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Megan Harrell Mahaley teeing offCongratulations to Business Communication alum Megan Harrell '08 Mahaley, just named to Stevenson University's 25th anniversary team in women's golf.

According to, "in order to be eligible for the 25th Anniversary Teams, a former student-athlete must have exhausted their eligibility prior to 2018-19, have graduated from Villa Julie/Stevenson, and left their program and the institution in good standing. A maximum of 25 former student-athletes will be honored in each sport. Teams were selected with input from the head coach of each program, along with former coaches and players and a committee of Stevenson athletics staff."

Congratulations to Megan, one of the earliest members of the women's team.  (Photo from Facebook)

Desh set up from BBJThe Baltimore Business Journal featured a "career and workplace" piece on May 11, 2020, that highlighted the home workplaces of three of local public relations firm Profiles rockstars -- who just happen to be Stevenson University Business Communication alumni!

Bridget Forney, Allison Winer, and Grace Clark (left to right in the photo) were featured in the article that examines what it takes to make a home workplace successful. Photographs, including the one above from the article, and practical advice from the three PR gurus were among the article's highlights.

Three alums at Profiles - Bridget, Alli, Grace"Two account executives and the vice president of the company shared photos of their home offices this week because, like countless Marylanders, they too are now working from their living rooms, kitchens and makeshift office spaces as social distancing guidelines remain in effect due to Covid-19," wrote Digital Editor Carley Milligan.

Congratulations, ladies!

(Photo from earlier Profiles post)

Images of a computerImproving your communication is essential as you step out into the world of work. Forbes' contributing writer Amy Blaschka offers some pithy words of advice for all, excerpted below, from a May 4, 2020, article.

"Stop meandering and get to the point...

Have you ever starting reading something that went to go on and on, where you struggled to figure out the author’s intent? Or maybe you’ve started watching an eight-minute video only to discover that five minutes in you’re still not sure what the poster wanted to say?

Meandering signals that you’re unorganized and unsure. Worse, you’ll lose your audience’s attention—and the opportunity to communicate. When you want to deliver a message, be intentional about it, eliminate extraneous material, and get to the point.

Focus on one takeaway

Another common communication misstep is trying to cover too much at once. A good rule of thumb is that each piece of content should revolve around one central theme. This forces you to get specific about and home in on your message. And that clarity promotes better understanding, making it easier for your audience to understand your perspective,

Switch from negative to positive

When you use positive language, you’re perceived as more likable, supportive, and caring. In contrast, using negative language paints you as critical and confrontational, even when that’s not your intent. Positive language lets someone know what you can do instead of what you can’t do. 

According to studies, positive statements are more quickly received, and they are also well-received by the audience. In addition, research shows that using positive language is a highly efficient tool for being happier and more productive.

Move from passive to active voice

Imagine if Nike changed its tagline to It was done. Not very inspiring, is it? Passive voice is just that: passive. With it, the subject is acted upon by the verb. Something happened to it; there’s no forward momentum.

Using the active voice conveys a strong, clear tone, such as Nike’s famous tagline, Just do it. There is a call to action. Action-oriented language propels us to do something rather than remain idle. Where possible, minimize passive language and use using active voice.

Incorporate evocative language

Incorporating evocative language into your repertoire opens you up to a more descriptive, interesting lexicon. Never again will you have to use “nice,” “good,” or “fine”—the four-letter milquetoasts of the word world. You’ll stand out, capture your audience’s attention, and ensure that your message will be more memorable.

Craft your story

The finest and most memorable communicators understand the power of story to convey a message... Research from Paul Zak confirms this: Stories that are personal and emotionally compelling engage more of the brain, and thus are better remembered than simply stating a set of facts. Sharing our stories help others know, like, and trust us.

If you’re looking for a way to communicate and connect better, craft a story. Because once you have your story, it changes everything, including how others perceive, pay, and promote you."

Bill Mulcahy and basketball teamCongratulations to Business Communication alum Bill Mulcahy ('97) for being named to Stevenson/Villa Julie's 25th anniversary team in golf.

According to gomustangsports, in order to be eligible for the 25th Anniversary Teams, an alum must have exhausted his or her eligibility prior to 2018-19, have graduated from Villa Julie/Stevenson, and left the program and the institution in good standing. Teams were selected with input from the head coach of each program, along with former coaches and players and a committee of Stevenson athletics staff.

Above, a photo of the 1995 men's basketball team, of which Bill (circled in yellow) was also a member. (Photo from Facebook)

Annie McCoachCongratulations to BizComm alum Annie McCoach ('16), who, along with many other medical professionals, was named by her high school as one of many Maryvale Preparatory School Alumnae of the Year:

We are proud to share that this year, you and all your Maryvale sisters who are medical/healthcare professionals have been named our 2020 Alumnae of the Year! We are humbled by the tireless efforts of the medical profession during this most extraordinary time. And we can think of no better way to express our gratitude and publicly recognize you for your brave service to the community. It is our honor to honor you!

Thank you, Annie, for your work as a firefighter and emergency medical technician!

(Photo from Facebook)

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