KPS3 honors founder and supports journalism students

Stephanie KruseBy Curtis Vickers '07 M.A.

Since its opening in 1991, KPS3 has made its mark on the northern Nevada community, providing innovative digital and print marketing solutions to businesses from real estate and health care to higher education institutions, including the University of Nevada, Reno. Much of KPS3's success is due to the expertise and lead-ership of its founder, Stephanie Kruse '91 MBA. To honor her and to ensure the next generation is prepared to follow in her footsteps, KPS3 has established the Stephanie Kruse Scholarship Endowment to benefit students studying strategic communications in the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism.

"KPS3's reputation for excellence is a result of Stephanie Kruse's mastery of her fi eld and dedication to her clients," says Reynolds School of Journalism Dean Al Stavitsky. "Her vision allowed her to get ahead of the digital revolu-tion, demonstrating what can be accomplished when we embrace the possibilities of emerging technologies. Honoring her career through this scholarship endowment is a fi tting legacy."

Before founding KPS3, Kruse's life had many chapters, each preparing her to become an industry leader. An upbringing on an Iowa farm, time spent as a registered nurse, a background in journalism, and her MBA have informed Kruse's work ethic and understanding of psychology, while honing her craft and business skills. Combined with more than 30 years of experience, these elements have earned Kruse the AAF Reno's "Ad Person of the Year" award. Both AAF Reno and the Public Relations Society of America have awarded Kruse a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Reynolds School provides its more than 500 students a foundation in enduring values of journalism and training in emergent forms of media and strategic communications. Its faculty has helped produce six Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.

Photo: KPS3 has established the Stephanie Kruse Scholar-ship Endowment in the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism to benefi t students studying strategic communication. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas.

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To learn more about supporting the Reynolds School of Journalism, please contact Laurice Antoun-Becker, associate director of development, at (775) 784-4184.