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Dr. Harris Scholarship ShowcaseCommunication professor, Dr. Heather Harris, presented on the Plenary Panel of the annual Paul D. Lack Scholars' Showcase on Friday, February 24, in Rockland on the Owings Mills campus. Dr. Harris conceptualized and founded the Scholars' Showcase in 2014. Along with Dr. Deric Greene, who served as co-chair, the pair established a committee and organized the showcase for five years as it got off the ground. This year's committee organized an excellent showcase, and Dr. Harris discussed the importance of diving into research. “Trust and act when an idea comes to you,” Dr. Harris shared with the crowd, encouraging others to listen when an idea for research presents itself. "I write notes at night or in my car. I will delete it or use it for another time." When the idea came to Dr. Harris to write about the Obama effect, she decided that she would rather serve as an editor of the book, so that different perspectives could be featured and researched. "I wanted to share other people's perspectives other than mine," she said. Her tip when editing a book instead of writing it? "Make sure writers understand the theme and that everyone is on the same page," Dr. Harris said. Dr. Harris, Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt, and Dr. Catherine R. Squires are the editors of "The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign." Dr. Harris and Dr. Moffit are the editors of "Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency (Race, Representation, and American Political Institutions)." Congratulations, Dr. Harris! It was great to hear your perspective on research and publishing!


Ryan POWCongratulations go to communication student Ryan Patrick on his second conference weekly award of the season, which he received last week. With two posted goals and three assists in three crucial UCHC wins for the Mustangs, he scored the overtime game-winner against King's and added an assist against Lebanon Valley. Ryan celebrated senior night by posting a goal and two assists against Arcadia. The Department of Communication is so proud of Ryan's amazing accomplishments; he is currently tied for Stevenson's all-time career point mark with 84 and is a two-time UCHC Player of the Week in 2021-22. Congratulations, Ryan! (Information from

Congrats Alums 2The Department of Communication loves to be connected with our alums on LinkedIn, where we see so many good things happening! If you have news to share, be sure to reach out to Professor Verni at to share your career news with us.

Congratulations go to the following Communication alums on their new positions:

Emma Adams began a new position as Wholesale Assistant at susana monaco.

Michael Edwards started a new position as Client Facing Recruiter at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Riley Hodge joined Canvas Worldwide as a Brand Strategist on their new STARZ account.

Kelsey Marden joined the Creative Team at International Rescue Committee as the a Digital Marketing Writer.

We are so proud of our alums and look forward to hearing more good news from our Comm grads! Way to go!

Two Communication alumSarah Moulters, Sarah Moelter '10 and Kara Zimmerman '11, will be inducted into the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame for 2021.

Moelter is the softball program's all-time leader in shutouts (10), firing 243 strikeouts in the circle over her four-year playing career. She logged 401.2 innings over 77 appearances, boasting a 2.98 ERA with 34 victories. 

Kara Zimmerman 2Zimmerman was a four-year stalwart in goal for the Mustang field hockey program, earning three all-conference and three NFHCA all-region awards during her career. The program's record holder in saves (553), wins (30), and games played (75), Zimmerman earned Stevenson's Female Senior Co-Athlete of the Year distinction in 2011. 

The in-person induction ceremony is set for Friday, April 29, 2022. Including this class, the Dick Watts Athletics Hall of Fame now consists of 60 individuals and nine Teams of Tradition.

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Congrats AlumsOver the last month, there has been a lot of news coming from Stevenson's Communication alums! Our department is thrilled to see our graduates thriving in their fields. We are pleased to share some of the news and updates!

Arielle Ashpes was spotlighted in her new hometown of Nashville in the Nashville Voyager. Arielle started her company, Tech Savvy Ari, in Baltimore, but relocated as most of her singer/songwriter clients are in Nashville. With a knack for marketing, Arielle is making a name for herself and helping clients' reach new levels. Read more about Arielle's exciting adventure in the Nashville Voyager here.

Additionally, congratulations to the following alums on their promotions:

Abigail Provost - promoted to Senior Digital Operations Coordinator at Media at Access Intelligence

Meghan Loveless - promoted to Public Relations/Marketing Manager at Adventist HealthCare

Rachel Ricketts-Uy - promoted to Senior Director of Development, Heart Challenge at American Heart Association

Congratulations to the following alums on their new positions:

Mark Panneton - new position as Client Partner at Invisibly

Morgan Mathis - new position as Context Development Analyst at Sodexo

Corrin Harris - new position as Communications Engagement and Outreach Coordinator at Beebe Healthcare

Lauren Aversa - new position as Tech Support Manager at CC&A Strategic Media

Ashleigh Jarrett - new position as Content Marketing Coordinator at Prometric

Savana Herndon - new position as High School Teacher at Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Well done, alums! We are so proud of you!

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