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Congratulations to the newest class of Lambda Pi Eta inductees. This 2016 group held their induction ceremony on April 23 as the officers swore in 29 new members and handed out honor cords and pins in front of their families, friends and faculty. Dean Amanda Hostalka welcomed the attendees, and Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, moderator of the organization, opened the ceremony before turning it over to the officers, who explained the history and mission of the organization that serves as the honor society of the National Communication Association.

Author Jack Gilden, of Jack Gilden Marketing, was the keynote speaker and was introduced by his intern and new inductee Kelsey Marden. The outgoing officers included Lanie Swanhart, Chloe Redmond, Erin Schapiro and Megan Donahue. Congratulations to all the LPH members.

The department of Business Communication was ready for student visitors and their families during the final Admission Open House of the semester. Though the infamous Candy Bar treats had waned, the department was nevertheless ready to present guests with some sweet  souvenirs of their visit. Freshman Lauren Novsak was on hand to help out the faculty for the event.

Journalist Allison Girvin visited via FaceTime with assistant professor Meggen Marx's New Media Communication class on April 21. Girvin is now a unit chief at NBC News, but has had stints at the Huffington Post, Bloomberg News and ABC News. She answered questions about the world of digital journalism, reporting, citizen journalism, and ethics in the media. Girvin, a graduate of Columbia University, has successfully transitioned between network and digital journalism during her career.

Author and professor Stephanie Verni (center) of the Business Communication department spoke with an interested group of students in conjunction with a Faculty in the Halls program on Monday, April 18, about her experiences as a writer and self-published author. She was invited by Western Run's faculty mentors, Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, and the talk drew a wide assortment of faculty, staff and students. Professor Verni offered some great advice about the path to publishing to the interested would-be authors.

Many first-year residents joined their Faculty in the Halls mentors Laurel Moody, Chip Rouse, and Leeanne Bell McManus on April 1 for a visit to Light City Baltimore in the Inner Harbor. This extravaganza of light and sound drew crowds to the harbor, and the Stevenson visitors were met by several Business Communication majors who escorted the first-year students on a tour through the show. The entire evening was made possible through the efforts of Stevenson's Office of Public Affairs and Strategy and the organization of Sharon Markley, the VP of that office. Despite the stormy weather, all agreed that the night was spectacular, and the gift of the neon t-shirts made the trip that much brighter!

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