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Date: 2014

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.

On January 24, a team of 18 climbers will assemble in Tanzania, Africa, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with world-renowned mountaineer, Chris Warner, and friends at Earth Treks in the 2015 LIVESTRONG "Survivor Summit." The team will make the seven-day trek to Uhuru Peak at 19,341 feet and will share stories of their  experiences along the way.

Brian Myers, BizComm graduate and fundraising and events manager for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, will join the climb. He is raising money for cancer patients as well as for a donation to Huntington's Disease research. You can read more about Brian's personal challenge here.  If you are interested in donating to Brian's climb, there's a link on that page to make it happen. Our thoughts are with Brian as he prepares for the climb.

Stevenson women's volleyball BizComm senior Samantha Perillo was named the 2014 Middle Atlantic Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Dec. 22. She is the first player from Stevenson to receive the prestigous honor.

Perillo, who graduated with honors in 3 1/2 years on December 15, was named the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the Commonwealth Conference Volleyball Championship. She was also named ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year. Read more about her athletic contributions here. Congratulations to Samantha!

The department of business communication wishes everyone a very cheery holiday season filled with family, friends, and lots of rest! (Image from

SU BizComm ran into alum Lynn Aaron Nichols (on the left in the photo) who was thrilled with her new job at Eventi Planning, where she interned in the fall of 2013 under the mentorship of owner Diana Venditto, the senior planner and designer, also in the photo. Eventi Planning is a full-service event planning firm specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other large events. Lynn Aaron has already started to develop her own client base and is realizing her dream as an event planner. Congratulations!!


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