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Brittany WhitleyStevenson Business Communication major and women's basketball senior forward Brittany Whitley was fortunate to grab a Ballpark Operations Internship with the Baltimore Orioles in January, 2020. According to GoMustangSports.com, "A simple search on Teamwork Online led her to the opportunity to work with the professional baseball team." The senior was one of several featured in an article on Stevenson's athletics website.

Even during her basketball season, Whitley was going to the ballpark three to four times a week preparing for the 2020 baseball season. However, because of changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, her duties switched to meeting with the ballpark operations team virtually three to four times a week.

The senior hopes to begin a career in sports PR and communications after she graduates. She told GoMustangSports.com, “Helping athletes or even teams/organizations with public awareness or statements or marketing through social media is definitely a place I want to be a part of... I think what goes on behind the scenes to create a successful game day is so exciting and I know I want to be a part of that magic.”

The senior was thrilled with her internship, noting that it solidified her decision to work in sports. Though COVID-19 ended her internship, she still believes the hands-on experience leading up to MLB Opening Day was invaluable.

Stephanie Verni at 2131Business Communication professor Stephanie Verni, whose 12-year career with the Baltimore Orioles preceded her start at Stevenson University, recalls the day Orioles star Cal Ripken set the major league record for consecutive games played, with 2131, breaking Lou Gehrig’s hallowed record in 1995.

This priceless photo includes Cal, center, after the historic accomplishment, and the communication professor is indicated by the yellow arrow. Verni's note about the photo says, "This is the best picture I have from that night, in the dugout, with Cal and his parents, and Julie Wagner, thanks to the late, great, wonderful team photographer and friend, Jerry Wachter."

Lauren Shapiro as 30 under 30Congratulations to Business Communication alum Lauren Shapiro '08 for being recognized by Baltimore Real Producers' "30 in their Thirties" Class of 2020!  Out of 162 nominees, Lauren was chosen as one of 30 most reputable, inspiring, productive, respected, collaborative, honorable, giving, service-focused and influential Thirty-Somethings in the local real estate industry.

Baltimore Real Producers "curate a platform to connect the top producers of Central Maryland Real Estate through a monthly publication, quarterly events, and online community."

Jackie Cooper's BusinessBizComm graduate Jackie Cooper (2017) has a lot to be smiling about recently. Earlier this year, she graduated with a master’s degree in Marketing from Kogod School of Business at American University. During her time in the business school, she worked as a freelance marketing consultant and created her own business. This week, she launched her business officially with a new website. She enjoys working with clients to help brand their businesses, just as she, herself, has worked to brand her own business. We are excited for Jackie as she takes on the world. Visit her new website at POWERFULPROGRESSION.COM.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era book coverCongratulations to two Communication department professors for receiving a Stevenson Way award at the annual faculty/staff meeting on August 25, 2020. Heather Harris, Ph.D., and Stephanie Verni, MFA, were honored with the prestigious award.

Dr. Harris was recognized for her edited collection, Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era, which critiques the reality of color blindness in the study of American history. Stephanie Verni Professor Verni was honored for her efforts as a Faculty Fellow, working with the Center for Teaching and Learning through the summer to help faculty members prepare for virtual teaching this fall.

Thanks to both professors for their achievements!

 
 
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