Professional Communicating — It's a Jungle Out There

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015


WHERE: Rolling Hills Zoo Conference Center, 
Salina, Kansas


EARLY BIRD PRICES (before April 10)

(Prices increase by $20 after April 10)


We will be building our professional skills in researching large projects with Dr. Pat Ackerman of K-State Salina. Dr. Ackerman recently wrapped up her authorship of the book, "Marymount College of Kansas: A History." KPC Members will learn what resources, both print and hard copy, are out there for research needs; tips on how to mine those resources for data; and how to pull it all together for their own projects.


KPC Newsletter Editor Monica Springer and her colleague Mark Vierthaler will present on digital tools for communicators today. Vierthaler is the Director of Communications and Springer is Assistant Communications Director for Servi-Tech, Dodge City, Kansas. Together, they have improved the company's online standing, encouraging transparent and engaged presence across all forms of social and traditional media. They've also branched out to use these skills for Servi-Tech clients in need of communications help. 


We'll hold our Annual Membership Meeting and discuss the business of the organization, including setting our budget for the coming year, and discussing by-laws changes regarding the final steps to officially turn our scholarship program into a professional development fund for the purpose of helping our KPC members improve their skillsets. 


Our luncheon will feature Olaf Frandsen, editor and publisher of the Salina Journal. He'll talk about the newsmaking events of today in Kansas, and how his staff covers hot topics using the latest tools available.


We'll also take a moment to recognize the winners of our annual KPC Communications Contest, our 2015 Communicator of Achievement, and the final four recipients of KPC Scholarships. And, of course we'll have plenty of opportunities to mingle and network throughout the day, as well as on the included Tram Ride that will take us through the magnificent Rolling Hills Zoo at the end of the day.


The day has been condensed so that you will be able to drive in and drive back the same day. But, if you'd like, there is a block of rooms available at the Salina Courtyard Marriott for Thursday night, April 23. That block is limited and closes April 9 so be sure to get your reservations handled as soon as possible. You can contact the hotel directly at 785-309-1300. You'll want to ask for the block of rooms under "High Plains Journal."




Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


KPC Past President Jennifer M. Latzke can be reached via email at, or by phone during office hours at 620-227-1807. (If after hours, leave a message.)


Will we be holding a Silent Auction?


Yes, we will be holding a Silent Auction again this year. Proceeds will go into our new Professional Development Fund. For questions regarding donation of items and bidding, please contact KPC Past President Jennifer M. Latzke via email at, or by phone during office hours at 620-227-1807. (If after hours, leave a message.)


Can I bring a non-KPC member?


OF COURSE! We would love to have non-KPC members join us! Just select the option below!


What if I need to cancel?


Cancellations will be accepted up until the registration cut-off of April 10, and can be fully refunded. Please allow time for refund checks to be cut and mailed. However, due to our venue contract, we will not be able to refund registration fees after April 10. Contact KPC Past President Jennifer M. Latzke via email at, or by phone during office hours at 620-227-1807. (If after hours, leave a message.)