Featured business person: Denice Bruce

06/13/2013 7:27 AM

06/20/2013 12:33 PM

Anybody who has seen Bruce sing and dance in local theater productions knows she has the ability to communicate, even if that’s only a fun sideline.

“I’m not going to give up my day job,” said Bruce, who most recently had a role in the Forum Theatre’s production of “The Full Monty.”

Her job, which she started in late May, is to help promote the Wichita campus of the University of Kansas medical school, which is located at Kansas and 10th Street and currently has 183 students.

“We really need to let the community know all of the ways this school contributes to the qualify of life here,” Bruce said. “Our tagline is, ‘Educating Doctors for Kansas.’ While that is a big part of what we do, we also have a huge economic impact in the community. We provide health care education to the community. We give actual hands-on health care to people. This school touches a lot of lives.”

Bruce, 55, grew up in Wichita, graduated from Goddard High School and earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communication from Wichita State University.

She ran her own consulting and training firm, working primarily with financial institutions, then taught communications courses at Bethel College, Hesston College, Tabor College and WSU. She worked as a communications specialist for Professional Engineers Consultants from 2010 to earlier this year.

“Now I kind of have the best of both worlds, in an academic environment but getting to do more of the public affairs type work,” she said.

Bruce has two sons – Kellin, 16, who will be a senior at East High, and Riley, 23, who lives in Minnesota.

Bruce has been a regular in the cast of the annual “Gridiron” satirical production since the 1990s. She also enjoys tennis, gardening, cooking and collecting art, which she calls “a huge part of my life.”

Joe Stumpe

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