The Innovative PR team prides itself in producing professional work and, in turn, we’ve won a few professional awards!

KC IABC QUILL 2020 Award of Merit

Kansas City International Association of Business Communicators (KC IABC) Quill 2020 Awards


This is the 5th Quill award won by IPR since its start in 2010. This year’s award was for the student category for communication skills. The entry was titled “Confidence to Succeed” which was inspired by the university’s branding initiative titled “Opportunity in Action.”

The students created videos showcasing different groups and organizations across the university. These videos were then shown at home football and basketball games. Their intended audience was future mules and future donors. As a sub category to their initiative they also worked across the athletics social media platforms to allow students, staff and outside spectators to get to know the athletes using videos made by IPR. 

KC IABC QUILL 2020 Award of Merit Article

AMPS Silver Award: 2017 #teamUCM Social Media Night

Social Media Club of KC


The recognition for the 2017 #teamUCM Social Media Night continued on June 19th, 2018 when IPR took home its second professional award of the summer. IPR was awarded an AMPS Silver Award for an in-house, multi-channel campaign. The agency competed against several for-profit organizations, making this victory even more impressive. This is the fifth award in firm history.

The campaign ushered in more than 1.2 million media impressions and the spring 2017 team raised more than $2000 in donations over the course of three weeks.

2017 PRISM Submission – teamUCM 4-8-18

Quill Award: 2017 #teamUCM Social Media Night

KC International Association of Business Communicators


Innovative PR’s 2017 rendition of #teamUCM Social Media Night received acclaim from the KC IABC chapter on June 7th, 2018. The social media event was the most successful in IPR’s history, championing more than 1.2 million media impressions and raising over $2000 in donations/giveaways. Most impressive, the entire event planning and implementation lasted three weeks, from only four students. The hard work definitely paid off!

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KANSAS CITY PRISM AWARD: Together We’re Stronger campaign

Greater Kansas City PRSA


Innovative PR’s Together We’re Stronger campaign, benefiting the DeLaSalle Education Center of Kansas City was awarded a 2016 silver PRISM award. The campaign spanned three separate semesters, each emphasizing a different aspect of event planning. Students worked with 1973 UCM alumnus, Larry Schnieders, on advertising, promotion, and event planning for the TWS movie.


#teamUCM campaign


During the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters, the Innovative PR team planned UCM’s first-ever social media event, #teamUCM. The fully integrated campaign, using social media, digital and traditional media, garnered much attention from the UCM community. The campaign was awarded a Kansas City Quill from the KC chapter of International Association of Business Communicators. Read the #teamUCM case study here.

Higher Education Advertising Award

Gold Award, Top PR Program category  for Show Me Justice Film Festival campaign


During the summer and fall 2012 semesters, three Innovative PR team members developed a campaign to promote the third annual Show Me Justice Film Festival. The campaign included an advertising plan and outreach using social and traditional media. The 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report, recognized UCM with a Gold Award in the Top PR Program category. The award was won in competition with professional agencies. Read more here.


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