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Business Communication professor Leeanne Bell McManus has been busy preparing for the Eastern Communication Association's 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- her own home town. As the association's first vice president, Dr. Bell McManus is responsible for all convention planning before she assumes the role of ECA president.

The 109th convention will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel April 25-29, 2018. The theme, "Building Bridges," speaks to Pittsburgh's "unique topography, being situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela, which forms the Ohio River. When a city is located on water, bridges span the horizon. The bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's infrastructure. Without the 446 bridges interlacing the city, Pittsburgh would be a region of isolated communities. Just as the bridges in the city connect communities, communication has the opportunity to build bridges within and outside of our discipline, creating countless opportunities for research, teaching, and service," according to

Our best wishes to Dr. Bell McManus as she takes on this monumental commitment! (Photo from Dr. Bell McManus' Facebook page)

Jen Antonelli, our Business Communication alum and Admissions Office staffer who is running 4K for Cancer, writes that she has reached Day 28 in her cross-country run. The group enjoyed their sixth rest day, this one in Cedar Rapids, Iowa....Click here to read more.

We recently heard again from senior Caroline Izzi, who is studying in London this summer. She writes:

I’m back with another London update! I just wrapped week 7 out of 12. 

Classes are done and now my main focus is being the product intern for Original Travel, a luxury holiday company. ...Click here to read more.

Business Communication and M.S. Comm Studies '17 alum Amy Sharfman reached out to us to let us know she has just landed a full-time position with Medifast as an event planner for the company's subsidiary, Take Shape For Life.  She explained that the company’s annual convention is in the middle of July, at which time she will fly to Dallas to help out. She also mentioned that another Business Communication and M.S. Comm Studies alum, Samantha Perillo, will also be going to the convention.
Amy writes, "I’m being thrown right in, but I’m excited to finally be working again, especially since I will be doing what I’m familiar with. Many thanks to you and the other Business Communication professors for helping me prepare for my career!"

In her continuing quest to run 4K for Cancer across America, Business Communication alum Jen Antonelli spent Day 18 crossing the state line from Laramie, Wy., to Scott's Bluff, Neb. Jen writes, "We made it to our sixth state!! What a great day running and hanging around in the Midwest heat!"

Jen began running on her 4000+-mile journey across America through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adult’s 4K for Cancer program in early June. Along with 30 other runners, Jen started her 49-day journey in San Francisco to raise awareness and funds for cancer in honor of those among her family and friends who have suffered or died from the disease. Follow Jen's journey via her blog here(Photo from Jen's Facebook account)

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