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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Metropolitan State University Designates Rose McKinney to President’s Circle of Engagement

Metropolitan State University today designated Rose McKinney, APR, a member of the President’s Circle of Engagement. McKinney, recognized because of her Public Relations Principles course (COMM 381), was one of 35 faculty members inducted at a ceremony yesterday morning.

The Circle of Engagement at Metropolitan State University helps explain the connection between both academic and student affairs and the community. It is focused on seven aspects: civic engagement, community-university partnership, community immersion, community-based learning, university-community service, service to community, and community connection.

“This designation underscores our university’s commitment to civic engagement and community partnerships,” said Sue K. Hammersmith, president of Metropolitan State University . “Through her course and guest speakers, Rose exposes students to many aspects of real-world public relations while developing connections that benefit our students and the university.”

McKinney , who has taught Public Relations Principles since 2005, is the president of Risdall McKinney Public Relations. She also developed the curriculum and syllabus for the course.

“Public relations involves communicating with many different stakeholders,” said McKinney . “People in business, nonprofit and other organizations benefit from understanding various perspectives and levels of engagement.”