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2015 Year in Review

How Amazing was Stevenson in 2015? Take a look back for yourself.

New Orleans

January 13

Three-term U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe visits the Greenspring Campus prior to her appearance at the Baltimore Speaker Series to speak to Stevenson students, faculty, and staff.

January 30

More than 30 students take time out of winter break to provide valuable service to an under-resourced school in New Orleans. The students, led by faculty advisers Romas Laskauskas and Art Fifer of the Brown School of Business and Leadership, cleaned, programmed, loaded, shipped, unloaded, and installed 60 computers in two computer labs for elementary school students at St. Mary's Academy in New Orleans.

February 19

Junior and senior students from the fashion design program showcase their exhibition, "We Are One In Fashion," at New York City's prestigious Fashion Week. The exhibition is a collection of original evening garments inspired by the traditional fashions from countries all across the globe.

Division III SportsMarch 4

The School of the Sciences hosts renowned chemist James R. Damewood, Jr., Ph.D., for the School's third annual Dell Lecture. The event is named in honor of Stevenson Trustee Samuel M. Dell III and his late wife Geraldine Dell, who established the Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in the Sciences.

March 8

Internationally touring comedian Gabriel Iglesias performs during the University's third annual LOLStevenson. Iglesias is described as a witty, electrifying, and talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience.

March 19, 31

Two new NCAA Division III sports are added to the Mustangs roster. With the introduction of women's beach volleyball, SU becomes the first DIII athletic program in the country to offer the sport. Men's ice hockey becomes the University's 27th NCAA DIII Sport.

Jones FallsApril 10-11

More than 450 individuals comprising a total of 38 teams participate in the University's fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, raising approximately $42,600 in support of cancer research and various programs for cancer patients. Collectively, the event at Stevenson has now raised more than a total of $180,000.

April 19

Stevenson students, faculty, and staff spend this Sunday afternoon removing more than one ton (2,125 pounds) of trash from a portion of the Jones Falls in North Baltimore, which empties directly into the east side of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The Environmental Club organized the cleanup in coordination with Stevenson's Center for Environmental Sustainability.

April 21

After a redesign, the former Mustang Room in Rockland Center is dedicated as the Lynn W. Duncan Center for Excellence in Teaching. The Center will house the plaques of those who have been and will be honored with the Rose Dawson Award, SU's highest faculty honor, which is named after the former Academic Dean of VJC. Dawson attends, along with Duncan, a retired accounting professor and former Rose Dawson winner.

Guinness World RecordMay 6

With approximately 390 participants, Stevenson University sets the Guinness World Record for the largest exercise ball class at Mustang Stadium. The class - led by M.C. McFadden, Athletics Administrative Coordinator - spans a little more than 30 minutes.

May 21

Stevenson celebrates its 62nd spring Commencement on May 20 for 208 students from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and on May 21 for 538 of its traditional undergraduate students.

During the undergraduate Commencement, Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh serves as the keynote speaker and Stevenson presents the fifth annual Social Entrepreneurship Award to Rev. John W. Swope, SJ, Founding President of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore. The keynote speaker for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is John E. Grimes III, CFE, CFI, Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies.

June 15

The University launches the new Center for Forensic Excellence, which will serve as a resource for both forensic professionals and students and help cement Stevenson as a national leader in forensic education.

Digital Forensics ExamJuly 8

Aris Melissaratos, Interim Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership, and James T. Brady, member of Stevenson's Board of Trustees, are named to the Maryland Economic Development Commission (MEDC) by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Melissaratos and Brady are among 11 newly added members. Both Melissaratos and Brady formerly served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

July 23

Stevenson University students Mark Sokol '15 (center) and Antoine Scott '15 (not pictured) are the first students in the nation to pass the Digital Forensics Examiner exam sponsored by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center. Both Sokol and Scott, who graduated with bachelor's degrees in computer information systems, received a Certificate of Completion. The certification is a premiere credential for employment opportunities within federal agencies and contractors who work in cyber security.

July 30

The fashion design program is ranked among the top 15 on the East Coast by in its third annual region-based list of the Top 20 fashion design universities and colleges. Stevenson is the only Maryland university to earn a spot in the rankings. The fashion design program was introduced in 2011, just four years ago.

2015 ConvocationAugust 20

College life begins for approximately 950 new freshman and transfer students and their families during the annual Convocation. The keynote address is given by T. Nicole Tucker-Smith, cofounder and CEO of Lessoncast, a teacher-development platform that serves teacher preparation programs, K-12 schools and districts, and state departments of education.

September 9

A revamped, expanded Career Success website is unveiled. The site, which is accessible by clicking on the "Career Success" tab atop the University's home page, features a range of Career Services resources for current students, alumni, and employers. See for yourself.

October 4

"By George! By Ira! By Gershwin!" features the music of the Gershwin brothers in a collaborative production by Stevenson University and the Gordon Center. Hosted by singer and TV personality Carolyn Black-Sotir, the program features piano soloist Elizabeth Borowsky, National Opera baritone Thomas Beard, the Greenspring Valley Orchestra, and the American Music Theatre Singers.

October 17

Dave BerdanAfter having to pull out midway through the Baltimore Marathon last year, the race's 2013 winner and Stevenson men's and women's cross country coach Dave Berdan crossed the finish line in first place nearly five minutes faster than the second place runner. In all, more than 24,000 runners representing all 50 states and 29 countries participated in the 15th Baltimore Running Festival.

October 18-25

The theme for this year's homecoming is Haunted Homecoming and Family Week, and the spooky sights abound during several events. Alumni, their families, students, and faculty and staff enjoyed the Bonfire, Haunted Hallways, the Alumni Lacrosse Game, Family Fanfare and Affinity Reunion Tailgate, the Crab Feast, and the football team's homecoming win against Widener University.

October 30

During the annual LEGO Challenge, students in First-Year Seminar classes construct their version of Career ArchitectureSM out of LEGOs. Using the plastic toys, the students show their understanding of Personal Direction, Discipline Expertise, and Professional Know-How and how these concepts will guide their careers.

HoopsvilleNovember 6-15

Stevenson's Psychology Club, Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Science program, and American Chemical Society Club host three events during the statewide STEM festival. The goal of the festival is to connect the general public to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Additionally, the logo for the festival was designed by SU alum Ashleigh Kilgour.

November 20-21

Stevenson hosts its fourth annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. The classic - the biggest on-campus tournament in NCAA Division I, II, or III - features eight teams from six different states and all teams represent different conferences. 

December 14

During its 62nd winter Commencement, undergraduate and adult undergraduate and graduate students join the ranks of the University's alumni. The keynote speaker for the undergraduate ceremony is Heather Harris, Ph.D., Professor, Business Communication, who received the Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award in the spring.

This material originally appeared in Stevenson University magazine Ventures.