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2014 Year in Review

How Amazing was Stevenson in 2014? Take a look for yourself.

Steve WozniakJanuary

The Office of Marketing and Digital Communications unveils a redesigned and revamped website that features innovative technology and aims to provide users, particularly prospective students, with a seamless Web experience via tablet, mobile device, or desktop computer. This website redesign—Stevenson’s first since 2007—is built with Responsive Design technology, which enables the site to adapt its layout to any screen size allowing users to navigate the site and complete tasks using mobile and other current computer interfaces. In September, the redesigned site is named the “Best University Website” for the 2014 national and juried WebAwards.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visits campus, speaking about his passion for innovation, reminiscing about his relationship with Steve Jobs, and engaging in an extensive question-and answer
session in front of more than 350 middle and high school students and SU students, faculty, and staff. During the Q&A portion of the event, students line up to ask a wide range of questions, including how to break in as an entrepreneur, his opinion of how he was portrayed in the film “Jobs,” and which Apple device he is most proud of.

After six weeks on display at the Greenspring Campus, Stevenson University’s fall 2013 fashion design exhibition “Io, Tu, e La Moda Italiana” (Me, You, and Italian Fashion), hits the Big Apple. The exhibition, which features original, Italian-inspired garments produced by Stevenson’s Fashion Design students, debuts at the Manex-France Display house showroom in New York City, where it will remain on display during the city’s prestigious Fashion Week, Feb. 6-13. Coming up in March: The exhibition will cross the Atlantic to be shown at the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy.

Students from the University’s Alpha Chi Honor Society and SU faculty display their expertise on a broad range of topics—including nursing, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, education, and business administration—during the Stevenson University’s Scholars’ Showcase. Themed “Imagination, Inspiration, Interrogation, Illumination,” the showcase includes presentations, a poster session, and featured speaker Paul D. Lack, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Cecily StrongFebruary

Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong headlines a night of improv comedy at LoLStevenson. Strong, who joined SNL in September 2012, is joined on stage by fellow cast member Michael Patrick O'Brien.

Students in the University’s Fashion Merchandising program team up with Boscov’s to prepare, coordinate, and execute the department store’s “Spring Trends Fashion Show” at the TownMall in Westminster, Md. The students share such responsibilities as writing comments about and voicing the fashion trends, controlling the timing and order of the show, and communicating with the volunteer models. “Fashion shows are exciting events as well as wonderful teaching tools. Students improve their fashion eye, teamwork skills, and communication aptitude, all of which are highly valued by businesses in the fashion merchandising industry,” says Kelly Welker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising.

Stevenson student with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeMarch

Four Stevenson public history students are honored by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of the City of Baltimore. Earlier in the year, the students completed a research project similar to that of a “cold case” mystery when they provided an answer to why a soldier from Baltimore had his name etched in a 12th century French church tower in February 1945.

The Stevenson University research team also included Anne Kerns, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, French, and Glenn T. Johnston, Ph.D., Chair, History, and University Archivist.



Victory statueApril

Stevenson hosts the 38th annual Comparative Drama Conference at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This international, interdisciplinary event is dedicated to all aspects of theater and drama scholarship, including textual and performance analysis. This year’s featured speaker was Tony Award-Winner David Henry Hwang. “Stevenson joined with the conference to unite more than 175 leading scholars from around the world for a weekend dedicated to academic collaboration in the fields of English, theatre, and the classics,” says Laura Snyder, Ph.D., Professor of English Language and Literature and the Comparative Drama Conference Director.

Beginning in January 2014, Stevenson University and The Chatsworth School in Reisterstown began coordinating a mentoring program in which more than 40 Stevenson student-athletes volunteer to spend time with a “student-buddy” at Chatsworth. Now, once a week, the athletes, decked out in Stevenson gear, head over to the school and bond with their respective buddies during lunch, recess, and classroom time. Kelly O’Connell, Assistant Principal at Chatsworth, says, “Our students are more motivated, eager, and excited to come to school to see their Stevenson ‘buddy.’ ”

Victory arrives at Stevenson University in the form of a 12-foot-tall bronze mustang statue unveiled outside the entrance to Mustang Stadium on the Owings Mills Campus. The statue represents the strength and unity of the entire Stevenson University community and the spirit that drives everything from the institution’s growth to its championship athletic teams. Created by nationally renowned wildlife sculptor Bart Walter, Victory was funded by an anonymous challenge grant and the generous support of University Trustees, alumni, parents, and friends. A smaller replica of the sculpture is to be installed within the stadium as a spur to Stevenson’s student-athletes as they take the field.


