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Business Communication graduate Brendan Reynolds reached out to the department with an update on his career. He writes,"I started my job as a web producer at WDVM-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland. I do the same work we did when taking care of The Villager's website, editing articles and publishing them online. In my downtime, the reporters and producers here have been teaching me the ins and outs of television journalism. The news director has promised to move me into a reporter position soon; however, he wants to find a replacement web producer before moving me."  Brendan served as co-editor-in-chief of The Villager when he was a student.

 

He notes that anyone who is looking for an entry-level job at a news station, an overnight producer position is available, working 12:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and a web producer position is open as well.

Congratulations to Business Communication students Emma Cathy Smith and Paul Farrell, and visual communication design major Heather J. Sun (left to right in the first photo), who presented their research at the 2018 Maryland Communication Association conference at Howard University on September 15, 2018. Their panel was titled "We Have Watched and Listened from the Mountain! An Analysis of Black Panther." Their mentors and faculty facilitators, Dr. Deric Greene and Dr. Heather Harris of the Business Communication department, attended the conference with them. Pictured together are all the Stevenson attendees: Dr. Harris, Dr. Lee Krahenbuhl, the three students, Dr. Greene, and Dr. Nadene Vevea.

Dr. Krahenbuhl's presentation was titled "Matter and Impertinency Mixt: The Boots of Maryland's Promethian Actor Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) as Historiographical Relics of Interpersonal Communication." Throughout the day, there were also sessions from scholars at Howard University, College of Southern Maryland, Bowie State University, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Ronald L. Jackson II, from the University of Cincinnati.

(Photos above from Deric Greene, Ph.D.)

Congratulations to Business Communication alum Mackenzie Wieder, who finished her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

She wrote: "In the span of 173 days on the Appalachian Trail, I got a hitch from an Amish guy in his horse and buggy, I watched the sunrise from McAfee Knob and Clingmans Dome, I hiked into town to buy an entire cake and eat it on the sidewalk with my friends, I hiked 42 miles in one day, I saw Spongebob on Broadway, I created a makeshift splint and waited for emergency responders for a hiker who broke his ankle, I swam in every lake I could, and I experienced magic from strangers. On Monday, I finished my 2,190.9 mile journey.

In the photo at left from her Facebook account, Mackenzie sits atop Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine at 5,267 feet, located in Baxter State Park. Mackenzie's mantra for the hike was "accept the unexpected."

Welcome home, Mackenzie!

Business Communication alum Kaitlin Kirkwood is featured on the university's Facebook page talking about her extraordinary time at Stevenson. As a BizComm, Kait worked in the Admissions Office as an ambassador, and was a reporter and programmer for SUTV as well. She credits her strong communication skills for her ability to succeed in her job at Discovery Communications. (Thanks to Aaron Harris for the video link)

Business Communication alum Tonia Cristino (now Ramsell) celebrated her marriage to another former SU employee, Nick Ramsell, by getting a whole host of Stevenson folks together for a wedding-day photo. Included in the photo are the following BizComms in addition to the bride: Brittany Bangert, Jenny Goodwin Buchness, Lauren Humphries, and Chip Rouse. The department wishes Tonia and Nick much happiness in their new life together!