Former temporary faculty member of IUP’s Department of Communications Media Stephanie Keppich began her new position as IUP’s assistant director of media relations March 18.
In the communications media department, Keppich was the director of the Center for Media Production and Research (CMPR) and taught classes in the department, including the Digital Sports Production class, which gave students hands-on experience with live production during both basketball and football seasons.
In her new position with the media relations department, Keppich will be working alongside Michelle Fryling, who currently serves as the executive director of media relations.
“When I first heard the university had committed to expanding the media relations department, I was thrilled administration was committed to bolstering IUP’s media relations footprint,” Keppich said. “Managing the external and internal communications is not a job for one person, and Michelle has done an amazing job with the resources she has.”
Keppich said she is hopeful that in her new role she is able to keep the strong relationships she has made in the department and in the IUP community to continue telling IUP’s story, as “there is so much to be told.”
“IUP has so many great stories happening concurrently from a Fulbright Scholar, to graduate students teaching the community about cyber security or the success of the women’s basketball team and students interning at Fortune 500 companies,” Keppich said.
Although this position allows for a more traditional schedule and security, Keppich said she will truly miss the day-to-day interactions with students as their professor.
“I moved to Indiana 10 years ago with no idea I would be able to teach,” she said. “I sincerely enjoyed being involved with students and watching them grow into young professionals.”
Keppich earned her master’s degree at IUP in 2009 and had temporarily worked in the media relations department 10 years ago as the creative services manager. She has a background in broadcast journalism, as well as having been an anchor, reporter and producer in five television markets across the country, and a background in media relations at a hospital in Virginia.
Throughout her time in the communications media department she has received awards for her success, including the Silver Telly Award and the Faculty Award for Experiential Education Teaching.
“Being that I have worked in the department temporarily 10 years ago, I knew then there was a need for more outreach to media,” she said.