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K-State Today

May 1, 2013

K-Staters participate in Kansas Professional Communicators conference

By Gloria Freeland

Several K-Staters participated in the Kansas Professional Communicators annual conference on April 27 in Manhattan.

Carol Hockersmith, senior administrative assistant in the dean’s office of Kansas State University’s College of Human Ecology; Gloria Freeland, K-State assistant professor of journalism and mass communications; and Penny Wika, a Wamego Times freelance journalist, organized the conference, which was at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Hilton Garden Inn. 

Among speakers were Jane Marshall, instructor of hospitality management and dietetics and communications coordinator for the College of Human Ecology; Melissa Morris, social media specialist with the Division of Communications and Marketing; Kristin Brighton, principal at New Boston Creative Group in Manhattan; Pamela Kulokas, outreach coordinator for the Flint Hills Discovery Center; and David Procter, director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. Bretton Ater, K-State senior in journalism and mass communications, gave a tour of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, where he is an outreach intern.

Jena Sauber, K-State junior in journalism and mass communications, was awarded a $500 Kansas Professional Communicators scholarship at the evening banquet.

Winners in the 2013 Kansas Professional Communicators contest were also announced during the conference. Gloria Freeland won second place in column writing for her online column, “Kansas Snapshots."

For more information about Kansas Professional Communicators, visit the Kansas Professional Communicators website.