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Stephanie Verni at 2131Business Communication professor Stephanie Verni, whose 12-year career with the Baltimore Orioles preceded her start at Stevenson University, recalls the day Orioles star Cal Ripken set the major league record for consecutive games played, with 2131, breaking Lou Gehrig’s hallowed record in 1995.

This priceless photo includes Cal, center, after the historic accomplishment, and the communication professor is indicated by the yellow arrow. Verni's note about the photo says, "This is the best picture I have from that night, in the dugout, with Cal and his parents, and Julie Wagner, thanks to the late, great, wonderful team photographer and friend, Jerry Wachter."

Lauren Shapiro as 30 under 30Congratulations to Business Communication alum Lauren Shapiro '08 for being recognized by Baltimore Real Producers' "30 in their Thirties" Class of 2020!  Out of 162 nominees, Lauren was chosen as one of 30 most reputable, inspiring, productive, respected, collaborative, honorable, giving, service-focused and influential Thirty-Somethings in the local real estate industry.

Baltimore Real Producers "curate a platform to connect the top producers of Central Maryland Real Estate through a monthly publication, quarterly events, and online community."

Jackie Cooper's BusinessBizComm graduate Jackie Cooper (2017) has a lot to be smiling about recently. Earlier this year, she graduated with a master’s degree in Marketing from Kogod School of Business at American University. During her time in the business school, she worked as a freelance marketing consultant and created her own business. This week, she launched her business officially with a new website. She enjoys working with clients to help brand their businesses, just as she, herself, has worked to brand her own business. We are excited for Jackie as she takes on the world. Visit her new website at POWERFULPROGRESSION.COM.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era book coverCongratulations to two Communication department professors for receiving a Stevenson Way award at the annual faculty/staff meeting on August 25, 2020. Heather Harris, Ph.D., and Stephanie Verni, MFA, were honored with the prestigious award.

Dr. Harris was recognized for her edited collection, Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era, which critiques the reality of color blindness in the study of American history. Stephanie Verni Professor Verni was honored for her efforts as a Faculty Fellow, working with the Center for Teaching and Learning through the summer to help faculty members prepare for virtual teaching this fall.

Thanks to both professors for their achievements!

25th Anniversary Teams logoThe Stevenson University athletic department has named two Business Communication alums to its 25th Anniversary tennis teams. In order to be eligible for the 25th Anniversary teams, former student-athletes 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, according to

Included from Business Communication as a men's tennis team honoree is Brad Friedel, class of '99. and on the women's team, Lauren Humphries, class of '08. Congratulations to all the others named to the teams as well!

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