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Environmental Science students Stephanie Ayres and Diamonique Clark, and Biology major Keeley Cook (all pictured above with Dr. Tucker), led a stream clean-up for Mustangs Make a Difference Day. Over 1000 trash items were removed from the stream and surrounding wildlife protection area between the Owings Mills and Owings Mills North campuses. The 1000+ items included 4 tires, a shopping cart, over 300 bottles, a toy truck, a can of construction adhesive, 100 plastic bags, a children’s jungle gym and many other things you wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of the woods. Photos of some of the weird and unusual things can be found in the album on our new Facebook page!

 Overall, about 30 students from a wide range of majors and sports teams dedicated a few hours to help clean a small portion of our community.

The Annual Lego Challenge is an opportunity for students in freshmen and new student seminars all across the University to bond while building a model to best represent Career Architecture. This video posted to the Stevenson website describes the actual challenge and shows previous years’ winners. This year, the School of the Sciences swept all the awards! First place was awarded to a Chemistry SCI 100 class, and second and third places were awarded to Dr. Kimber’s and Dr. Johnson’s biology/environmental science classes, respectively. More photos can be found on the album through the Facebook Page. Congrats to everyone who competed! 

Faculty and students alike could be seen at the tailgate walking around eating food and enjoying all of the free giveaways. Homecoming is traditionally a time for alumni to return and see old faculty and meet new members. This year was no different as many alumni from many different majors in the School of the Sciences returned for the festivities. All photos from the event can be seen on the Facebook Page in the Homecoming Album.

In this outdoor lab activity, environmental chemistry students were conducting measurements of dissolved oxygen concentration in Gwynns Falls, a stream behind the Owings Mills North campus. Dissolved oxygen is one of the parameters used to assess water quality, and it indicates the ability of a given water body to sustain aquatic life.

Sarah Walsh has joined the SU community as a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences from her previous faculty position at North Carolina State in Raleigh. Mrs. Walsh is teaching Anatomy and General Biology Laboratory. She is very excited about the opportunity to work at a smaller university that offers more hands-on experience and one-on-one interactions with the students.  She has enjoyed getting to know all of her students and looks forward to watching them progress during their academic career at Stevenson. Welcome to SU Mrs. Walsh!

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