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The BizComm First-Year Seminar once again took home an award for their work during the 2014 LEGO Challenge. Their reconstruction of Fort McHenry under siege during the Battle of Baltimore was nothing short of amazing, and the fact that Baltimore is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the important battle was certainly timely and appropriate. As Francis Scott Key sat in a truce ship in the Baltimore Harbor, he saw "the bombs bursting in air" and was moved to write the lyrics that eventally became The Star Spangled Banner when, at dawn, he saw the American flag still flying high above the Fort. The students connected everything that happened in the battle with the three elements of Career Architecture: Personal Direction, Discipline Expertise, and Professional Know-How. Congratulations to the third-place winners!

Prepare to be impressed with the internship presentations by the BizComm department's fall interns on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Rockland Banquet Room from 4-6 p.m. All Business Communication majors must attend one of these poster sessions before enrolling in an internship, so this semester is a good time to stop by and chat with the students who are eager to talk about their experiences. All are invited to attend.

The Shapiro/Rouse lecture in Business Communication will follow at 7 p.m., when communication expert Sandy Hillman joins us for the evening.

In the photo, on the far right, senior Kristen Baione talks with Nicolette Stoner about her internship at the Baltimore Business Journal while Sheldon Pearce stands nearby during the 2013 presentations.

The Business Communication department warmly congratulates Art and Visual Communication Design chair Amanda Hostalka as she steps in to fill the interim dean position left by the retirement of School of Design dean Keith Kutch. Professor Hostalka has served as chair of the Art and Visual Communication Design department since 2009, and came to Stevenson University in 1998. Welcome and best wishes!

(Photo from SU Flickr)

Leeanne Bell McManus, associate professor of Business Communication, has been named the Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter’s 2014 Educator of the Year for teaching and motivating students, engaging them in various community service initiatives, and developing needed course curricula. She will be honored at PRSA-MD’s "Best in Maryland" gala on Thursday, December 4, at the Hilton Baltimore.

McManus, in her eighth year at Stevenson, is the faculty moderator of Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the National Communication Association, and has developed several courses for the department, including an introductory-level Principles and Practices of Public Relations course.

PRSA-MD’s Educator of the Year Award recognizes and honors exemplary undergraduate and graduate public relations/communications professionals who are excellent instructors and education leaders in their schools and communities.

Rosalie Chesley (left) is interning with the department of communications and public affairs at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, under the supervision of Kate Hancock, communications specialist. Rosalie’s jobs include writing and editing for the department, as well as research and database management work. Rosalie’s additional studies in the sciences have given her an edge in this internship.

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