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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 stevenson.edu)
Award for Academic Achievement in Communication
Celebrates 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.
Award for Leadership and Excellence in Communication
Celebrates 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.
Emma Cathy Smith
Award for Creative Initiatives in Communication
Celebrates 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.
Congratulations to a couple of Business Communication majors who were recognized for their exceptional contributions to residence life at the annual RA Banquet, held this year via BlueJeans and slide shows. on Friday, May 8. More than 50 attendees enjoyed the remote get-together, including Business Communication's twoFaculty in the Halls members, Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse.
Marriah Boyd was honored as the Residence Life Rookie of the Year for her consistent contributions during her first year as an RA.
Isabella Maxey was honored with the "Best Community Builder" award for her work in the residence halls bringing students together in the spirit of Stevenson University.
Lastly, Marriah Boyd and her co-RA, DJ Lyles, were congratulated for their consistently best residence hall bulletin boards, a source of events and news for their residents.
Congratulations to all the Resident Assistants for their care and energy throughout the year.
A personal, handwritten "thank you" note can be the difference between getting the internship or job -- and being left without one. Students in either of the communication majors need to understand the importance of follow-up gratitude expressed immediately and personally.
A short, handwritten note sets you apart from your competition. It shows that you took the time to express your gratitude, look for an address, find a stamp, and send off a note. You demonstrate your thoughtfulness and appreciation to someone who took the time to interview, chat with, or mentor you. Being professional, in fact, includes showing your gratitude.
Other good advice includes making sure you send the note immediately, no more than a day or two after the meeting or exchange. In order to make it easier on yourself, purchase some correspondence cards on which you can write three simple sentences of thanks. In fact, your department has a stock of these cards and envelopes free to anyone who would like to send one!
Remember that every professional interaction you have with someone is critical -- and a personal thank you note becomes even more essential in this world of email and cybercommunication.