Like so many of our KU COMS alums, Patrick Moore (Class of 2008) has seen his share of job and career changes. When he graduated a decade ago, Patrick landed a job with Sprint, and then spent the next seven years advancing his career through several positions in the IT industry around Kansas City. But then, several years ago, Patrick decided it was time for a change, and he switched careers, packed up his family, and moved to Florida.
For the past three years, Patrick has been the owner and general manager of the Lucky Pelican Bistro in Sarasota, Florida. Open for a decade now, the restaurant specializes in local seafood, which is something Patrick takes pride in. “We get our fish delivered 6-days a week,” he noted. “We don’t by frozen fish, and we try to get as much local fish as we can for our daily specials and fish market.”
While Patrick would be the first to acknowledge that his family has a long history of running restaurants, he also noted that many of the classes he took in communication studies at KU have proven valuable to his success. Indeed, he acknowledged that the skills he learned in both organizational communication and rhetorical studies routinely come in handy in helping him run his own business.
In fact, many of the things he learned with our department have helped him advance his career through the changes he has navigated. Most notably, Patrick said that nothing has proven more valuable to his success than strong oral and written communication skills, which he said “every undergraduate should focus on more.” From his own experience, Patrick remembered one former COMS instructor, Kirsten Theye (KU COMS Ph.D., 2008) in particular pushing him to work on his writing skills. He spent many hours utilizing the writing center for help.
Patrick and his wife Emily, who is also a KU graduate (Class of 2007), live in Sarasota with their two children. While they miss a great deal about Kansas, they find being able to go to the beach in mid-February rather nice.