Stevenson University Highlights, 2000-2016
Stevenson's state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot Kevin J. Manning Academic Center opens on August 30, providing resources for the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, and additional space for the School of Design. Watch the video.
Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., announces his retirement on March 10 after sixteen years of serving the Stevenson community including the board, cabinet, deans, faculty, staff, and students.
On February 18, Stevenson University unveils an 11-piece sculpture garden situated within the Knott Hall courtyard on the Greenspring Campus.
Stevenson University President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., is one of the more than 20 speakers to present on a variety of topics at the 2016 TEDx Baltimore Conference, January 14 at Morgan State University.
Stevenson convenes Maryland’s top economic development and education leaders for a strategic discussion of Maryland’s competitive future at the University’s second annual Maryland Rising, December 8.
Stevenson University officially opens its new School of Health Professions with a launch event in the Inscape Theatre on December 7. The program included a keynote address from Del. Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.
Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional studies officially launches its Center for Forensic Excellence, which will serve as a resource for both forensic professionals and students, in mid-May.
On May 6, Stevenson unofficially breaks the Guinness World Record for the largest exercise ball class in history. More than 390 students, faculty, and staff participate in the class, held inside Mustang Stadium.
Stevenson Athletics announces the addition of its 26th and 27th intercollegiate sports: Beach Volleyball and Men’s Ice Hockey.
Stevenson breaks ground on its Athletics Hall of Fame and inducts eight players and two teams into its inaugural class.
On April 23, a 12-foot-tall, bronze mustang sculpture, named Victory,” is unveiled outside of Mustang Stadium on the Owings Mills Campus. The sculpture was created by nationally renowned wildlife artist Bart Walter.
Stevenson, behind its Blue U Wellness program, takes first place in the Baltimore Business Journal's annual "Healthiest Employers" awards for organizations with 100-499 full-time employees for the second time.
Stevenson Men’s Lacrosse team captures its first NCAA title with a 16-14 win over Rochester Institute of Technology in front of more than 20,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 26.
On January 19, Stevenson premieres a new half-hour documentary, Brick by Brick: Stevenson University’s Career Architecture™ LEGO Challenge, on WBAL TV 11. The documentary follows the students and faculty of Stevenson’s First Year Seminars as they prepare for and compete in the LEGO Challenge.
Stevenson launches a new athletic team, women’s ice hockey, which holds its first home game at the Reisterstown Sportsplex on December 30.
On August 19, the Baltimore Ravens holds a public practice at Stevenson University's Mustang Stadium.
The University signs an agreement with the Maryland Bible Society to curate the society’s collection of manuscripts and historic Bibles, including a rare 400-year-old first edition of the King James Bible, as part of the Stevenson University Archives collection.
Stevenson announces its acquisition of the former Shire Pharmaceuticals property adjacent to the Owings Mills Campus on November 15. The site adds 28 acres and 168,000 square feet of space to the campus.
On September 10, SU celebrates the opening of Mustang Stadium during the first home game of the new football team. The team defeats Christopher Newport University in double-overtime play.
President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. is among 50 Marylanders honored by The Daily Record as “Influential Marylanders” on April 27. In February, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
The University announces the completion of Inspiring Students, Building Careers: The Campaign for Stevenson University on December 31, which raises more than $20.4 million in support for Stevenson.
SU dedicates the Stevenson University Archives, Menning Meditation Center and Labyrinth, and the Harris and Hoeprich faculty houses on the Greenspring Campus during Founders Day, October 1.
On August 12, the new Stevenson football team holds its first practice on the turf field at Owings Mills. During the practice, a new Mustangs Athletics logo is unveiled to the campus and sports media.
SU announces the launch of football, bringing its number of NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports to 20.
The University welcomes entrepreneur and publisher Steve Forbes, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and other dignitaries to its Owings Mills Campus to celebrate the new School of Business and Leadership. It is named in honor of Baltimore builder and developer Howard S. Brown. The School is to be known as the Brown School of Business and Leadership.
President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., approves the University Restructuring Plan adopted by the Faculty Council, effectively creating a six school structure headed by deans: the School of Design, the School of Education, the School of the Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., is named a 2008 “Influential Marylander” by The Daily Record.
