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King University News :: Alumnus Calvin McRae to Speak at King University April 14

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 9, 2014 – King alumnus Calvin McRae will speak on his work in the field of public relations in Washington D.C., on Monday, April 14 at 9:15 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel located on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. McRae’s lecture is part of King’s History and Political Science Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project, “Communicating in the History and Political Science Workplace,” which offers students a direct encounter with History and Political Science graduates in a vast array of professions.

“Calvin McRae's work in public relations and grassroots advocacy really began during his student days, and we look forward to hearing how his studies at King have shaped his current professional life,” says Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History for King University. “As a student at King, Calvin distinguished himself as a scholar and campus leader. We are delighted to bring him back to campus, so that our students can hear his story.”

McRae received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from King in 2007 followed by his Master of Business Administration in 2009. “Studying Political Science and History at King gave me the keys to unlock a world of wonder,” says McRae. “I read the works of Locke in the classroom and had the support of my professors as I worked on political campaigns as an undergraduate. That is the King way. King prepares you with curriculum and helps you grow with practical experience.”

Currently, McRae serves as an associate for Brass Tactics in Washington D.C., a grassroots advocacy firm that develops the strategy and structure to execute results-driven grassroots campaigns. As part of the Brass Tactics team, McRae has worked on everything from building budgets and hiring executive leadership to messaging and providing public relations support.

Brass Tactics has a successful track record of planning, implementing, and managing coordinated grassroots advocacy actions around the country and across broad coalitions. “We know that the best campaigns require targeted, customized strategies to achieve their goals,” says McRae. “We are a boutique firm and try to provide comprehensive support to all of our clients. Alas, each day is very different and usually starts in a different city from the previous day.”

“Calvin filled the Memorial Chapel for a political candidate when he was a senior at King,” says Dotterweich. “The story of his journey from undergraduate History and Political Science to the professional world will help direct our current students as they consider what paths to pursue.”

Calvin McRae will speak on public relations in King’s Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Martin Dotterweich at mhdotter@king.edu or 423.652.4835.

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