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The 109th Eastern Communication Association's conference, held in Pittsburgh April 25-29, 2018, was planned by the association's vice president, Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, who will go on to become president of the ECA for 2018-2019.  Eight students, accompanied by Business Communication faculty members Stephanie Verni and Chip Rouse, worked the conference in logistics, registration, social media, food service, and technology, in addition to presenting their work in three panels.

The eight students were Adrienne Civetti, Ben Wanaselja, Courtney Hottle, Kamica Price, Meghan Loveless, Matthew Patti, Grace Clark, and Kaya Roberts.

Bell McManus, Verni and Rouse also sat on a panel about event planning and the communication curriculum, and Verni moderated a panel about The Mill course she taught in which the ECA was a client. Master's graduate and current adjunct Michael MacFee spoke about his graduate research in the form of a poster during the graduate presentations.

Kaya Roberts presented her research on Game of Thrones, while Courtney Hottle spoke about her experiences as vice president of Lambda Pi Eta as part of a panel on student organizations.

The group enjoyed a dinner together at the top of the Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh's authentic iconic wooden cable car climb up to the top of Mt. Washington.

Congratulations to junior Lauren Novsak, who spoke at Stevenson's Annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon. She writes, "I was able to express my gratitude to all the donors of Stevenson University ... Fostering a culture of philanthropy among students on campus has been one of the highlights of my undergraduate career."

Lauren will serve as the Student Government Association president during the 2018-19 academic year. Her campaign stressed a campus-wide culture of philanthropy. Congratulations, Lauren!

"What I love about my Business Communication degree is that I can do ANYTHING!" How often we hear this from our students. Is it true? A brief survey of some of our graduates tells the tale!

Tiera Willey
Talent Acquisition Associate, NB&C
Courtney Johnson
Relationship Marketing Host, Maryland Live Casino
Tracy Swank
HR Generalist, McCormick & Co.
Savannah Tagget
Copywriter, Pivot Communications
Brittany Bangert
Communication Manager, CITGO Petroleum
Tiffany Fox
Director of Sales, Acer Exhibits
Maya Tyler
Alumni Support Coordinator, Cristo Rey Jesuit HS
Landon Easler
Sales Representative, PGA Tour
Chloe Redmond
Junior Project Manager, SMRC
Lauren Humphries
Digital Community Manager, LUNGevity Foundation
Jaime Elwood
CMO, Terra's Kitchen
Kimberly Schweigman
Regulatory Affairs Assistant, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Peighton Perrone
Asst. Marketing/Proposal Communicator, CareFirst
Christopher McKneely
Merchandise/Mkt. Coordinator, Washington Kastles
Andrew Gepert
Marketing Manager, ThreatQuotient
Greg Furshman
Account Executive, Kelly Benefit Strategies
Rachel Guzman
Director of Development, Heart Walk
Frederick Terry
Technical Recruiter, Aerotek

Business Communication senior Meghan Loveless (at right in the photo) recently attended a PRSA speed mentoring event at Loyola University of Maryland with two of her internship managers, Sarah Windham and Jessie Krebs, from Stanley Black and Decker.

Meghan writes, "It was a great experience and opportunity being able to speak with other PR professionals from the Baltimore area. Shout out to Jessie and her team for putting on such an awesome event!" (Photo from LinkedIn)

On April 13, the administrator of the language access program, Business Communication alumna Marilyn Lovo, testified before the D.C. Council's Judiciary Committee in support of $3 million additional funding for victim services, especially culturally specific legal and social services and Ayuda’s Victim Services Interpreter Bank. Marilyn is the language access manager at Ayuda, an organization that serves vulnerable, low-income immigrants who seek to better their lives. (Photo from Facebook)

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