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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.

It was another fun and exciting night of Bingo in Western Run Hall on Feb. 12 as the two Faculty in the Halls mentors there, Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, planned and ran the rowdy event! Some of the students who stopped by to play can be seen in the photo below, engrossed in the game. The Faculty in the Halls program is in its fourth year of residential mentorship.

The department of Business Communication is grateful for the students and alums who volunteered to help out on Stevenson Scholars Day, Feb. 10. Faculty were on hand to greet our guests, and the students and alums provided perspectives from a variety of different points of view. Pictured above on the panel are alum Dayne Turner, who works for W.B. Mason; senior Meghan Loveless; junior Lauren Novsak; alum Megan Donohue, who works at Brown Advisory; alum Lanie Swanhart, who works at South Mountain Creamery, and senior Sarah Cullison. Guests had lots of questions, and the panel was happy to respond. (Photo by Leeanne Bell McManus)

The department of  Business Communication is proud to welcome Michael MacFee as one of our newer adjunct professors. MacFee completed Stevenson's master’s program in Communication Studies in May 2017 with the inaugural cohort, and as he worked through the master’s program, he served as a graduate assistant in the Academic Link, operating the Testing Center and helping with some tutoring services. He believes that experience was very beneficial because it enhanced his understanding of and appreciation for all that the Office of Student Success does to help ensure Stevenson students are able to make the most out of their college education. He is currently teaching in the department, and thus far, he has instructed in Introduction to Public Speaking and Business & Professional Communication.

He writes: "It has been a wonderful experience transitioning from the role of student to teacher. It’s been challenging and a lot of fun, and I certainly have a whole new appreciation for all the work my professors put in to help me succeed!"

MacFee added that his Master's thesis was accepted into the graduate poster sessions during the upcoming 2018 ECA convention.

In addition to teaching at Stevenson, he also works as a communications associate at Maryland Public Television. His regular tasks include managing the president’s monthly newsletter and daily messages, drafting and distributing news releases, monitoring media responsiveness, event planning, and writing various organizational reports. Special projects are always popping up, he adds, and they are quite diverse.

Welcome to our world, Michael!

Congratulations to Stevenson's communication club, '47 House, for its successful second annual BizMix, held on Feb. 1, 2018. Career panel participants included Marianne Martino, COO of Gaga Marketing; Amy Nelson, Communications Director at Biohabitats; Jessica Kartalija, anchor at WJZ-TV (CBS); alum Emma Ragon, Marketing Assistant at Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; alum Kait Kirkwood, Global Talent Management and Operations Coordinator at Discovery Communications; alum Megan McSwain, Communications Assistant at Chesapeake Conservancy; alum Dayne Turner, sales executive at W.B. Mason; and alum media entrepreneur Adam Oberfeld.

'47 House Officers (pictured below) include Courtney Hottle, Christine Favata, Meghan Loveless, Naseehaa Bacchus, Kamica Price and Grace Clark. The club's advisor is BizComm professor Stephanie Verni.