Dean David Kurpius Meets with Missouri Journalism Alumni, Friends in Chicago

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Commitment to Inclusiveness, Role of First Amendment and Recent Campus Events Among Topics Discussed

Chicago (Dec. 7, 2015) — New Missouri School of Journalism Dean David Kurpius‘s first months have been busy ones, noted Chuck Kaiser, BJ ’93, general manager, corporate affairs, of Edelman Chicago. The agency, which hosted the event, is a leading global communications marketing firm, with more than 5,500 employees in 65 cities.

Kaiser’s remarks were made during the Nov. 18 reception hosted at Edelman, a part of Kurpius’s listening tour since he joined the School in July. More than 100 alumni and friends gathered to meet him, network and share feedback about their experiences. Mike Wojtychiw, BA ’08, president of the Mizzou Alumni Association Chicago chapter, welcomed guests on behalf of the local chapter.

“His outbound legwork already shows great signs for the continued evolution of the finest journalism school on Earth,” Kaiser said.

Kurpius gave a brief overview of some recent award highlights, including KBIA-FM‘s fourth national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and the General Excellence Award from the Online News Association. He discussed the strategic communication campaigns being developed by Mojo Ad and AdZou students as well as overall innovation and creativity in the newsrooms.

Kurpius also shared comments about recent events on campus, ones that demonstrated the important role of journalism in a democratic society. “It showed why we hold dear our First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion, and petitioning against the government for grievances,” he said.

He reminded alumni and guests of the School’s commitment to inclusiveness: “We want to be a welcome environment for people from different backgrounds, races, religions and sexual orientations as well as one that provides equal opportunity for all.”

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Right, Brian Sandalow, BJ ’07.

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Dean David Kurpius and host Chuck Kaiser, BJ ’93, general manager of Edelman’s Chicago office.

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Former strategic communication professor Barbara Ifshin; Tony Brown, BJ ’10, MA ’13; Kate Kerans, BJ ’09, MA ’11.

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More than 125 people registered for the Chicago reception.

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Travis Kessel; Reynolds Journalism Institute Executive Director Randy Picht; Liz Meyers, BJ ’80.

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Left, Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp.

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Dean David Kurpius and Paanii Annan, BJ ’14.

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Host Chuck Kaiser, BJ ’93, general manager of Edelman’s Chicago office, and Professor Suzette Heiman.

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Right, Paanii Annan, BJ ’14.

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Michael Wojtychiw, BA ’08, president of the MAA Chicago chapter, welcomed the group and gave an overview of the local chapter’s activities and events.

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Right, Randall Weissman.

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Paanii Annan, BJ ’14; Caroline Owens, BJ ’14; Ben Owens, BJ ’31, MA ’14; Associate Dean for Global Programs Fritz Cropp.

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Jim Selegean and Teresa Schmedding, BJ ’89, MA ’09.

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Left, Charlie Thompson, BJ ’82.

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