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The communication faculty are eager to welcome back students to a new year that promises to be filled with a variety of activities and exciting events! A second communication major has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and will begin in the fall of 2019. The incoming first-year class is thrilled to get started on their academic adventures, and returning students are enrolled in some exciting communication classes, including Travel Writing, The Mill, and Advanced Public Speaking. Students, remember to take some time to stop by your advisor's office to say hello as the semester begins!

There's lots of advice out there for first-year college students, but some of the best tips we've seen has been on the blog of COLLEGEINFOGEEK. Thomas Frank offers 42 tips from his own experience, some of which are excerpted and condensed below.

1. Always go to class. You never know when the professor will drop a crucial test hint, or give out extra credit for attendance.

2. If you have to choose between a double major and getting involved on campus, get involved. All the knowledge in the world won’t help you if you come out of college with no experience or professional relationships.

3. Always back up your files and make sure your computer is protected against malware.

4. Bring enough clothing to school with you that you can go two weeks between washings, but when you do get around to washing your things, never leave them in the washer after the cycle is over. Be there to take them out a minute before the cycle ends. Not doing this is rude, and people WILL pull your clothes out and set them somewhere.

5. Get to know your professors. College is just as much about networking as it is about sitting in class. Find out when their office hours are, where their office is, and then make a visit.

6. Take smart notes. Find a note-taking system that works well for you, and focus on learning rather than simply recording the information. And getting a tutor does not make you look dumb. Not getting one when you need help does.

7. Get out and explore your campus. If you have to ask your friends where the main financial office is, you’ve failed. Find out what resources are available on campus as well. Same goes for exploring the city your campus is in.

8. Take a speech class, even if you don’t have to. Communication skills are among the more important things recruiters look for in students.

9. Connect with your school’s career center; your career advisor will be an invaluable resource in the years to come.

10. Get an internship the summer after your sophomore year, or as soon as you can. You’ll forge professional connections early on and make it easier to get another internship the next summer. Graduating with two or more internships will give you a real leg up on the competition.

The department of Business Communication is on top of its game when it comes to classes being offered in fall, 2018. In addition to the ever-popular Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication classes, the department will offer several sections of Communication Ethics, Conflict and Negotiation, and even a fall section of Organizational Communication, typically offered only in the spring. An Event Planning and Publicity class filled up fast, but there's still room in Principles and Practices of Public Relations. The ever-popular Advertising Campaign class is still open, and a section of Travel Writing is sure to appeal to anyone who's been bitten by the travel bug and wants to share a story. Students can try their hand at Feature Writing or Advanced Public Speaking, or join The Villager staff for credit. It's sure to be an exciting semester!

Maybe it's time to check out Stevenson University Online’s Master of Science in Communication Studies!

According to the degree's website, the program is "developed for professionals who want to build a foundation of effective communication competencies for personal and professional advancement. This master’s program helps graduates translate fundamental ideas of communication into real-world applications. Graduates will develop their skills in evaluating and creating solutions to conflicts that occur within organizations."

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2015 Job Outlook survey, more than 73 percent of employers reported communication skills as a top qualification they seek in potential job candidates. This degree can sharpen your skills and prepare you for any communication setting you encounter.

More about the program can be found here.

Eight Stevenson students attended the Eastern Communication Association conference in March, 2018, both as research participants and as student workers, along with four faculty members. They had taken on the ECA as a client in the fall term of 2017, working with Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus helping to plan the five-day conference in Pittsburgh. Most of the students were Business Communication majors, and two studied film and video. Watch the video here that chronicles their "exceptional experiences."