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Business Communication Professor Heather Harris traveled to Spain for five weeks this summer in order to teach a Special Topics course in Media and Culture for students in the Criminal Justice program, and one independent studies student. Above, she overlooks the city of Toledo, Spain, but her travels also took her to Madrid and Barcelona. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Heather Harris)

BizComm grad Alaina Peterson ('15) has had a love for distant shores for a long time, made even more pronounced by a trip to Ireland with the department in the spring of 2014, and a subsequent semester of study at the National University of Ireland in Galway in the fall of 2104.

Since graduation, Alaina has accepted a position with STS TRAVEL, which, according to its website, "was founded in 1984 by two Cornell University graduates who shared one common goal: to specialize in the marketing and operation of travel services designed specifically for students." Since 1984, STS has handled the travel plans of over a half of million student travelers.

Alaina works at STS as a travel agent for student trips, and her intenship work with The Travel Boutique gave her extra experience during her job search. Congratulations, Alaina! Not only do you get to travel, but now you will get to help plan others' trips as well! In the photo, that's Alaina (on the right) with a travel friend at Ireland's Cliffs of Moher.

Alyssa Coster '08 is thrilled with the success of her Charm City Mobile Boutique, a trailer-turned-retail store that has been making appearances at events throughout the state of Maryland, based in Baltimore. From St. Mary's county to Bel Air, Alyssa and her trendy boutique take center stage with a line of clothing and accessories that appeal to young women of fashion. Congratulations on your entrepreneurial spirit, Alyssa, and we hope to see you back at Stevenson soon!


BizComm grad Courtney Hastings' travels as the Mar-Del Watermelon Queen continue throughout the East coast. Here, Courtney (on the left) poses at an exhibit in Richmond, Virginia, with the North Carolina representative. Courtney will continue through the summer in her marketing role for the watermelon association. (Photo from

2015 BizComm grad Tara Shishmanian is traveling to Haiti between Aug. 15-23 with Angel Wings International, where they will focus on building shelves, organizing medical supplies, and moving medical equipment into the clinic. Tara and the group will have time to meet and converse with local families in  Jacmel, and they will visit the Christ Love Feeding Center and the Ophanage. The mission of Angel Wings International is to improve the health and well-being of the underserved in the communities served in Haiti. Good luck, Tara!

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