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Date: Nov 2020

Virtual panel at NCA 2020Congratulations to Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus for her contributions to the 2020 virtual National Communication Association convention. Dr. Bell McManus (in photo, top center) and former Business Communication professor Chip Rouse presented "Implementing Opportunities for Student Engagement to Enhance Retention: Communication at the Crossroads of Institutional Survival and Demise" during a virtual panel entitled "Communication at the Crossroads: Disciplinary and Departmental Responsiveness and Resilience." Dr. Bell McManus also presented "Learning Activities for Critical Thinking and Reflection on Communication Ethics" as part of the Communication Ethics Division. (Screenshot photo courtesy of Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus)

KindnessThe first-year seminar students in two freshmen communication courses, taught by Dr. Deric Greene and Professor Stephanie Verni, executed 97 acts of kindness as part of Mustangs Make A Difference Day. In past years, Mustangs Make A Difference Day took place on one particular day. However, due to coronavirus restrictions, the first-year seminars—all of them across every discipline at Stevenson including communication programs—participated in the "random acts of kindness" initiative. Over 1,000 acts of kindness were practiced all together at the university. Dr. Greene and Professor Verni are very proud of their first-year communication students and what they've accomplished during their first semester as Mustangs!

Julia Tucker sings with the world chorus




Congratulations to Business Communication alum Julia Tucker, (B.S. 2014, M.S. 2015) who was selected to sing with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s “Hallelujah Chorus” Global Virtual Choir. Selected were 250 singers from all over the world. The performance aired on WMAR on Nov. 22, and will air again on Christmas Eve at 11:30 p.m. and Christmas Day at noon.

All singers had to submit a recording of themselves singing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus" in order to be considered. (Photo courtesy of Julia Tucker)

Currents News screenshotBusiness Communication alum Brendan Reynolds just checked in with us about his new job.


He writes,"I just started working as the associate producer for Currents News, a Catholic news station in Brooklyn, New York....  I actually had to decide between two job offers; one being this position and the other was a digital producer position in Portland, Oregon. In terms of industry trends, many news outlets have been letting go of traditional positions and have been hiring more digital positions. That being said, I went for the New York position because it simply paid more.... I am more than confident that I will be able to pick up on key skills that can transfer to other jobs."


Congratulations, Brendan! We wish you the best.

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