Alumni Engagement

UCM alumni engagement comes in many forms:

  • speaking to classes of students
  • participating in the annual PRSSA-hosted PR Pro Day
  • serving as class clients
  • serving as student mentors
  • providing internship opportunities
  • providing agency and venue site tours
  • serving as guest bloggers
  • serving as program professional advisory members
  • giving generously to the UCM PR Program  and the UCM PR Scholarship funds.

The UCM PR program is grateful to its terrific alumni base. They make possible continued the program’s provision “the global standard for excellence in public relations education” (2014, PRSA conferred CEPR).

Alumni Engagement Exemplars: Kinkade and Arni

Behind-the-scenes with Kinkade – supporter of multifaceted UCM PR opportunities

Roxann Kinkade (1981) Director of PR at Pinnacle Entertainment

Who do you get when you add together PR program professional advisory board service, entertainment PR class host, UCM PR Pro Day participant, and UCM PR graduate employer? You get engaged alumni like Director of Public Relations at Pinnacle Entertainment Roxann Kinkade, that’s who! When she’s not pouring her dynamic professionalism into Pinnacle Entertainment PR efforts, she’s investing it in today’s public relations students. Read more…

Arni repeat client and multifaceted UCM PR opportunity supporter

Shawn Arni (1986)
Director of Communications &
Marketing – Medical Children’s
Mercy Kansas City

Envision a long-time program advocate, repeat PR Pro Day participant, multi-internship provider, repeat class client, previous development board member, and new professional advisory board (PAB) member and you get alumnus extraordinaire Shawn Arni (1986). As Medical Children’s Mercy Kansas City Director of Communications & Marketing, Arni is a standout Kansas City public relations professional. He’s busy, but he also makes time for UCM public relations program initiatives and its students. Read more…