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Lauren Novsak Head ShotThe Communication department welcomes Business Communication grad Lauren Novsak (class of 2019) back to campus in her new position as Assistant Director, Advancement Events & Donor Relations in the Office of Advancement.

Lauren interned with the department during her senior year, leaving at graduation to take a job as the Nonprofit Service Coordinator with Business Volunteers Maryland. Lauren's skill set includes event planning, outreach and communication, and social media. Welcome home, Lauren!

Group of alumni

Communication faculty member Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, and Chip Rouse, former Business Communication faculty and current athletics academic coach, got together with a group of alums on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Westminster. Pictured are Quinn Luethy, Maya Murphy, Naseehaa Bacchus, Dr. Bell McManus, Grace Clark, Caroline Izzi, Chip Rouse, Olivia Hare, Emma Ragon, and Lauren Novsak.

Emily Pellini, volleyball playerStevenson senior Business Communication major Emily Pellini's volleyball photo ended up as the cover shot for the team's roster in their first home game in 2021. Emily, a defensive specialist, is also the co-president of the Maryland Omicron chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national honor society for student athletes.

MortarboardIt's time to catch up with our Business Communication and Communication Studies alums and their careers.

  • Ian Abee works now as Extern, Corporate Real Estate with Under Armour
  • Emma Adams is now in a new position as a Wholesale Showroom Intern at Joey Showroom, as part of her Masters degree in Fashion Management at Parsons School of Design in New York City
  • Naseehaa Bacchus is now the Manager of Content and Special Projects with the Brian Bogert Companies and hosts her own podcast, "Talk Bacc" (
  • Stephanie Wheeler Baseman started a new position as Senior Product Designer at Facebook
  • Bryan Corvera Flores is now the Assistant Director of Marketing at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chelsea Sheckells Crossen has taken on a new position as Partner Marketer at Employment Background Investigations
  • Megan Donohue has taken on the position of Senior Cash Management Analyst at Brown Advisory
  • Donnuelle (Trey) Durham has taken a position as a Staffing Coordinator for the Onin Group
  • Mike Edwards has started a new position as a Recruiter at Catalent Pharma Solutions
  • David Gentile has started a new position as Regional Sales Manager-Food & Beverage Global Business Unit at Oracle
  • Olivia Hare is now a Specialist in Proposal Development at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield as well as a graduate student in public health
  • Cassie Harris has a new job as Event Coordinator and Social Media Manager at Innovative Party Planners
  • Savana Herndon has begun a new career as an English teacher at Southern High School
  • Brent Hiken has joined the sales team at WillScot
  • Courtney Johnson is now the Events and Staff Assistant at America's Public Television Stations
  • Adrianna Kamosa is starting a now job as a Marketing Assistant at Rellify
  • Katlyn Lamp now works as a Marketing Communications Specialist at First Financial Federal Credit Union of Maryland
  • Jevan Leyh is now an Accounting and Finance Recruiter at Aston Carter
  • Isabella Maxey is in her fourth month as the Community Marketing Coordinator at Resonate Recordings
  • Ashley Mil has started a new position as Account Manager and Digital Lead at Giglio Communications & Marketing
  • Andrew Nagel has started work as a  Special Education Teacher at Chesapeake High School
  • Melanie Parncutt is now working as a Publicist at Otter Public Relations
  • Alaina Peterson is now working as a Business Development Executive at ADTRAV Travel Management
  • Maya Planter is now a Project Coordinator at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Bill Ritson has accepted a new position at Insomniac Designs as an Account Director
  • Jacob Tatum  has started a career as an Inside Sales Representative at McDonough Elevators
  • Liam Walsh has started a new position as a Marketing Coordinator at Smolen Emr Ilkovitch Architects
  • Ben Wanaselja is starting a new position as Business Development Manager at EV-AIR TIGHT SHOEMAKER, INC.
  • Katie Peterson Welsh has moved to Florida where she serves at the Associate Director of Campus Visit Experience at Lynn University
  • Tiera Willey is now a Campus Recruiting Specialist at CohnReznick LLP
  • Jamal Williams has started a new position as a Reporter for the city of Laurel, Maryland
  • Allison Winer is now the Public Relations Program Manager at imre
  • Leah Wittler has been promoted to Human Resource Business Partner at Northrop

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Top skills employers want

A 2016 LinkedIn survey of employers again ranked communication skills as the most sought-after strength in employees. Both the Communication Studies major and the Business Communication major at Stevenson University develop many of these other skills in their students, especially organization, teamwork and creativity.

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