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Eight Stevenson students attended the Eastern Communication Association conference in March, 2018, both as research participants and as student workers, along with four faculty members. They had taken on the ECA as a client in the fall term of 2017, working with Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus helping to plan the five-day conference in Pittsburgh. Most of the students were Business Communication majors, and two studied film and video. Watch the video here that chronicles their "exceptional experiences."
Congratulations to Business Communication alums Lauren Spivey (left) and Sarah Cullison (pictured here at SU Commencement), good friends and classmates of the class of 2018, whose career paths will now cross as they embark on communication careers. Sarah will work as the marketing director at Gramercy Mansion in Greenspring Valley, and Lauren will take up duties in event planning at the 1840s Plaza in Baltimore, also owned by Gramercy.  Both interned at their sites before being hired full time, and are excited at the prospect of working in the same industry for a successful enterprise. (Photo from Facebook)

Business Communication alum Lauren Shapiro and her husband Matthew Mittleman recently drew the attention of the local Beth El congregation for their creation of a new line of travel-worthy baby cups, "CollapseAndGo."  From the Beth El congregation's blog:

"For Lauren and Matt, Jewish communal values helped inspire CollapseAndGo. Among those values is Tikkun Olam (literally, 'repairing the world'), which encourages Jews to improve the human condition within the Jewish community and beyond. With CollapseAndGo, Shapiro and Mittleman hope to alleviate some of the anxieties of modern parenthood.

The goal of CollapseAndGo is to make everyday baby products more functional, helping parents lead a simpler life. 'If we can make parents’ lives a little less stressful, we have done our job,' said Shapiro.

For that reason, Shapiro and Mittleman designed the CollapseAndGo bottles to grow with young children. From a bottle nipple to a sippy cup top, CollapseAndGo bottles have interchangeable lids, which prevents parents from needing to buy new cups and bottles. Additionally, the handle attachment makes it easy for older babies to hold as they learn and develop.

According to the pair, the patented Collapsabottle and Collapsacup collapse to the size of a hockey puck and are made of food-grade silicone to prevent cracking and staining, are tip-proof, dishwasher-safe and stack one on top of another for storage.

Read more about the entrepreneurs here(Photo from

Business Communication alum Kim Hahr was one of the many Ellicott City residents who was once again hit hard by the devastating flooding there. She spoke to WBAL-TV reporter Karen Campbell just before a local town meeting.

"Kimberly Hahr has lived in Ellicott City for two years. 'We moved in about six months after the 2016 flood, so it was beaming with that sense of community to rebuild and we connected with that,' Hahr said.  Hahr lived in a third floor apartment and was out of town when floods ravaged the historic town."

"You come to know these people, these business owners, the other residents, and are they OK, and where is it going to go from here?" Hahr said.

See the entire report here.

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