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Business Communication News

The department of Business Communication would like to congratulate our seniors playing spring sports for Stevenson University. These include (top row, l-r) Billy Small (baseball), Troy Wood (golf), Wornden Ly (tennis); second row: Tom Brown (lacrosse), Joe Candon (lacrosse), Lauren Weaver (beach volleyball). Your hard work and dedication are amazing! (Photos from gomustangsports.com)

Professor Stephanie Verni and her Sports Communication class were treated to a visit on Feb. 19 from a former colleague of the professor's from her days at the Baltimore Orioles. Jack Gilden, former writer for Orioles Magazine, and author of the upcoming sports book about Johnny Unitas and Don Shula called "Collision of Wills," served as as a guest speaker for the class. Gilden is a long-time friend of the Business Communication major, having served as an internship supervisor for several students in the major, and has been a writing mentor of great importance to them.

We recently heard from BizComm alum Courtney Hastings (see inset photo above), who writes to us:

"Every year our local community college hosts a day-long social media conference that consists of break out sessions to choose from on different topics relating to social media. During lunch they have a panel of flash talks and a question-and-answer session with professionals, and they also have a keynote speaker. There are typically 400-500 people, and it has been sold out for the past few years.

This year I was asked to be a breakout session presenter at the conference, and I spoke on creating a social media plan. It was 50 minutes, and I went over what should be included in a plan.

In the spring, the college also offers a non-credit social media certificate with 6 classes, and I have been asked to teach the social media plan course for that as well. I am very excited! I had a great time at the conference. It was wonderful to network with so many talented professionals and I learned a lot from the sessions I was able to attend!"

Way to go, Courtney! So proud of you. We also know this wasn't your first conference presentation, right?

We noticed a Twitter feed mentioning Business Communication senior Billy Small, whose expertise at social media allowed him to take over the Athletics Snapchat account for the Stevenson baseball team during the weekend of Feb. 16, for three games in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Last season, the senior was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Second Team All-Conference team, batting .297 with six home runs and 37 RBI. This season he will continue to play 1st and 3rd base.

Local television station WJZ-TV was on campus on Feb. 11 for a story on Mission: I'm Home's many various service trip to New Orleans, and Business Communication participant Lauren Novsak was among those interviewed by CBS reporter and former SU faculty member Jessica Kartalija.

About to embark on her fourth service trip, Lauren admitted that the trips can be addictive but extremely worthwhile.

Watch the full interview here.