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True to Stevenson’s collaborative approach to learning, The Mill Agency is a unique, student-driven environment where School of Design majors interact and work on communication and design solutions to meet clients’ needs in an agency-like setting. 

mill logoStudents use design thinking and creative strategies to execute professional solutions through research, discussion, iterative making, and formal presentations—all for real-world clientele in the Baltimore area. From writing press releases and contacting media to curating social media posts, shooting video, and designing brands and collateral, the Mill goes beyond classroom walls as Stevenson’s full-service, student-run communication agency. 

Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus, professor of communication, says the course operates like an internship. “It’s a good class for students to take because it allows them to get that experience that some of them might be lacking. They realize how to manage their time—there’s a lot of work that needs to get done.” 

Past clients have included: Baltimore Greenway Trails Network, BricknFire Pizza, the Eastern Communication Association, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Stitching Maryland Together, and the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center. 

“The Mill offers a unique experience that incorporates professional work from a classroom setting. Essentially, it’s an internship that prepares you for work in the real world. Not to mention, the variety of disciplines represented in the class that allow you to cultivate skills for a variety of fields.”

—Ryan Patrick, Business Communication '22

BME Feature Photo

In Session: BME 205: Problem Solving and Design

Launched in the fall of 2019, the Biomedical Engineering program has already hit the ground running, providing Stevenson students hands-on experience in the research and development of medical technologies and devices. The three-student team in the BME 205: Problem Solving and Design course was tasked with developing a system that provides insight into the sleep patterns of college students. 

BME 205 StudentsFollowing the engineering design process and tools covered in the classroom, the three-student team developed a complete set of requirements, system conceptual designs, and then selected one design concept to pursue.  During the balance of the semester, the students worked together in the BME lab while following social distancing, as well as remotely, to develop the mechanical, electrical, and software components of the system.  Since the device was to be wearable and needed to be lightweight, all mechanical components would be made using the 3D printer in the BME laboratory. 

Using an accelerometer, the system could detect when the wearer stopped moving and was, therefore, asleep and should start recording heart rate data—which was stored on an SD card.  As the end of the semester approached, the system was assembled, the software was finalized, and it was then worn by each team member to collect their own sleep data. 

After recording and analysis, the students presented their results in class and created a poster display in the Manning Academic Center on campus.  The system met all of the project requirements and clearly identified known patterns in heart rate that indicate different sleep patterns. Reflecting on the project, the students identified a number of ways the system could be improved in future iterations.

Ashlyn Bray, one of the participating students, says, “The hands-on experience of applying the material that we were learning in class was a great way to not only help reinforce the knowledge that we had learned, but also see its application to real world problems.” 

“It was funny seeing the device tell me I did not have a good night sleep like I thought otherwise,” says Kaye Lumayog, who also worked on the project.

“The hands-on experience of applying the material that we were learning in class was a great way to not only help reinforce the knowledge that we had learned, but also see its application to real world problems.” 

Pictured above: The three-student team from left to right: Kaye Lumayog, Ashlyn Bray, and Celestin Munyaneza (wearing the assembled sleep monitor).

The Biomedical Engineering program at Stevenson prepares students to solve important human health-related scientific problems through the application of engineering principles, ideas, methods, and inventions. Learn more at stevenson.edu/biomedical.

emmy award greg st clair jr

Greg St. Clair, Jr. ‘17 recently won an Emmy award for his work as an associate producer on the “NFL 100 Greatest” television series. 

Although a graduate of Stevenson’s Accounting program, Greg ultimately fell in love with film after declaring a minor in Film and Moving Image. “Although I am not pursuing a career in accounting, the networking and relationship building opportunities provided by SU’s Accounting department have helped me in advancing my current career path in film. One reason I received a job opportunity from the Baltimore Ravens was due to a networking connection,” Greg says. 

After taking an elective English course where the students had to dissect movies and stories into common themes, Greg felt that film was his true calling. While part of the Film and Moving Image program, he had the opportunity to attend the SXSW Film Festival in 2016: “[this] really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities in film.” 

As Associate Producer on “NFL 100 Greatest” for the NFL Network, Greg produced a handful of segments, including pieces on Ozzie Newsome and Super Bowl Halftime shows. You can find these works here. One day, when Greg opened a package in the mail to find an Emmy award with his name on it, he felt what he could only describe as surreal.  

“I feel validated on my decision to pursue my minor as a career path in lieu of my major, that I’m on the right path, and that I am good enough to be in this industry. That being said, my goals are still greater than this award and the part that I played, as I am continuing to grow and develop my skills as filmmaker and as a storyteller. That’s what I continue to strive for.” 

Looking back at his time at Stevenson University, Greg says, “Stevenson is like the land of opportunity. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for Stevenson."

Quarry Theatre

With the upcoming Presidential election, the Baltimore-based company Quarry Theatre continues its community discourse around the importance of voting with The Discourse Project, which is conceived and directed by Stevenson University’s Theatre and Media Performance Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Ryan Clark. 

In examining the words of prominent civil rights advocates such as Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Harvey Milk, The Discourse Project takes the themes of freedom, equality, and democracy and reminds us how, with our vote, it is “We the People” who hold the power to realize the greatest promises for our country. The historical texts are being performed by actors from across the country including four Stevenson alumni, with the project running from July 4 to November 3, Election Day. 

The weekly videos can be found across Quarry Theatre’s social media platforms, including YouTubeFacebookTwitterInstagram, and TikTok

Ryan Clark says, “In many ways, I feel this is one of the most important projects I have ever directed.  The foundation of our democracy is beginning to crack and crumble and the only way to ensure the continuity of the nation is to vote.  Listening to these whispers from the past, helps us make informed decisions about the future.  It’s important to know that America wasn’t always this way and when it was this way (i.e. during the Civil War) we had great leaders with inspired imaginations to help us form a more perfect union.”

Below is an audio clip from WYPR 88.1FM about The Discourse Project.

 

Ryan Clark

(Ryan Clark, via quarrytheatre.com)

Tre Seals in the Typography II Class

Earlier this semester, Stevenson hosted internationally renowned designer and alumnus Tré Seals as an Artist-in-Residence. Tré, a 2015 graduate who majored Visual Communication Design (now Graphic Design), created Vocal Type Co, a font foundry, and Studio Seals, working with clients such as Adobe, AARP, Coca-Cola, United Nations, Whole Foods, and more....Read More

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