The Distinguished Alumni Award honors a graduate who embodies the Stevenson University tradition of excellence through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, and humanitarian service.   This year the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dawn MacKenzie-Stefanik from the classes of 1986 and 1995.

A strong student, Dawn was accepted to numerous institutions. She chose to attend Villa Julie College because she appreciated the small class sizes, the scenic campus, and its close proximity to home. After she earned her associate’s degree in medical technology in 1986, she returned to complete her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1995. As a student, Dawn became a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, and has remained an active participant with that group beyond graduation.

Dawn completed an internship at Union Memorial Hospital and is now the Nurse Manager at the Infusion Therapy Center at GBMC. Considered an expert in patient care, she has been invited to speak at several national and international conferences. She has had the opportunity to present at events in Cyprus, Jordan, and Myanmar. Dawn has served many organizations and sat on several advisory boards, including the Oncology Nursing Society, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Dawn has presented before Congress and staffers on Capitol Hill regarding the state of health care and the challenges associated with access to care. Last year, she was one of the oncology nurses invited to participate in the Cancer Moonshot Summit by the office of Former Vice President Joe Biden. Dawn has also been a part of several national advisory panels for pharmaceutical companies.

Throughout her career, Dawn has had various works published regarding nursing and patient care.  She was recognized by the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the “Healthcare Provider of the Year” and was one of the “Nurses of the Month” featured in the City Paper. Dawn also dedicates time to volunteer for cancer-related programs and organizations within the community.

It is Dawn’s hope that Stevenson will continue to prepare graduates for any challenge that comes their way. She feels that it is critical for students to graduate with the confidence they need to excel in their future endeavors and to have a sense of purpose and commitment that extends beyond their immediate job. They must have determination that spreads into their community and in some cases spreads on a national and international level.