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Congratulations to Associate Professor Leeanne Bell McManus, as she prepares to assume the office of president of the Communication Ethics division of the National Communication Association. Her term will run as incoming president from November 2015 until she becomes the outgoing president in 2017-18. As incoming president, Dr. Bell McManus is in charge of the Communication Ethics division at the NCA convention in 2015 in Las Vegas, for which she has already released a call for papers. Congratulations, Dr. Bell McManus!

BizComm associate professor Stephanie Verni is nearly ready to launch her second novel, Baseball Girl, a contemporary romance as well as a story about the love a girl has for her father, with baseball as the perfect backdrop. You can watch the trailer here. Baseball Girl, Verni's second self-published novel, follows her first, Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, Chip Rouse and Stephanie Verni of the department of business communication! Their co-authored original research paper, "Communication as the Art and Craft of Event Planning," was accepted for presentation at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association in Tampa April 8-12.  To learn more about the Southern States Communication Association, click here. In the photo, the three faculty members pose in 2013 at graduation with graduate Kristen Henry.

BizComm associate professor Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus was honored at the 2014 "Best in Maryland" Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Maryland chapter, awards ceremony on December 4 as the "Educator of the Year," having been nominated by one of her public relations students. John Buettner and Glenda LeGendre, of the office of Marketing and Digital Communications at Stevenson, also received an award for an op-ed piece they placed.

In the photos, the attendees paused before the dinner and ceremony for a group shot: from left, Chip Rouse, department chair of Business Communication; Leeanne Bell McManus, award recipient; student Jen Rosenbloom; Mr. Gary Bell, Dr. Bell McManus' father;  John Buettner, assistant vice president, marketing and digital communications; Glenda LeGendre, vice president, marketing and digital communications; Amanda Hostalka, interim dean, School of Design.

Below them, the award recipients pose with David Harrison, the co-chair of the Best in Maryland Awards night. Congratulations to the Stevenson award-winners!

The Business Communication faculty got together on Tuesday, Nov. 18. to attend the internship poster session of the students in the major and to enjoy the annual Shapiro/Rouse lecture that evening during which communications and public relations expert Sandy Hillman spoke. They took a moment out to update their group photo: from left to right, Christine Noya, Stephanie Verni, Chip Rouse, Leeanne Bell McManus, Heather Harris and D. M. Greene.

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