The School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement is held with Michael K. Robinson, Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, Cyber Forensics and the recipient of the 2013 Rose Dawson Award, serving as keynote speaker. Robinson is the director of forensics for Disruptive Solutions, a company that specializes in custom computer and mobile device forensic solutions for commercial and government agencies. At Stevenson, Robinson teaches courses in mobile device forensics, intrusion analysis, and cyber warfare. Approximately 225 students earn their degrees from the School during the Spring Commencement

During its 61st spring Commencement, Stevenson welcomes the largest class in the school’s history—550 students—to the ranks of its proud alumni base. The keynote speaker is Byron Pitts, Anchor and Chief National Correspondent for ABC News. A multiple Emmy award-winning journalist, Pitts became the networks anchor and Chief National Correspondent in 2013. The University also presents its fourth annual Social Entrepreneurship Award to Nancy Gianni, Founder and President, GiGi’s Playhouse, which she started when her daughter, GiGi, was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Both Pitts and Gianni are awarded with the University’s highest academic honor, a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

The Master’s in Nursing Program receives approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to add a new concentration in Population-Based Care Coordination. This is the first concentration of its kind to be offered by a Maryland university and is the third concentration within Stevenson’s Graduate Nursing program itself, which includes existing concentrations in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership/Management. Stevenson begins accepting applications for fall 2014 for students who want to pursue this new concentration.

Stevenson Hall of FameJune

Director of Athletics Brett C. Adams announces the inaugural class for the Stevenson University Hall of Fame. The class, which will be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet on Oct. 25, includes Kerri Harman ’01 (women’s soccer), Dottie Hudson ’00 (field hockey/track and field), Kelly Matthews ’98 (men’s basketball), Dawn McFarland ’04 (field hockey), Trey Shackelford ’96 (men’s lacrosse), Tony Taminini ’01 (men’s soccer), Heather Valunas ’03 (women’s lacrosse), and Dick Watts (former director of physical education). In addition to the eight individuals, the team will also recognize the 1995 men’s lacrosse and the 2000 women’s soccer teams. The launch of the Athletics Hall of Fame coincides with the 20th anniversary of the start of the University’s NCAA Division III athletics program.

Stevenson University becomes one of the more-than-a-dozen Baltimore-based organizations and philanthropists that pledged support toward helping fund renovations for some of Baltimore’s oldest firehouses. Each organization will support the revamp of a firehouse’s kitchen, a crucial space within the firehouse. For the project, Stevenson will partner with Squad 54, located at 5821 Belair Road. The station services an area in which some Stevenson students and their families reside. “The kitchen is a meeting place,” Fire Chief Niles R. Ford told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s a place to break bread and solve the world's problems.”


During the 2014 Convocation, and speaking in front of more than 950 new students and their families, Brad Snyder tells the harrowing story of how he suffered complete vision loss after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan and how a positive outlook thereafter was the key in his road to recovery. One year to the day after Snyder suffered his devastating injury, he earned the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle event in the 2012 Paralympics in London. “It's hard to be optimistic,” Snyder tells the crowd. “I challenge you to make that a habit. Look for the good in people. Look for the good in situations. It’s going to make you a happier person. It’s going to make the people around you happier.”

Orioles RallySeptember

An estimated 500 fans from the community as well as SU faculty, staff, and students attend a “We Won’t Stop” rally at Stevenson to celebrate the Baltimore Orioles becoming the American League Eastern Division Champions for the first time since 1997 and to support them as they head off toward the playoffs.

The rally features appearances by Orioles Hall of Famer Scott McGregor and the Oriole Bird as well as an Orioles trivia contest. The first 200 in attendance receive special postseason rally T-shirts.



The life experiences of Carol Lee Menning ’69 taught her the importance of introspective thinking, a value she wanted to share with SU students, staff, and faculty. In 2010, she provided a naming gift to establish the Carol Lee Menning Meditation Center and Labyrinth on the Greenspring campus. The Meditation Center was remodeled in fall 2014 with new artwork to support its important ongoing mission, and officially re-opened on Oct. 8.

The Stevenson men's cross country team takes third place out of four schools as they host the Mustang Twilight Tune Up meet, which was the first cross country meet hosted by the school in program history.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies hosts its annual Forensics Symposium with another “ripped from the headlines” topic. The Forensics of Explosive Devices symposium examines incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing from a forensics perspective. Led by John J. Tobin, Ph.D., Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Forensic Science along with outside experts, the program features analysis of the profiling of a potential bomber (and the “CSI Effect”), the challenges of collecting trace evidence, and the anatomy of incendiary devices.

Originally known as Villa Fest from 2002-2009, homecoming activities have evolved into a week of activities, and for the first time is now known as Homecoming + Family Week. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends participate in several Game of Thrones-themed “Mustangs Are Coming” festivities throughout the week. These events include Mr. and Mrs. SU, the Alumni Milestone Mass and Reunion Luncheon, family-friendly tailgating, the homecoming football game, a Crab Feast, the Homecoming Dance-and more


The University’s annual LEGO© Challenge takes place in the Owings Mills Gymnasium. Students in First-Year Seminar classes construct their version of Career ArchitectureSM out of LEGOs. Results are both inspiring and amusing as the students use the plastic toys to demonstrate their understanding of the tenets of Personal Direction, Discipline Expertise, and Professional Know-How to guide them in imagining their future and designing their career path.

Stevenson hosts the third annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic in the Owings Mills Gymnasium. The 2014 Classic features 10 teams from nine different states and the District of Columbia, six of which were ranked at No. 13 or higher in the Top 25 a year ago and five of which participated in the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. This event remains the biggest on-campus tournament in NCAA Division I, II, or III.