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Stevenson 2013: A Timeline of Noteworthy Events

So much happens in a calendar year at Stevenson University that it would be impossible to capture, in one issue of Ventures, every single item. Here’s a timeline of just some of the many exciting and educational events and news stories. To read this article online, go to—where you can also watch the videos that accompany the stories.

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10 SU Wins Big at Collegiate Advertising Awards

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The School of Graduate and Professional Studies and master’s program in forensic studies hosts a Forensic Symposium on Human Trafficking to explore the forensic and investigative challenges of this national and international human rights and criminal issue. The symposium teaches attendees about the role that forensic investigations play in combating this worldwide criminal phenomenon and includes presentations by guest speakers from the United States Attorney’s Office.

Comedian Seth Meyers, head anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” draws a big crowd during his appearance in the Owings Mills Gymnasium. Meyers, who spent a decade on the cast of SNL, including five complete seasons as head writer and as anchor of “Weekend Update,” will soon be taking on his new role as the host of Late Night, taking over for Jimmy Fallon.

LEGO® Challenge Documentary Premieres on TV


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Stevenson University premieres it half-hour documentary, Brick by Brick: Stevenson University’s Career ArchitectureSM LEGO Challenge, on WBAL TV 11. The documentary, produced by Stevenson’s inhouse digital video team, follows the students and faculty of the University’s First-Year Seminar students as they prepare for the 2012 LEGO Challenge. It follows the students on the day of the Challenge, first as teams create their LEGO representations of Stevenson’s Career Architecture process and then the

The Forensics of Human Trafficking

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Stellar Students A record total of 114 SU students are inducted into the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” The national program was established to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, community involvement, and campus leadership. The University salutes these hard-working, high-achieving students. Watch it here


In its first entry into the Collegiate Advertising Awards program, SU receives six awards. The competition recognizes educational marketing professionals for excellence in all forms of advertising, marketing, and promotion. Stevenson competed against similarly sized colleges and universities across the nation, with judging based on creativity, layout/ design, typography, production, quality, and overall effectiveness. The University earns three gold awards and three silver awards for a newspaper ad, the athletics viewbook, admissions school prospectuses, a magazine ad, a Stevenson Fund mailer, and the accepted student pocket folder.


naming of winners. The documentary also shows the unveiling of worldrenowned brick artist Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO sculpture, “Career Architecture (Stepping Through).”



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Career Services Nets Award The Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) awards Stevenson the 2013 MCDA Organizational Career Planning Award. The award recognizes an institution that has developed an excellent program for career development within the organization. Stevenson was nominated specifically for its distinctive Career ArchitectureSM process.

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University Announces Three New Academic Degree Programs

Lego Challenge Documentary Wins Hermes Award

Celebrating the 60th Commencement

The Maryland Higher Education Commission approves Stevenson to offer three new degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in biology, chemistry, and mathematics (STEM focus, secondary education certification). The new undergraduate majors will be housed in the School of the Sciences, which will offer the M.A.T. jointly with the School of Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The two undergraduate programs launch in fall 2013; the M.A.T. will see its first cohort in summer 2014.

The documentary Brick by Brick: Stevenson University’s Career ArchitectureSM LEGO Challenge wins an honorable mention in the Hermes Creative Awards. A broad range of organizations submit entries, including corporate marketing and communication departments, to advertising agencies, PR firms, and production companies. The awards are judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, which is comprised of several thousand professionals and freelancers from around the world who work in marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production, and the Web.




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Men’s Lax Team Wins School’s First National Championship During its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship finals, SU men’s lacrosse team took home the school’s first national championship. Stevenson is the eighth different school to win the NCAA Division III Championship and the third from Maryland, joining Salisbury and Washington College.

Stevenson holds its 60th Commencement, welcoming graduating students to the ranks of its diverse alumni base. The keynote speaker for the undergraduate Commencement is Baltimore-born actor and Hollywood director Jason Winer, winner of the 2010 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series for the pilot of ABC’s Modern Family. Stevenson also presents its third annual Social Entrepreneurship Award to Craig Kielburger of the nonprofit Free The Children. Kielburger cofounded the organization at the age of 12 in 1995; today, it delivers innovative programming to more than 40 countries to bring education to children in developing regions of the world.

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in all aspects of University life. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to learn, lead, and live these values through The Stevenson Way.

