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Business Communication News

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Congratulations to Business Communication students Emma Cathy Smith and Paul Farrell, and visual communication design major Heather J. Sun (left to right in the first photo), who presented their research at the 2018 Maryland Communication Association conference at Howard University on September 15, 2018. Their panel was titled "We Have Watched and Listened from the Mountain! An Analysis of Black Panther." Their mentors and faculty facilitators, Dr. Deric Greene and Dr. Heather Harris of the Business Communication department, attended the conference with them. Pictured together are all the Stevenson attendees: Dr. Harris, Dr. Lee Krahenbuhl, the three students, Dr. Greene, and Dr. Nadene Vevea.

Dr. Krahenbuhl's presentation was titled "Matter and Impertinency Mixt: The Boots of Maryland's Promethian Actor Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) as Historiographical Relics of Interpersonal Communication." Throughout the day, there were also sessions from scholars at Howard University, College of Southern Maryland, Bowie State University, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Ronald L. Jackson II, from the University of Cincinnati.

(Photos above from Deric Greene, Ph.D.)

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!

A wonderfully energized Convocation ceremony on August 23, 2018, welcomed transfer and first-year students, their families, faculty and staff to a new year at Stevenson University. In the photos above, clockwise from top left, Provost Susan Gorman, Ph.D., offered an initial greeting to those in attendance in the gym, and the marching band was again on hand to bring a vibrancy to the occasion. Members of the University Singers, including Business Communication major Emma Cathy Smith (in band uniform) also offered a taste of their musical talent. BizComm senior and SGA president Lauren Novsak spoke for the students as she extended a thoughtful greeting to the new Mustangs.  SU President Elliot Hirshman was eager to get the academic year off to a good start, and the RAs (in blue t-shirts) energized the gym with their enthusiasm.

In the photo at bottom center, BizComm alum Julie Mazer is flanked by two Business Communication faculty members, Leeanne Bell McManus and Stephanie Verni. Julie joined the Sodexo staff as a marketing coordinator and was on hand at the picnic following Convocation to greet parents and new students.

Business Communication faculty members Leeanne Bell McManus (left) and Chip Rouse (right) join SGA president and Business Communication major Lauren Novsak outside of Stevenson University's Western Run residence hall, where the two faculty members serve as mentors to the residents there, in the Faculty in the Halls program. Thursday, August 23, 2018 was move-in day for the first-year students, and Lauren and other student volunteers were on hand, along with the faculty mentors, to greet families and help with the move-in process. (Photo from Leeanne Bell McManus)

Stevenson University Business Communication senior and quarterback Dan Williams has been named as one of 169 candidates for the 2018 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

According to gomustangsports.com, "the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds."

To be considered by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing. 

Williams has served as a two-year team captain for the Mustangs and is a weekly volunteer at Baltimore's Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. He has also participated in the Mustangs' annual spring reading program at Mechanicsville Elementary School in Sykesville, Md.. served as a volunteer with Carroll County Special Olympics, and worked as a football instructor for Special Olympics during the 2017 NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

On campus, Williams is a team representative to the Stevenson Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is also the vice president of Stevenson's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

On the field, Williams is a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference First Team selection and the 2016 MAC Offensive Player of the Year and a 2016 D3football.com All-Region selection. He is the program record holder in every passing category and enters his senior season with 55 touchdowns and 6,026 passing yards.  (Thanks to gomustangsports.com for this information and photograph)