The Business Communication department said farewell to 40 students on May 9, 2014, at Stevenson’s annual Commencement ceremony. The tradition group photograph managed to capture many of the graduate-to-be and their faculty members, just before the students headed in to listen to a memorable keynote address by Byron Pitts, a journalist, author, and member of the ABC news team. In the photos below, a few stragglers grabbed a moment for an extra photo opportunity (Chris DeFilippo, Alex Zeidler and Andrew Boyer with Chelsea Moog and faculty); Byron Pitts speaks to the graduates. Kristin Baione is given the Orsia Young Leadership Award by President Kevin Manning; Travis Douglas receives his diploma; Morgan Buckingham is awarded her diploma by her father, one of Stevenson’s staff members; and in the last row, Jamie Schafer, Kristin Baione, Christina Kemp and Lynn Aaron Nichols take a moment for some parting photos. Oh, and that’s the newest BizComm baby, Isabella McManus!

The department of Business Communication was a force to be reckoned with during the Baccalaureate ceremony on Tuesday, May 6. As the senior BizComms gathered before the ceremony for a photo opportunity, Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus prepared for her role as celebrant in the event. Senior class president Marilyn Lovo helped to organize the service, and read a Robert Frost poem during the ceremony; and senior Minlo Wonlin also gave a reading and sang “In My Life” by Lennon/McCartney. Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus gave the homily, offering advice to the graduates-to-be, and senior Julia Tucker partnered with another student to sing the traditional David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager song, “The Prayer.” Congratulations to all the BizComms who are realizing their dreams this week!

Business Communication students who are interested in enrolling in an Advanced Intercultural Communication class for spring, 2015, with inclusive travel to Puerto Rico, need to get in touch with Dr. Deric Greene, professor Chris Noya, or department chair Chip Rouse right away through campus email. Any BizComm alums who might want to travel with the group are also invited to touch base with the department as well. The trip will depart March 16 and return March 20, 2015 (Spring Break), and will include a trip through the rain forest, interaction with students at the University of the Sacred Heart, tours of Old San Juan, and much more!

BizComm associate professor Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus will serve as the homilist at Stevenson’s Baccalaureate service on Tuesday evening, May 6, at 7 p.m. The Baccalaureate  ceremony is a coming together of the graduates, their families, and the faculty to honor and bless the students as they go forth. The senior class traditionally writes the service and invites faculty to speak. All are invited and tickets are not necessary.

The department of Business Communication will say a fond farewell to 40 seniors who will participate in Commencement on Friday, May 9, 2014. The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held in the Greenspring gym and will feature news anchor Byron Pitts as the keynote speaker. Here, seniors from May 2013 process into the Manuszak Center in their caps and gowns as faculty applaud their success.

Senior BizComm and lacrosse faceoff specialist Brent Hiken was named the Commonwealth Conference Tournament MVP on Saturday, May 3, after an 11-10 Mustang win over Albright College.  Hiken won 29 of 32 faceoffs in the two conference tournament games including 19 of 22 faceoffs with 19 ground balls in the championship contest. Currently, Hiken ranks fourth in Division III with a .714 faceoff winning percentage, according to Photo from

Eight business communication students and three faculty members from Stevenson University traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, April 23-27 for the 105th annual Eastern Communication Association convention. Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus was the chair of the annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference, and also presented a short course on her new text, Conflict Between Persons: The Origin Of Leadership. Associate professor Stephanie Verni and BizComm department chair Chip Rouse were on a panel together in which they talked about their applied communication research. Students Kristen Baione, Morgan Buckingham, Courtney Hastings, Alexa Hiken,  Christina Kemp, Michelle Larkin, Marilyn Lovo and Lynn Aaron Nichols attended sessions in the Undergraduate conference and presented their research. The convention is an annual gathering of over 1,000 communication scholars.

BizComm assistant professor Chris Noya is shown here with Dr. Kevin J. Manning, and faculty members Art Fifer and Romas Laskauskas, as well as VP Claire Moore, at the Leadership Awards dinner on April 26, 2014. Noya received a certificate for her work participating in the “Faculty in the Halls” initiative. This new program allowed faculty to become part of the first-year student life as they engaged students within the residence halls. Other BizComm professors Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse were also part of the initiative but were at the Eastern Communication Association convention at the time of the ceremony. (Photo from SUFlickr)

BizComm department chair Chip Rouse (at far right in photograph) was fortunate enough to be included in the unveiling ceremony of the new bronze “Victory” statue outside of Mustang Stadium on April 23, 2014. Rouse was asked to represent the faculty and joined others who stood for administrators, alumni, students and the Board of Trustees, as well as the sculptor Bart Walter. (Photograph from SUFlickr)

BizComm Angelina Lewis took part in the Greenspring Valley Orchestra’s recent concert, Shakespeare in Music. She is shown here concentrating during one of the musical pieces. The concert was held on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the Inscape Theatre, conducted by Dr. Robert Suggs. (Photo from SUFlickr)

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