Growth of Students and Student Programs
Through multicultural programs, presentations, workshops, and speakers, Stevenson celebrates diversity. From the Black Student Union and the Muslim Association to the Catholic Campus Ministry, students are encouraged to learn about other religions, cultures, and traditions. In fall 2013, Stevenson celebrated the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. with a series of film screenings, art exhibitions, and musical performances. The University also celebrates Multicultural Awareness Week each February through a variety of events.
Intramural and Club Sports
Following the premise that sports provide an atmosphere for students to learn such life skills as teamwork, reliability, and confidence, Stevenson club and intramural sports are an integral part of college life for many students. Club sports, in which non-varsity athletes compete against like students from other universities, were officially added in 2012-2013. That first year, there were three teams (men’s basketball, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball) that were followed by four more teams (baseball, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, and softball) in 2014. Intramural sports, in which Stevenson students compete against one another, were added in 2011-2012 and now feature six sports: flag football, fall basketball, winter basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, and racquetball. In 2014, more than 600 students participated in intramural sports.
A Lively Campus
Stevenson’s Office of Student Activities currently assists more than 50 student clubs, the Mustang Activities and Programming Board (MAP), and the Student Government Association with developing and hosting events throughout the year. The goal is to engage the increasing amount of students—both residents and commuters—in a social life that supports their common and diverse interests. Stevenson hosts more than 300 student activities per year, from club gatherings to comedy concerts that pack the Owings Mills Gymnasium. During the past several years, the Founders Day student talent show—Stevenson’s Got Talent—has become a huge draw. The spring comedy concert, LOLStevenson, has brought Saturday Night Live cast members Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong to the Owings Mills Campus to perform standup comedy.
The Academic Link and PASS
College life can be daunting, and academic support services play a critical role in helping students succeed. In summer 2010, Stevenson’s Academic Link established a permanent, fully staffed center in the Caves Sports and Wellness Center on the Owings Mills Campus. On April 11, 2011, the University officially dedicated it as the John L. Stasiak Academic Link in honor of the late and long-time supporter of the University. Today, more than 100 peer mentors tutor their fellow students. Stevenson’s PASS (Partnerships and Student Success) program has also evolved to help ease students’ transitions during their first semester as college freshmen. Because of its success in helping first-year students adjust to college, the PASS program has received national and local recognition and awards, reflecting the dedication of more than 100 faculty and staff volunteer mentors. Since its inception in 1996, PASS has helped more than 1,500 students turn college stress into academic success.
Digital Broadcasting: WSR, SUTV, and Athletics
Campus radio stations have always been a staple of college life, and Stevenson launched its Internet-based digital radio station, Wild Stang Radio (WSR), in fall 2011 in a spare workroom of the Brown School of Business and Leadership. From eight digital jockeys that first year of 2011-2012 to more than 100 in 2015, WSR has become a fixture at Stevenson. In September 2013, the station was given a new studio site on the first floor of Rockland Center next to the Marketplace—a highly visible location where diners can see their fellow students producing shows, conducting interviews, and selecting music.
The campus also stays digitally connected through SUTV, Stevenson’s internal campus cable TV channel. Originally developed as a way to broadcast Mustang athletic games in the new Stadium, SUTV has grown to become a campus video news and information source.
During the spring 2010 semester, a time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the Owings Mills Gymnasium as it was being constructed. The capsule, which is to be opened in commemoration of the University’s 100th anniversary in 2047, includes artifacts considered indicative of life at Stevenson at the time of placement.