor Amy McCombs; Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht.

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Daniel Zimmerman, BJ ’69; Mike Weir, BJ ’89.

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Gary Calame, AB ’68; MA ’70; Professor Mike Jenner.

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Dean David Kurpius; Kellie Applen, MA ’03.

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Audrey Zigmond, BJ ’14; Veronica Polivanaya, BJ ’13.

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Laura Scully, MSLGroup; Courtney Mundell, BJ ’12.

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Katie Nielsen, BJ ’03; Dean David Kurpius; Associate Professor Earnest Perry.

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Pat Patton, MA ’71; Veronica Polivanaya, BJ ’13; Audrey Zigmond, BJ ’14; Sally French, BJ ’13; Mike Weir, BJ ’89.

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John Bogdanov, BJ ’91; Professor Suzette Heiman; Kelly Bogdanov, BJ ’91.

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John Bogdanov, BJ ’91; Kelly Bogdanov, BJ ’91; Dean David Kurpius.

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Mike Weir, BJ ’89; Dean David Kurpius; Daniel Zimmerman, BJ ’69.

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