A “gem” of an impact on youth like me!


Guest post by 2016 alumna Briana Piercey 


I bet you’re like me and you like the idea of giving back? If so, how DO you give back? Let me introduce you how others gave untold riches to me…they gave to me by mentoring children living in urban communities. Continue reading

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Season of Giving


It is that time of year again. Yep, finals week is over and another semester is in the books! We are also right in the middle of the holiday season. So as we end another great semester of engagement and learning at the UCM PR Program, our thoughts are also turning to ending the year and the season of giving. Continue reading

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Attention UCM PR Alums: Let’s PRConnect on Oct. 27 in Lee’s Summit

Hi everyone, we’re really looking forward to our first UCM PR Program Alumni event October 27, 2016. Continue reading

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Out in the “real world” and doing fine

A big thank you to alumnae Jamie Chaplin for this guest post from about how her UCM degree helped in that all important first job search and those first few months on the job.

by Jamie Chaplin


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3 Reasons to Avoid Senioritis (and how to do it)


by Dani Myers

Hey, seniors (and even juniors)! I understand what’s probably going through your minds as you start yet another year of college. You’re tired, maybe a little burned out. The novelty and excitement of being a PR major ready to take on the professional world has lost its luster. But, today I’m here to tell you: You’ve got this! Don’t slow down yet! Push through until you’re in that cap and gown and eventually walk through the doors to your future employer.
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We’re back!

We’re back to school for another semester and we’re very excited about our students and their opportunities in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies here at UCM. Continue reading

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Guest Post-Eric Morgenstern takes us on the B2B buyer’s journey

We’re honored to share this insightful post from Eric Morgenstern, CEO of Morningstar Communications in Overland Park, Kansas.  Eric has been a leader in the KC PR community for many years and writes and speaks often on a wide variety of communications topics. This post is especially important new PR pros as it focuses on business to business communications. Most of the jobs in the PR field are B2B focused and understanding this shift in the way we do business is very important. Thanks Eric, we appreciate the insight.  –Tom Heapes Continue reading

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Crisis Class Meets Crisis Pro

by Tom Heapes

We had another great opportunity for true learning to a greater degree this week at UCM. Our strategic crisis communications class had the chance to interact with Crossroads president and UCM PRSSA senior adviser Mike Swenson via Skype regarding his article on a national PR site about the latest crisis adventures at Chipotle. Continue reading

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Check the facts

By Dr. Adam Horn

You may have seen the infographic below, it is circulating around the Internet. I decided to take the fact check challenge to see if this information is true. The infographic states that 19 justices were nominated and confirmed in an “election” year. This part is true. In most cases, it was an “election” year. What the infographic does not say is they were nominated and confirmed in a “presidential election” year. Add the word “presidential” and the infographic is incorrect.

This infographic was likely created to imply that Senators Cruz and Rubio’s facts were wrong in Saturday’s Republican debate. Both stated that a supreme court justice has not been nominated and confirmed in an election year in 80 years (actually it was 1940, which is 76 years). “Technically” they were wrong when they said an “election year” and not “presidential election” year. Do you see the semantic difference here? Every year is an election year somewhere in the United States. In the spirit of their argument, most reasonable thinking people probably assumed both men meant presidential election year because Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday and we are in the midst of a presidential election year.

The fact is only three justices have been nominated and confirmed in a presidential election year since 1900: Frank Murphy (1940), Benjamin Cardozo (1932), Louis Brandeis (1916).

Here’s the proof (see below). Check it out for yourself. This took me about 15 minutes of research. For the record, the infographic is technically right. However, due to its timing, it is misleading because the implication is that Senators Cruz and Rubio were wrong about their facts in Saturday’s debate.

Had Senators Cruz and Rubio said a supreme court justice has not been nominated and confirmed, in a “presidential election” year, in nearly 80 years, they both would have been right. But, because both senators simply said “election” year and not “presidential election” year, this is what makes the infographic correct – though it is misleading in its intent.

The Lesson For Communicators

In the original post that accompanied this infographic it stated that Cruz and Rubio need to check their facts. That’s true. Reality is, we all need to check the facts before posting or stating what we “think” is true because we saw a post that we “liked,” did not check the facts, and believed it to be holistically true. The infographic is correct with the words “election” year. It is incorrect if you add the words “presidential election” year.

Supreme Court Justices mentioned: Kagan (2010), Alito (2006), Breyer (1994), Souter (1990), Scalia (1986), Rehnquist (1986), Blackmun (1970), Goldberg (1962), White (1962), Warren (1953), Clark (1949), Vinson (1946), Murphy (1940), Reed (1938), Cardozo (1932), Roberts (1930), Hughes (1930), Sutherland (1922), Brandeis (1916).

Presidential election years: 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.

I did not do this to defend Cruz or Rubio. They are grown men. They can defend themselves. Also, I did not do this to share or persuade you with any particular political ideology. I did this because people do not take the time to check their facts anymore. We tend to believe the first thing we agree with (see or hear) on TV, or in this case, Facebook.

In this presidential election year, regardless if you are a Democrat or a Republican, please take the time to educate yourself with actual facts before believing everything you read. You don’t have to agree with everything you read, but at least make sure it tells the whole story and that parts of it are not intentionally misleading – much like the infographic.

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New year, new program newsletter

Happy New Year to all from the UCM PR Faculty. We’re all getting everything ready to head back to campus for another great semester. Classes start on Jan. 11. To get you ready, here is our latest program newsletter. It contains lots of great updates about the program and we’re sure you’ll see some familiar names and faces as you read. We very much appreciate your support and hope you’ll also consider the opportunity to give back to the program. More details are inside: http://issuu.com/triciahansen-horn/docs/ucm_pr_newsletter_issue_7_fl_2015_f

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