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Heather Harris new textAuthor and professor of Business Communication, Heather Harris, Ph.D., will speak on on Wednesday, March 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. in SD101 (OMN) for a book talk.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era expands the discourse about Barack Obama's two terms as president by reflecting upon the impact of neo-racism during his tenure. The contributors examine how identities become the target of neo-racist discriminatory practices and policies in the United States. Individual chapters explore how President Obama's multiple and intersecting identities beyond racial binaries of Black and White were perceived, as well as how his presence impacted certain marginalized groups in our society as a result of his administration's policies. All are invited!


Savana Herndon and Hannah Crist and families on Senior NiightBizCom alum and current Masters student Savana Herndon (#11, left) was honored on basketball's Senior Night, Feb. 18, as she and senior Hannah Crist played their last home game as Mustangs. Herndon, a guard, had two points in the Mustangs' 85-39 win against the Hood Blazers. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Communication Studies program at Stevenson, having graduated early in her undergraduate Business Communication program.

Here, both honorees are pictured prior to the game with their families. Congratulations on a wonderful basketball career to two spectacular representatives of Stevenson University! (Photo from

Three alums as mentorsCongratulations and welcome back to three of the Business Communication alums who returned to campus on Feb. 12, 2020, to be a part of the inaugural mentoring program activity sponsored by Stevenson's Career Connection.

Lauren Novsak (Business Volunteers Maryland), Meghan Loveless (Adventist HealthCare) and Kamica Price (Vectorworks) were thrilled to be a part of this new program that connects alums with current Stevenson students in an effort to help guide and strengthen career choices. Lauren wrote, "The room was filled with eager students looking to develop their networking skills and enhance their resumes."

The event also included BizComm alum and mentor Jessica Swing Valis. Thanks, ladies, for your generosity of effort and time! (Photo from LinkedIn)

Box Out Cancer eventThe women's and men's basketball teams at Stevenson hosted a "Box Out Cancer" event on Feb. 12, during which they honored the memory of the late Bryan Read, son of Business Communication faculty member Chip Rouse. Bryan served as the Mustangs' first-ever ball boy in 1993, and enjoyed a career as an athletic trainer for Dulaney High School for 12 years before his death in August 2019 of colon cancer. T-shirts, bracelets, and other items helped to raise money to support the UM St. Joseph Cancer Institute, where Bryan was treated.

The team annually hosts a Coaches v. Cancer event during the month of March, and this year, the team, behind organizers Ellie Boswell (left) and Brittany Whitley (right), presented Rouse with the game ball in Bryan's honor. Junior Brandi Hall also created a video commemorating Bryan's life through pictures, and coach Jackie Boswell supported the team in its endeavors.

Table for LPHStevenson University's department of communication will soon induct new members into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. According to the LPH website, LPH has more than 500 active chapters at national four-year colleges and universities. The organization became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988, and the association's official honor society in July 1995. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

LPH represents what Aristotle described in his Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), or logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), character and ethics.

At Stevenson, Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus is the organization's advisor and helps to guide club members and officers in planning and executing the annual induction ceremony, which will be held in the afternoon on April 25 in the Rockland banquet room. Student officers are in charge of the induction ceremony.

Students are invited to join based on their grades. According to the LPH website, "Student membership requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours completed and a 3.25 GPA for Communication Studies courses with 12 semester or 18 quarter credit hours completed."

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