Stevenson Turns Five









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More than a hundred faculty and staff attend the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the name change from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University. The event features a background history of the name change (which actually took place on June 12), stories about Stevenson from faculty and staff, and, naturally, a birthday cake.


spring and summer, the University held several new fitness classes and events on both campuses, including Pilates, pure hoops, fit camp, a Healthy Grilling Demonstration, the Bocce League, and more.

Stevenson Is “Healthiest Employer”

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In recognition of its Blue U Wellness programs for employees, Stevenson University once again takes first place in the Baltimore Business Journal’s annual “Healthiest Employers” awards for organizations with 100499 full-time employees. During the



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1 New Academic Year Theme Begins: The Stevenson Way Moving from The Year of Career, the University’s 2013-2014 theme is The Stevenson Way, which encompasses the campus culture. Stevenson’s four values—community, learning, integrity, and excellence—are instilled

1 President Manning Named Chair of MICUA President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., assumes his two-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA). Manning was elected by unanimous vote of the MICUA Board of Trustees, which includes the presidents of 16 private colleges and universities in Maryland. MICUA is a member-driven organization devoted to serving the interests of independent higher education and supporting the work of campus leaders throughout the State.

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Heart),” showcasing Baltimore-based photographer Harry Connolly’s 16 years of documenting the city’s historic Little Italy neighborhood. Several other events are held throughout the fall to celebrate the nationwide initiative to share Italian culture’s influence on America and strengthen the bonds between the two cultures. Other events on this theme include Superstizione, a faculty-led exhibit; a Greenspring Valley Orchestra performance; 50 Years of Italian Film Series; Romeo and Juliet performed by D.C.-based Commedia dell’Arte Theatre Company Faction of Fools; and more.


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Ravens Return to Roost—Again Mustang Stadium sees a return performance by the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens when the team returns to Stevenson for one of its three public practices. Stevenson's Caves Athletics Complex in Owings Mills was the first NFL training facility and headquarters of the Ravens in 1996. It was originally built for the Baltimore Colts in 1980. Stevenson hosts the team’s final open practice; attendees—selected by raffle by the Ravens organization—watch practice and experience interactive fan events, including a player autograph signing for children.

22 Convocation Kicks Off Academic Year One of the highlights of this year’s Convocation—the official “welcome to SU” for new students—is keynote speaker Debbie Phelps. Although she might be most well-known as mother of multiple gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps, she is a renowned

educator in her own right, an author, and a motivational speaker whose words of wisdom are both humorous and inspirational: “Parents, to my left and to my right, you are so lucky to be able to have this university to better our children here. Students in the middle, you are in for a wonderful four years.” Watch Debbie Phelps at the Convocation

26 Embracing Italian Culture at Stevenson this Fall The University launches its 2013: Year of Italian Culture in the United States cultural events with the photo exhibition, “Little Italy, Un Cuore Grande (A Mighty

30 Nearly 250 “Go Kits” Distributed To Maryland Law Enforcement Professionals Stevenson's criminal justice program holds a “Go Kit” emergency medical training event for more than 200 law enforcement professionals from across Maryland to equip them with and teach them to use the 245 free kits that are distributed. The kits, which include a compact set of materials (such as tourniquets and coagulants) to help officers treat critically wounded people during “active” situations, are currently in use by only a handful of law enforcement agencies nationwide. Realistic, hands-on training is provided by Stevenson Nursing program faculty and EMTs from the Baltimore County Fire Department.

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Wild Stang Radio Now Front and Center

Best-selling Author Bill Bryson Comes to Campus



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and is primarily aimed to create interest for prospective graduate students. More than 600 registrants representing more 32 countries are participating. Thomas Coogan, Chair and Professor, Forensic Studies, was named a 2013 Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record for his team’s work on the MOOC course.

1 Founders Are Celebrated

Wild Stang Radio (WSR), Stevenson’s digital campus radio station, officially opens its new headquarters in Rockland Center, where it is prominently featured between Rockland’s lobby and dining hall. The station will continue to feature all things Stevenson, including news, sports, events, and campus updates as well as music ranging from alternative and hip-hop to country and R&B. Nearly 40 student DJs handpick the music they want to share. The sound of music is now in many locales. Watch it here

Bill Bryson, author and humorist, who kicks off the eighth annual Baltimore Speakers Series, visits Stevenson. Bryson, who is perhaps best known for A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything, gamely—and humorously— answers questions about his life and his works asked by faculty, staff, students, parents, and other members of the community.

