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Business Communication News

Senior Tyler Turk has spent much of his internship under the direction of Jill Newman, the director of operations and customer service at Worldstrides/Excel International Sports. Worldstrides specializes in providing educational travel opportunities to approximately 350,000 students annually, particularly in the area of international sports tours. Tyler has learned the managerial and organizational aspects of planning international travel for students, and he has also been involved in market research for the company's branch located in Glenwood, Maryland.
Senior Brittany Punte is thoroughly enjoying her internship with Zeffert and Gold Catering, under the mentorship of Aaron Gold, a partner in the company. Zeffert and Gold is a leading catering service provider in the Baltimore, Maryland - Washington, DC metropolitan areas and has been successful for over 25 years. Brittany has been exposed to every aspect of the catering business from client meetings to taste testings to the final event. She hopes for a career in event planning and management.
Senior Justin Trunko is interning with Kitchen Tech,  a commercial restaurant equipment service and sales company in  Dumfries, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C.  Justin's mentor, Glen Pettit, the company's president, has encouraged Justin to investigate methods of marketing and outreach in order to spread the company's brand within the industry. Justin has also been working on the Kitchen Tech website to make it a more inviting space, and developing a plan to reach out to nearby high schools  encouraging graduates to consider a career in kitchen equipment sales and service.
Senior Matthew Staud is interning with Keller Williams Real Estate in Media, Pennsylvania, under the mentorship of Terry Marker Goodman. Matt's work in marketing with Ms. Marker Goodman has helped to develop her brand in the industry through direct marketing and special events. Matt has also re-developed her website to reflect a more intimate and participatory experience for those looking at real estate. 

The department of Business Communication was busy at this year's National Communication Association convention in Philadelphia. Faculty members (l-r) Stephanie Verni, Chip Rouse and Leeanne Bell taught a short course on their new textbook, "Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice." Attendees included event planning teachers, professionals in the field of event planning, and members of hospitality departments.

Dr. Heather Harris and Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus participated in NCA's Legislative Assemblies, and Dr. Harris presented in a panel called "Communicating Civic Callings: Muted, Marginalized, and Magnificent Black Women’s Voices," which was chaired by Dr. Deric Greene.  Dr. Bell McManus also participated in Eastern Communication Association Executive Council meetings and presented on a panel titled "Heeding the Call: Promoting Civic Engagement with Communication Ethics Activities and Resources forAny Class." She also continued her work with the Communication Ethics division of NCA. Dr. Nadene Vevea, associate dean of the communication programs at Stevenson, also attended the convention.

Congratulations to all the members of the department.

 
 
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