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An excerpt from the letter sent to members from Eastern Communication president Katherine Thweatt:

Logo of 2020 ECAOnce again, I am reaching out to you with a heavy heart. We have heard from many members inquiring about whether our beloved convention will take place this year. These messages have steadily increased in number since yesterday. During the past 24 hours, the Executive Board has met several times about COVID-19 to determine the best approach for our association and membership. While we initially believed that we could carry on, it has become apparent that we must cancel the 111th Eastern Communication Association (ECA) convention, Harboring Innovation, in Baltimore, Maryland, Wednesday, April 1 –  Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Before addressing the rationale for this decision, I want to extend my deepest appreciation and compassion to our Primary Planner and ECA First Vice President, Jennifer Waldeck. As you know, she planned an innovative conference with programming to educate ourselves not only on current research, but with opportunities to learn how to conduct rigorous research. Her innovative planning also included changing our approach to our business meeting and the announcement of awards and recognitions.

Headshot, Jennifer WaldeckThe passion, dedication, and action Jennifer showed in the year leading up to her conference provides a blueprint for future planners on how to plan and how to conference differently from the status quo. I am devastated that we will not reap the benefits of Jennifer’s conference planning prowess during the expected timeframe of 04/01/2020 - 04/05/2020. However, the Executive Board is working to implement a plan to honor our election of Jennifer to plan a conference for us. Working out the details of this plan may require a few weeks’ work, but we will make every effort to announce the specifics of our next steps as soon as possible. Thank you, Jennifer, for your hard work. We will not let you down in finding a way to allow your hard work to pay off.

Stevenson University Communication students and faculty join in acknowledging the amazing work accomplished by Jennifer Waldeck, first vice president of the ECA and convention planner. The help she received from Stevenson's own Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus and her Advanced Event Planning class must also be commended. Thanks to all who spent an enormous amount of time, energy and creativity on this event.

Photographs from 2020 BizMix

It was an evening filled with interviewing advice, career suggestions, friendship reunions and heightened excitement as over 20 Business Communication alums returned to Stevenson for the sixth annual BizMix event planned by members of 47 House, the integrated communications club with guidance from their advisor, Professor Stephanie Verni. The Rockland banquet hall was filled as students attending moved from table to table throughout the evening as they listened to the alumni guests talk about their career paths. Congratulations to the planning group and thanks to all who participated.

 

Heather Harris new textAuthor and professor of Business Communication, Heather Harris, Ph.D., will speak on on Wednesday, March 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. in SD101 (OMN) for a book talk.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era expands the discourse about Barack Obama's two terms as president by reflecting upon the impact of neo-racism during his tenure. The contributors examine how identities become the target of neo-racist discriminatory practices and policies in the United States. Individual chapters explore how President Obama's multiple and intersecting identities beyond racial binaries of Black and White were perceived, as well as how his presence impacted certain marginalized groups in our society as a result of his administration's policies. All are invited!

 

Box Out Cancer eventThe women's and men's basketball teams at Stevenson hosted a "Box Out Cancer" event on Feb. 12, during which they honored the memory of the late Bryan Read, son of Business Communication faculty member Chip Rouse. Bryan served as the Mustangs' first-ever ball boy in 1993, and enjoyed a career as an athletic trainer for Dulaney High School for 12 years before his death in August 2019 of colon cancer. T-shirts, bracelets, and other items helped to raise money to support the UM St. Joseph Cancer Institute, where Bryan was treated.

The team annually hosts a Coaches v. Cancer event during the month of March, and this year, the team, behind organizers Ellie Boswell (left) and Brittany Whitley (right), presented Rouse with the game ball in Bryan's honor. Junior Brandi Hall also created a video commemorating Bryan's life through pictures, and coach Jackie Boswell supported the team in its endeavors.

 
 
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