30 Entering the World of MOOCs


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Football Play Goes Viral Highlighted by a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a goal-line stand on the final play of the game, the win by the Stevenson football team is its first back-to-back win in the program's history with a 24-18 victory over Albright. Video of the 99-yard run makes the highlight reel on ESPN and goes viral on such online sites as, where it was titled, “Goal-Line QB Sneak Works Out As Poorly As Possible.” Watch it here



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Sixty-six years after Villa Julie College was founded, Stevenson continues to hold its annual Founders Day celebration, which commemorates the first day of classes at the former college. Faculty, staff, alumni, and students are treated to several events, including a formal tea with Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a picnic lunch, a tour of Stevenson’s Archives, and the Stevenson’s Got Talent show.

Stevenson’s MOOC, A Survey of Forensics, kicks off and will run through Dec. 8. MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are currently all the rage in higher education—they are free, non-credit online educational courses for self-motivated students of all ages who seek to learn from experts in different fields. The Stevenson Forensic MOOC includes three modules (cyber forensics, forensic science, and forensic studies)

New Digital Marketing Degree Program Approved Stevenson receives news that its proposed Bachelor of Science in Digital Marketing degree program has been approved. A joint effort between the Brown School of Business and Leadership and the School of Design, the new program will produce graduates who are proficient at communication and media as well as the Internet and other advanced technologies.

5 Building a Better Community Stevenson celebrates its 5th Annual Building Community Day during which faculty, staff, and students contribute to this day of service to local communities via nonprofit organizations. Some of the beneficiaries of Stevenson’s volunteer efforts this year include the Baltimore County Humane Society, Irvine Nature Center, Project Oliver, First Fruits Farm, the United Way, and more.


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sic held in Las Vegas. This year’s event features 10 teams from seven different states, five of which were either ranked or receiving votes in the Top 25 during the 2012-13 season and five of which participated in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.



Fashion Design Students To Showcase Their Work Abroad



Coming Home for Homecoming

Michaud Named A Leader In Law

Homecoming and Family Weekend continues to expand its activities each year, and this year is no different. Events included a Powderpuff Football Game, a pep rally and bonfire, the Alumni Milestone Reunion Lunch, a Stevenson Social Happy Hour, Haunted Hallways, Mustang Madness, the Alumni Lacrosse Game, a lively tailgate, a crab feast—oh, and a football game!

The Daily Record honors Stevenson’s Hilary Michaud, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Law, as a 2013 Leadership in Law winner. The award recognizes lawyers and judges for their professional accomplishments, commitment to community service and mentoring. Winners are selected by an outside panel of legal professionals.

8 LEGO Challenge Continues to Inspire ®

Building off the momentum from last year’s re-energized LEGO Challenge, more than 800 students take what they learned about Career ArchitectureSM in First-Year Seminar and apply it to LEGO representations of their understanding of the process. Each group’s efforts are judged based on demonstrated communication skills, teamwork, creative problem solving, innovation, and analytical thinking.

22 Hoopsville Classic Tips Off Stevenson plays host to the second annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic through Nov. 24. The Classic, which is the biggest oncampus tournament in Division III, is the second-largest event of its kind behind only the Clas-

Juniors and seniors in the fashion design program present their original work in “Io, Tu, e La Moda Italiana,” (You, Me, and Italian Fashion), an exhibition featuring original fashions made with fabrics from Italy and influenced by Italian fashion designers. The exhibition runs through Jan. 18 and then will travel to New York City, opening at the Manex-France Display showroom in the heart of the garment district on Jan. 31 and running through the city’s prestigious Fashion Week. Next stop? In March, the program will take the show on the road to be exhibited at the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy.

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16 Winter Commencement Closes out Calendar Year Commencement ceremonies are held for undergraduate and graduate students. During the undergraduate ceremony, graduates and guests hear from keynote speaker Beth Kobett, Assistant Professor, Education, who received the Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award in spring 2013.

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Year in Review: Stevenson 2013  

So much happens in a calendar year at Stevenson University that it would be impossible to capture, in one issue of Ventures, every single it...

Year in Review: Stevenson 2013  

So much happens in a calendar year at Stevenson University that it would be impossible to capture, in one issue of Ventures, every single it...