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Stevenson students and faculty welcomed Stan "The Fan" Charles on Nov. 19, 2018, as he served as the annual Shapiro/Rouse lecturer in Business Communication. The creator and publisher of PressBox and, Charles has been involved in sports reporting -- in print, on the radio, and on television -- for more than 40 years. His talk focused on five tips for students as they embark on their career paths:

1. Show up. Stay focused. Be enthusiastic about the job at hand. Give it a chance.

2. Embrace selling. It can be inspiring and liberating and if you learn it well, it can work in every aspect of your life.

3. Build relationships within your profession. Learn to rely on the expertise of others. Successful people know what they don't know.

4. Get good at things you know you are not good at before it's too late. Don't be afraid to try and try again.You really can teach an old dog new tricks.

5. Never hesitate to reinvent yourself. Your career path may wind around in a new direction every so often; don't fear career changes.

The School of Design fall 2018 Internship Showcase, coordinated by Sonya Lawyer, internship director, included some very impressive Business Communication interns who were eager to share their experiences with students, staff and faculty who attended the event, held on Friday, Nov. 16.  The day concluded with a panel of internship site supervisors who offered words of career advice and answered a variety of student questions. In the photos, Troy Wood stands next to his site supervisor from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, and Quinn Luethy and Maya Murphy talk about their experiences interning at the Baltimore Orioles. Carlyn Bessicks shares her story from working at  the Genesis Level Modeling Agency, and the panel of employers readies to answer career questions. The entire list of Business Communication interns is below. (Photos by Arlene Kendricks)

Business Communication alum Brendan Reynolds (second from the right in the photo of his colleagues) has just made a career change at WDVM-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland, moving from web producer to reporter. Brendan was an editor-in-chief of The Villager while he was a student at Stevenson.

He writes, "I just finished my first week as a full time reporter! First and foremost, I want to get better at shooting footage and editing my stories. I want to be creative, but I also have the time constraint of my deadline. My coworker said, “make air not art.” However, the artist in me is having issues...with that.

I was pressed for time the other day when I had to finish one of my stories as well as prepare for my two live shots. Despite the stressfulness of the situation, it honestly felt exhilarating to rush between writing, editing and running outside for my hit time."

Congratulations, Brendan! You've got this! (Photo from Facebook)

Business Communication faculty members Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse and former faculty member Christine Noya joined faculty members Romas Laskauskas and Laurel Moody to organize the fifth annual Faculty in the Halls Thanksgiving dinner for the first-year students in Western Run, Susquehanna and Patapsco Halls. The five mentors and the resident assistants, along with Sarah Mansfield, assistant vice president of residence life,  and Evan Huckfeldt, assistant director of housing operations in the Office of Residence Life, were happy to greet the students and serve turkey with all the trimmings to over 175 guests. It was a terrific collaborative effort and a wonderful night!

One Business Communication alum and a current BizComm senior both recently participated in the Baltimore Facebook Community Boost as members of the Profiles PR team. This initiative, with Facebook committing to provide 1 million U.S. workers and entrepreneurs the digital skills they need to compete in today's economy, gave alum Ali Winer (right, in the photo) and senior Grace Clark (left, in the photo) the chance to help deliver digital training to those in Baltimore seeking a career edge. Profiles PR is a marketing,  communications, and events firm based in Baltimore, with a national reputation for crafting and implementing programs that deliver measurable results for clients, according to their website. (Photo from Facebook)

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