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A wonderfully energized Convocation ceremony on August 23, 2018, welcomed transfer and first-year students, their families, faculty and staff to a new year at Stevenson University. In the photos above, clockwise from top left, Provost Susan Gorman, Ph.D., offered an initial greeting to those in attendance in the gym, and the marching band was again on hand to bring a vibrancy to the occasion. Members of the University Singers, including Business Communication major Emma Cathy Smith (in band uniform) also offered a taste of their musical talent. BizComm senior and SGA president Lauren Novsak spoke for the students as she extended a thoughtful greeting to the new Mustangs.  SU President Elliot Hirshman was eager to get the academic year off to a good start, and the RAs (in blue t-shirts) energized the gym with their enthusiasm.

In the photo at bottom center, BizComm alum Julie Mazer is flanked by two Business Communication faculty members, Leeanne Bell McManus and Stephanie Verni. Julie joined the Sodexo staff as a marketing coordinator and was on hand at the picnic following Convocation to greet parents and new students.

Business Communication faculty members Leeanne Bell McManus (left) and Chip Rouse (right) join SGA president and Business Communication major Lauren Novsak outside of Stevenson University's Western Run residence hall, where the two faculty members serve as mentors to the residents there, in the Faculty in the Halls program. Thursday, August 23, 2018 was move-in day for the first-year students, and Lauren and other student volunteers were on hand, along with the faculty mentors, to greet families and help with the move-in process. (Photo from Leeanne Bell McManus)

Congratulations and good luck to Business Communication graduate Colby Giacubeno, who serves as the scouting director for this new and exciting event. Colby's own love for the sport of basketball, which he played while a student at Stevenson, has given him the impetus to help recruit players and coaches for the event slated for Saturday, August 18 at Randallstown High School in Baltimore. With Colby's enthusiasm and organizational abilities, the showcase is bound to be a success. In the smaller photo above, Colby (center) appeared on Jeremy Conn's (right) sports talk radio show on 105.7 to help raise interest for the Super 80 Showcase. (Photo from Facebook)

There's lots of advice out there for first-year college students, but some of the best tips we've seen has been on the blog of COLLEGEINFOGEEK. Thomas Frank offers 42 tips from his own experience, some of which are excerpted and condensed below.

1. Always go to class. You never know when the professor will drop a crucial test hint, or give out extra credit for attendance.

2. If you have to choose between a double major and getting involved on campus, get involved. All the knowledge in the world won’t help you if you come out of college with no experience or professional relationships.

3. Always back up your files and make sure your computer is protected against malware.

4. Bring enough clothing to school with you that you can go two weeks between washings, but when you do get around to washing your things, never leave them in the washer after the cycle is over. Be there to take them out a minute before the cycle ends. Not doing this is rude, and people WILL pull your clothes out and set them somewhere.

5. Get to know your professors. College is just as much about networking as it is about sitting in class. Find out when their office hours are, where their office is, and then make a visit.

6. Take smart notes. Find a note-taking system that works well for you, and focus on learning rather than simply recording the information. And getting a tutor does not make you look dumb. Not getting one when you need help does.

7. Get out and explore your campus. If you have to ask your friends where the main financial office is, you’ve failed. Find out what resources are available on campus as well. Same goes for exploring the city your campus is in.

8. Take a speech class, even if you don’t have to. Communication skills are among the more important things recruiters look for in students.

9. Connect with your school’s career center; your career advisor will be an invaluable resource in the years to come.

10. Get an internship the summer after your sophomore year, or as soon as you can. You’ll forge professional connections early on and make it easier to get another internship the next summer. Graduating with two or more internships will give you a real leg up on the competition.

The departments of Business Communication and English at Stevenson University are pleased to announce the launch of faculty member Anthony Moll's new book, Out of Step: A Memoir. A reading and release party is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Sound Stage in the School of Design.

Moll, who teaches both journalism and creative writing, explains that the book is "a literary memoir about a bisexual, working-class kid joining the army during 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.' It’s a queer, anti-war coming-of-age story." The book was selected in 2017 by Michael Kardos as the winner of the Non/Fiction Prize series from The Journal & The Ohio State University Press. The prize included publication with OSU Press’ literary imprint, Mad Creek Books.

The faculty of both departments are thrilled to host such an exciting event.

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