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Congratulations to senior Lanie Swanhart, a member of the SU cross country team,  and to BizComm alum Tom McGonigal ('05), who participated in the first-ever cross country race run at Stevenson University, the Twilight Tune Up. Swanhart finished the 4K in just over 16 minutes, ending as one of the top-10 finishers and helping Stevenson to a third-place finish. McGonigal, who served as an assistant cross country coach after he graduated, was thrilled to have a chance to run the course even as an alum, with a time of just over 17 minutes. Here's to you, our speedy BizComm runners! (Photos courtesy of Carol Zimmerman and Tom McGonigal)

The First-Year Seminar class welcomed back four BizComm alums who talked to the class about their career paths after graduating. From left, Ali Winer talked about her career with CBS radio; Bill Ritson spoke about his many roles in the field of advertising; Hayley Gable Bowerman, the managing editor of the Pasadena Voice, talked about journalism as a possible path; and Brandon Scott spoke about working in recruitment for the Y of central Maryland.

Their tales were filled with insights about their days as students, their internships, their professional mentors, and their futures. The faculty of the department were thrilled to see them again and share in their success stories. Associate professor Stephanie Verni arranged for the visits.

In the second Lunch Lessons of the semester, the department of Business Communication welcomed three alumni guests who spoke with the students about their paths from Stevenson (or Villa Julie College) to where they are today. Lauren Humphries (left) currently works as the marketing manager for the LUNGevity Foundation, having moved to that position from her former spot at Towson University as the coordinator of marketing and special events for campus recreation. Julia Pettingill Webster, CPSM, (center) now works as the senior marketing coordinator at RK&K, a multi-discipline civil engineering consulting firm. Jake Quimby (right) works at Stevenson University as a communications specialist in the Office of Admissions, where he assists in developing, writing, and designing recruitment communications, including print and digital media.

The alums spoke about their careers and offered some advice to the 12 students attending the catered luncheon.

Congratulations to the three BizComm faculty who celebrated years of service at the university's annual service banquet on Monday, Oct. 20 in Rockland Banquet Room.  Adjunct instructor Jim Smith (left), shown here with Dr. Kevin J. Manning, Stevenson's president, was honored for five continuous years of service. Dr. Deric Greene, associate professor of Business Communication, celebrated 10 years of service, and department chair Chip Rouse was honored for 30 years of service.

The catered luncheon included awarding of certificates and gifts for those in attendance.

The First-Year Seminar students in Business Communication are busily working on their final presentations about the recent class trip to Philadelphia. They have taken photographs and videos, and are considering the stories they learned that are unique to the City of Brotherly Love, as well as their own stories, interpretations and reflections about what they learned there. Presentations to the department will begin on Nov. 11.

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