The new School of Business and Leadership building opens on the Owings Mills Campus.
After months of research and deliberation, on June 11, the College’s Board votes unanimously to change the name of the institution. The name Stevenson University is unveiled to the media on June 12. The Board votes to keep the Villa Julie name alive by creating the Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences as part of Stevenson University.
The College announces a $20 million expansion project on its Owings Mills Campus that will include a new gymnasium, a new entrance from Owings Mills Boulevard, expanded parking, and a 300-bed residential building.
President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., receives the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in the Education category in Maryland. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
At a special event featuring Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken, Jr., the College announces the largest fundraising event in its history. Inspiring Students, Building Careers: The Campaign for Villa Julie will strive to raise $20 million to support the new School of Business, the endowment, and special projects.
Villa Julie unveils a year’s worth of activities as part of the College’s 60th anniversary celebration. The events include the first Founders Day ceremony on October 1. The College also publishes a history book covering Villa Julie’s first 60 years.
The College breaks ground on a new academic building to house the School of Business on the Owings Mills Campus. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown leads a group of distinguished visitors at the event. The 60,000-square-foot building will include a mock trial courtroom, 14 classrooms, five computer labs, six seminar rooms, and 24 faculty offices.
The Maryland State Department of Education selects the College to be the state’s University Affiliate for the new Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences Program. Teachers from Baltimore City and eight Maryland counties spend two weeks at Villa Julie over the summer learning from VJC instructors how to better prepare high school students for college science courses.
Villa Julie College takes the successful Master’s in Forensic Studies program online after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the highest standard for accreditation, approves an expanded version of the degree.
The College announces its plan to sponsor the Baltimore Speakers Series at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, set to begin in September 2006. Villa Julie will welcome some of America’s top speakers to Baltimore.
Villa Julie purchases the two-story office building at the Owings Mills Campus that already housed 20,000 square feet of classrooms and offices before the College purchased the 60,000-square-foot facility.
Villa Julie opens the first of three planned suite-style residence buildings that accommodate between three and four students in a mixture of single and double bedrooms, bringing the resident population to nearly 800 students. The College names the residence buildings and community center after valleys in Baltimore County, such as Cromwell Valley and Worthington Valley.
Culminating several years of planning and negotiations, the College agrees to buy the former Baltimore Ravens training facility from the City of Baltimore. The facility, originally built in the late 1970s for the Baltimore Colts, covers 33 acres, including 20 acres of unusable wetlands. The purchase brings Villa Julie’s Owings Mills site to 48 acres. The facility includes two full-sized fields (one of them on artificial turf) suitable for soccer and lacrosse, and one half-sized field. A men’s lacrosse game on April 9 marked the first official contest at the facility.
Villa Julie opens its first College-owned housing complex. The Owings Mills site has seven residential buildings housing more than 540 students.
The College announces plans to build more housing and an academic building at the Owings Mills site. The next phase of housing is scheduled to open in fall 2005 with an academic center scheduled for a fall 2006 opening. A $2.2 million state grant will help fund the academic center.
Villa Julie joins its first athletic conference, the North East Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Villa Julie unveils plans to build a second campus on Owings Mills Boulevard, starting with the construction of garden-style apartments to house more than 500 students. Construction of the campus, which will also include a community center, will be completed in time for the fall 2004 semester.
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies introduces the area’s first accelerated programs for adult students in paralegal, business administration, nursing, and other areas of study.
President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., is selected as one of Maryland’s “Innovators of the Year” by The Daily Record for his introduction of the values-based career planning process of Career ArchitectureSM.
Villa Julie is named as one of the 2002 “Best Values in Education” by the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking for Northern Comprehensive Colleges.
The College’s Partnerships and Student Success (PASS) is one of seven schools nationwide to receive a 2001 Retention Excellence Award from Noel-Levitz. PASS partners freshmen with VJC faculty and staff mentors to help ease the transition into the academic and social environments of college.
Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., assumes his role as Villa Julie’s fourth president. A week of events are held on campus leading up to Inauguration on Saturday, Oct. 28. Dr. Robert Shiller, renowned Yale economist/author speaks to local executives, faculty, staff, and students as part of Inauguration week activities.