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BizComm alum Liz Brooks (class of 2010) will soon begin her new job as the Compliance Specialist for the UMBC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, moving from her former position as a financial aid counselor. Liz graduated from Stevenson and later received her Master's degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. In the photo, Liz is shown at the senior year Business Communication poster presentation session with her poster showcasing her work at CCBC. Congratulations, Liz!

2008 BizComm grad Will Beatson left the NFL to join Excel Sports Management where in April he began to focus on marketing, endorsements, and foundation fundraising opportunities for Excel’s talent in the NFL, MLB, the NBA, the PGA, NASCAR and the entertainment industry.

Prior to his new job with Excel, Will worked with the National Football League and the New York Yankees in the development of national and regional sports marketing efforts and corporate partnerships. We congratulate Will for his wonderful success in the field of sports marketing. Here he is shown at Homecoming a few years back with Associate Professor Stephanie Verni.

The department of Business Communication would like to congratulate class of 2002 alum Jennifer Dauses Sullivan, who is celebrating 13 years as the marketing director for Gramercy Mansion and the 1840s Corporation. Besides being a neighbor to Stevenson University's Greenspring Valley Road campus, Jennifer has served as a mentor and internship site supervisor to several BizComm interns through the years. Her work at Gramercy includes a specialization in the wedding/event industry as well as bed & breakfast accommodations. Here she is shown on the right in the photo with her latest SU intern, Angelina Lewis. Want to learn more about Gramercy Mansion? Click here.

BizComm alum Brian Myers, the fundraising and events manager for the Livestrong Foundation, is on his way to the Survivor Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, located in the east African nation of Tanzania.  At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak in Africa, but the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

Chris Warner, the founder and CEO of Earth Treks, is leading the expedition that will take the team on a seven-day trek to Uhuru Peak at 19,341 feet. Each participant on the expedition was required to raise a minimum of $10,000, which covers lodging in Africa, meals, guides and a  donation to LIVESTRONG, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer survivors.

We can still support Brian through his Livestrong site by clicking and contributing here. He is contributing anything he raises beyond the costs of the summit to the Huntington's Disease Society of America for research to end this deadly and heartbreaking disease that claimed the life of Brian's dad.  (Photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro from

Congratulations to Associate Professor Leeanne Bell McManus, as she prepares to assume the office of president of the Communication Ethics division of the National Communication Association. Her term will run as incoming president from November 2015 until she becomes the outgoing president in 2017-18. As incoming president, Dr. Bell McManus is in charge of the Communication Ethics division at the NCA convention in 2015 in Las Vegas, for which she has already released a call for papers. Congratulations, Dr. Bell McManus!

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