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Claudia Tonti and other internsBusiness Communication graduate Claudia Tonti recently had the opportunity to travel to Toronto, Canada, to intern for the Event and Arena Marketing Conference 2019, along with her mentor, Edie Brown of Edie Brown and Associates. Sponsors of the conference included Feld Entertainment, Riot Creative Imaging, Budweiser Stage and Billboard, among others. About the event, Claudia wrote, "This experience was one in a million and one I will never forget! I met so many amazing people and learned a lot about the industry I work in and love so dearly. Thank you, EAMC, for the memories and friendships of a lifetime." (Claudia is third from the left in the photo of the event's interns from Facebook)

EAMC logoAccording to its website, "the Event & Arena Marketing Conference is dedicated to the talented professionals that cross the scope of the live entertainment industry: marketing, publicity, promotions, group sales, live touring shows and arenas."

Mindy Hinsley, 2019The department of Business Communication congratulates alum Mindy Hinsley ('98) who was named one of 10 national Fellows of the Society of Marketing Professional Services for 2019. According to the organization's website, "SMPS Fellows represent the highest level of experience and leadership in marketing and business development within the design and building industry.

Members who have 15 years’ experience as a marketer and/or business developer in the A/E/C industries, have been an active SMPS member for 10 of the previous 15 consecutive years, and who have held a current Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation for a minimum of five years were eligible to apply for the SMPS Fellows Recognition Program. These professionals will serve as a resource at the chapter, regional, and Society levels to provide insight, ideas, programs, and mentoring."

Congratulations to Mindy for her communication and marketing expertise! (Photo from LinkedIn)

Seems like we've been hearing from a lot of our Business Communication alums who are taking up new positions or careers. Here's just a bit of what we have learned.

Maura WinebrennerMaura Kovalcik Winebrenner - promoted to Brand Marketing Manager at the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Brittany Bangert2019Brittany Bangert - starting a new position as External Relations Advisor at Shell


Emily RosenthalEmily Rosenthal - started a new position as Communications Coordinator at St. John Catholic Parish and School

Lauren KiperLauren Kiper - started a new position as Strategic Sourcing Specialist at Sinclair Broadcast Group

Katlyn LampKatlyn Lamp - promoted to Director, Events & Communications, Sagamore Racing


Corrin HarrisCorrin Harris - promoted to Lifestyle Manager at CCMC, Orlando, Florida

Cover of The PostcardBusiness Communication professor Stephanie Verni received notification on May 24 that her most recent work, The Postcard and Other Short Stories & Poetry, received recognition as a finalist in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.

Professor Verni noted that this is the fourth time her books have placed in this contest, which gives tribute to independent authors. Her other works of fiction include Beneath the Mimosa Tree, Baseball Girl, and Inn Significant. She is also the co-author (with two of her colleagues in the Business Communication department) of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice. Congratulations from the Business Communication department, Stephanie!

Leeanne Bell McManus at UNCWBusiness Communication professor Leeanne Bell McManus presented research at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington during its biannual IMC (Integrated Marketing Communication) conference, whose theme this year examined  "Current Theory and Practice." Dr. Bell McManus presented her work, co-authored with Stevenson University faculty members Chip Rouse and Stephanie Verni, in a paper titled "Event Planning Theory and Practice." The conference, held May 29-31, 2019, included panel presentations, guest speakers, and roundtable discussions, and was organized by Jeanne Persuit, associate professor, Communication Studies, UNCW.

Other participants included professors Timothy and Deanna Sellnow from the University of Central Florida; Angela Corbo from Widener University; and Julie Morgan from Eastern University, among others. (Photo courtesy of Leeanne Bell McManus)

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