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Keyword: experiential learning

Business Communication professors Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse joined nursing professor Laurel Moody and business professor Romas Laskauskas, all of whom serve as Faculty in the Halls for the first-year residences, for an end-of-the-year ice cream splurge in Western Run Hall lobby on Monday, December 10. "Sundaes on Monday," always a popular activity, included all the first-year residents and featured seven gallons of ice cream along with a variety of toppings -- all in an effort to give final exam week a sweet start. Over 180 students enjoyed the treats. (Photos by Olivia Hare)

First-year students enjoy ice cream sundaes

A great big thank you to several of our Business Communication students and faculty members who volunteered to help with the Alumni Office's annual Breakfast with Santa event. Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus and Professor Chip Rouse invited students to serve as elves for the morning, helping with face painting and arts & crafts for the guests. The students, including Lauren Novsak, who took a leadership role in the event planning, were happy to step up with their faculty for an exciting Saturday morning. They included Grace Clark, Alyssa Dahle, Paul Farrell, Christine Favata, Zaria Greene, Olivia Hare, Hannah Krasinski,  Alyssa Maher, Maya Murphy, and Leah Wittler. Alums Tara Shismanian and Nick Farano were helping out as well, and BizComm visitors included Ashley Kline Bartkowiak and family, and Michele Giannini Price and family.

Business Communication senior Paul Farrell noted on LinkedIn that from Nov. 24-25, he spent time at the 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship & Campus Compact Conference.

Paul writes, "To say that I am grateful is an understatement. What an amazing privilege it was to learn among some of the next grassroots leaders of America. Encouraging to learn how I can further impact lives as the 2018 Newman Civic Fellow at Stevenson University."

"Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, chooses 268 students who make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions," according to the organization's website. (Photo from LinkedIn)

Stevenson students and faculty welcomed Stan "The Fan" Charles on Nov. 19, 2018, as he served as the annual Shapiro/Rouse lecturer in Business Communication. The creator and publisher of PressBox and, Charles has been involved in sports reporting -- in print, on the radio, and on television -- for more than 40 years. His talk focused on five tips for students as they embark on their career paths:

1. Show up. Stay focused. Be enthusiastic about the job at hand. Give it a chance.

2. Embrace selling. It can be inspiring and liberating and if you learn it well, it can work in every aspect of your life.

3. Build relationships within your profession. Learn to rely on the expertise of others. Successful people know what they don't know.

4. Get good at things you know you are not good at before it's too late. Don't be afraid to try and try again.You really can teach an old dog new tricks.

5. Never hesitate to reinvent yourself. Your career path may wind around in a new direction every so often; don't fear career changes.

The School of Design fall 2018 Internship Showcase, coordinated by Sonya Lawyer, internship director, included some very impressive Business Communication interns who were eager to share their experiences with students, staff and faculty who attended the event, held on Friday, Nov. 16.  The day concluded with a panel of internship site supervisors who offered words of career advice and answered a variety of student questions. In the photos, Troy Wood stands next to his site supervisor from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, and Quinn Luethy and Maya Murphy talk about their experiences interning at the Baltimore Orioles. Carlyn Bessicks shares her story from working at  the Genesis Level Modeling Agency, and the panel of employers readies to answer career questions. The entire list of Business Communication interns is below. (Photos by Arlene Kendricks)