Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
Due to its growth, Stevenson University has embarked on a new transition: our largest academic building which opened for the fall 2016 semester. The new, state-of-the-art Kevin J. Manning Academic Center provides resources for the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences and the new Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, and additional space for the School of Design. The renovated building more than triples the amount of space currently available to the programs within the Fine School of the Sciences and Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions. The 200,000-square-foot building also includes a Learning Commons available to all students. Read the press release about the opening of this new space.
The Manning Academic Center addresses critical deficits of classroom, laboratory, studio, and faculty office space throughout the University resulting from our enrollment growth. Following the project’s completion, the space on the Greenspring Campus will allow more opportunities for expansion by the School of Education and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
(Left: A rendering of the pedestrian boardwalk connecting the campuses)
The Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences
School of the Sciences
The first level of the new Kevin J. Manning Academic Center is home to the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, which offers undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and environmental science. The Manning Academic Center offers these programs facilities that include:
- Dedicated labs for general biology, microbiology, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, cell culture, environmental science, general chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, forensic chemistry, physics, and math.
- A terrarium/aquaria room where biology students can safely conduct independent experiment design projects using selected species of plants and aquatic animals and where faculty can conduct research.
- Multiple preparation, waste, and support rooms essential to the operation of the laboratories and the overall facility.
- State-of-the-art equipment to meet industry standards, preparing our students for the workplace.
- The SoLVE (Solutions for Learning and Vibrant Education) Center.
The SoLVE Center
The SoLVE Center offers an innovative cooperative learning support program. First-year chemistry students attend required weekly SoLVE sessions while students in biology, organic chemistry, calculus, physics, and nursing chemistry are strongly encouraged to attend optional sessions. During the faculty-facilitated sessions, students work in groups of four to solve a problem based on course content using active learning to develop skills in problem solving, inquiry-based learning, team building, and integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
The Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions
School of Health Professions
The first level of the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center also houses the new Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, established to accommodate the growth of the nursing and medical laboratory science programs. To prepare students to become licensed nurses or certified medical laboratory scientists, the Manning Academic Center offers these programs facilities that include:
- Dedicated labs and space for microbiology, chemistry, hematology, molecular biology, blood banking, immunology, and molecular diagnostics.
- Skills labs where nursing students practice patient care.
- Simulation labs where students interact with “live patients.”
Nursing Simulation and Skill Labs
The new Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions includes nursing, Stevenson’s largest academic program. Four nursing simulation labs increase the opportunities for students to gain nursing proficiency in a realistic manner on high-fidelity manikins controlled by computer software. Students practice the real-life scenarios they will face in a hospital setting when interacting with patients. An additional three nursing skills labs include hospital beds, equipment, and stationary mannequins.
The School of Design
School of Design
While the School of Design occupies a building on the Owings Mills North Campus, with more than 400 students and a growing enrollment, additional space is needed to accommodate the School’s four majors. Two new levels have been added to a portion of the new Kevin J. Manning Academic Center; the School of Design occupies the second and part of the third levels. The new space includes:
- A Business Communication newsroom with a glass façade/storefront, news ticker, large screens displaying current news, and other features.
- An Exhibit Hall to display student work.
- Art and design studios.
- A photo darkroom.
- A printmaking lab that will include a letterpress.
- Fashion design teaching studios and drop-in work spaces.
- A textile library and testing laboratory.
- Computer labs.
- Two 50-seat film screening theatres.
Located on the third level, the Learning Commons is a place where students and faculty of all disciplines can go throughout the day with their laptops and mobile devices to enjoy secure wireless connectivity along with coffee and snacks. The Learning Commons includes areas for quiet study as well as rooms for small groups to meet and discuss their class projects.
The Learning Commons is:
- A community builder where students and faculty can meet and interact outside of class time to work on projects, read, share ideas, practice class presentations, or relax.
- A place where students can obtain support for learning from librarians available to help with research, citing sources, etc.
- A place where students and faculty can pick up books and media requested from our consortium partners (Loyola-Notre Dame Library, Washington Adventist University, and Hood College) and from the Greenspring and Owings Mills collections.