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Faculty members and some students from the department of Business Communication will attend the 110th annual Eastern Communication Association convention April 10-14, 2019, in Providence, R.I.
Stevenson professor Leeanne Bell McManus is president of the ECA, and noted that the theme for this year's convention is "Creating Our Future," a nod to "the founding principles of Providence and the creative identity of Providence," according to the ECA website.
Dr. Bell McManus will join Stevenson colleagues Stephanie Verni and Chip Rouse as presenters at the conference, and student members of Lambda Pi Eta and 47 House will also present on a panel with other students.
Best wishes to all attending the convention!
This year, senior Business Communication major Tyler Didra will participate in the Ulman Foundation’s 4K for Cancer, a cross-country bicycle ride and run. She is a member of Team Baltimore, running from San Francisco to Baltimore from June to August 2019.
Tyler learned more about the Ulman Foundation from Stevenson alumna Jen Antonelli, who currently works at the Ulman Foundation, and who also completed the 4K for Cancer in 2017. The race covers over 4,500 miles, from coast to coast.
"I want to serve a purpose bigger than myself,” said Didra. “At Ulman [where she is an intern], we often talk about our ‘why,’ which means why we are personally fighting cancer. During 4K for Cancer, we will write the names of the people who inspire our ‘why’ on our arms and legs, and we will dedicate our runs to them."
Best of luck to Tyler as she prepares for graduation and the run! Those who'd like to help sponsor Tyler's run can click here.
In Memoriam: Stevenson Announces the Passing of Long-Serving Faculty and Administrator Chris Noya
Stevenson University is deeply saddened by the passing of Christine A. Deegan Noya, former assistant professor of business communication, on March 7.
On Sept. 6, 2018, Noya celebrated her retirement after 33 years of dedication to Villa Julie College and Stevenson University, from her first position as a special assistant to Dean Rose Dawson to directing career services and experiential learning and finally as a full-time faculty member. She also was a proud member of the university’s Faculty in the Halls program, which she continued to participate in until early in March.
Noya's longtime colleague, Chip Rouse, associate professor of business communication, said, “Chris’ big heart is what we will miss the most: she loved people, loved to listen to their stories, loved to advocate for them and rejoice in their success. She was proud of being honored with the President's Medal, but she was equally proud of having been the coach of the cheer team in those early Villa Julie days. She never backed down from a challenge, and was a strong and loyal Stevenson supporter. She was a tremendous mother, a thoughtful teacher, and a great colleague who always put the interests of the students first.”
“She loved Stevenson University and would go to any lengths to help a student succeed,” said Claire Moore, former vice president of student affairs, who worked together with Chris throughout her 33-year career at Stevenson. “She was kind and generous and was the person who would welcome new SU faculty and staff, even showing them around town. She has made a loving impact on Stevenson and its students that will forever be part of our history and culture.”
While we remember Chris Noya's many contributions to our university, the department of Business Communication shares their condolences with the Noya and Deegan families.
Business Communication alum and police recruit Johnny Kimenhour is in training to become an officer in the Chesterfield (Va.) police force. Recently, a story about his journey ran on ABC8 News in Richmond. Seems as if Johnny is following in a family tradition. The story began:
"Two days ago, academy instructors gave him a patrol car. The car is quite old but Kimenhour considers it special for one reason: it was his dad's..." Being a police officer was always Kimenhour's goal since his father had served the community for 20 years. Johnny explained, "It's like a dream come true. Almost, it sounds kind of corny, but it's really cool to follow in my dad's footsteps. They're pretty big footsteps so I'm going to try to fill them." Best of luck and congratulations to you!