Several years ago, UALR graduate Denise Persons watched Lencola Sullivan, the first African-American Miss Arkansas, report the news on a local television station. Instantly, Persons was drawn to the field of communications.
Persons, a public relations employee with the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, said UALR’s School of Mass Communication catered to the variety of interests she had.
Persons, a 2003 graduate of UALR, also works as on-air talent for Cumulus Media and as a Realtor for Access Realty Inc. She said her time on campus equipped her with the necessary knowledge and tools to help establish careers in similar, but different, communications fields.
“From producing on-air presentations and informational news to developing and implementing strategic marketing and public relations plans, as well as being a spokesperson and media liaison – all of these job skills reflect the strength of the mass communication curriculum at UALR,” Persons said.
Persons uses her communication skills as a member of two boards: the Little Rock School District’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) and Friends of Two Rivers Park, Inc.
She is also contributing to her community as an alum of Leadership Greater Little Rock and a member of the Arkansas Gospel Announcers Guild.
“UALR was the right fit for me,” Persons said. “I am happy to say it is because of this educational institution that I am able to do what I LOVE every day!”