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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

The Bel McManus familyCommunication professor Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus and her two daughters, Elouise (left) and Isabella, were cheering for the 2020 Stevenson University graduates in the social media trailer sponsored by the university. The young girls, complete with cheer uniforms and pom poms, celebrated the upcoming online virtual celebration that will launch at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21 at
The Virtual Celebration of Graduates will feature messages from faculty, staff, and students; student speakers; student awards; and the conferral of degrees. Use #SU20Grad to share your photos, messages, and Mustang Pride.

You can see the whole video here.

Senior farewell communication online

The Communication faculty gathered remotely and, via BlueJeans, spent some time reminiscing with the seniors about their years at Stevenson. The online gathering gave everyone one more chance to talk about their SU memories and hopes for the future. We were grateful for the opportunity to say a brief farewell to the communication majors!

Here's what many of our students remembered (with thanks to Professor Stephanie Verni for taking notes):

MortarboardThe annual Lambda Pi Eta induction ceremony, with all the faculty and family members present

MortarboardPresentations at the Maryland Communication Association conference and at the Paul D. Lack Scholars conference

MortarboardThe last Communication BizMix, where so many alumni came back to be a part of the event

MortarboardFinding my best friends during the first year and then sharing time in the major together

Mortarboard Homecoming celebrations where the faculty cheer us on and alumni are so glad to be back

MortarboardThe First-Year Seminar trip to Orioles Park and the boat cruise on the harbor, when I discovered the real sense of community in the major

MortarboardTime as a reporter, editor, and editor-in-chief for The Villager, learning what real professional collaboration looks like

Faculty and students in the communication department met remotely via BlueJeans on May 7 for their first-ever "Fireside Chat." Everyone talked about what they have been doing besides classwork since the stay-at-home order was issued, and the group spent a bit of time trying to explain to Dr. Greene about The Netflix. It was great to "see" our students and colleagues and hear their voices once again! More students participated than what the screen capture shows here, but BlueJeans displays only nine images at once.

BlueJeans screen for Fireside Chat

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