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Congratulations to junior 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.

The next "Lunch Lessons" offered by the department of Business Communication will include three very near and dear alums: Julia Pettingill Webster, CPSM, Lauren Humphries, and Jake Quimby. They will visit the university for the event on Oct. 16, 2014.

Webster, who graduated in 2001,  is the senior marketing coordinator at Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, for which she manages and coordinates the writing of large company must-win transportation proposals and qualification packages. RK&K is an engineering form specializing in the transportation, environmental, construction and utilities fields.

 

Humphries, a 2008 graduate, recently took on a new career as she became the marketing manager for the LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit close to her heart. Previously, she served for nearly four years in marketing and special events for campus recreation services at Towson University.

 

 

Jake Quimby made a start right here at Stevenson University after graduating. He works in the Admissions Office specifically with publications, and has even served as a mentor to other BizComm interns. He will share a narrative about transitioning from student to employee at Stevenson.

Ten BizComm students and the faculty in the department will join the two for the event.

The department of Business Communication is eagerly awaiting Homecoming, 2014, especially the Affinity Alumni Reunion Tailgate to be held in the parking lot of the School of Business on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-noon.

The School of Design faculty will be on hand to welcome back alums and enjoy the day with current students and friends. Here's hoping that it will be a day filled with old friends, happy meetings, and a football victory!

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