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Communication News

Stephanie Verni, 20 years of service

Congratulations to two members of the Communication department faculty at Stevenson who are celebrating milestone service anniversaries this academic year. The Human Resources office put together slide shows highlighting these milestones.

Professor Stephanie Verni has reached the 20-year marker in her career at Stevenson University, as a teacher of writing and other communication courses, as well as serving as the faculty advisor to '47 House.

Chris Daley with five years of serviceAdjunct faculty member Chris Daley is celebrating his fifth year of service with the community! Congratulations to all the honorees for their years of service and dedication.

Business Communication alum Lauren Novsak, who works as the Nonprofit Services Coordinator for Business Volunteers Maryland, will lead a "Lunch and Learn" discussion about ways to engage corporate partnerships. The event will be held Nov. 4. Congratulations, Lauren! (Information from LinkedIn)

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People discussing and interruptingRead the following excerpt from Best Life, by Kali Coleman, before deciding if you are guilty of this folly:

"Manners matter—most people know that. And typically, people try to put their best foot forward with proper etiquette and good behavior. However, sometimes you may put your foot in your mouth without even realizing it. According to experts, this is the one rude behavior you're probably engaging in often without realizing how rude it is: Telling a personal story of your own right after someone shared theirs.

'We often think that we are listening [to someone's story] but we're actually just considering how to jump in to tell our own story, offer advice, or even make a judgment—in other words, we are not listening to understand, but rather to reply,' Caren Osten, certified positive psychology life coach, wrote in Psychology Today.

Unfortunately, while you might try to use a related, follow-up story as a way to establish a link between yourself and the other person, many people err on the side of monopolizing the conversation and making it about themselves. In fact, there's actually a sociological term that describes someone who has the ability to consistently turn a conversation back to themselves: conversational narcissist, coined by sociologist Charles Derber in his book The Pursuit of Attention."

Women's lacrosse 2010 team named as "Team of Tradition"

This year's "Team of Tradition" entering the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame is the 2009-2010 women's lacrosse team. The team finished 11-6 overall and was the first team in program history to earn a national ranking, reaching as high as No. 17 in the IWLCA rankings.

On the 26-member roster were five Business Communication majors: Ashley Beam, Lauren Zegowitz, Stephanie Hilton, Megan Weiss, and Whitney Pryor (not pictured in the photo). Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes! (Photo from

Lauren Zegowitz Howard, athleteBusiness Communication graduate Lauren Zegowitz Howard (2010) will be inducted into Stevenson University's Dick Watts Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020.

Lauren was a four-year standout for the women's lacrosse program from 2007-10. She started every one of the 67 games that she played in her four years as a Mustang, and also ranks among the program leaders in draw controls, caused turnovers, and ground balls. Lauren was a three-time IWLCA All-Region star and was also named Capital Athletic Conference All-Conference three times, and earned selection to the First Team as a senior. Congratulations, Lauren!

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