‘It’s All About the Students,’ Dean David Kurpius Tells St. Louis Alumni

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Listening Tour Helps New Dean Determine Priorities and Strategies

St. Louis (Oct. 5, 2015) — Graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism is more than earning a degree, Dick Feldman, BJ ’78, told the crowd gathered to welcome new Dean David Kurpius at a Sept. 9 reception at the Forest Hills Country Club in St. Louis.

“It’s an integral part of who we are,” Feldman said, mentioning that his niece Dominique will join family members wife Jody, BJ ’78, and father Phil, BJ ’49, when she graduates in May 2016.

The Feldmans and David, BJ ’91, and Amy, BS ED ’91, Linenbroker hosted the reception, which was attended by more than 100 alumni and friends. Dick Feldman and Linenbroker are members of Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate, Development and Construction team. Jody Feldman is a children’s book author.

Kurpius said he has been moved by alumni’s testimonials that highlight how the School has positively changed their lives in significant ways. He began his tenure as dean on July 1.

“You are an important part of the history of the world’s journalism school and our No. 1 ranking,” Kurpius said. “The reason we all care about this school is students. They are the heart of our mission, and no place on earth trains them better. You all are evidence of that.”

The St. Louis reception is part of a listening tour that Kurpius is conducting during his first months as dean. The inaugural session was held July 23 in Kansas City, followed by another in San Francisco. 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.

“Our bragging rights as alumni come courtesy of those who built the School, beginning with founding Dean Walter Williams,” noted Jody Feldman. “The great Mizzou J-School legacy continues in the capable hands of new Dean David Kurpius.”

Linenbroker closed the program by reminding the group that the School’s well-deserved reputation also reflects on the high caliber of its faculty through the years, some of whom were present at the event.

 

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Dean David Kurpius shares updates from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Hosts Amy Linenbroker, BS ED ’91; Jody Feldman BJ ’78; Dick Feldman, BJ ’78; David Linenbroker, BJ ’91.

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Host Dick Feldman, BJ ’78, welcomes alumni and friends to the St. Louis reception, noting that the Feldman family has an ongoing legacy with the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Director of Undergraduate Advising Pete Ozias; Troy Kinney; Sherry Kinney; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynda Kraxberger.

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Dean David Kurpius and Mike Bizelli, BJ ’72.

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Mitch, Alec and Lynda Baris; Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp.

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Morgan Howard and Bill Howard.

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Missouri School of Journalism alumni and friends listen during the program.

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Talbot Quintero and Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp.

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Ben Frederickson, BJ ’12; Cassandra Novy, BJ ’10; Benjamin Hochman, BJ ’02.

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James Coston, BJ ’10, and Professor Suzette Heiman.

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Ava Ehrlich; Betsey Bruce, BJ ’70; Karen Movesian.

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Strategic communication senior Connor Voss and Mike Shaw, BJ ’15.

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Professor Earnest Perry visits with Paul Rechenberg; Emma Rechenberg; Elizabeth Rechenberg.

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Dick Feldman, BJ ’78; Director of Advancement Colin Kilpatrick; David Linenbroker, BJ ’91

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Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht and John Rawlings, BJ ’73.

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Maggie Hallam, BJ ’15; Professor Suzette Heiman; Pia Reinhold, Jenna Todoroff, BJ ’10.

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Dean David Kurpius poses with a group from East Central College. From left: Madelaine Eime, Kaelyn Adams, Madalynn Cody; Instructor Leigh Kolb.

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Chenell Seaton-Hall, BJ ’98, and Dean David Kurpius.

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Hosts Amy Linenbroker, BS ED ’91; and David Linenbroker, BJ ’91; Kent Kreh, BA ’57; Dottie Kreh, BS, ’58.

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Ben Terrill, BJ ’96; Angie Fox Gwinner; James Gwinner, BA ’90.

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Dean David Kurpius; Kristin Baird Rattini, BJ ’94. In background: Richard Buckley, BJ ’75.

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Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Lynda Kraxberger; Brad Brown, BJ ’99.

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Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp; Beth Ketcher; Brad Ketcher.

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Austin Warren and Wes Warren visit with Director of Undergraduate Advising Pete Ozias, kneeling.

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Matt Ceresia, BJ ’85; Dean David Kurpius.

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Morgan Barr; Kris Barr; Tim Eggleston, BS BA ’09.

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Professor Suzette Heiman helps Dick Cone, BJ ’57, with his name tag.

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Host David Linenbroker, BJ ’91, says the Missouri School of Journalism will continue its great legacy in the capable hands of new Dean David Kurpius.

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