Summary

I've worked for more than a decade promoting the Oklahoma State University Libraries. I now oversee the budget and activities of the library's communications and public programming office, serve as an organization spokesperson and act as the fund raising representative for the Dean's office. I am accredited in public relations and have been honored with the international John Cotton Dana Award. Additional clients  and pro bono work primarily focus on libraries and arts organizations.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2011 - Present

Lecturer

Paul Miller School of Media and Strategic Communications
  • lecture to three sections of SC 3533, Persuasive Writing for Strategic Communications each semester
  • lead hands-on writing lab for one section of SC 3533, Persuasive Writing for Strategic Communications each semester
  • coordinate the online classroom elements of SC 3533, Persuasive Writing for Strategic Communications each semester
Jan 2008 - Present

Senior Communications Specialist

Oklahoma State University Libraries

  • develop, implement and monitor the library's public relations plans
  • maintain high awareness of relevant local, state and national trends and events, and provide quick and concise responses to internal and external constituents
  • work with all media outlets to project a positive public image for the library
  • serve as library spokesperson
  • oversee preparation of all materials released by the library for public distribution
  • serve as fund raising representative for Dean's Office and ex-officio member of the Friends of the Library Board
  • plan, coordinate and promote all library public programming including author appearances, outreach, fundraising, etc.
  • develop and oversee events budget
  • hire, train, evaluate and supervise full-time public relations technician, part-time graphic design assistant and two public relations interns
Apr 2001 - Dec 2007

Coordinator, Publications and Communications

Oklahoma State University Libraries
  • work closely with dean and faculty to develop and implement short-term and long-term marketing/public relations strategies for a comprehensive, academic library
  • write, edit, design and produce print/electronic versions of newsletters, news releases, features, speeches, proposals, advertisements, brochures, flyers, posters, information sheets, exhibits, as well as create artwork for print, Internet, and promotional products
  • provide guidance and assistance to the dean and faculty to improve internal/external communications and the content, continuity, and design of materials produced for the classroom, presentations, conferences, and fund-raising activities
  • responsible for proactive/reactive responses to print and broadcast journalists, organize press conferences and interviews, and maintain close contact with faculty to seek news stories and publicity opportunities
  • serve as Friends of the OSU Library Web editor and advisor to library’s Web editor
  • serve as library’s photographer and photo editor
  • serve on an executive team that organizes and promotes special events including lectures, panel discussions, readings, receptions, and fund raisers
  • hire, train, supervise and evaluate part-time Graphic Design Assistant and Public Relations Intern
May 1999 - Mar 2001

Technician

Oklahoma State University Libraries

  • work closely with Coordinator of Publications and Communications to assist with Library communication efforts, including coordinating building signage, distributing informational guides, and managing mailing lists for publications and invitations
  • work closely with the Director of Library Development to assist with Library fundraising efforts, including managing gift acknowledgement and working on an executive team to organize events
  • act as the technical expert for the Library Dean’s Office, including moving paper forms to electronic formats, updating webpages for the Library administration, and providing desktop support

Education

Education
Aug 2003 - May 2006

Master of Science

Oklahoma State University

Thesis titled: “Propaganda Analysis: A case study of the U.S. Department of Education’s minority outreach campaign to promote No Child Left Behind” 

Aug 1995 - May 1999

Bachelor of Science

Oklahoma State University

Environmental science major with an option in natural resources, minor in agronomy; capstone project titled: “Kiamichi Watershed: Environmental threats by severity and likelihood” 

Skills

Skills

CSS

HTML

Adobe Creative Suite

Certifications

Certifications
May 2007 - Present

Accreditation in Public Relations

Universal Accreditation Board
Dec 2002 - Present

Competent Toastmaster

Toastmasters International