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The Business Communication department welcomed back three alums for lunch and conversation on Thursday, April 28. Joining the faculty and student guests were Alexis Reid (2009; missing from the photo), Alexa Hiken (2014; second from left), and Frankie Reynolds (2015). They join seniors Lanie Swanhart (left) and Megan Donahue for a photo after lunch.

The "Lunch Lessons" initiative has been enormously successful since its inception in 2012, with 45 alums returning to campus to share their experiences and offer advice. Joining the group from time to time are John "Jamie" Myers and Allison Humphries, from Stevenson's Alumni Office, to meet and greet the returnees.

Congratulations to the eight Business Communication majors who are finishing out their NCAA Division III athletics careers in 2016. They were honored for their achievements at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet on May 1, 2016. They include (l-r, top to bottom) Lanie Swanhart, Andrew Wysocki, Pat Candon, Connor Skeen, Chris McKneely, Emily Soller, Allison Smith, and Conrad Ellis. (Photos from

The first annual Experiential Expo that showcased a wide variety of experiential learning experiences included two Business Communication tables featuring students involved in classroom experiences. Students in the Event Planning and Advanced Event Planning classes were happy to talk with visitors about their experiences in planning events both on  and off campus. On the left, these students included Kaitlyn Rollyson, Corrin Harris, Emma Ragon and Kim Hahr, who all participated in the events.

On the right, student editors of The Villager, including Conrad Ellis and Hayley Jacobs,  spoke with guests about their participation in the development of the new digital site and their subsequent editorial work. All of the students agreed that they had benefited from their experiential learning classes.

Congratulations to the newest class of Lambda Pi Eta inductees. This 2016 group held their induction ceremony on April 23 as the officers swore in 29 new members and handed out honor cords and pins in front of their families, friends and faculty. Dean Amanda Hostalka welcomed the attendees, and Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, moderator of the organization, opened the ceremony before turning it over to the officers, who explained the history and mission of the organization that serves as the honor society of the National Communication Association.

Author Jack Gilden, of Jack Gilden Marketing, was the keynote speaker and was introduced by his intern and new inductee Kelsey Marden. The outgoing officers included Lanie Swanhart, Chloe Redmond, Erin Schapiro and Megan Donahue. Congratulations to all the LPH members.

Senior Megan McSwain is interning this semester under the supervision of Stephanie Verni, professor of Business Communication at Stevenson. Megan has assisted in a variety of tasks including research for course presentation, social media for the Eastern Communication Association convention, preparation of lesson plans for teaching assistance, and a variety of other departmental design tasks. Megan has been a tremendous asset to the department during her time as an intern.
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