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Senior Emily Soller (center) has felt right at home during her internship at Harford Community College in the department of athletics. She has worked with a variety of people in the athletics office, including Ruschel Harris (left), the athletics administrative assistant, and Jenn Levinson, associate athletic director, learning the budget, allocation of funding, and other athletic administrative duties. Emily has also worked with the sports marketing team as well as with the sports information director, Mark Winkel. The wide variety of skills Emily has used during her internship will serve her well as she continues on her job search.
Senior Luci Diaz (on the left in the photo) is one of two interns working this semester at Grown & Fortify, LLC., in Baltimore, Md.  Under the mentorship of Callie Pfeiffer, the marketing coordinator, Luci has been helping to manage the company's social media and reaching out in the marketing domain to the company's partners, including the Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Distillers Guild, various breweries, wineries and other value-added agricultural startups.

Word just came in from BizComm alum (Class of 2016) Zuryna Smith, who writes that she has started a new business, Smith and Foote Communications, LLC ( with her friend and Stevenson graduate, Dwight Foote. The two decided to combine their talents to assist small businesses with creative and web design needs. Through strategic services the partners hope to help organizations reach short- and long-term goals with optimal support every step of the way. The Stevenson grads pride themselves on accepting challenges and welcome growth opportunities, according to their website. ​ 

Zuryna is in the photo above, on the left, during her internship at Johns Hopkins. Good luck, Zuryna, on this very exciting venture!

The day after he addressed the Business Communication interns on the topic of networking, guest speaker Owen Rouse moderated Bisnow's Baltimore-Washington Industrial & Logistics event and spoke about recent commercial development. The event also provided ample opportunity for networking in the field.

The students in this semester's Special Topics in Travel Writing class are busy traveling to a variety of sites in the region as they gather information to write 2500-word articles for their final projects. Students in Professor Stephanie Verni’s class were asked to select a spot in the Maryland-Virginia-Washington, D.C. area and spend a minimum of two days exploring the location, interviewing people, and immersing themselves in the place as they take in the splendor of the location.

Through exercises such as keeping a detailed travel journal, creating a photo library, and conducting various types of primary and secondary research, students are working to craft articles that illuminate their place of travel through their own personal experiences and narratives. Additionally, the class reads and critically analyzes articles written by world-class travel writers including Paul Theroux, Andrew McCarthy, Pico Iyer, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Rolf Potts in order to gain a solid foundation of the variety of travel writing and how it can be transformative and enlightening.

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