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Date: May 2020
Travis Douglas at Commencement 2014Stevenson University's Communication Department is mourning the loss of Business Communication grad Travis Douglas, class of 2014. Travis' life was cut short on May 24 in a Vineland, N.J., shooting. While a student at Stevenson, Travis was noted for his energy, leadership and enthusiasm for sports. He served as a captain of the football and track & field teams, and was credited as one of the founders of M.I.L.E., the Male Initiative of Leadership and Excellence. He was also a member of Phi Beta Lambda, the Black Student Union, Relay for Life, and the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals. A staff writer for The Villager, Stevenson's student news site, Travis's love for Mustang athletics influenced his writing. He was employed by Sigman & Summerfield Associates, Inc., a professional IT staffing company. The Randallstown native is survived by his parents, a sister, and a brother. The Communication Department mourns his passing.
Jackie Cooper HeadshotWord has reached Stevenson's Communication department that three of our fabulous alums, Jackie Cooper '17 (top photo), Morgan Mathis '14,  and Jamal Williams, '15, have just earned Masters degrees. Jackie was awarded a Masters of Science degree in Marketing from the Kogod School of Business at American University. Morgan Morgan Mathis, Mastersreceived her M.S. in Health Science Administration from Towson University, which will strengthen her work in marketing at MedStar Health. Our third bit of news came from Jamal, who received a Master's degree Jamal Williams, Master'sfrom the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Congratulations on these amazing achievements! (Photos from Facebook)

The department of Communication is pleased to honor three Business Communication seniors who have won significant end-of-year awards. (Photos from Facebook and

Award for Academic Achievement in Communication 
Jessica LewisCelebrates a graduating Communication senior who has shown consistent scholastic growth over the arc of the student’s tenure as a major in the department. The award recognizes a student whose path to graduation has been marked with passion and perseverance. Through this award, the faculty in the Communication programs attest that the recipient made a commitment to learning, engaged the discipline in meaningful ways, and demonstrated academic achievement. 

2020 Recipient: 

Jess Lewis

Award for Leadership and Excellence in Communication 
Emma Cathy SmithCelebrates a graduating Communication senior who exemplifies the values of competent communication in practice. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding communication skills both inside and outside the classroom through leadership, advocacy, and/or service to the department, the school, and the larger community. Through this award, the faculty in the Communication programs recognize the leadership potential in a diverse world when communication theory is put into practice. 

2020 Recipient: 

Emma Cathy Smith
Award for Creative Initiatives in Communication 
Krystal AlexisCelebrates a graduating Communication senior who creatively integrates the core foundations of Business Communication with regard to communication theory, writing, business, and design in endeavors both at the university and in related work outside of the university, whether through internships, jobs, or volunteer pursuits. Through this award, the faculty in the Communication programs recognize the student’s creative contributions to the department, university, and higher education, along with personal, professional, and academic achievement. 

2020 Recipient: 

Krystal Alexis

Megan Ann DaiseStevenson athletics is celebrating the 25th anniversary of NCAA athletics at the institution, which began at Villa Julie College in the 1994-95 academic year, according to The women's lacrosse 25th anniversary team includes three Business Communication alums. Their photos are from gomustangsports archives during their years of play at VJC/Stevenson:

Jaime Hershner ElwoodMegan Weiss Daise '11
Jaime Hershner Elwood '01
Lauren Zegowitz Howard '10

In order to be eligible for the 25th Anniversary teams, former student-athletes must have used up their eligibility prior to 2018-19, have graduated from Villa Julie College/Stevenson University, and left their program and the institution in good standing. Lauren ZegowitzA maximum of 25 former student-athletes will be honored in each sport.

Congratulations to the inaugural members of the women's lacrosse anniversary team!

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