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Business Communication professor Leeanne Bell McManus has been busy preparing for the Eastern Communication Association's 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- her own home town. As the association's first vice president, Dr. Bell McManus is responsible for all convention planning before she assumes the role of ECA president.

The 109th convention will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel April 25-29, 2018. The theme, "Building Bridges," speaks to Pittsburgh's "unique topography, being situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela, which forms the Ohio River. When a city is located on water, bridges span the horizon. The bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's infrastructure. Without the 446 bridges interlacing the city, Pittsburgh would be a region of isolated communities. Just as the bridges in the city connect communities, communication has the opportunity to build bridges within and outside of our discipline, creating countless opportunities for research, teaching, and service," according to

Our best wishes to Dr. Bell McManus as she takes on this monumental commitment! (Photo from Dr. Bell McManus' Facebook page)

Business Communication professors Stephanie Verni, Leeanne Bell McManus, and Chip Rouse presented a symposium on event planning to about 250 NSA employees at Fort Meade on June 22, 2017, at the invitation of alum Brittaney Koehler and her colleagues in the Communications Skills Community at NSA. Those in attendance were excited to learn more about how communication skills can impact event planning, and the presentation was live-streamed to other NSA employees as far away as Australia! In the photo, the three textbook authors are shown at Stevenson University as they spoke in 2016 at the launch of their textbook on event planning.

To celebrate Dr. Kevin J. Manning's retirement after 17 years at the helm of Stevenson University, members of the SU community attended an amazing gala in his honor on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The Renaissance Harborplace was the site of the celebration, and over 400 guests were in attendance, including those from Business Communication (in the photo) Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, alum Kylie Handler, and professor Chip Rouse.

Also joining the event were many other Business Communication alums including Matt Winebrenner, Nick Farano, Lorie Elgert Fabiano, Mimi Bory Tinkler, Julia Tucker (who sang the Stevenson Alma Mater), Matt Johnson, Tonia Cristino and Lauren Humphries.

Those in attendance agreed that the event was the perfect way to say farewell and thank you to Dr. Manning for his leadership and service over the last 17 years.

Business Communication Professor Leeanne Bell McManus presented her research at the biannual Integrated Marketing Communication conference held June 1-3 at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington....Click here to read more.

Congratulations to the Business Communication seniors who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas on May 18, 2017....Click here to read more.

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